Italian Midfielder Daniele Galloppa trained again with Toronto FC today, but for the foreseeable future it will be the last time. The 30-year-old, who most recently played for Parma in the Serie A had been on trial with the club for over a week.
In that time there were rumblings that the club was in fact interested in the player, but did not have the cap room to sing him. Whether or not this is true, the Italian is heading home today without a contract according to Sportsnet's John Molinaro who had a 1-on-1 talk with Greg Vanney after training.
Cap space was always going to be tight for Toronto FC this season as several six figure salaries, including Robbie Findley, Steven Caldwell and Joe Bendik, have been sitting on the bench. It is no secret that Toronto is trying to free up some of that room in order to acquire some reinforcements over the summer months.
Galloppa certainly would have been a nice player to fill in during the next few weeks as Toronto FC will be without regular central midfielders Micheal Bradley and Jonathan Osorio. Jay Chapman is the only true central midfield replacement Toronto FC currently have in their roster.
The Italian midfielder had a lot of soccer credentials coming into the Toronto camp. He was a longtime member of Roma's youth academy, and spent three years with the senior team despite never being capped. He has been playing Serie A football since 2007, playing for Siena before he joined Parma.
He has also played internationally for Italy, although mostly at the youth level where he has almost 40 caps at various levels. He played two games for the senior squad, making his debut in 2009 against Northern Ireland.
It is assumed that Galloppa caught the eye of Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko when he was over in Italy scouting Parma. Considering Parma are having financial issues, Toronto FC have shown interest in acquiring their players at a discounted or free rate.
Free transfers are something Toronto FC evidently favour, as was the case with Damien Perquis and his expired Real Betis contract.