First, thanks to Steve for your persistence, and I think you're on to something with your last comment.
Second, sorry it's taking me so long to respond the comments regarding International player slots. I was away from the computer most of yesterday.
Anyway, Friday morning I ran into Earl Cochrane at TFC practice. He's the manager of team operations and somebody I thought could help us answer the question of just how many international players TFC has.
I told him that both the league and the team pegged that number at twelve, and he understood. But he also understood that counting heads plus unfilled slots brings you to about 17.
But the number 12 wouldn't go away, and league officials wouldn't keep throwing it out there if it was wrong. And if TFC really had five more internationals than they should they would have been penalized.
Finally, we decided that the number 12 must refer to the number of roster spots available for international players who aren't from the U.S.
Hours later he confirmed our theory (and Steve's) when he sent this email.
Morgan…here you go…it really is simple when illustrated like this.
2007 - 4 Sr.Intl + 3 US + 5 Youth Intl + 1 Youth Intl (via trade with COL) – 13 Internationals/3 of which must be USA
The League then added 1 International per Team + 2 additional US Internationals for Toronto (to be reviewed at end of 09), therefore…
2008 – 16 Internationals/5 of which must be US
Now…with the trade with NE for their Intl Slot thru 2010…
2008 – 17 Internationals/5 of which must be US
2009 – 15 Internationals/5 of which must be US (lose 2 former Youth slots as per expansion agreement)
2010 – 15 Internationals/5 of which must be US (could be less depending on outcome of review regarding 2 additional US Slots)
2011 – 13 Internationals/5 of which must be US (pending review in 2010 + loss of youth international acquired in trade with COL & NE Intl Slot)
So there it is.
Mystery unraveled at last.
-- Morgan Campbell