Toronto FC announced Monday that they have selected Goalkeeper Jon Busch in the 2007 MLS Waiver Draft that was held via conference call from New York. Toronto acquires Busch with a year remaining on his current deal with the Crew, as per team policy, no financial details were released.
Busch, 30, was one of four players waived by the Columbus Crew last Friday in order to comply with the league's roster requirements.
"He's got a lot of experience, and we're happy to have him", said Head Coach Mo Johnston.
In 2005, the keeper was sidelined with a knee injury for the greater part of the season, and in 2006 managed only 8 games because of injury.
Drafted by Columbus with the 23rd pick overall in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, Busch emerged as a standout in the league in 2004 when he helped the club run their unbeaten streak to a league record 18 games. That season he was also a finalist for Goalkeeper of the Year for his performance.
His college career at UNC-Charlotte saw him grab NCAA All-American honours in 1996. Undrafted out of school, he began his professional career with the Carolina Dynamo and Worcester Wildfire of the USL seeing very limited action with each. His final season saw him named the A-League Goalkeeper of the Year with the Hershey Wildcats.
Busch will join the rest of Toronto FC for Training Camp in Bradenton, Florida in the next few days.
There were no other moves in the league surrounding Monday's Waiver Draft.