It seems that Mark Bloom is not going anywhere anytime soon. After Toronto FC managed to find a way to avoid losing him in the expansion draft the club got busy working on an extension for their starting right back. On Tuesday, they announced that the deal was now completed.
As with all contracts in MLS the details are limited other than the fact that it is a multi-year deal. It is safe to assume that the new deal will also included a raise for Bloom to finally move him away from the league minimum to a salary more in line with what a typical starter in MLS makes.
In recent seasons Bloom has been very good value for what the club was paying him as he has made 35 appearances in all competitions since joining the club in July of 2013. He was initially acquired on loan from the Atlanta Silverbacks for the second half of the 2013 season and despite getting off to a slow start he managed to do enough that the club brought him back for the 2014 season.
In 2014, Bloom really made the starting right back spot his own and despite the inconsistent performances of the defensive unit over the course of the season he was one of the more reliable players. After Justin Morrow, Bloom was arguably the best defender that TFC had last season.
Signing Bloom to a new deal and giving him a raise should come as a surprise to no one. The team already has so few defenders under contract for next year that it would be foolish to let one of the better ones they have go. With so many other parts of the team left to address in the next month having Bloom locked up long terms solves one problem.
For Bloom, a recent first-time father, this contract has been a long time coming. After graduating from Berry College the defender was completely off the radar of top level teams. He wound up signing for AC St. Louis in the USSF Division 2 Professional League back in 2010 before making stops with the Charlotte Eagles of USL Pro and then the Atlanta Silverbacks in NASL. Bloom hit just about every stop along his way to becoming an MLS starter and now he is set to stick around for a while.
Hopefully this new contract is one that is fair for both sides and Bloom continues to provide good value for the club while also getting a wage that reflects his role as a starter.