Konopka to Toronto

Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

The Union trade Chris Konopka to Toronto for a third round MLS SuperDraft pick.

The Union are down to just two goalkeepers today. Chris Konopka was traded to Toronto FC for a third round SuperDraft pick. The Toms River NJ native started just once for the Union, ironically in a 1-0 loss to Toronto in 2012.

Konopka has not seen regular minutes since League of Ireland's Waterford United in 2010. The former Jersey Shore Boca youth player was drafted out of Providence College in the third round, 29th overall, by the Kansas City Wizards in 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft.

John Hackworth publicly thanked Konopka for his contributions to the team over the past two years before wishing him luck in Toronto.

Toronto's Head Coach Ryan Nelson released a statement saying "Chris is a ‘keeper that we've had our eye on for some time and we're happy to get this deal done, He will be a welcomed addition to an already solid stable of ‘keepers we have here at Toronto FC."

It would appear that Konopka was surplus to requirements with the experience of Oka Nikolov now backing up Zac MacMath. The move frees up yet more cap space while adding to the number of young players Hackworth will be able to bring in next year. Perhaps the Union are lining up the return of perennial third choice stand Chase Harrison.

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