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TORONTO -- Issey Nakajima-Farran walked past a reporter recently, confiding with a smile that he had finally got a TV for his new apartment. The Toronto FC midfielder was looking forward to being able to watch soccer again. The MLS newcomer was starting to put down roots in Toronto. An artist as well as a soccer player, he had deliberately chosen a slightly grittier part of town to make his home, to get a taste of the town. The Canadian international will be looking for a new cable provider and home after being traded Friday, on his 30th birthday, to the Montreal Impact for American Collen Warner and allocation money. The move, the first ever trade between the two teams, clearly came as a shock. "Birthday surprise!! Wow! Just like that. Its not right. Surreal. .mlssoccer .Inhumane," Nakajima-Farran tweeted. "Still in the dressing trying to soak it all in. My cargo box still hasnt arrived from Spain. Was ready to call this home! Life goes on." he added in another tweet before thanking the Toronto fans, players and everyone who had helped him settle. Nakajima-Farrans last kick in a Toronto uniform was the penalty shootout winner Wednesday that sent the Reds past Vancouver into the final of the Amway Canadian Championship. For Toronto, the deal is a chance to bolster a midfield that will be without Michael Bradley until his World Cup duties with the U.S. team are over. It also offers manager Ryan Nelsen a different piece in the midfield puzzle. When healthy, Toronto has options on the flank in Brazils Jackson, Alvaro Rey and Dwayne De Rosario. Nelsen also likes to use Jonathan Osorio there, allowing the creative Canadian to drift in and out. In central midfield, the options were fewer outside of Bradley and Osorio, especially with Jeremy Hall still working his way back from injury. Canadian Kyle Bekker has shown great growth but more help was needed. Warner is a holding midfielder who can play elsewhere along the middle. "Ive liked Collen for a long time, to tell you the truth," Nelsen said after practice Friday. "He gives us options in that midfield that we just didnt have," he added. Warner has 92 appearances, including 64 starts, with Montreal and Real Salt Lake since emerging from the football factory of the University of Portland. A holding midfielder, the 25-year-old has started all nine of Montreals MLS games this season but was sent off for handball last time out in a 3-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. Nakajima-Farran has two goals in five games since signing with Toronto, second only to Jerman Defoes three. He had been with the team since training camp but did not sign until late March. "I feel sorry for Issey," Nelsen said. "Because since we brought him in, hes done nothing wrong. Hes such a great guy and hes done really well. "But unfortunately when we have all our players back, it probably would have been hard to see him starting on the team. Where with Collen, hell start. Hes a starting player .... Hes a guy we targeted and Im glad hes going to be walking in the door." Nakajima-Farran will offer Montreal some creativity and flair in the attacking half of the park. But with seven goals for and 17 against, the Impact needs help at both ends. Toronto FC captain Steven Caldwell was sorry to see Nakajima-Farran go. "Its horrible and thats just the game we play, especially in this (MLS) environment with the trading and different things that go on," said the Scot, no fan of the trades allowed in the North American league. "We wish him all the best. He was an important member of our squad. We enjoyed his play and his company and everything about him. A fantastic lad. "But decisions are made and we move forward. Were getting an excellent player coming in. Isseys going to a great football club as well. Hopefully everyone benefits from it." Born in Calgary to a Japanese mother and a British-Canadian father (who was born in Rhodesia), Nakajima-Farran moved to Tokyo when he was three and London when he was 10. He spent his teenage years in the British capital, playing in the Crystal Palace youth system before heading to Japan to begin his pro soccer career. He went on to play in Singapore, Denmark, Australia and Cyprus. "He is a player whose qualities will fit well within our group and style of play," Impact head coach Frank Klopas said in a statement. "We feel his experience with both the national team and abroad will benefit our team." Impact owner Joey Saputo has promised changes to his 1-5-3 team. The allocation money obtained in Fridays deal may help that cause. Nakajima-Farrans salary is listed at US$110,000 by the MLS Players Union, compared to US$143,000 for Warner. BERLIN -- Defending champion Bayern Munich ground out a hard-fought 2-0 win over Nuremberg to maintain its winning start to the Bundesliga on Saturday. Franck Ribery met Philipp Lahms cross with a fine header to break the deadlock in the 69th, and Arjen Robben sealed the result when he eluded three defenders and scored through the goalkeepers legs in the 78th. Bayern toiled to break down the Nuremberg defence, however, in what was the 187th derby between the sides. "Nine points from three games. Everythings wonderful," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. Schalkes poor season start continued with a 2-1 loss at Hannover, where the visitors finished with nine players and the hosts 10. "Three games and only one point is definitely not we expect at Schalke," said the teams under-pressure coach Jens Keller. Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-2 to win eight Bundesliga games in a row for the first time. Freiburg drew 3-3 at Hoffenheim, where three players and the Freiburg coach were sent off. Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo was sent off in a 2-0 defeat at Mainz, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Nicolai Mueller scoring for the home side. Later on the day the Bundesliga celebrated its 50th anniversary, Hertha Berlin defeated Hamburger SV 1-0 to increase the pressure on visiting coach Thorsten Fink. "HSV would be a lot better if people calmed down a bit," Fink said after the game. Colombia forward Adrian Ramos scored in the 74th, stroking the ball in from close range after Nico Schulz burst into the Hamburg penalty area to set him up. Hertha withstood the visitors desperate efforts for an equalizer to ensure the clubs best start to a Bundesliga season. "It was a very close, exciting game, tight to the end. We had the luck to score the decisive goal," Hertha coach Jos Luhukay said. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola opted to hand Mario Goetze his competitive debut for the side, with fellow off-season signing Thiago Alcantara also starting. Despite claiming three-quarters of the games possession and outshooting the visitors 25-5, Bayern lacked the cutting edge to turn chances into goals. "The defeat is merited. But we fought brilliantly and showed great spirit," Nuremberg coach Michael Wiesinger said. His team came closest to scoring in the first half when Daniel Ginczeks fierce effort crashed back off the crossbar in front of the goal line in the 15th. David Alaba had the chance to score from the peenalty spot in the 33rd -- after Robben fell theatrically in a tussle for the ball with Per Nilsson -- but Raphael Schaefer saved the Bayern defenders weak effort.dddddddddddd Bayern striker Mario Mandzukic was fortunate to avoid a red card for a dangerous challenge on Berkay Dabanli before the break. Schaefer pulled off several great saves, denying Mandzukic on the hour and then Goetze shortly afterward. Ribery scored one minute after Goetze made way for Toni Kroos, prompting a wave of relief around the stadium. The Frenchman was shown a yellow card for taking off his jersey while celebrating his first header in 54 Bundesliga goals. "That was strange," Ribery said with a grin. "Strange but super." Robben also scored an unusual goal, scoring with his right foot for just the third time in 47 Bundesliga goals. "It was an important win. Im satisfied, especially with the second half and the way we controlled the game," said Guardiola, whose side has now gone a club-record 28 league games without defeat. Schalke faced an uphill battle at Hannover when captain Benedikt Hoewedes was sent off for conceding a penalty on Mame Diouf in the 14th. Szabolcs Huszti duly scored from the spot, and the Hungarian crossed for Diouf to score with a header in the 42nd. Adam Szalai pulled one back in the 55th but it proved to be a consolation. There was still time for Huszti to be sent off for a raised foot in the 74th, and Schalke defender Christian Fuchs to earn his second yellow in the 85th. In Leverkusen, Stefan Kiesslings 23rd-minute penalty put the home side ahead, five minutes before he pulled the ball back for Sidney Sam to make it 2-0. Martin Stranzl and Juan Arango pulled Gladbach level with two goals within three minutes. But Sam grabbed his second on the hour mark, and then set up Gonzalo Castro to seal the result in the 72nd. "We lost our concentration for 10 minutes and Gladbach were back in the game. The reaction after that was very good," Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia said. Hoffenheim striker Sejad Salihovic was sent off after scoring his sides first goal from a penalty. TV replays showed the Bosnian slapped Julian Schusters face as the Freiburg midfielder tried to recover the ball. Freiburgs Francis Coquelin received two yellow cards in as many minutes before the break, when Christian Streich was sent to the stands for protesting, and Freiburgs Admir Mehmedi received a straight red card in the final minute. ' ' '
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