With Toronto's defense still very weak due to the lengthy injuries of Adrian Cann and Dicoy Williams, manager Aron Winter has completed the signing of the young American center-back, Logan Emory.
Emory has been on trial throughout the preseason, and has obviously impressed the Toronto staff. In an interview with TorontoFC.ca, Winter said of his new signing:
“Logan is a strong young defender and he has many qualities we like to see in a player.
"We were impressed with his work ethic during his trial period in Orlando and I felt he performed well against Vancouver in our final preseason match. Logan gives us another option in defence and fits in well with our team’s style of play.”
Emory has played two seasons in USSF Division 2 with the Puerto Rico Islanders, and played a major role in his club's success in 2010.
Puerto Rico reached the CONCACAF semi-finals, only to be beaten on penalties by Cruz Azul of Mexico. In 2011, Emory logged the most minutes of any Islander, becoming a mainstay in the center of defense.
Undoubtedly, the MLS is a major step up from the USSF. However, hopefully Winter and company have found their help in the back with this young defender from Boise.
His success in the CONCACAF Champions League will provide a glimmer of hope to Toronto, as he can clearly play with the best in North America.
Finances of the deal have not been released. However, I expect this this should be a rather small and safe signing for the Reds.