Here we go again with the rumours, as it seems like Toronto FC are going to be making a move soon. After the reported deal for Arnold Peralta fell through, they've gone in a different direction to bring in a defensive midfielder. Instead of taking a risk on a young up and coming international who'd be new to MLS, they're now apparently going to go with the grizzled veteran route.
The rumblings started this morning with Gerry Dobson;
Expect a player signing by #TFC either today or tomorrow.— Gerry Dobson (@SNGerryDobson) January 14, 2013
Luke Wileman went a little further;
Toronto FC are putting finishing touches to a deal to sign a veteran midfielder who has #MLS experience— Luke Wileman (@LukeWileman) January 14, 2013
And then Ives Galarcep went as far as to put a name to it.
Sources tell me Toronto FC is closing in on signing former Sporting KC midfielder Julio Cesar.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 14, 2013
He's had a long career with plenty of clubs, mainly in Europe and most impressively with Real Madrid, before playing the last 2 seasons with Sporting Kansas City. He did alright there, before falling victim to something that's unlikely to be an issue at TFC, a squad with plenty of options. The combo of Matt Besler and Aurelin Collin meant there wasn't really a place for him in the defence, which led to a move to the defensive midfielder position, though he never really made it his own. Overall he played 54 times for them before being released to free up cap space for the Sporks big off season revamping.
Cap space is one of the reasons to cast a quizzical eye at this one, as his base salary last year was $252,000. he was released so this would be a completely new contract and negotiation, so hopefully that number would end up being quite a bit lower. The other reason of course would be his age, at 34 if he's going to be linking up with Torsten Frings, that'd be an old midfield partnership, and with Danny Califf behind and Danny Koevermans up front, that spine practically has osteoperosis.
It could be a good signing though, he obviously has plenty of quality to him, and a veteran presence in midfield isn't a bad thing. The ability to also provide centre back cover for Califf and Darren O'Dea would also be a good thing, as Doneil Henry and Gale Agbossoumonde is a very untested pair of backups.
As an example of what he can do on the attacking side of things, remember this goal? Probably best not to expect much more of that if he does end up signing with us, as that would mean he doesn't get to face TFC defending to get that much space to work with.