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Darren O’Dea makes MLS switch

MLS side Toronto FC have announced on their official website that they have captured Irish defender Darren O’Dea.

The 25-year-old had been a free agent since being released by Celtic in June, and he surprisingly opted to continue his career in Major League Soccer.

The Canadian club stated that the player would be eligible for selection when his International Transfer Certificate has arrived.

“Darren addresses our need for an experienced, no nonsense central defender,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Paul Mariner.

“Darren has great leadership abilities and his experience, both for club and country, will be a welcomed addition to our club and for our young players. We are so pleased to bring him to Toronto.”

Darren O’Dea came through the youth ranks at Celtic and slowly progressed towards clinching a first team berth, but his chances of playing regular football were damaged with the arrival of boss Neil Lennon.

The Ireland international has spent last two seasons on loan at Ipswich and Leeds United respectively and despite impressing at Elland Road, he wasn’t able to earn a permanent deal with the Whites.

O’Dea has made a total of 14 appearances for Republic of Ireland and was an unused substitute in all three group games at the 2012 European Championship.

Sat 4 Aug, 2012
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