Robert came to Toronto as a free agent from English side Derby County in April, "but slumped after a strong start," writes Morgan Campbell. His $337,000 salary made him the team's highest-paid player, and dumping that cleared space for Ruiz. The terms of the Ruiz trade were not yet clear, but it will allow the Galaxy in turn to sign veteran U.S. national team midfielder Eddie Lewis.
Toronto will also take two-thirds of Edu's transfer fee (one third going to MLS). $500,000 goes to the team's allocation fund "and they'll have until late next year to use it on salaries and player signings." The remaining $2.8 million goes to the team's soccer operations, which could mean anything from funding its academy to replacing its home field turf with natural grass.