The Carlos Salcedo-Yeferson Soteldo swap deal is finally official, Sebastian Giovinco once again wears the Toronto FC jersey and a look at speculation involving one of Lorenzo Insigne’s Napoli teammates.
Toronto FC fans have experienced several interesting off-seasons in the past, including the ‘Bloody Big Deal’. However, the current off-season is arguably already the best and most exciting in club history.
The signing of Lorenzo Insigne is undeniably the highlight, but the overall combination of roster additions (and losses), trades and speculation has been intriguing to say the least. And it’s not over yet:
Salcedo-Soteldo swap deal finally made official
Trading Yeferson Soteldo to Tigres UANL in exchange for Carlos Salcedo had been set to happen for weeks. However, it was finally officially confirmed by Toronto FC on Monday.
As a result, TFC managed to deal with two pressing issues in one move. First, there should be little doubt bringing in Salcedo will help improve a defence which was statistically the worst in club history last year.
As we’ve previously written, the 28-year-old is a tough, physical player who is strong in the air, while also being comfortable on the ball. His main position is centre-back, although he can play as a full back if necessary.
Salcedo will bring plenty of international experience to Southern Ontario, having been capped 48 times for Mexico since 2015. In addition, his time playing in two of Europe’s top leagues — Serie A and Bundesliga — should prove invaluable.
The former Real Salt Lake home grown player released a statement to discuss the move to Toronto. As per the TFC communications team, the statement said:
"“I am excited to return to the MLS and join a team that always wants to win and compete for titles. I look forward to playing in front of Toronto FC fans, making them proud and making history with the club.”"