Wednesday, June 24, 2009
KEVIN HARMSE OFF TO CHIVAS
Kevin Harmse was shipped off to Chivas USA today for allocation money coming back to Toronto. Here is the official release:
Toronto FC announced Wednesday that they have acquired allocation money from Chivas USA. In exchange, Chivas receives midfielder Kevin Harmse.
“The entire staff wants to wish Kevin all the best,” said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston. “Kevin requested a move back to the U.S. We tried very hard to hang on to him, but this move is what’s best for Kevin right now.”
Harmse, 24, was acquired February 29, 2008 from the Los Angeles Galaxy. The midfielder leaves Toronto having played a total of 30 games played, 21 of those as a starter. He compiled 1,882 minutes over two seasons and scored once this season in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship match at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 6.
Two ways of looking at this. Kevin was considered surplus and TFC have plans to bring in a more capable defender in his place or already have with Nick Garcia. Or, Harmse was the only Canadian to accept the invitation to go play for the Canadian National Team at the Gold Cup. Could this be Mo Johnston's way of saying that this is not acceptable and that he should have put club before country.
I haven't spoken to Kevin, but I'm curious why he would want a move back to the U.S. when the best part of his career has been with TFC. We'll try and get to the bottom of it.
What do you think of this move? Do you think it's because of the first or the second possible reason?