“Because he’s got his career still ahead of him I think he’ll adapt very quickly,” Payne said. “The way he plays, we believe his physical attributes and the quickness with which he plays and the intensity with which he plays will fit very well with what we’re trying to do.”
“There’s always some question [with players from another league] but we’re very comfortable that Matias will adapt to MLS and do very well quickly… I have always personally liked players from Argentina because I think they’re trained very well in the youth development system for all of the things they have to encounter as professionals. They tend to travel well because they’ve been prepared.”"
Laba was officially introduced to the Toronto media on Saturday, a day after he joined the Reds on a Young Designated Player contract, which differs from the usual DP deals in that Laba doesn’t take up quite the same amount as, say, a Thierry Henry or a David Beckham due to Laba’s age. Still, Laba was no bargain, as TFC reportedly had to pay over $1 million to acquire Laba’s services from Argentinos Juniors.
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