After a day full of speculation and complicated by the fact that it's April Fools' Day, official word has just come down that Dwayne De Rosario has been traded to the New York Red Bulls. As part of the deal, Toronto FC has acquired Tony Tchani, Danleigh Borman and a first-round pick in the 2012 SuperDraft.
"We have acquired two very strong players that I believe will have an immediate and long-term impact at our club. I’d like to thank Dwayne for all his contributions to Toronto FC and wish him well with his new club in New York," said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter in a statement released by the club. "It is unfortunate to have to trade our captain, but this deal is part of our rebuild process and helps to open cap room for our club."
The Red Bulls instantaneously have a strike force the likes of which has rarely been seen in MLS. De Rosario has scored 27 goals in the past two seasons, while Thierry Henry is arguably the greatest goal scorer to ever play in MLS and Juan Agudelo is one of the league's brightest up-and-coming stars.
How the Red Bulls are fitting De Rosario under the salary cap remains an open question. Last year, he made more than $400,000 in guaranteed compensation and the Red Bulls already appeared to be up against the salary cap before his acquisition. Since Tchani was a Generation Adidas player, he did not count against the cap at all and Borman was a minimum salary player last year.