One of the offseason signings charged with stabilizing Toronto FC's back line did not even make it to opening day.
TFC released Ecuadorian international centerback Geovanny Caicedo, citing family and trouble adjusting to the league as reasons for ending his brief tenure with the club.
"We are certainly disappointed with this outcome," TFC coach Aron Winter said in a team release. "During the preseason Geovanny expressed difficulty adjusting to the style of Major League Soccer. This reason combined with being away from his family, we were willing to accept the contract termination. We felt it was in the best interest of Geovanny. We wish him the best in his future endeavours."
The personnel move is the latest in the club's struggle to shore up the back line, which conceded a league-worst 59 goals last season. The defense looked extremely tentative during Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against Los Angeles, with Torsten Frings repeatedly needing to provide cover for centerbacks Miguel Aceval and Ty Harden.
Here are a few more notes from around MLS:
REVS SIGN WHITE
Eight years later, Jeremiah White is finally a member of the New England Revolution.
A right winger with pace and a former standout at Wake Forest University, White had career stops in Serbia, Greece, Denmark (at AGF Aarhus, where he teammed with Revs midfielder Benny Feilhaber), France, Saudi Arabia and Poland before ultimately returning home.
He joins a crowded midfield that includes the likes of Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph, Kelyn Rowe, new signing Lee Nguyen and Clyd Simms.
SEATTLE ROOKIE DURAN HURT
Seattle Sounders rookie defender Andrew Duran will miss up to six weeks after re-tearing a meniscus, according to the Seattle Times.
Duran, the Sounders' first-round pick in January's MLS SuperDraft (15th overall), was a standout at Creighton, but he had an injury-plagued career with the Bluejays as well. He went unscathed in 2011, but suffered a torn ACL in 2009 and tore his meniscus in 2010, ending his campaign five games into Creighton 's season.
Duran is slated to provide depth at centerback and right back for the Sounders.
FERNANDEZ, ROSALES RECEIVE GREEN CARDS
Friday brought some good news to the Sounders as well. While Alvaro Fernandez and Mauro Rosales occupy two of the club's Designated Player spots, they no longer occupy international roster slots.
Both Fernandez and Rosales have received their green cards, freeing up two international slots on the club's roster and reducing the club's number of internationals to six. According to The Times, Michael Gspurning, Adam Johannson, Christian Siveabaek, Cordell Cato, Michael Tetteh and Amadaou Sanyang are the only players that require the international player designation.
What do you make of TFC releasing Caicedo? Do you think White can make an impact for the Revs this year? Worried about Duran's injury history in light of this recent development?
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