Toronto FC lands general allocation money in trade with LAFC

Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. (Chris Young/CP)

Toronto FC has shipped an international roster slot to Los Angeles FC in exchange for US$50,000 in general allocation money.

LAFC, which has lost Canadian midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to season-ending ankle surgery, promptly announced the signing of veteran Brazilian defender Danilo Silva on a five-month loan from Brazilian side Internacional. It acquired the 31-year-old’s rights from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

Silva rejoins LAFC head coach Bob Bradley 13 years after making his pro debut with the MetroStars in 2005.

The trade may also set up a move for Toronto, which had two open international slots after the departure of midfielders Ager Aketxe and Mariano Mino. TFC has said it is in holding transfer talks — but will only pull the trigger if the fit is right.

General allocation money can be used to pay down the salary-cap hit of a player.

In other TFC news, the club has signed midfielder/forward Tsubasa Endoh to a USL contract. The 24-year-old from Japan spent time between the first team and TFC II last season.

Endoh, who played college soccer at the University of Maryland, was originally drafted ninth overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC. In two seasons with TFC, Endoh made a combined 29 appearances with three goals and one assist.

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