With the MLS Cup just barely entering in to the rearview window the league got the offseason into full swing Monday morning. With a mini trade window open for just four hours to start the week there were several teams that were very busy.
Toronto FC were not among the teams that were busy with the biggest news of the day so far for them proving to be the players that they missed out on acquiring. They may make a small move before the day is over but even that seems unlikely. What TFC will have to do is submit their protected list by 2 PM after the close of the window.
Two of the players who were reportedly high on the shopping list for Tim Bezbatchenko were veteran CBs Nat Borchers and Aurelien Collin. Both players have been top defenders in MLS in recent years but were on the market due to their current teams not having the cap space available to sign them to lucrative new deals.
In the end, Toronto FC missed out on both defenders. In the case of Collin they were outbid by Orlando City who sent allocation money and future considerations to Sporting Kansas City for the French defender. Orlando will now have to agree on a new contract with the former Defensive Player of the Year which may have been another issue for TFC who might have been put off by the player reportedly seeking a contract near the DP wage level.
With Borchers it was not a case of Toronto FC being outbid as they were reportedly one of three clubs that submitted an offer that Real Salt Lake were willing to accept. According to RSL's Garth Lagerway the team then gave Borchers the choice between the three clubs and his preference was the Portland Timbers. He wound up heading to Cascadia in exchange for a pile of allocation money as RSL wanted to get something back for him rather than losing him in the expansion draft.
Now it may not seem like a big deal for TFC to miss out on these two players it will play a part in how the rest of their offseason will unfold. Borchers and Collin were the top two CBs available in the trade market and it was clear that TFC had interest in both of them but having missed out they will have to look for defensive help from elsewhere.
There may be other proven MLS defenders that move this offseason or TFC may be forced to go shopping outside of the league but it is clear that they are going to need to sign another CB at some point. With Doneil Henry leaving the club and Nick Hagglund having only one year of experience they could use an upgrade at the position.
We will keep you updated if TFC do make any moves.