Toronto FC have made their first move of the 2019 offseason. Canadian midfielder Jay Chapman was dealt to expansion side Inter Miami earlier today in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money.
The 25-year-old made 88 appearances for Toronto FC, scoring six goals in that time. He also has a goal in two senior caps for the Canadian men’s national team.
“Jay has been part of the club for a long time and we are wishing him nothing but the very best in his next endeavor. Having signed a homegrown contract in 2015, Jay has been part of teams over the years that have won a lot for the club,” said GM Ali Curtis in a press release. “While we believe the trade is good for TFC, it presents a solid opportunity for Jay to start a new chapter in his life and playing career. Jay will be missed but having been with both our academy and first team, he will always be part of the TFC family.”
With Inter Miami, Chapman will get an opportunity to find a consistent role for himself in the expansion side’s inaugural season. Despite showing promise, he was often lost in the midfield numbers game with Toronto FC.
Chapman needs to look no further than Canadian national teammate Mark-Anthony Kaye for the blueprint of what moving to an MLS expansion side who are forming an identity can present in terms of opportunity.
Toronto FC are expected to be reasonably busy during the winter window, having already identified a goalscorer as being at the top of their shopping list over the coming months.