By Benson Petit-Clair
In a move to get more playing time ahead of the World Cup in his home country, two-time World Cup veteran Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar will be joining FC Toronto of the MLS from Queens Park Rangers of the English Championship side on loan for the 2014 season.
Julio has been relegated backup duty behind Robert Green by QPR manager Harry Redknapp and has made only one appearance for QPR since his relegation.
“I am really happy to come to Canada, I would like to say thanks to Toronto FC,” Cesar said. “I am really excited to work with my new colleagues at my new club.”
“We are committed to creating a culture of winning at TFC, and there are few people in the world of soccer with a proven track record of consistently getting results that Julio has. We are very excited to bring him to Toronto FC,” said Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko.
After the arrival of U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley from AS Roma and England international Jermain Defoe from AS Roma, the 34 year old goalkeeper Julio will now become the third world-class player to join the Canadian side this season. Earlier this season, TFC added Gilberto Oliveira Souza Junior, a 24-year-old Brazilian striker who was the sixth-leading scorer in the 2013 Brazilian Serie A.
Toronto FC will play their first game of the new MLS season on Saturday 15 March.