TORONTO, Ont.—As expected, Toronto FC announced a flurry of roster moves on Thursday afternoon.
The club announced that they've picked up the contract options for the following nine players:
Defenders Auro Jr., Julian Dunn, Richie Laryea, Chris Mavinga and Justin Morrow; midfielders Marky Delgado, Liam Fraser, Tsubasa Endoh and forward Patrick Mullins.
They also declined the options for five players:
Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell, defender Ashtone Morgan, midfielders Aidan Daniels, Ryan Telfer and forward Jon Bakero.
Drew Moor's contract has run out, and Nicolas Benezet's loan has come to an end, but as with the players who had their options declined, they could still be back in 2020.
Benezet's loan had a team-clause to make the deal permanent, however, it remains unclear as to whether or not TFC will exercise that option.
“We’re excited to have consistency and bring back most of the team that helped us win the Eastern Conference Championship,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis in the official news release. “While we have had positive discussions with Michael [Bradley] and his representation, we also remain in contact with Nico and Ashtone regarding a potential return to the team for 2020."
As it stands, this is how TFC's roster currently looks for 2020:
Goalkeepers: Alex Bono, Quentin Westberg
Defenders: Auro Jr., Laurent Ciman, Julian Dunn, Omar Gonzalez, Richie Laryea, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow, Eriq Zavaleta
Midfielders: Nick DeLeon, Marky Delgado, Griffin Dorsey, Tsubasa Endoh, Liam Fraser, Erickson Gallardo, Noble Okello, Jonathan Osorio, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jacob Shaffelburg
Forwards: Ayo Akinola, Jozy Altidore, Patrick Mullins
Once again, take this news with a grain of salt. Just because someone had their option declined doesn't mean that they won't be back in 2020, either on a first team contract, or perhaps even a TFC II deal.