Toronto FC Search for New DP After Declining Option on Piatti
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, November 30, 2020
Toronto, ON—Toronto FC released their off-season roster moves and one notable omission from their tentative 2021 roster was midfielder Pablo Piatti, who's option they chose not to exercise.
In February, Toronto signed Piatti to a one-year deal with a club option for 2021,making him their third DP after captain Michael Bradley, who had been a DP since joining the club from Roma in 2014, re-signed on a TAM contract.
When Piatti joined from La Liga side RCD Espanyol, there were plenty of fans criticizing the club’s decision not because of his skillset, but due to a lengthy injury history. Although Piatti picked up an injury in the final month of the season, he still played 17 matches and logged a lot of minutes. Piatti fit well in the midfield and had chemistry linking up with Alejandro Pozuelo.
After Toronto were eliminated by Nashville in the first-round of the MLS Cup playoffs, it is understandable why management would feel the need to make some changes and perhaps make a big splash in the transfer window. Toronto's management will now shift their focus to the DP search as they look to fill the void on a roster that finished second in the standings and just three-points back of Philadelphia for top spot in the league standings and Supporters’ Shield.
Toronto GM Ali Curtis stated that “while we’ll have conversations with Pablo and his representation regarding returning next year, we’ll also look to bring in a new Designated Player.”
Curtis’ comments indicate that the club is not ruling out Piatti returning for less money however, they are keeping all their options open and an open DP spot allows him to be more creative with improving the roster.
Another notable free agent is defender Justin Morrow. Curtis stated he will look to have the same “conversations with other players that qualify for free agency, such as Justin Morrow”, so it looks like the 33-year old is still in the club’s plans going forward.
Which position do you think the club should target for their open DP spot?
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