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Toronto FC place 2019 6th-overall pick Griffin Dorsey on waivers

What could have been...

SOCCER: JAN 11 MLS SuperDraft
Griffin Dorsey was taken with the sixth overall pick by Toronto FC during the MLS SuperDraft 2019.
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TORONTO, Canada—Short lived, the Griffin Dorsey era with Toronto FC has come to an end (at least for now) as the team announced on Tuesday that they have waived the 22-year-old winger/wing back.

Dorsey was selected sixth overall by the club in 2019, one spot before Minnesota United goalkeeper and Canadian Dayne St. Clair, as well as three spots before Tajon Buchanan.

In his two-plus seasons with Toronto, he made just five total appearances for the first team in all competitions. Most recently, he featured as a substitute in both legs of Toronto’s Champions League tie against Liga MX side Leon, playing 29 minutes.

The bulk of his time was spent with Toronto FC II, playing 22 games for the club. You have to wonder how much not having TFC II in action in 2020 as a result of travel restrictions to due the global pandemic factored into his lack of development with TFC.

“You have to make (roster) room at times,” said coach Chris Armas. “So that’s what that’s about. We think he’s a really good young professional, so this was not an easy decision.”

If Dorsey goes unclaimed, there’s still a chance that he signs a new deal with Toronto FC II.

A Generation Adidas (GA) draft pick, Dorsey did not count against the club’s salary budget but did take up a roster spot. With the arrival of Kemar Lawrence, and more recently Dom Dwyer, Dorsey became expendable to the club, especially since he was nearing the point where he would graduate out of his GA status, and thus, begin to count against the team’s budget.