MLS Moves: Toronto FC picks up five options, declines eight

As MLS Cup champion, Toronto FC was granted a couple of extra days to finalize its offseason roster decisions.

TFC announced Thursday it has exercised options for the 2018 season on five players and declined options on eight others. Four players, including captain Drew Moor, are out of contract.

Contract options have been renewed for deals with goalkeeper Alex Bono, defender Justin Morrow, midfielders Jonathan Osorio and Jay Chapman, and forward Jordan Hamilton. Options for goalkeeper Mark Pais, defenders Brandon Aubrey and Oyvind Alseth, midfielders Sergio Camargo, Armando Cooper, Benoit Cheyrou, and forwards Ben Spencer and Tsubasa Endoh were declined.

“We are pleased to bring back a high number of players that completed the treble and brought the first MLS Cup Championship to Toronto FC,” said Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We are encouraged through this initial process that many will return for the 2018 season, which includes Concacaf Champions League. We will continue our discussions with those players that are now out of contract, including the players whose options were declined.”

Moor and fellow defenders Steven Beitashour and Jason Hernandez will be out of contract at the end of the year, and can opt for Free Agency. Defender Eriq Zavaleta will also be out of contract at the end of the year, but doesn't meet league requirements for Free Agency. Cheyrou is eligible for the 2018 MLS Re-Entry Draft, the first stage of which begins Friday.

Eleven players were already under contract for 2018: goalkeeper Clint Irwin; defenders Ashtone Morgan, Chris Mavinga, Nick Hagglund, and Nicolas Hasler; midfielders Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, Victor Vazquez;  and forwards Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Tosaint Ricketts.

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