28 players currently set to return next season
Toronto FC announced today the following roster moves:
Toronto FC has exercised the contract options on goalkeeper Kevin Silva, defender Julian Dunn, midfielders Nick DeLeon, Tsubasa Endoh, Liam Fraser, forwards Ifunanyachi Achara and Ayo Akinola. Toronto FC has not exercised the option on midfielder Pablo Piatti. Piatti will be eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft.
Defenders Laurent Ciman, Justin Morrow and Eriq Zavaleta will all be out of contract at the end of the year. In addition, the loan deal for defender Tony Gallacher will expire at the end of the year.
Twenty-one players are contractually guaranteed for the 2021 season: goalkeepers Alex Bono and Quentin Westberg; defenders Auro, Omar Gonzalez, Richie Laryea, Chris Mavinga, Rocco Romeo (currently away on loan); midfielders Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, Griffin Dorsey, Erickson Gallardo, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Noble Okello (currently away on loan), Jonathan Osorio, Alejandro Pozuelo, Ralph Priso, Jacob Shaffelburg and forwards Jozy Altidore, Patrick Mullins, Jayden Nelson and Jordan Perruzza (signed for 2021 season).
“The year did not end how we wanted it to, but I am very proud of what the team accomplished under unique and difficult circumstances. We’ll be able to return a core part of the group, including some young, exciting, and hungry homegrown players, but also, we’ll look to make some important decisions that add to the quality of the team. In a lot of ways, the cap next year will be less than it was this year, so we’ll have to be creative. With that said, while we’ll have conversations with Pablo and his representation regarding returning next year, we’ll also look to bring in a new Designated Player. We’ll also have conversations with other players that qualify for free agency, such as Justin Morrow,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “There’s a lot of work to do during the offseason, but we are motivated and have the experience and energy for it. We have a strong team, and we hope to be back in front of our fans at home in BMO Field next year to contend for trophies in 2021.”
Toronto FC’s 2021 roster as it currently stands:
Goalkeepers (3): Alex Bono, Kevin Silva, Quentin Westberg
Defenders (6): Auro, Julian Dunn, Omar Gonzalez, Richie Laryea, Chris Mavinga, Rocco Romeo*
Midfielders (13): Michael Bradley, Nick DeLeon, Marky Delgado, Griffin Dorsey, Tsubasa Endoh, Liam Fraser, Erickson Gallardo, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Noble Okello*, Jonathan Osorio, Alejandro Pozuelo, Ralph Priso, Jacob Shaffelburg
Forwards (6): Ifunanyachi Achara, Ayo Akinola, Jozy Altidore, Jayden Nelson, Patrick Mullins, Jordan Perruzza
*currently away on loan