A lot of clubs have made use of their offseasons by scouting new talent; there has been many trades and a lot of shifting between clubs. Toronto FC is definitely one of those clubs. It has added several new players to its lineup, and hopefully this will change the club as it is known. Although it has been a CONCACAF Champions League semi-finalist, it has never won the MLS Cup and rarely makes the playoffs. This year will be different.
The first big move to make headlines for Toronto was the acquisition of US National Team (USMNT) midfielder Michael Bradley. This was an excellent move for the club and even for Bradley. It is great to have him back in the league, and being on Toronto will give him a chance to shine. Some are upset he wont be captaining, but I don’t think it’s important at all.
Bradley is not alone in being a big name added to Toronto; Englishman Jermain Defoe will also be joining the lineup. Defoe is a striker who recently played alongside Clint Dempsey at Tottenham Hotspur, and he also plays for England’s National Team. He has a lot of talent and experience. Hopefully, Bradley and Defoe will make the perfect offensive pair to help Toronto make goals.
Others who are new to the club include former DC United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, and its new goalkeeper Julio Cesar who is on loan from Queen’s Park Rangers. These are two other big additions to the club. De Rosario is an amazing Canadian in the league, and it’s great to see him return to his hometown to play. Cesar is a great goalkeeper and will be beneficial to the club and the league. Talents like these are helping the MLS grow.
I really look forward to seeing what Toronto does with the recent changes in its roster. This year it may even make it to the playoffs.