By DAN KARELL
Looking to upgrade their midfield, Toronto FC have dipped into Europe once more to sign a new player.
TFC announced on Thursday the signing of Alvaro Rey, a Spanish winger who most recently played with Xerez in the Spanish second division. According to reports in Spain, Rey has signed a two-year contract with the Canadian MLS club. The 24-year-old will be eligible to play as soon as he receives his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
“Alvaro trained with the team for several weeks last month, and played in a reserve match with us against Montreal,” Toronto FC General Manager Kevin Payne said in a statement. “He’s very technical and quick, and is good at taking on defenders. He offers something different than we typically see in MLS and we think he’ll help our team become more dangerous.”
Last season at Xerez, Rey played in 28 matches, scoring three goals but also earning eight yellow cards and two red cards. In the TFC reserve league match against the Montreal Impact in June, Rey started and played 73 minutes before being substituted.
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