The Red Bulls have traded former No. 1 overall MLS draft pick Marvell Wynne to the Toronto FC for a second round pick in the 2008 MLS Draft and a partial allocation, multiple sources within MLS confirmed on Tuesday.
The deal reunites Wynne with former Red Bulls coach Mo Johnston, who traded up in the 2006 MLS Draft to make Wynne the first player chosen.
A former standout right back at UCLA and for the U.S. Under-20 national team, Wynne started 23 games for the Red Bulls last season, impressing with his blazing speed and imposing strength.
His poor touch and raw technical ability made him a work in progress, which may have made him expendable in the eyes of Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena, who started Hunter Freeman in his place on Sunday against FC Dallas.
The Red Bulls, known as the MetroStars at the time, traded defender Jason Hernandez and the No. 5 overall pick to Chivas USA for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2006 draft, which it used to select Wynne, widely regarded as the best prospect in that year's draft.
The trade makes sense for a Toronto FC squad that has struggled mightily in its first two game as an MLS expansion team. The Canadian club has surrendered seven goals in two matches, including four in Saturday's 4-0 loss to New England.
The move also frees up a senior roster spot the Red Bulls needed for newly-acquired Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel, who is joining the New York club from Aston Villa.