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Former Toronto FC and Whitecaps player training with Vancouver after injury

08/23/2013 10:05 EDT | Updated 10/23/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - Terry Dunfield is not ready to call it a career.

The veteran Major League Soccer and Canadian international midfielder is training with the Vancouver Whitecaps as he recuperates from a knee injury and seeks another team.

"At the minute, it's just training for a few weeks," Dunfield said after a practice Friday at B.C. Place Stadium. "I'm just getting over a meniscus injury. I've made it through the first week, and the body feels good."

Dunfield, a 31-year-old Vancouver native, was released from Toronto FC in June. He suffered the injury while training with Toronto prior to being waived through MLS and becoming a free agent.

"After two or three weeks, I'll see what my options are and then sort of re-assess from there," he said. "But at the minute, I'm no good to anyone when I'm not fit."

Dunfield said he has received "one or two offers" from MLS clubs but is waiting until he is healthy to make a commitment.

He plans to talk to the Whitecaps, for whom he played the first half of their 2011 expansion season before being traded to Toronto. But Vancouver coach Martin Rennie has all but ruled out signing him.

Dunfield made 56 combined appearances for Toronto in MLS league play, CONCACAF Champions League, and the Amway Canadian Championship, while producing six goals for the Reds. He had one goal and three assists in 12 MLS games with the Whitecaps in 2011.

A former Manchester City youth player, he played in England before joining the Whitecaps in a second-tier circuit in 2010. He says he wants to make sure that he can find "the right fit" if another team signs him.

"I can't wait to get back out there and make up for lost time — both at the club level and for Canada," said Dunfield.

But he has a tight deadline when it comes to finding employment. MLS clubs must freeze their rosters by Sept. 13.