By Armen Bedakian Red Nation
The confusing, complicated, impossible-to-decipher Toronto Football Club
Oh boy, what a headache this last week has been for Toronto FC!
Joao Plata’s (supposed) departure from Toronto FC back to Ecuadorian outfit LDU Quito has been swirling around the message boards and comment sections of every major news source and fan forum, but the one message that hasn’t made itself clear (and I mean crystal clear) is that Plata isn’t leaving TFC forever.
A six-month loan for Plata back in his old haunting grounds is probably the best thing Toronto FC can do right now, to be honest. It’s a transaction deal that makes sense on every level; Toronto FC let a young player – who impressed last year but has failed to live up to previous form – train with a professional organization and perhaps get more playing time, giving them a fresh player for next season; the team opens up an international player spot which they will absolutely need if any of the Italian centerback rumours are true; finally, they get some cap relief (albeit little) and set up for a future signing.