Story updated March 17, 2020 @ 10:35 am EST
TORONTO, Canada—This rumour appears to be a bit more feasible than the Sebastian Giovinco to Los Angeles Galaxy rumors that surfaced last month, though we’re still not sure what to make of it.
According to LA Galaxy Rumors (@LAG_Rumors), former Toronto FC attacking midfielder Victor Vazquez will be signing with Greg Vanney’s L.A. Galaxy.
RUMOR: #LAGalaxy are signing 34 year old attacking midfielder, Victor Vázquez. He played for Greg Vanney during the 2017/2018 seasons and scored 16 goals in 52 appearances. Will NOT be a TAM signing. pic.twitter.com/kJMfBvWPXx— LA Galaxy Rumors (@LAG_Rumors) March 5, 2021
On Wednesday, popular LA Galaxy site Corner of the Galaxy added fuel to the fire, stating that they were “tentatively expecting an announcement as early as Wednesday (March 17).”
Vazquez spent two seasons with Toronto FC under Vanney, highlighted by playing a crucial role for the Reds during their treble-winning 2017 season and push to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Final. In 65 matches for the club across all competitions, the now-33-year-old scored 18 times and added 17 assists en route to earning a spot in the 2017 MLS Best XI.
Speaking to former TFC coach Vanney last season, Waking the Red learned that Vanney still holds the former Barcelona academy product in extremely high-regard and is confident that he will be a coach one day.
However, as Waking the Red outlined last year when Vazquez joined Footy Talks Live to voice his desire to one day return to Toronto FC, a move back to MLS won’t come easy for the beloved Spaniard.
Since Vazquez was sold to Qatar side Al-Arabi by Toronto FC at the beginning of 2019 for a price greater than $500,000, he’ll have to go through the Allocation Process in order to re-enter the league, meaning the L.A. Galaxy, who currently sit at No. 8 in the allocation order, would have to make a move up the order to be in a position to sign Vazquez.
Another interesting tidbit in the report is that it states that the 34 year old Vazquez, who is currently a free agent, would not be a TAM signing with the Galaxy. We know that Vazquez has proven that he can produce in MLS, and if he’s still able to perform close to his 2017/18 output (and the rumors are true) look out.
However, if the past couple of years are any indication, Vazquez’s best years could be behind him. Since departing Toronto at the beginning of 2019, VV has spent time with three different clubs, most recently in Belgium with KAS Eupen. He has failed to integrate himself into the side in each of his post-MLS stints, so perhaps a move back to the league he once used to dominate would be best the former TFC No. 7.
For what it’s worth, Vazquez is currently at home in Spain, training rigorously. From the looks of his Instagram page, he doesn’t appear to be keen on hanging up the boots for that potential coaching career any time soon.