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Toronto FC: Is Maximiliano Urruti coming to Toronto?

Maximiliano Urruti

With the MLS transfer window closing on August 8th, time is running out for Toronto FC to make more signings.  While Jonas Elmer provides an upgrade at left back, fans will likely be disappointed if the club does not bring in anyone else.

The main name currently being linked to TFC is Maximiliano Urruti.  The Argentinian is seen as the spark that could boost an attack, which has suffered inconsistencies and injuries throughout this season.

TFC were close to signing the 22-year old in the spring, before Newell’s Old Boys decided against selling him.  However, this situation has now changed, with reports that Urruti has walked out on his current club, unhappy with his current wage and their unwillingness to transfer him.

What potentially helps Urruti’s position is that the rules apparently indicate players under the age of 23, are allowed to walk away from their contract in the final year.  If true, it could be a case of the striker simply buying out the remainder of his contract.

If Urutti’s wages are the main issue, then Toronto FC are in a prime position to make an offer that would be hard to refuse.   If he is brought in as a young DP, money is no issue for President and GM Kevin Payne.

The main obstacle facing Toronto FC, is that they are only one of many clubs that have been linked to Urruti recently.  The situation should become clear soon, with the latest updates indicating TFC have made an offer and are expecting a decision within the next couple of days.

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Diego Forlan joining Toronto FC? Latest MLS rumours

Diego Forlan

With MLS entering the second half of the season, fans are preparing for one of the most exciting periods of the year.  On July 9th, the transfer window opens and already, speculation is rife in terms of what various teams will do.

Toronto FC is no different, as they look to improve their slim playoff hopes.  And fans are excited about one of the biggest rumours currently circulating, with TFC apparently in the running to sign Uruguayan international, Diego Forlan.

According to several reports, if the former Manchester United player comes to North America, Toronto is his most likely destination.  Forlan has enjoyed a successful career, including winning the European Golden shoe and receiving the Golden Ball as the best player at the 2010 World Cup.

Despite him impressive resume, they would be questions about the wisdom of bringing in a player, who recently turned 34.  It also appears to go against Kevin Payne’s and Ryan Nelsen’s long-term plan to bring youth and stability to the franchise.

However, Forlan, is still an effective player, who would likely bring an immediate spark to the team.  To date in 2013, he has scored 10 goals for Brazilian team, Sport Club Internacional and is still playing at international level, with 8 appearances this year for Uruguay.

Forlan, who would be signed as a DP, would certainly be a big coup for TFC, who are still looking for more respect around the league.  Expect the situation to become clearer over the next few days.

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Toronto FC introduce Matias Laba at BMO Field

Matias Laba introduction to TFC media

Ahead of today’s big game against the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC introduced new signing Matias Laba to the media at BMO Field.  The deal was officially announced yesterday after weeks of speculation.

Laba has been signed for an undisclosed fee (believed to be around $1.5 million) from Argentinos Juniors as a young designated player, but says he doesn’t feel any extra pressure.  He is considered one of the top young talents in Argentina and Toronto FC will be hoping his energy and leadership can inspire his new teammates.

Toronto FC TV ambushed Laba pretty much as soon as he landed at Pearson International Airport.  As such, don’t judge the 21-year old too harshly on his responses:

Laba’s not kidding when he describes himself as a defensive midfielder!  He’s yet to score a single goal in his senior career.

To be fair though, when he does finally break his duck, it’ll be one more professional goal than this writer will ever have.

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MLS superdraft: Toronto FC pick Luis Silva and Aaron Maund

Toronto FC

With the 4th overall pick in the 2012 MLS superdraft, the Toronto FC have selected the UCSB (University of California in Santa Barbara) playmaker Luis Silva. The senior Silva had a huge year with 17 goals and 10 assists. He is the program’s first NSCAA first-team All-American.

The Toronto FC have also selected Aaron Maund, from the University of Notre Dame with their second 1st round pick (via New York Red Bulls), 12th overall. Maund plays defense and has been a starter for the past three years with the fighting Irish. He was a part of the U-20 world cup US team.

The team had no picks in the secound and last round of the MLS Superdraft