Red Bulls deal defender Freeman to Toronto FC

According to reports, Toronto FC has acquired defender Hunter Freeman from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for two supplemental draft picks.

Freeman was a seventh overall selection in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft after completing a very successful career at the University of Virginia. Before enrolling at Virginia, he graduated from the U.S. Soccer Federation's Bradenton (Fla.) Academy.

Having already signed a pre-contract with Norwegian team I.K. Start, Freeman is set to leave the MLS in the new year, but if he chooses to resign with Toronto, New York will be owed a second round pick in the 2011 SuperDraft.

A player who had a lot of promise earlier in his career has slipped considerably of late having lost his starting job for the Red Bulls. The 23-year-old, who missed out on the Olympics because of his lack of playing time with New York, will provide cover for talented Toronto defender Marvell Wynne and will add depth to the rest of the back four that hasn't impressed much this season.


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