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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Fire acquire Gargan, trade Robinson

By Charlie Corr

Dan Gargan
Defender Dan Gargan appeared in 43 matches for Toronto FC.
The Chicago Fire traded defender Dasan Robinson to Toronto FC on Thursday in exchange for defender Dan Gargan and Toronto's 2012 MLS SuperDraft second-round selection.

"We had an opportunity to acquire another defender and provide depth for our club," Toronto head coach Aron Winter said on the team's official web site. "... Dasan brings us depth and versatility because he can play central defense or right back."

Gargan has started in 12 of 16 games for the Reds, logging 1,063 minutes. The 28-year-old Philadelphia native originally was selected by the Colorado Rapids in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. But he was waived by Colorado in 2008. He latched on to Toronto FC through a preseason trial in 2010.

Robinson has not seen much play for the Fire this season, making two starts, five overall appearances and logging 248 minutes. Robinson was selected in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft, and the Evanston-born defender set career highs that year in games (23) and minutes (2,054) while scoring his first goal.

The 27-year-old defender was on the bubble during the offseason as the Fire left him unprotected in this year's MLS Expansion Draft. Chicago was able to re-sign him in late January, but with additions such as Cory Gibbs, Yamith Cuesta, Josip Mikulic and Jalil Anibaba, Robinson's opportunity to play heavily decreased.

Robinson also did not do himself much justice on the pitch, most notably giving up an own goal during the Fire's 4-2 loss to the expansion Portland Timbers during Portland's home opener.