Toronto FC trades Warren Creavalle to Philadelphia


Warren Creavalle (left) made 15 league appearances for Toronto with two goals. (Nick Wass/AP)

Toronto FC has traded defender/midfielder Warren Creavalle to the Philadelphia Union for a second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Acquired in July 2014 in a trade with the Houston Dynamo, the 24-year-old Creavalle made 15 league appearances for Toronto with two goals. He saw action in 26 games in all competitions.

"This transaction allows us some flexibility both in terms of our roster and on the cap," Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement Friday.

Creavalle is making US$119,000 this season, according to the MLS Players Union.

In trading for Creavalle originally, Toronto talked up his ability to change different positions.

"We feel his versatility will be a welcomed addition to our club," Bezbatchenko said at the time.

But the club never really found a home for him. There was little room for him in the midfield and Creavalle was very much a work in progress at right back, a spot where Toronto has had limited options recently.

The recent acquisition of fullback Josh Williams did not help Creavalle’s cause at the club.

The Union had a different view.

"Warren’s versatility will be a great addition to our group," Philadelphia technical director Chris Albright said in a statement. "He’s a young player who has played a lot of games in our league and we look forward to him contributing immediately."

Toronto exchanged allocation rankings in the deal; that originally brought Creavalle north of the border.

Creavalle was originally selected by Houston in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Central Florida.

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