Toronto FC officially agree to part ways with defender Darren O'Dea
Toronto FC have agreed to mutually part ways with defender Darren O'Dea, the club announced Thursday.
The move comes five days after the team announced tha O'Dea was on his way back to Toronto to finalize a transfer, and the player revealed earlier Thursday via Twitter that he had signed a three-year deal with Ukrainian Premier League outfit and Europa League qualifiers Metalurh Donetsk.
“Darren had an outstanding opportunity for a long term contract at Donetsk, and we completely understand why he wanted to seize that,” Toronto FC president and GM Kevin Payne said in a club statement. “I had a good conversation with him before he left and hope to see him in Toronto in the future. We wish him the best of luck.”
O'Dea, 26, arrived in Toronto after taking part in the Euro 2012 championship with the Ireland national team, with whom he has earned 19 caps and scored one goal. During his time with the Reds, O'Dea made 26 appearances, tallying a goal and three assists, and was team captain up until his transfer.