July 2, 2013 - Steven Caldwell after signing a permanent deal that will keep him in Toronto.
The transfer window in Major League Soccer opens on July 9 and Toronto FC has already made a series of moves this week.
On Monday, Toronto traded its top spot in the MLS Allocation Order* to Chivas USA in exchange for the Goats’ first round pick in 2015 MLS SuperDraft and an international spot that’s good through the end of the 2014 season.
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A day later the Reds traded its second round pick in 2015 to Kansas City for midfielder Michael Thomas. On the same morning defender Steven Caldwell’s loan deal to Toronto was made permanent.
Thomas, a 25-year old central midfielder, has been on Toronto’s radar for some time with members of the coaching staff familiar with his college exploits at Notre Dame from 2006-2009. Caldwell has emerged as a calming presence in Toronto’s backline, helped improve its set-piece defending and has been a positive influence for young centre backs Doneil Henry and Gale Agbossoumonde.
The two new permanent members of the club could soon be joined by more fresh faces, possibly even one that makes a noticeable splash. The acquisition of an international spot from Chivas suggests Monday’s deal may have been a prelude to further transactions. Toronto does have a designated player spot open and its technical staff has made it no secret they are on the prowl for top talent.
Following Wednesday’s match against Montreal, Reds won’t play again for 10 days. It’s possible during that time there will be plenty of action off the pitch.
*The Allocation Order is used to determine which team has first priority on a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after leaving on a transfer fee. Chivas acquired Toronto’s allocation spot to sign defender Carlos Bocanegra.