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Dominic Oduro reveals Toronto move on Twitter

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Ghanaian forward Dominic Oduro announced his departure from the Columbus Crew on Twitter on Friday, followed by confirmation that he will be joining Toronto FC.

The transfer has since been formally announced by the Reds, with Spanish winger Alvaro Rey traded in the opposite direction.

Posting to over 4,500 followers, Oduro expressed his gratitude to Columbus.

"Wanna thank the crew organization [sic] for the opportunity they gave me to play for them. It was blast but in the end guess it didn't work out".

After thanking pizza partner Papa John's, he then revealed Toronto as his destination, tweeting: "To my new team, Toronto hope to help the team move forward. Thanks for everyones [sic] love and support".

The 28-year-old had been with the Crew since February 2013, but has fallen out of favour this season - failing to find the net or complete a full 90 minutes.

He had previously been a regular in his debut campaign, as he hit the net 13 times in 34 appearances, but the Ohio club failed to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs.

His last match for Columbus came on Wednesday night at home to Real Salt Lake, where a late Ethan Finley strike rescued a point for the hosts in a 1-1 draw against the high-flying Western Conference side.

Toronto will now become Oduro's sixth Major League Soccer club, having featured for FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire prior to moving to Columbus Crew Stadium.

A forward who is known for his speed and holds one international cap for Ghana, his MLS career record reads as 228 games, 46 goals and 21 assists.

He is the sixth attacking player that Ryan Nelsen has brought in this season, following Jackson, Gilberto, Dwayne de Rosario, Jermain Defoe and Luke Moore to BMO Field.

Oduro's arrival in Ontario had been mooted for some time, and it comes as little surprise to see Rey let go in the opposite direction.

In 20 matches for the Reds since signing from Spanish minnows Xerez, he has provided just one goal and one assist.

The 24-year-old was on the bench last week as Toronto beat his new club with a stoppage-time winner from Doneil Henry.

Rey may now be involved for the Crew in Saturday's show-piece fixture against DC United at the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field, though the Reds clash with the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night might come too soon for Oduro.

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