Toronto FC has taken the phrase "May you live in interesting times" to the extreme this offseason.
It appeared the Reds would return nearly all of the pieces, both on and off the field, that won a domestic treble in 2017. All were ready to make amends for a brutal 2018 that saw Toronto miss the postseason.
The MLS regular season isn't due to start for another two weeks, but for a quintet of MLS teams, the start of the season has arrived. Next week the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League begins with Toronto FC, Sporting Kansas City, the Houston Dynamo, Supporters Shield holder New York Red Bulls and reigning MLS Cup champion Atlanta United all in action.
Yet that doesn't mean teams are settled in terms of personnel. Far from it. Here's the latest from around the league.
Jozy Altidore said he is committed to staying at Toronto FC, but said he would be prepared to move on from the Canadian club.
"For me and my family, Toronto is home, Toronto is everything," the U.S. international told the Toronto Sun. "And we stressed that to [team chairman Larry] Tanenbaum and to everybody at Toronto FC. But if the direction is something else, it's no problem. Like I said, it would be, 'Thank you very much for the time' and in the summertime I'll have to look for a new team."