It's NHL trade deadline day, but unlike 99.98 percent of Canadian sportswriters, I've got MLS transactions on my mind.
Specifically, there's a rumour going around that TFC is ready to trade Ronnie O'Brien to San Jose. I'm not saying it's true, it's going to come true, or that it's ever even been discussed. I'm just saying that's the rumour out there, one that gained a little momentum this morning when O'Brien was absent from TFC's early training session.
Mo Johnston wouldn't say anything about it, except to say that he wouldn't say anything about it.
Media relations director Michelle Lissel confirmed that O'Brien is still under contract to TFC, and said she expects to see him on the pitch at BMO Field when two-a-day sessions resume on Thursday.
And head coach John Carver combined the previous two answers. No, he couldn't talk about O'Brien. Yes, he expected him to show up Thursday morning.
If you're looking for evidence that O'Brien's on his way out of Toronto you'll point to Johnston's "no comment." If nothing truly is happening, he would say nothing's happening, just like he did today when asked about Joao Pinto. Instead he offered no comment.
Still, everyone else's complete assurance that O'Brien will practice with TFC Thursday morning suggest the team plans to keep him around.
As for the rumours....the only people who know where they come from are the people who float them in the first place.
And as for me.... I'm working the phones, hoping someone will confirm or deny something.
-- Morgan Campbell