TFC?ponders plans for U.S. striker - Metro US

TFC?ponders plans for U.S. striker

TFC?is looking at signing another striker to boost an offence that ranks 11th in the 14-team league and they may just have a perfect fit.

Last week rumours connecting TFC with former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi surfaced, then fizzled. This week former US national team standout Brian McBride said he wants to return to MLS now that his contract at Fulham has run out.

McBride, a Chicago area native who has scored 30 goals in 95 national team games, has said he wants to play for the Fire, but TFC owns his MLS rights.

General manager Mo Johnston said yesterday he’s looking for “something very big” in return for the rights to McBride, but said TFC is interested in him too.

“Fortunately for us we’ve got the number one slot,” he said. “We’re sitting on a pot of gold at the moment.”

Johnston also said the team is still searching for a big name to sign as their designated player.

>> After playing only 40 minutes Tuesday night striker Danny Dichio didn’t practice much yesterday, and his status for tomorrow’s game is uncertain. After three goals in his last two league games, Dichio is again the team’s leading scorer and wants to play against L.A., but he also knows he needs to rest.

“It’s problem that been with me since New York (May 1) and I’ve got to take it day by day,” said Dichio, who has four goals this season. “The only think that can possibly help it is rest.”

If Dichio sits, TFC?will likely look to veteran Jeff Cunningham to fill his cleats.

Cunningham, currently ranked third in scoring among active MLS players with 97 goals, hasn’t started a league game since April 5, but logged 90 minutes in Tuesday night’s Canadian Championship match against Montreal.

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