TFC lands 'all-star-calibre player' from San Jose in defender Morrow

Justin Morrow (right) was traded to Toronto FC with allocation cash headed the other way to the San...

Justin Morrow (right) was traded to Toronto FC with allocation cash headed the other way to the San Jose Earthquakes. (AFP)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 PM ET

Toronto FC continued its league-wide shopping spree Tuesday.

And with the holidays in site, there’s much more to come.

The Reds announced Tuesday they acquired Justin Morrow — an “all-star-calibre” defender, according to general manager Tim Bezbatchenko — from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation cash.

The 26-year-old Morrow joins the Reds having appeared 73 times for the ’Quakes over four seasons, scoring twice and adding six assists.

A versatile left back, Morrow was capped by the U.S. in a friendly against Canada earlier this year and also made multiple bench appearances for the Americans in the most recent World Cup qualifying cycle. He’s athletic, strong and capable of getting forward — a steadier, more mature option than homegrown defender Ashtone Morgan, whose development has slowed over the past 18 months.

“In Morrow, we are adding a young, all-star-calibre player to our back line,” Bezbatchenko said.


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