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San Jose trades Johnson, gets three players in blockbuster deal with Toronto

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Ryan Johnson's time with the San Jose Earthquakes has come to a close.

The Earthquakes traded Johnson, along with allocation money and an international player spot, to Toronto FC in exchange for Alan Gordan, Nana Attakora and Jacob Peterson in a blockbuster deal on Thursday.

The move provides San Jose with depth at three positions, though it loses an international spot until Jan. 1, 2013.

The trade was Toronto's second of the day, having acquired midfielder Terry Dunfield in a deal with the Vancouver Whitecaps earlier.

What do you think of this trade? Who do you think got the better end of the deal? Surprised Toronto FC made two moves on the same day?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Ryan Johnson works harder than anyone and is a really good player, but he has had a curse hanging over him in terms of finishing for the San Jose Earthquakes. I think more than anything this may be a chance for Ryan to join another club where he can break out, and it could not happen for a better guy.

    Not sure why the Quakes are bringing in more depth, a cutting edge would seem to be more what they need.

  2. 4 goals in 8 games, not to mention several canadian cup goals. Once again, effective WHEN hes healthy.

  3. Hes out for the year with an injury.

    Unfortunate, curious to see if hes around next year, kinda feel like itll be his swansong

  4. I said the samething when he was coming in but he really has played very well (GREAT) this year. i know he was pretty meh in LA and barely played in Chivas but dude was coming into his own here

  5. got to say, you are right on. attakora will be a loss, b/c he has room to grow and i could see him being a very good player in this league. as for JP and AG, typical MLS journey. servicable, you need guys like this to fill out a roster, not be the key components to it.

    now TFC adds, johnson and dunfield, potential for a new DP centre half hopefully, and if they ever dump de guzman even more cap space to fill wholes. the team is starting to come together nicely, 2012 will be a big year for them if they can make that next step to perennial play off team


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