Toronto FC has signed Dutch international defender Gregory van der Wiel from Italy’s Cagliari.
The 29-year-old fills a void on the right side left by the free-agent departure of Steven Beitashour to Los Angeles FC, although Toronto does have Liechtenstein international Nico Hasler. Toronto also lost wingback Raheem Edwards, now with Montreal, during the off-season.
Van der Wiel has earned 46 caps for the Netherlands, starting for the Dutch team that finished runner-up to Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was also part of the Dutch Euro 2012 squad.
The Dutch defender excelled at Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain, but has seen limited action since moving to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in 2016 and Cagliari in 2017.