Toronto FC announced today that the club has acquired Belgian international centre back Laurent Ciman with Major League Soccer’s number one allocation slot. TFC acquired the number one slot in the allocation order after trading the number two slot to FC Cincinnati along with TFC’s natural second round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Ciman, 33, most recently played for FC Dijon in France’s Ligue 1, having been sold by Los Angeles FC (LAFC) of MLS on August 28, 2018. Prior to joining LAFC at the start of the 2018 season, Ciman played three seasons in MLS for the Montreal Impact, where he was named the MLS Defender of the Year and to the MLS Best XI in 2015. In addition, Ciman was named to the MLS All-Star team in 2015, 2016 and 2018. In four seasons in MLS, Ciman made a combined 115 appearances, scoring six goals and four assists between Montreal and LAFC. He helped lead the Impact to the finals of the 2015 Concacaf Champions League and consecutive appearances in the MLS Cup playoffs. He was traded to LAFC ahead of the 2018 season and later sold to Dijon.
“We are excited to add a player with Laurent’s vast experience,” said TFC Senior Vice President, Soccer Operations & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “This is a player who has been a captain of two MLS teams, an All-Star and the Defender of the Year. He is an excellent passer, an organizer in the back and a passionate, fiery competitor. We look forward to him joining our club immediately and becoming an important part of our group.”
Ciman, who played eight seasons in Belgium’s top division (for Charleroi, Club Brugge and Standard Liege) has played 20 times for Belgium’s senior national team. He was a member of the Belgian team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as well as part of his country’s team in the 2016 Euro Cup. Ciman was on Belgium’s preliminary roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but was not named to the final squad. His most recent cap came in a 3-0 victory over Egypt on June 6, 2018.
TRANSACTION: Toronto FC has acquired Belgian international Laurent Ciman with the MLS number one allocation ranking. TFC acquired the number one in ranking in a trade with FC Cincinnati, where Toronto sent the number two allocation ranking and a second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Weight: 155 lbs
Birthdate: August 5, 1985 (Age – 33)
Birth Place: Farciennes, Belgium
Hometown: Liège, Belgium
Last Club: Dijon
Pronunciation: “Lor-han Seem-han”