How Toronto Keeping Matias Laba Could Effect Fabian Castillo and FC Dallas

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC made news yesterday but they also currently have four DPs on their roster.

Yesterday was certainly an eventful day in Major League Soccer. Toronto FC added in the likes of Jermain Defoe and brought Michael Bradley back to this side of the pond in one big swoop.

In the process the Reds now have four Designated Players on their roster, meaning either newly signed Brazilian striker Gilberto has to go, or the more likely move for Argentine midfielder Matias Laba.

I should go ahead and throw it out there, I don't think Laba comes to Dallas in any move made by Toronto. Dan Hunt seemed to dismiss the idea yesterday in a Twitter Q&A too. The Reds have made it known that they want to keep Laba, going as far as to say that they'll do whatever it takes to keep the Young DP.

TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in the Defoe/Bradley press conference yesterday that the club has plenty of time to figure something out too.

"Matias Laba is still on the team and obviously per league rules we have until March to make up our complete roster," Bezbatchenko said. "So right now this week and through the SuperDraft, you don't have to be roster- and budget-compliant.

"We have to work through the league on Matias," he added. "We love Matias obviously and everybody knows what he contributes on the field. He is a fantastic player and we will be looking at what to do with Matias over the next couple of months."

Toronto will either have to work out a deal with another club in MLS, loan out the midfielder or restructure his contract to make him not a DP.

So what does this have to do with FC Dallas? I bring this up merely for the fact that it could have some big implications on Fabian Castillo should the Reds find a way to restructure his contract to a non-DP level deal. That would be huge if it were possible, something that FCD is certainly going to have to keep a watchful eye on.

As of right now, FCD has two DPs on the roster with Castillo being one and Mauro Diaz being the other. Dan Hunt has told me a couple of times that the team would remain aggressive in the DP market, with in reason in terms of cost on the player. Adding an open DP slot to the roster would certainly be a huge deal for the club and new manager Oscar Pareja.

Castillo's DP tag has always been tied to his transfer fee on his current contract with the club. He has three years left on his that current deal. MLS rules always seem to be written in pencil, maybe there will be a way to get the magic eraser out and remove that DP slot from Castillo's name in 2014.

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