Pieces starting to fall into place for rebuilding Toronto FC
Is TFC the final product? No, far from it. But the building blocks for a renaissance have been put into place thanks to an aggressive summer of rebuilding.
Toronto FC was one of the busiest clubs during the recent MLS secondary transfer window, having pulled off a series of major moves before the league’s trade deadline closed last Thursday.
Among the many transactions, TFC bolstered its back line by signing free agents Federico Bernardeschi, Domenico Criscito and Doneil Henry, acquired right fullback Richie Laryea on loan for a year, and strengthened its midfield by trading for Canadian international Mark-Anthony Kaye. They also officially welcomed Lorenzo Insigne into the fold, as the Italian made his MLS debut after signing a pre-contract agreement with the Reds in January.
Making way were Ralph Priso (sent to Colorado in the Kaye trade), former league MVP Alejandro Pozuelo (traded to Miami to free up a DP slot to sign Bernardeschi), centre back Carlos Salcedo (contract mutually terminated) and Jacob Shaffelburg (loaned to Nashville for GAM, which the club used to bring back Laryea).