Toronto FC announced this afternoon that they’ve officially dropped defender Gregory van der Wiel from the roster, parting ways “by mutual consent” according to a press release. The exact nature of this move is unclear although it’d be safe to assume it’s some kind of contract buyout.
Due to the complexity of MLS’s cap rules, it’s hard to say how exactly this will affect TFC’s salary cap situation. Apparently, the cost of a buyout will count against the cap if it’s done during the season (which this was), although how that would work with a TAM-level player like van der Wiel (whose cap hit of $150,000 was well below his actual salary) I cannot say.
Per MLS rules: "A club may not free up space in the Salary Budget with a buyout of a player's contract during the season. In the case a club buys out a player's contract during the season, the buyout amount will be charged against the club's Salary Budget." #TFCLive— Oliver Platt (@plattoli) March 22, 2019
Van der Wiel had been sidelined by TFC since early preseason, when an altercation with Greg Vanney led to him being sent home from camp in California. He was working out at the club’s training facility, albeit not with the rest of the team, for the past few weeks. This move has been inevitable for a while now, although exactly how TFC would get him off the roster (some speculated an MLS trade) was a matter for debate. This appears to have been the easiest.