Is Drew Moor Heading to Toronto FC?

Recent reports have said that Toronto FC and Free Agent centre back Drew Moor have reached an agreement, and it is pending league approval. Other sources say the move is “premature” and not for sure.

After a season that saw TFC allow a league most 53 goals, Bill Manning, Tim Bezbatchenko and Greg Vanney are working hard to find solutions.

We mentioned recently that TFC were close to acquiring Steven Beitashour from the Vancouver Whitecaps. That move is still not confirmed, but could happen some time next week.

Regarding Drew Moor joining the Reds, Sportsnet’s John Molinaro reported that TFC and the former Colorado Rapids defender are close to agreement, and all that remains is league approval. Moor is a leading candidate in the MLS’s first Free Agent class this offseason, and one sought after by many.

Moor was linked to staying in Colorado, when the Rapids offered him a coaching position when he retires.

However, according to Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson, the move that would bring Moor to Toronto is “premature” and “inaccurate”. Larson reports that a source told the Sun that there isn’t an agreement for the 32 year-old centre back, and accusations of the move are false.

The two rumours are obviously telling two different sides of the story, but which one is true, and which one is lying? It is not for sure which one is. In a world of social media looking after every move we make, sports teams are very cautious about what is leaked to reporters.

It is nothing new that teams want to keep quiet regarding contract talks, and the same goes for TFC. In the past, moves have been hidden from the media and public and have been in the works for months prior to them happening.

Signing Moor would be a positive move for the club, as they look to better the 53 goals they allowed last season. We mentioned in a prior post that TFC should sign Moor, as he would bring a veteran MLS presence that the club is lacking.

Moor was recently apart of the Rapids squad that won the 2010 MLS Cup at BMO Field and is a 12 year MLS veteran. Over the course of his career, he has split time between FC Dallas and Colorado.

Moor’s salary is one to look at. The veteran made a reported $270,000 according to the MLS players union. His salary could increase to a maximum of 15 per cent ($310,000). TFC are nearing the cap ceiling, and even though they were able to offload salaries like Jackson, Robbie Findley and Joe Bendik, the team is still spending a lot of others.

The move to sign Moor wouldn’t but the Reds in financial struggle, but someone could leave, as reports have mentioned that TFC could buy out one players contract this offseason, according to league rules.

Just like the Beitashour rumour, the Moor one isn’t confirmed by the club and will be some time until the club speaks out about it. Only time will tell if TFC can lock up two key defensive players in the hopes that the defensive struggles are less come next season.