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Another Chilean heads to Canada: Aceval inks with TFC

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The Chile-Canada soccer pipeline keeps humming along.

On a day that former Chilean U-20 product and Colo-Colo prospect Yashir Pinto is expected to arrive on the FC Edmonton scene, Toronto FC announced the signing of veteran fullback Miguel Aceval.

Like Pinto, Aceval, 29, is a product of the Colo-Colo system. But he has played with various clubs in Chile and Uruguay, including four in the past four seasons. He was last at CD Universidad de Concepcion before making the deal to come to Toronto.

Aceval has one Chilean national team cap — he played in a 2011 friendly against Mexico.

“Miguel is an experienced defender that has a lot of potential and can be very important for our club,” said Toronto FC head coach and technical director, Aron Winter, in a release. “Our defence needed to be addressed during the offseason and this signing complements our recent activity from last week.”

Toronto FC had the worst defensive record in MLS last season. In the last week, the club was able to patriate right back Richard Eckersley’s contract and signed Ecuadorean Geovanny Caicedo.

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One Comment

  1. Andre

    January 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    The signing seems to be a prudent one. I don’t know much about the Chilean or Uruguayan leagues, but, while certainly not as advanced as Europe, players from these leagues will likely be able to offer some technical presence that an Anglo-North American or Caribbean player might not. Again, Winter shows that he has some overall vision.

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