Toronto FC on Friday confirmed the return of Canadian fullback/wingback Richie Lauria on loan from England’s Nottingham Forest.
To get Laria, Toronto has added at least US$350,000 to the general allocation to raise allocation orders with FC Dallas and FC Cincinnati, which MLS uses as a mechanism for former MLS players to Return to the league after the transfer. A fee of US$500,000 or more.
Toronto sent Dallas US$225,000 in general allocation money ($175,000 in 2022 and $50,000 in 2023) for second place in the allocation order. TFC then sent US$125,000 in general allocation ($50,000 in 2022 and $75,000 in 2023) and second overall to Cincinnati to move into first place in the allocation order, paving the way for Laria to acquire .
Cincinnati will receive additional general allocation money if certain incentives are met.
“It’s great to bring Richie back to the club,” Toronto coach and sporting director Bob Bradley said in a statement. “As everyone knows, Richie has established himself as one of the best outside backs in the league. He’s a dynamic player, a terrific dribbler, and a true competitor. From Canada’s trip to the World Cup It’s exciting to have Richie back in his hometown to play for TFC in advance.
The 27-year-old from Toronto spent three seasons in TFC colors before being sold to Nottingham Forest in January. But he saw limited playing time in England’s second tier, unable to crack the Forest line-up in manager Steve Cooper’s winning run, which led the team to promotion.
He made his debut for Forest on 18 April against West Bromwich Albion, appearing in just five games during his six months with the club.
Laria’s career flourished after joining Toronto as a free agent in March 2019 after Orlando City, which drafted him seventh overall in 2016, declined his contract option. . Converted from midfield to full back, Laria made 83 appearances for Toronto in all competitions, scoring nine goals and providing 12 assists.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return with TFC and play in front of our fans at BMO Field,” Laria said in a statement. “I know this is an important time for the club as we push for the games, and I want to help the team achieve success.”
Internationally, Laria has earned 30 caps for Canada and scored two goals.