July 31, 2008

Toronto FC announced Thursday morning that it has released defender Olivier Tebily. The 32-year-old Ivorian, who spent six seasons with EPL side Birmingham City, has been struggling with an ankle injury for the past month. He saw action in only four games for the Reds in his debut season in MLS.

"Olivier has decided that he wanted to be closer to his family in France," said Toronto general manager Mo Johnston. "We wish him all the best, and thank him for his contribution to Toronto FC."

Originally brought in in April to try to shore up Toronto's weak central defense, Tebily looked solid and capable of handling the pounding rigors of MLS. But the turf at BMO Field took its toll and an ankle injury in June sidelined him for a long time.

It appears Toronto, which has conceded 22 goals in 17 matches, is now back in the market for an experienced center back.

-- Goal.com

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