Toronto FC signs defender Doneil Henry for remainder of 2022 season
He's coming home.
Toronto FC announced on Friday evening that they signed Canadian international defender Doneil Henry for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Soccer season.
"Doneil has good experience in the league and can provide us with some backline depth," said Toronto FC Head Coach and Sporting Director Bob Bradley in a press release on Friday. "He obviously has strong ties to Toronto and to the club, and we know he's excited to rejoin the team."
Henry, 29, started his career in the Toronto FC Academy in 2008 and became the first ever Homegrown player to sign with the first team in 2010.
Most recently, Henry was with MLS side LAFC for six months, where he played just six matches. He was later placed on waivers by the club at the beginning of July.
Henry was training with the Reds this past week, which stirred up debates between fans on whether it would be a good signing for Toronto, and at the end of the day, it is.
There's no denying that the defending situation has been TFC's weak spot this season. They've needed the help on the backline for some time now, especially after the departure of Designated Player Carlos Salcedo earlier this month, so the signing makes sense.
Overall, the length of the signing is only for the rest of the year, so it provides a low-risk, high-reward situation for TFC. They've needed the help in this area, especially in the central position, and ultimately Henry will give them the depth they need when it's needed now more than ever.
However, the signing doesn't solve all of Toronto's problems in the back, but it certainly will help as the Reds make a push for an MLS Cup playoff spot.
With Henry signing back in Toronto, where it all began, it also makes sense because now he'll get some important playing time during a World Cup year. The more playing time, the better, and that's what he will get in Toronto, at least for now.