On February 8th, 2018, AS USA reported that Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC were rumoured to be interested in Club America striker Darwin Quintero. Toronto FC seemedd to be ahead of Vancouver in the race for the Colombian, as they reportedly already tabled an offer around $5 million for the striker.
But now it looks as if neither Vancouver or Toronto will be picking up their target, as Minnesota United FC are about to announce the striker’s signing imminently. This isn’t just simply guessing that Minnesota is close to signing Quintero as their first designated player soon, but he has already arrived in Minnesota, met some of the Loons players, and has even changed his Twitter biography to stating that he is a part of Minnesota United FC.
Welcome to Minnesota, @darwinJR3!— True North Elite (@TrueNorthElite) March 29, 2018
Maybe we'll see ya around or something. #TrueNorthElite
Ultimately, although the Toronto FC front office is always looking for additional depth in every position, this would seemingly be unnecessary, given the high payroll and amount of depth they have up front. So perhaps not signing Quintero is a good thing, especially given that he and Ashtone Morgan haven’t had the best of times together...
This could also bode well for TFC’s tie with Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League. Assuming the transfer is indeed finalized, pending an official announcement, then Quintero wouldn’t be available for America on Tuesday. He hasn’t been a regular starter down in the Azteca, of course, but he does give them one less option off the bench against Toronto.