Mo Johnston and John Carver continued the reshaping of Toronto FC on Tuesday with the acquisition of veteran defender Adrien Serioux. In a trade with FC Dallas, TFC sent a first round draft pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
The 29-year-old Canadian international has been a consistent starter in the league since joining the Houston Dynamo in 2006. He then spent two years in the Dallas, where he made a total of 34 regular-season starts. He had a career high of four assists in 2008, but will be remembered more for a vicious tackle on LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham in May.
Serioux had been quoted before the game that he and several others would be gunning for the world superstar. He received a red card for his reckless challenge and was later fined $1,000 by the league.
On the international scene, Serioux has been capped 19 times by Canada, his last appearance for the Maple Leafs coming in a 2-2 draw with Mexico in World Cup qualifying last October.
Proficient at any position across the back, Serioux will add some much needed veteran leadership to Toronto's defense. After growing up in Scarborough, Ontario, and playing collegiately at the University of New Haven (Conn.), he joined the Toronto Lynx of the USL in 1999. In 2004, he moved to England and spent a season and a half at lower-division side Millwall before returning to North America and MLS.
Although he originally signed with New York, he was traded to Houston before the season started, and he immediately helped the club win their first MLS Cup, in 2006.
Greg Lalas, Goal.com