TAMPA, FL - JUNE 11: Julian De Guzman #6 of Team Canada celebrates his team's goal against Team Guadeloupe during the CONCACAF Gold Cup Match at Raymond James Stadium on June 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
The trade for midfielder Julian de Guzman is now official. FC Dallas announced the deal this morning and fans should be pretty pleased with the outcome. Dallas has sent midfielder Andrew Wiedeman to Toronto in exchange for de Guzman.
That's it. Straight up de Guzman for Wiedeman. Nothing else. No draft picks or allocation involved. You can also bet that Dallas won't be handling all of de Guzman's hefty Designated Player salary (worth $1.9 million).
De Guzman has logged 1,028 minutes for Toronto FC this season, picking up three assists in the process. A four-year veteran of MLS, the 31-year-old has two goals and eight assists in 65 matches since joining Toronto FC.
De Guzman has 56 career caps with the Canadian National Team. A 20-year-old de Guzman made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Martinique on Jan. 26, 2002. He represented Canada at the Under-20 level, competing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina and has been a member of four CONCACAF Gold Cup squads (2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011). De Guzman was named tournament MVP in the 2007 edition of the Gold Cup.
The 22-year old Wiedeman leaves Dallas after making eight MLS appearances. The Generation adidas forward made five of his eight appearances in 2012 and started his first match of his career against San Jose on July 7.
My overall thoughts on this deal is this, Dallas picks up a quality defensive midfielder that will likely slot in perfectly behind Andrew Jacobson and David Ferreira in the middle of the midfield. Does this mean the end of Daniel Hernandez? For this season, I think we could estimate that it may.