With the conclusion of the MLS Season on Sunday, the league's offseason is officially underway. With it comes the first MLS player with which Toronto FC has been linked: ex- Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor. The 31-year-old is part of the initial crop of Major League Soccer free agents, as part of the group that is over 28 with 8 years of MLS experience.
According to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, Toronto FC are interested in signing Moor along with the Rapids and at least four other sides. Free agency has been open since yesterday at 1 pm Eastern at which time clubs could begin negotiating with players.
Moor has played 304 MLS games between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids where he has spent his last 7 seasons. In that time he has scored 22 goals and added 7 assists. He was also a member of the Rapids in 2010 when they won the MLS Cup.
From that standpoint Moor would be perfect for what Toronto FC needs: a veteran MLS defender to be an anchor for their backline. Despite being one of the league's worst teams this past season, the Colorado backline was still strong due in no small part to Moor's leadership.
The issue with Moor, however, would be how much he costs. While Toronto FC rid themselves of a significant amount of salary so far this offseason between Robbie Findley, Joe Bendik and Jackson, they still have plenty of holes to fill this offseason. Moor made $270,000 this year and the club could make as much as $310,500 under the new CBA.
If Toronto want to invest in a player like Moor they have to make sure that he is the answer for their backline issues. Spending that sort of money on another player who doesn't pan out would be incredibly detrimental to the club. At his age, he also wouldn't be a long-term investment either as at 31 he realistically only has a few good years left in him.
How big their "interest" is in Moor remains to be seen as well. While Toronto FC was one of the two clubs named by Wahl, they have struggled to sign MLS defenders in the past. Last offseason they missed out on both Nat Borchers and Aurelien Collin when went to Portland Timbers and Orlando City respectively after being reportedly involved.
A return to Colorado seems to be the most probable option for Moor, as according to Wahl they have offered him a job with the club after his playing career is over. Couple that with the fact that he has lived and played there for the better part of a decade and it only makes sense.
If Free Agency doesn't provide a good fit, Toronto FC will also have some interesting options to consider in Phase 1 of the MLS re-entry draft which takes place on Friday where a couple of other starting centre-backs are available.