After being released by TFC in 2012, it appears former captain and centre back Darren O’Dea could be heading back to MLS, after his contract with Mumbai City expires this month.
According to a report from HITC Sport, Darren O’Dea is looking at his options when deciding where he wants to continue his career. The 28 year-old was most recently apart of Indian Super League club Mumbai City, but his contract is set to expire at the end of the month.
The report says that O’Dea has received offers from clubs in North America and that Toronto FC are leading the chase for the former Reds captain.
O’Dea has said that he has received offers from MLS clubs, but he would like to move back closer to home so he can be with his family. After TFC, O’Dea was part of Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk for one season. He then moved back to Britain and was apart of a Blackpool squad that got demoted in his last years Championship. O’Dea then moved to India and plied his trade with Nicholas Anelka’s club Mumbai City.
O’Dea will be out of a contract at the end of this month, meaning he would be available for free. Something that could gain him a lot of attention from MLS clubs.
The Republic of Ireland international spent two season with TFC, appearing in 26 games and scoring only once. After he spent his first season as a centre back, he would be deployed as a left back in his second season, and looked to be comfortable in that position. O’Dea was then mutually released by the Reds at the end of the 2013 season, so he could sign with Metalurh and compete in a top European competition.
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After being released, former president Kevin Payne said that he would like to see O’Dea back in Toronto.
It isn’t for sure that TFC want O’Dea back, but it does seem strange that the Reds would turn to O’Dea after they have already bolstered their backline with the acquisitions of Drew Moor and Steven Beitashour. Not to forget that TFC seem to be very close to the salary cap, and O’Dea would need to come in for a very much reduced salary than what he enjoyed during his time here.
The move isn’t unlikely, but if true, it would mean that TFC must be very close in moving other defenders in hopes to do better than last years 53 goals conceded.
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