MLS Moves: Toronto FC signs Canadian vet Ricketts

Injuries and fluctuating form have hampered the Toronto FC attack for the past three months, which has prompted the team to take action.

On Wednesday, it announced that Canadian international Touisant Ricketts, who had been training with the team the past few weeks, has signed an MLS contract.

Ricketts, a native of Edmonton, started his pro career in 2009 and has played for clubs in Finland, Norway, Romania and Turkey. Ricketts scored one goal in 15 games for Boluspor Kulubu of the Turkish second division before leaving the club earlier this year, reportedly over a dispute regarding unpaid wages.

In 50 appearances for Canada, he has tallied 12 goals and started the national team’s last two friendlies against Azerbaijan (1-1) and Uzbekistan (2-1) in June.

“We are pleased to add another Canadian international with valuable experience for both club and country,” said TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement released by the club. “We are pleased to get this deal finalized and have him available for selection this weekend.”

Top scorer Sebastian Giovinco (eight goals) hasn't scored since a two-goal game against Vancouver in mid-May. During the game he deferred to Jozy Altidore for the taking of a penalty kick; not only was the kick saved but Altdiore injured his hamstring and hasn't played since.

TFC has also traded a senior international slot to Montreal in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft. After the team's training session Wednesday head coach Greg Vanney told reporters that further moves were possible and the team has some room under the $3.66 million per-team salary cap.

The U.S. and Canadian transfer window closes Aug. 3.

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