When the summer transfer window closed on August 3, most figured Toronto FC would be done making deals. However, it appears that there was still a deal in the wings to bring in the attacking midfielder that Toronto FC has been chasing this summer.
That move is inching closer to completion, as Toronto FC look set to announce Armando Cooper as their latest signing, once his paperwork is in order. Whether he will be available for Toronto FC during their three-game road trip remains to be seen.
There are questions as to how Toronto FC can make this signing considering the window's closure, but it is possible that the paperwork was filled before that deadline and just hasn't come through yet, according to Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun. Then again, when do MLS rules ever make sense?
My sources say that Armando Cooper will join Toronto FC (as per reports out of Panama). 28-year-old attacking mid. 54 caps. #mls— Marc Weber (@ProvinceWeber) August 12, 2016
The move was first reported by Marc weber of the Province in Vancouver, and then confirmed by several Toronto media outlets. Cooper is expected to be announced next week on a loan deal from his club Arabe Unido.
Toronto FC supporters will remember Arabe Unido, a club out of Cooper's native Panama, from their 2010 CONCACAF Champions League campaign. They traded 1-0 results with the side during the group stage.
Cooper has played most of his career in Panama with Arabe Unido, where he recently returned after leaving in 2011. In that time, Cooper spent time with Godoy Cruz in Argentina, Oțelul Galați in Romania and a brief stint with FC St. Pauli in Germany.
He is also an international for Panama, for whom he has played over 50 matches, and scored four times. So Toronto FC may have to deal with him missing time for international duty.
Toronto FC's attacking midfield position has been held by Jay Chapman recently, but Jonathan Osorio and Tsubasa Endoh have also played the position. None have been consistent enough, however, although Chapman's recent run of form means he at least has a chance to keep his spot.
Whatever the case, Cooper's depth cannot hurt as Toronto FC continue to become a team with multiple options at every position. This would be their second signing of the window, after Canadian Tosaint Ricketts was brought in earlier in the month.