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The Sports Network
8/15/2008 3:32:29 PM
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Toronto FC signed free agent forward Johann Smith, the team announced on Friday. Toronto sent allocation money to New England and swapped places with the Revolution, going from the 13th place in the allocation ranking to 2nd, to acquire the former Bolton Wanderers Academy striker.

"We were lucky to beat out four other teams to get his signature," TFC manager and director of soccer Mo Johnston said. "He's got the pace of Marvell Wynne, and can get by players. We're very thrilled to have him, he adds youth and we're looking forward to working with him."

Smith, 21, made his team debut in the Premiership in Bolton's Carling Cup defeat at Charlton Athletic in October of 2006 when he came on as a second half substitute. Smith then joined Carlisle United on loan in January of 2007, and made his debut there against Doncaster Rovers.

Internationally, Smith is currently listed in the U.S. U-23 player pool. He was named to the FIFA U-20 World Cup squad that competed in Toronto in the summer of 2007 but a pre-tournament injury forced him to withdraw from competition.

The Revolution had originally acquired its current position in the MLS allocation table on Aug. 5 through a trade with the Columbus Crew that sent forward Pat Noonan to the Crew.

 

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