Toronto FC need a goalkeeper, so they should look to the MLS or a low-risk option from Europe.
Toronto FC have made some notable upgrades on defense, leaving the goalkeeper position as the number one priority. Unless Tim Bezbatchenko has absolute faith in Quillan Roberts and Alex Bono, he’s likely looking at who can fill in between the pipes. After all, letting go of Bendik and Konopka was the right move.
TFC has run out of designated player spots – unless they’re crazy enough to let one of them go – so that’s off the table. The Target Allocation Money process is also a little redundant, and probably won’t land the Reds their desired target. If Toronto wants to get a goalie from Europe, their best option would be to take the Julio Cesar approach and get someone on loan.
With Euro 2016 fast approaching, there are no doubt goalkeepers who want increased playing time and want to impress their international managers. The player who fits that category the most is Salvatore Sirigu, since PSG is Kevin Trapp’s team for all intents and purposes. There will be teams in Serie A that will try to land his signature in January, but he could join TFC on a loan stint to prove that he’s still a first-team keeper then negotiate a good deal back in Europe.
If the Reds pull off a loan for Sirigu, it’ll be important for fans to not get too attached. Woodbridge will want to treat him like family, but he isn’t likely to view Toronto FC as more than a proving ground.
As for a longer term option, the club will no doubt be interested in trying to land Milan Borjan of Ludogorets. He has 27 caps for the national team, so he’s familiar with these surroundings. He also has actual Champions League experience, even though he wasn’t the goalkeeper in their most memorable moment of that campaign.
He isn’t a known commodity in Europe so he wouldn’t command a massive salary. He’s also 28 and will have a lot to offer the club if he arrives.
Then of course, there are still options for the Reds within the MLS. While they aren’t likely to land a Bill Hamid or a Luis Robles, but a trade target that could be worth pursuing is Nick Rimando. At the age of 36, he is a Real Salt Lake and USMNT veteran who has performed at a high level for a very long time in this league. It may seem like he won’t have a lot more to offer, and he certainly has nothing left to prove, but he can still provide a solid option should the Reds land him.
Of course, I’m not much of an armchair GM. That’s something Anthony Gallo has already done, but in my view, these are the best candidates Toronto FC could go for this offseason. You might have a different keeper in mind, and if you do then by all means let your voice be heard. Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or down below in the comments section.