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Toronto, DCU Acquisitions

Toronto FC officially unveiled its first designated player: midfielder Julian de Guzman, who most recently played for Deportivo de Coruna in Spain's La Liga.

Meantime, D.C. United added recently waived defender Lawson Vaughn, 25, who made 48 appearances for Chivas USA since 2006. Vaughn replaces Greg Janicki, who was placed on the disabled list with "back spasms." Janicki, however, is not on the club's official injury list.

By Steve Goff  |  September 11, 2009; 3:08 PM ET
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Seems more like Janicki had brain spasms but whatever....Why did Chivas waive him??

Posted by: rockotodd | September 11, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Are his back spasms from twisting awkwardly as forwards blow past him?

Posted by: edgeonyou | September 11, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Lawson isn't a bad defender, not exactly starting material either, but better than Janicki.

Posted by: alecw81 | September 11, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

It all makes sense now, the spinal cord controls muscle movements in the legs; no wonder he was so slow to react...

Posted by: PEddy | September 11, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I would have guessed whiplash over back spasms.

Seriously, though, what is the minimum stay on the DL? Is he done for the season now?

Posted by: muskratinator | September 11, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@muskratinator -- He was already done for the season. If Soehn had any intention of playing him, there were opportunities.

Posted by: fischy | September 11, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

When will DCU finally unveil its first designated player? He was ejected from Argentina's game against Paraguay.

Posted by: fischy | September 11, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I think this spells the end for Janicki with United. Thanks for the effort, Greg.

It's difficult to develop any sort of momentum in the back when the starting line-up changes each game. Most coaches prefer to stick with the same back 3/4 every game. Soehn certainly doesn't have the option.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 11, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

edgeonyou | September 11, 2009 3:20 PM


Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 11, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Was De Guzman not getting enough playing time at La Coruna? Cause why would you want to leave La Liga for TFC lol
I would easily moved to a second division club rather than that..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 11, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Janicki may not be on the club's official Injury List, but you'll find him on the
Doghouse List. Apparently Szetela has graduated off this list, and Santino's apology to Tommy kept him off, so Janicki is probably the sole occupant now.

Posted by: b18bolo | September 11, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Am I correct in remembering Lawson Vaughn was mostly a left fullback w Chivas?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 11, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

whatever happened to Heath Pearce?

Posted by: supamars11 | September 11, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

TheWashDipsSince88 -- De Guzman was on the outs with his team, as apparently they hadn't paid him money owed. When he was in favour, he was a starting player in La Liga, so good that the fans voted him the most valuable player not too long ago.

But the thing is, he looked elsewhere and nobody seemed to be giving him the respect and $$$ he wanted.

TFC is better than playing at some second division side in Europe because Toronto is his home town. He was born in Toronto, played his youth soccer in Toronto before leaving at Europe at age 16. De Guzman comes back to Toronto every summer, even staging his yearly boat cruise for friends, mainly of whom play on TFC or the canadian national team. He is good buddies with De Rosario, as they both grew up in Scarborough, a suburb of Toronto.

It really is a homecoming unlike any other DP signing ever in MLS.

Posted by: hendrix | September 11, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

hendrix: oddly enough, Marca isn't reporting it...actually, they've got nothing on him, as if he had disappeared long ago.

So I wonder why this didn't happen months ago.

Posted by: Reignking | September 11, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

FC Dallas signs Heath Pearce

Posted by: Reignking | September 11, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse


Chivas has about 50 players to their name, and half of them are on the Injured Reserve/Disabled List/whatever MLS wants to call it. They've signed a couple new defenders (Yamith Cuesta and, as a conversion project, Marcelo Saragosa) that play Vaughn's position and probably had to waive him to make room on their roster for the new guys or someone coming off the aforementioned injury list.

Don't let the fact that someone else didn't want him be too much of a problem. He's still a serviceable MLS player; Chivas just has a very odd roster situation.


Vaughn played every defensive position for Chivas, as well as defensive midfield and (in a pinch) right midfield. His best position is probably right back, but he's athletic enough to play in the middle despite only being 5'10". He brings us some more speed defensively, which can't be bad, and he's not one of MLS's many fast-but-dumb types.

I don't know if he'll start that often for us, but he's not a bad acquisition for someone near the senior minimum. At the very least, he's someone we can use (as opposed to Janicki, whose actual "injury" is most likely a total lack of confidence at this point).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | September 11, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Not to damn him with faint praise, Lawson Vaughn immediately becomes the 2nd best defender on the team.

Posted by: lgm6986 | September 11, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

What's the over/under on Vaughn ending up in Soehn's doghouse?

I'm just sayin'...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | September 11, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Not to damn him with faint praise, Lawson Vaughn immediately becomes the 2nd best defender on the team.

Posted by: lgm6986 | September 11, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

That's probably true if you consider that Jakovic and Burch are out injured right now. For all the grief that Burch gets on this board he is actually a serviceable MLS left back. His defending is just average (not horrible) but his weapon of a left foot on free kicks, crosses and the occasional long-range shot is probably amongst the best in the league. That makes him a bit better than average, not great (he will never see the USMNT, even the C squad).

If Vaughan can move ahead of McT, James and John that is a bonus. Until I see more of him I probably am lumping him in with that group right now. I hope he is an improvement because those 3 scare the bejesus out of me after watching the KC game. That game would win the ESPY for the Worst Defensive Performance in an MLS Game While Earning a Shutout.

Posted by: Golden_Child | September 11, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Look like Dallas won their bet when they passed on Szetela.

Posted by: fischy | September 11, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Burch -- when in the right position -- is more than a serviceable MLS left back. The real problem has been when he has had to play elsewhere.

Posted by: Reignking | September 11, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Where's the Gonzalo twins when you need 'em?

Posted by: fischy | September 11, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

It really is a homecoming unlike any other DP signing ever in MLS.

Posted by: hendrix

Um, Reyna?

Posted by: spidergoose | September 11, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The same place the Gonzalo twins spent most of their time, out of position.

Posted by: joemybro | September 11, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Um, Reyna?

We're all trying to forget that one. ;)

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | September 11, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

i don't blame Janicki too much, we knoew his limits considering he played in USL 2 and made the Jump to MLS last season. We should look into that in terms of recruiting players but perhaps progrssing them one level up to USL and then into MLS. Blame it on the organization and not Janicki, he is what he is.

My overall problem is still Soehn, taking it personal with szetela, Not using Mactavish when he already played as a center back in the past and making scary subs in the second halves...decision making is poor.

Posted by: godpere | September 11, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Does it depress anybody else that TFC is signing a player out of la Liga and we are signing a player waived by another MLS team? Urf.

Posted by: glfrazier | September 11, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

It was only last month that DCU signed a player who was also out of contract with a La Liga side....

Posted by: fischy | September 11, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Franco from Mexico finally has a club signed a 1 yr deal to the Hammers turning down a two year deal at age 32.


Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 11, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

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