Designated player | Toronto FC acquire Carlos Salcedo

(Toronto) Toronto FC have acquired Mexican international Carlos Salcedo from Tigres UANL as a Designated Player through 2024, a source says.

Posted yesterday at 8:22 p.m.

neil davidson
The Canadian Press

In return, Venezuelan winger Yeferson Soteldo takes charge of the Mexican team.

The source entrusted the information on condition of anonymity since the transactions have not yet been formalized. She also clarified that these are two separate transactions.

However, in practice, the transactions are interrelated. Soteldo’s departure frees up the Designated Player spot needed to insert Salcedo into the Toronto roster.

The 28-year-old Salcedo started his professional career in MLS with Real Salt Lake before playing in the Italian and German first division. He wore the Mexican jersey 48 times and notably took part in Mexico’s four matches at the 2018 World Cup.

The TFC hopes Salcedo will cement a defense that was shaky last season — she allowed 66 goals, the worst tally in club history. Nicknamed ‘El Titan’ given his tough game, the six-foot, 183-pound centre-back seems fitting for the titanic task.

The 24-year-old Soteldo has had a few bangs in his only season with TFC, scoring four goals and 10 assists in 26 games. However, an injury bothered him during the season.

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