MLS Notes: Toronto signs Eckersley permanently, Impact win big and more

MLS Notes: Toronto signs Eckersley permanently, Impact win big and more

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MLS Notes: Toronto signs Eckersley permanently, Impact win big and more

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Richard Eckersley will be calling Toronto FC home for the foreseeable future.

Eckersley was signed to a permanent move with the Reds after joining the club on loan from Burnley last April, the club announced on Thursday. The 22-year-old English defender figures to be a key part in Toronto's defense after a good first year with the club.

In 2011, Eckerlsey started in 22 of the 23 games he appeared in and he also featured in all four matches for Toronto during its run to its third straight Voyageurs Cup win during the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Here are more notes from around MLS:

IMPACT CRUSHES ITESO UNIVERSITY

Playing in its third preseason match during its training camp in Mexico, the Montreal Impact crushed Iteso University 7-0 in a game played in Guadalajara. The Impact saw five different players find the back of the net in the game, with Miguel Montano, Juan Jose Pena, Reda Agourram, Aaron Schoenfeld and Mircea Ilcu all scoring. Montano and Schoenfeld each had two goals against the Mexican university.

DYNAMO-EARTHQUAKES GAME RESCHEDULED AND MOVED

The Houston Dynamo's regular-season visit to Buck Shaw Stadium to face the San Jose Earthquakes on March 18 has been moved. The game will now take place on March 17 and will be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco as part of a doubleheader featuring Mexico and Senegal's Under-23 teams. Kickoff for Houston-San Jose is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. CT.

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