Luke Moore joins Toronto FC in MLS merry-go-round

By Louis East

Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew and Toronto FC were all involved in a series of trades on Thursday, which saw former Aston Villa striker Luke Moore move to Canada.

The former Villa, West Brom and Swansea forward joins Jermain Defoe at Toronto, in a trade with the Rapids that saw defender, Gale Agbossoumonde, move the other way.

Moore started the day as a Chivas USA player, after moving to the club in February, but has made just two starts in MLS this season.

Chivas traded the 28-year-old with Colorado for Honduras international Marvin Chavez, before Moore was then traded once again with Toronto.

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(Chavez has five years experience in Major League Soccer, joining his fourth MLS club in Chivas)

Chivas also secured the services of 23-year-old forward Ryan Finley, who joined from Columbus in return for a conditional second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

By adding two attacking players, Chivas will now support striker Erick Torres who has scored seven of the team’s nine goals this season.

“Chávez is one of the best wide midfielders in the league and is very versatile at creating scoring opportunities. Finley will fit perfectly in our plan as a center forward, as his mobility and approach to the game will support and complement Erick Torres’ skills up top,” head coach Wilmer Cabrera said in a statement.

Colorado have bolstered their defence by adding Gale Agbossoumonde. The 22-year-old has represented the US national team on one occasion and played across Europe before joining Toronto last season.

“We’re excited to welcome Gale to our squad, as he’s a talented young player who can add depth to our back line,” said Paul Bravo, the VP of Soccer Operations at Colorado.

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(Agbossoumonde will add to a Colorado defence that has already kept five clean sheets this season)

Toronto were willing to part ways with Agbossoumonde as they have enough depth in defence, and by adding Luke Moore, strengthen their attack.

Moore has six MLS appearances to his name for Chivas USA, but is vastly experienced, having played nine seasons in the Premier League.

With Jermain Defoe possibly heading to the World Cup and Gilberto struggling to make an impact, Toronto needed to add to their strikeforce.

“With our current depth in defence we felt that the opportunity to acquire an attacking player like Luke Moore was the right decision to make at this time for the club as we approach the World Cup break,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko.

He added: “With Luke’s experience, he will be a welcomed addition to our squad and provide more options for us upfront.”



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