Toronto FC's strategic moves for this new season

2024 MLS Media Day
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Toronto FC, after a slow rebuilding process over the off-season, is gearing up for the upcoming MLS season with strategic acquisitions. The team recently added Irish defender Kevin Long to its roster, demonstrating its commitment to strengthening its defensive lineup.

Acquisitions, trades, and talent

Alongside Long, Toronto FC has also secured the talents of Honduran international midfielder Deybi Flores and Trinidad winger/wingback Tyrese Spicer, the first overall pick in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft. These additions signify Toronto FC's determination to bounce back from a challenging previous season.

In preparation for the upcoming campaign, Toronto FC made a significant move by acquiring an international roster slot from CF Montreal. This acquisition highlights the team's proactive approach to building a competitive squad. The transaction involved Toronto FC trading US$175,000 in general allocation money to CF Montreal, demonstrating the club's willingness to invest in its roster's diversity and talent.

MLS regulations allow teams to trade international roster slots, providing flexibility in roster management. With 233 international roster slots distributed among the league's 29 clubs for the 2024 season, teams have ample opportunities to optimize their squads. Allocation money, such as the funds exchanged between Toronto FC and CF Montreal, can be utilized to manage player salaries and ensure roster compliance.

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Toronto FC's upcoming season opener against FC Cincinnati serves as an early test for the team's revamped roster. With the MLS deadline for roster compliance approaching, teams across the league are finalizing their squads for the new season. Toronto FC aims to make a statement with its strengthened lineup as it strives for success in the upcoming campaign.