Luke Moore is no more.
On Friday morning Toronto FC finally confirmed what had long been expected as they announced that the club have waived forward Luke Moore.
Moore had not been with the club at all during preseason making it quite clear that he was the odd man out and the club had no interest in bringing him back for the 2016 MLS season. The only question really was how TFC were going to manage to get rid of him.
In the end, it looks like they were unable to find someone to sell the 30-year-old forward to and have had to resort to waiving the forward instead. While waiving him does not free up the cap space (the team already used their one buy-out on Kantari) it does result in his spot on the roster being opened up.
The open roster spot means that TFC do have room now to sign two additional players so there is a growing chance that both Babouli and Endoh earn deals on the back of very strong preseasons. Opening up space to keep both of them may be the biggest boost that comes from finally resolving the situation with Moore.
Moore leaves the club having made a total of 46 appearances across all competitions since he was acquired via trade from Chivas USA back in 2014. His 7 goals and 7 assists over the period of time are a big part of why he is being waived as that return was nowhere near high enough for a player that was making a fairly large salary by MLS standard.
The move opens up space in the attack for a player like Jordan Hamilton to potentially see a lot more first team minutes this year. With Jozy Altidore set to miss a decent part of the season for international duty at the Copa America that forward depth is going to be tested. The team is going to need Hamilton and Herculez Gomez to really step up this season and do their part to provide solid depth options when Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco are not in the side.
With Moore off the roster there should be very few moves left to be made before first kick with the exception of the potential deals for Endoh and Babouli.