At the start of the 2015 season most fans would have been pleased with Robbie Findley's signing. He came to the club a MLS journeyman with 105 MLS starts,15 playoff games and a 2009 MLS Cup ring to cap it all off. However, it was a steady decline of performance that should have foreshadowed Findley's future with the club with the club allowing his contract to expire in early December.
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Coming off a tough season at Real Salt Lake, Findley scored only one goal in 16 appearances for the Utah club where time was scarce with Alvaro Saborio and ex-TFCer Joao Plata receiving most of time up front.
Findley joined Toronto FC in the re-entry draft as the MLS veteran who could provide support off the bench in Jozy Altidore or Sebastian Giovinco's absence, and things went to script on the first day of the season. Away to Vancouver Findley would score the winning goal in a 3-1 win for the Reds and for the day, the signing looked positive; but it would be six months later before we saw his second of the season. Findley would go on to score a consolation goal in a 2-1 loss to New England in Toronto and would provide three assists over the course of the season.
With Findley getting regular playing time over Jordan Hamilton and Luke Moore the already crowded bench would see the addition of Herculez Gomez in early August bringing increased competition for minutes. Findley would start the final seven games of the season, his longest streak of 2015, but with only a goal and an assist in that span Findley did little to solidify what would've been a higher finish for Toronto FC.
Over the course of the season Findley received his fair share of playing time but his speediness and touch that helped earn him his MLS Cup ring was no longer there. For a player brought in to support the talented starting cast up front Findley did little to contribute in the ways of goals and assists for the minutes he received.
Toronto FC has five attackers signed for the 2016 season with Giovinco and Altidore likely to get the start up top paired with a crowded bench of Hamilton, Gomez, and Moore leaving little room for an underperforming Findley. With an average of 3 goals per season over the last 3 years Toronto FC is looking for an alternative in their "results based business" as Findley was a declining option up front. With his services as the club no longer needed, the club allowed Findley's contract to expire entering him to the MLS Re-Entry draft. At the time this article was written Findley had been passed in the first and second rounds of the re-entry draft and remains without a club.