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Toronto deal defender Gargan to Chicago for Robinson

Toronto FC continued their midseason overhaul on Thursday, sending defender Dan Gargan to Chicago in exchange for defender Dasan Robinson and a second-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

The 28-year-old Gargan (above, left) had been a stalwart of the Toronto defense since joining the club last season, making 37 starts in 43 appearances with the Reds. But with Aron Winter trying to make over his roster on the fly — and with TFC already having conceded a league-high 41 goals through 23 league games — the Philadelphia native became a casualty of Toronto’s wheeling and dealing.

The 27-year-old Robinson becomes the 11th new face to join the Reds since First Kick. The Cleveland native came up the ranks as a Chicago Fire Premier youth player and was a key figure in the Fire’s lineup over the past six seasons, making 82 appearances over six seasons.

But the versatile defender fell down the depth chart this year, making only five appearances under former coach Carlos de los Cobos and interim head coach Frank Klopas.

“We had an opportunity to acquire another defender and provide depth for our club,” Winter said in a statement. “I’d like to thank Dan for his contributions to our club, but we felt this was a move we needed to make. Dasan brings us depth and versatility because he can play central defense or right back.”