Toronto FC is wasting no time this offseason.
Amid swirling rumours of imminent big-name Designated Player signings, the club made its first player acquisition within hours of the MLS roster freeze being lifted when it announced that it had acquired Brazilian midfielder Jackson Goncalves in a trade with FC Dallas on Monday.
While not a headline-grabbing name, Goncalves -- who goes simply by his first name -- is the first of several of what head coach Ryan Nelsen recently termed as "hardened" MLS veterans expected to join Toronto ahead of the 2015 season.
“As we continue to re-shape the club’s roster this offseason, we are excited to add a highly skilled, dynamic MLS midfielder, who at 25, is about to enter the prime years of his career,” TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “Jackson is a highly versatile player who brings with him the experience of nearly 100 MLS regular season and playoff games.”
The Brazilian made 96 appearances for FCD over the past four seasons, scoring 11 goals and adding 13 assists in that time. He was utilized all over the pitch by former Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, but mostly saw playing time as a right-sided full back and winger.
Jackson had stints with several different Brazilian clubs prior to settling in MLS, and he spent time on loan at Cruzeiro in 2012.
In exchange for the 25-year-old, Dallas receives a conditional second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and an undisclosed amount of allocation money from TFC.