The MLS offseason moves fast.
Having lost Raheem Edwards to the Expansion Draft on Tuesday, Toronto FC will have two more of their players involved when the league’s Waiver Draft takes place at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
They are Brandon Aubrey and Sergio Camargo, who were both signed to the first team but only appeared for TFC II in 2017.
The Waiver Draft can be something of a wasteland - not a single player was taken during the process last year.
Aubrey and Camargo’s availability is noteworthy, though, because it means that TFC have not taken up either player’s contract option for 2018 (if one existed) or offered them new deals.
That does not mean they have no future at the club: they could be invited to training camp without a contract, as was the case with Clement Simonin this year.
But for now, Toronto have decided not to renew their terms.
That is not particularly surprising. Aubrey played 21 games in the USL this year, while Camargo featured in 18. Neither had a disastrous year, but nor were they ever really knocking on the door for a first-team call-up.
At 22 and 23 years old respectively, their time is running out - especially as TFC have shown an inclination towards fielding primarily Under-21 players in the USL.
And at the first-team level, both players have a significant amount of competition in front of them.
In Aubrey’s case, Chris Mavinga, Eriq Zavaleta and Nick Hagglund are all under contract for next year, while free agent Drew Moor is expected sign a new deal. General manager Tim Bezbatchenko has also expressed a desire to bring back veteran backup Jason Hernandez.
Camargo is competing with the likes of Victor Vazquez, Jonathan Osorio and Jay Chapman for time in an advanced midfield role.
At this point, given their lack of MLS experience, it is unlikely either are selected in the Waiver Draft.
Notable names available on Wednesday include Antonio Nocerino, Oguchi Onyewu and All-Star right-back Hernan Grana, but TFC activity would be a surprise. The club appears intent on trimming its salary bill before delving into the market for reinforcements.
Toronto will select 22nd in the Waiver Draft.