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Toronto FC sign winger Erickson Gallardo

The Reds add some much-needed help out wide


Toronto FC made their second signing of the new MLS transfer window on Tuesday, signing Venezuelan winger Erickson Gallardo from Zamora FC.

Gallardo, 22, has been brought in using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), and is the second player to join on TAM this summer, following centre-back Omar Gonzalez, who was signed a while back but can now join the team after the transfer window officially opened.

Gallardo looks to be a quick winger who can cross the ball and score goals, all things that Toronto FC are in need of right now. He can also play on both wings, versatility that is valuable for TFC as they try to find their best starting lineup. It also allows him and another winger (like Nick DeLeon or Jacob Shaffelburg, for example) to swap wings mid-game and look for certain matchups against defenders. Gareth Wheeler breaks it all down here:

In 116 appearances for Zamora, Gallardo scored 13 goals and added 22 assists. He also made his first international appearance for Venezuela in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in June.

He’s already in training and is expected to be available to play on Saturday against Montreal.