It has been a long day in Toronto FC land!
The day started with the announcement that Torsten Frings was retiring from football after failing to recover from a hip injury that ruled him out for part of the second half of the 2012 season. Frings' three-year stay with Toronto FC caps off an illustrious career with both Werder Bremen and the German National Football Team.
A documentary series called #AllforOne also launched on TSN 2, the first episode surrounding club president Kevin Payne and co. as they manoeuvred through the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. A new home kit was also unveiled, and during the event, Payne announced a few new player signings for Toronto FC, after hinting that the club was close to signing a few targets.
Hogan Ephraim, Taylor Morgan and Jonathan Osorio, each a new player donning Toronto FC red in 2013.
Ephraim, at 24-years-old, is the strongest signing of the trio. An England U-20 international, Ephraim spent time on loans to several different clubs from parent club Queens Park Rangers. He joins Toronto FC on a one-year loan, most likely with links to Ryan Nelsen who played with QPR mere weeks ago.
A winger/forward, Ephraim gives Toronto FC a much-needed option on the flanks. Currently, Toronto FC has very few options on the left wing, but with Ephraim, at least Toronto FC can utilize a pair of natural wingers with Reggie Lambe on the right.
As for Taylor Morgan, who was drafted 58th overall by Toronto FC in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the club has some insurance if Justin Braun picks up an injury. He scored a preseason goal against Orlando City FC, and will, at the very least, be another option for Nelsen in a roster stretched rather thin.
Finally, TFC Academy midfielder Jonathan Osorio graduates to the senior team after impressing coaches in Florida training camp. Osorio scored, made some great passes, looked the role of MLS quality midfielder, and certainly earned the graduation. He is the eighth TFC Academy graduate, behind players like Matt Stinson, Doneil Henry, Quillan Roberts Ashtone Morgan. He's an attacking midfielder, another offensive option for Toronto FC.
So, three new faces for Toronto FC fans to watch. Official word is expected sometime tomorrow and Waking the Red will continue to update the story as new details break.