Newspaper article The Canadian Press

TFC Trade Amarikwa to Fire for Supplemental Draft Pick, Add Ephraim on Loan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

TFC Trade Amarikwa to Fire for Supplemental Draft Pick, Add Ephraim on Loan

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TFC add Ephraim on loan, trade Amarikwa

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TORONTO - Toronto FC signed winger Hogan Ephraim on loan from Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday, a day after club president Kevin Payne promised "the cavalry is coming."

"We needed to bring some quality in," Toronto head coach Ryan Nelsen said. "Hogan hopefully will be one of a few who will be coming in."

The team, which opens the Major League Soccer season Saturday in Vancouver, also acquired a first-round pick in the 2014 supplemental draft from Chicago for forward Quincy Amarikwa as its off-season makeover continues.

The 24-year-old Ephraim will be added to the roster upon receipt of his international transfer certificate. He's also only on loan until June from the English Premier League club.

"We both know what we can do at the end of (the loan deal), but right now it's just getting focused on the games," Ephraim said following his first practice Wednesday. "I want to impress them and hopefully I'll enjoy it here as well and enjoy my football and then we'll look beyond that. But for the moment we just want to get down to playing soccer and getting some good results."

Ephraim signed with QPR in January 2008 and was a member of the squad that secured promotion to the Premier League in the 2010-11 season.

The move reunited Ephraim with Nelsen, his former QPR teammate. …

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