Toronto FC released both of their goaltenders today, but otherwise made it clear that they will be staying the course with the current team. As such, they picked up the options on 13 players who will be returning for the 2016 Major League Soccer season.
The most notable returnee is midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who at 23 had a breakout season for the club. There was only one real option for Toronto when it came to the local boy who will be part of the core of the club for the foreseeable future.
While Toronto rid themselves of their two top goalkeepers this year, they did pick up the option on 21-year-old Canadian Quillan Roberts. He will have a good chance of getting his first Major League Soccer action this upcoming season after a strong year with Toronto FC II that put him ahead of Alex Bono on the goalkeeping depth chart.
What Toronto do to improve their backline remains to be seen, but today they brought back a number of its depth pieces. Canadian Ashtone Morgan will return after a bounce back season, while Josh Williams, Nick Hagglund and Eriq Zavaleta will also play roles going forward.
Mark Bloom, who sat out the entire 2015 season with injury, will also be back. There had been some talk that the 28-year-old right back was not rated by manager Greg Vanney, but today's news should put that to bed. Should TFC not bring in a new right back, Bloom is the favourite to start in that position next year.
Aside from Osorio, Toronto FC have also brought back midfielders Collen Warner, Daniel Lovitz, Marky Delgado and Chris Mannella. All of these players are likely to start in depth roles next season, but are important pieces to what Toronto is trying to build.
Delgado, in particular, turned heads this past season. At just 20 year's of age the former Chivas USA midfielder forced his way into the Toronto starting lineup and ended up appearing in 20 games and scoring 3 goals while adding three assists.
Finally, Toronto FC will be bringing back striker prospect Jordan Hamilton. The 19-year-old has long been considering the "next one" as far as Toronto strikers go but has fallen down a convoluted Toronto FC depth chart when it comes to attacking players. He played only 13 minutes over two matches this past season.
As a result of today's roster moves here is the Toronto FC lineup going into the offseason combining players who were already under contact and those who had their options pick up today.
Goalkeepers: Quillan Roberts, Alex Bono
Defenders: Damien Perquis, Ahmed Kantari, Eriq Zavaleta, Nick Hagglund, Mark Bloom, Ashtone Morgan, Josh Williams, Clement Simonin
Midfielders: Jay Chapman, Micheal Bradley, Benoit Cheyrou, Marky Delgado, Dan Lovitz, Chris Mannella, Jonathan Osorio, Collen Warner
Strikers: Jordan Hamilton, Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, Luke Moore, Herculez Gomez