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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Toronto FC signs former Barcelona midfielder Victor Vazquez

Justin Morrow says Sebastian Giovinco's winning mentality he brought from Juve has driven Toronto FC towards success.
Barcelona product Victor Vazquez has joined Toronto FC in MLS.

Toronto FC completed the signing of former Barcelona midfielder Victor Vazquez on Monday.

The MLS club used targeted allocation money to secure the 30-year-old's services from Cruz Azul in Mexico.

"We are excited to bring Victor Vazquez to Toronto FC and provide our team with another experienced midfielder," general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. "Victor developed in the Barcelona youth system which is recognized worldwide.

After heavy investment in attack, MLS teams are spending big in defense

Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar discuss Fredy Montero's return to MLS, and other players' reaction to the move.
MLS teams have more room to pay big money for defenders, like LA Galaxy's recently re-signed Jelle van Damme.

You don't have to go back too far in Major League Soccer to see that high-priced signings were almost the exclusive purview of attacking players. It made sense. In a salary-cap league, that was where teams -- especially those willing to shell out money for the league's highest paid players -- could get the most bang for the buck. But this offseason, there has been a noticeable shift in where teams allocate their precious financial assets.

So far this preseason, based on releases of player signings...

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NYCFC's David Villa sees red for slap on A.J. DeLaGarza after VAR used

Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar discuss the future potential of NYCFC's highly touted 16-year-old James Sands.
David Villa chats with Sebastian Salazar about bringing playoffs to Europe, his future with Spain and life with NYCFC.
David Villa
David Villa was shown a red card after the on-field referee referred the incident to the Video Assistant Referee.

David Villa was sent off during New York City FC's 3-1 Desert Diamond Cup loss to Houston Dynamo on Saturday night thanks to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

The system has been introduced in the MLS preseason as a way to help advise the on-field referee on "game-changing" decisions including goals, penalty shouts, direct red card incidents and mistaken identity.

In Villa's case on Saturday, cameras picked up the striker slapping the face of Houston Dynamo defender A.J. DeLaGarza with his...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Red Bulls add Panama international Michael Murillo on loan

Michael Murillo has become a top defender for Panama in the past year.

The New York Red Bulls added right-back Michael Murillo on loan from Panamanian club San Francisco on Saturday.

The 21-year-old is a Panama international, with nine caps since making his debut for his country last year.

"Michael is a player that we identified with our scouting network and have watched closely," Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch said in statement. "He fits the way we want to play and will be a good addition to our group."

Murillo has played for San Francisco top team since 2014 and...

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New Atlanta United FC captain Michael Parkhurst bullish on maiden season

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez discuss realistic expectations for Atlanta United in their first MLS season.

Michael Parkhurst has been named the first captain of Atlanta United FC by manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino in a video released on the club's website and Twitter account.

Parkhurst, 33, joined the expansion franchise ahead of its inaugural season in Major League Soccer on the heels of three years with Columbus Crew SC.

And the four-time MLS All Star says he...