Eckersely going, going, almost gone from Toronto FC

Richard Eckersley's (left) cap hit is too rich for Toronto FC. Speculation has the fullback's deal...

Richard Eckersley's (left) cap hit is too rich for Toronto FC. Speculation has the fullback's deal to New York all but done, just waiting league approval. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

TORONTO - Richard Eckersley is believed to be on his way out of Toronto FC.

Off-season speculation came to a head over the weekend when ESPN first reported a deal to send the English fullback to the New York Red Bulls was being penned late last week.

Since then, multiple Big Apple outlets have confirmed a deal for the embattled 24-year-old is simply awaiting league approval.

“Last year, Richard was on a high number,” Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko told TSN on Saturday. “We had to determine if that made sense. We figured it didn’t.”

According to salary figures released by the MLS Players’ Union, Eckersley cap hit in 2013 was roughly $310,000.

But sources privy to TFC’s books told the Sun last year that Eckersley’s cap hit was actually much higher — closer to $500,000, an unthinkable number for an MLS club to be paying a fullback.

 


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