Toronto FC accomplished the signing of Netherlands defender Gregory van der Wiel from Serie A aspect Cagliari on Thursday.
The MLS champions used focused allocation cash to accumulate Van der Wiel, who turns 30 on Saturday.
Toronto was in want of a brand new right-back after Steven Beitashour accomplished his transfer to growth membership LAFC as a free agent final week.
“We’re excited to convey Gregory van der Wiel to Toronto FC,” common supervisor Tim Bezbatchenko stated. “He’s an skilled participant that has performed with some large golf equipment in Europe and has represented his nation at a number of worldwide tournaments.
“Gregory has an awesome defensive sense and can present an upside on the ball along with his sturdy distribution when within the attacking third. He can be a welcomed addition to our membership as we proceed to attempt to enhance as a group.”
📽 : Gregory van der Wiel speaks about his transfer to Toronto. pic.twitter.com/uy2uRqXyRA
— Toronto FC (@torontofc) February 1, 2018
Van der Wiel beforehand starred at Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain, however he has struggled to seek out constant taking part in time since transferring to Fenerbahce in the summertime of 2016.
He solely made 17 appearances in all competitions in a single season on the Turkish membership, and since transferring to Cagliari final August, he has performed in six whole video games for the Serie A membership.
Van der Wiel has made 46 appearances for Netherlands and began within the defeat to Spain within the 2010 World Cup remaining.
When he debuts for Toronto, he would be the 13th participant in MLS historical past to have performed in a World Cup remaining and the third energetic MLS participant, alongside New York Metropolis FC’s David Villa — who was on that Spain group in 2010 — and Chicago’s Bastian Schweinsteiger.
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