MLS Moves: Champion Toronto FC upgrades lineup with van der Wiel signing

MLS champion Toronto FC has the luxury of picking and choosing where it wants to add to its team.

The signing of Dutch international right back Gregory van der Wiel fits into that category. He was signed after TFC reached a transfer agreement with Italian Serie A club Cagliari. Van der Wiel was acquired TAM, meaning he'll not take up one of the three Designated Player spots held by returning stars Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.

TFC will be  the 29-year-old Van der Wiel's fourth club in less than two years after Paris St. Germain, where he won four French league titles, Fenerbahce and Cagliari. He began his career with his hometown club Ajax in 1996. He joined Ajax’s first team and made his pro debut on March 11, 2007.

Van der Wiel has 46 caps for the Netherlands and was a starter when it finished second to Spain in the 2010 World Cup. He was left out of the 2014 team by Coach Louis van Gaal.

Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko: “Gregory has a great defensive sense and will provide an upside on the ball with his strong distribution when in the attacking third. He will be a welcomed addition to our club as we continue to strive to improve as a team.”

2018 Roster:
Goalkeepers: Alex Bono, Clint Irwin.
Defenders: Nick Hagglund, Nicolas Hasler, Chris Mavinga, Drew Moor, Ashtone Morgan, Justin Morrow, Gregory van der Wiel, Eriq Zavaleta.
Midfielders: Michael Bradley, Jay Chapman, Marky Delgado, Liam Fraser, Jonathan Osorio, Victor Vazquez.
Forwards: Ayo Akinola, Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, Jordan Hamilton, Tosaint Ricketts, Ben Spencer.

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