One of the ongoing projects at Toronto FC has been the quest to build the team around Canadian national team players. It appears they may add yet another international, one with considerable experience, to their roster.
Luke Wileman reported on twitter Friday that TFC are close to signing winger Issey Nakajima-Farran, following a preseason trial with the club.
Canadian international Issey Nakajima- Farran is with TFC in Seattle and coach Ryan Nelsen says he hopes deal "is close" to being finalized— Luke Wileman (@LukeWileman) March 14, 2014
The Calgary-born Nakajima-Farran, 29, has played professionally on three continents prior to linking up with Toronto this year. After signing a pro deal with J-League team Albirex Niigata in 2003, he was sent to team affiliate Albirex Singapore, where he was named the S.League's Young Player of the Year in 2005.
He's also played in Denmark for Vejle, Nordsjaelland (where he was a teammate of Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst), and Horsens; in Australia with the Brisbane Roar; and in Cyprus.
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A Canadian international since 2006, Nakajima-Farran has amassed 30 caps and scored one goal for his country.
As of Friday evening, Toronto FC had not responded to a request for comment from MLSsoccer.com regarding the report.
Nakajima-Farran featured for Toronto in their preseason tournament, the Disney Classic in Orlando, Fla. After arriving at TFC's training camp in January, Nakajima-Farran spoke about the opportunity with reporters on TFC's website: