Toronto FC emerging as strong force for 2015 MLS season

Toronto FC are starting to build a formidable line-up and are starting to emerge as a real force to be reckoned with before the 2015 MLS season has even started.

Last week saw Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco agree to join the Canadian side in July, only days after they had secured the services of striker Jozy Altidore from Sunderland.

In the last 24 hours, they have also managed to sign midfielder Benoit Cheyrou. With an attacking spine consisting of Michael Bradley, Cheyrou, Giovinco and Altidore, Toronto look as though they are going to be a real threat in 2015.

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Benoit Cheyrou made 305 appearances for French side Marseille in the last seven years between 2007 and 2014, contributing 28 goals and 32 assists. He also had spells in France with Lille and Auxerre.

Cheyrou’s arrival allows his fellow attacking players to have full freedom of the pitch and as a Ligue 1 title-winner with Marseille in 2010, as well as playing regular Champions League football, his experience will be invaluable to the team.

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Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said, “Benoit’s vision and his ability to distribute the ball are two very distinct qualities that have made him such a successful player throughout his career both domestically in France and in European competition,” when speaking to the club website.

“He has a wealth of experience and success and is another important piece that complements the ones we currently have in place. We are very excited to bring him to Toronto FC,” he added.

Cheyrou himself has said that he’s “very excited to sign for Toronto FC” and that he “cannot wait to wear the jersey and join my new teammates.”

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Exciting French youngster wanted by MLS clubs

Antoine Kisaku is a transfer target for MLS sides LA Galaxy and Montreal Impact, with the young winger impressing at Marseille’s youth level.

The 18-year-old plays for Olympique Marseille U19’s, and has made four appearances in the UEFA Youth League this season, scoring twice.

French journalist Cyril Olivès has revealed that the left-winger is being targeted by both the Galaxy and the Impact, who are thought to be interested in securing the services of the promising Frenchman this summer.

LA could do with a youthful injection into their side, as the attacking talents of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan have a combine age of 65 now.

Kisaku could add a spark to the side, but he is relatively unknown, having played just 265 minutes in the UEFA Youth League.

He scored in matches against Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, and is thought to be an exciting talent.

A move to Montreal may appear more likely, as the French-speaking City would make Kisaku feel more at home with his surroundings.

The Impact are desperate for an exciting talent to join the side and give supporters real hope about the future, and the 18-year-old could be that man.