In a somewhat surprising move, Toronto FC has released veteran midfielder Julio Cesar. A multitude of journos at BMO tweeted him not practicing for "personal reasons" and seeing him leave BMO in his street clothes. And then, the official word came through:
While this led to endless speculation it would seem that "personal reasons" is the official code for being cut from the team. Initial word from coach Ryan Nelsen seems to indicate that Cesar was considered surplus as there are a number of fit midfielders, but also that Cesar's preferred style of play wasn't going to work with TFC:
Nelsen: they way #TFC plays didn't fit how Cesar wanted to play. Doesn't like keeping guys his age waiting around and not playing.— Gareth Wheeler (@WheelerTSN) March 29, 2013
What is most surprising about the release is that TFC is in dire need of an experienced, holding midfielder - regardless of what you think of how Jeremy Hall and Terry Dunfield perform in the middle of the park - the midfield is Toronto's most glaring area of weakness. But until we get the official reason, all we can do is speculate as to the true reason behind the release: is it fitness, desire for a larger role, or purely to clear up cap space? As soon as we know we'll let you know.