Jason Hernandez endorses John Herdman's potential as Toronto FC coach

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As Toronto FC prepares for its season opener against FC Cincinnati, the team is making strategic moves to bolster its roster. The acquisition of Irish defender Kevin Long has prompted the club to secure an international roster slot from CF Montreal, facilitating Long's inclusion.

According to Yahoo Sports' information, General Manager Jason Hernandez expressed optimism about potential further additions before Matchday 1, indicating ongoing negotiations to finalize deals. Despite the slow pace of rebuilding over the off-season, Toronto FC has made notable signings, including Honduran midfielder Deybi Flores and Trinidad winger/wingback Tyrese Spicer.

The transaction with CF Montreal involved Toronto FC sending US$50,000 in 2024 allocation money and US$125,000 in 2025. This move underscores Toronto's commitment to strengthening the team ahead of the new season.

Optimism regarding the team's evolution

MLS roster compliance deadlines add urgency to Toronto FC's activity, with the team required to finalize its roster by 8 p.m. ET Friday. However, the club can continue to make personnel changes after this deadline while remaining roster-compliant.

GM Hernandez acknowledged the challenges in shaping the roster to align with the team's new vision under Coach John Herdman. Determining which players will remain and identifying areas for improvement are key priorities amidst the ongoing transition.

MLS salary budget regulations and designated player rules add further complexity to roster management. With a salary budget of US$5.47 million for the 2024 season, clubs must strategically allocate resources to maximize player acquisitions within budget constraints.

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Despite the hurdles, Hernandez remains optimistic about Toronto FC's trajectory, expressing confidence that the team will make significant strides in the coming weeks. As the season opener approaches, anticipation builds for the impact of Toronto FC's revamped roster under the leadership of Coach Herdman.