Wow. What an offseason it has been for Toronto FC and it looks like it is going to get even better with the news that TFC is closing in on Brazilian national team goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
According to a report from Brazilian daily O Globo, and on mlssoccer.com, Cesar is set to join the revolution in Toronto by signing with the Reds on loan. The report states that the 34-year-old veteran – who is currently on the books of Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers – will arrive in Canada next Wednesday to finalize the details of his deal.
Cesar has fallen out of favor with QPR manager Harry Redknapp and it is a mystery to me why he has not left the championship in either of the last two transfer windows to ensure first team football ahead of the World Cup. While Cesar has been assured a place on Brazil’s World Cup roster this summer by national team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, he will not start unless he is playing games on a regular basis.
It Cesar does go to Toronto, what a turnaround in that franchise this winter. They have already added internationals Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Gilberto as Designated Players and with Cesar they would have to be one of the favorites in the eastern conference next season.