Toronto FC Sign Defender Auro
Toronto FC announced Tuesday that the club has signed defender Auro Alvaro da Cruz Junior "Auro" on loan with an option to buy from Brazilian club, SÃ£o Paulo FC (SÃ£o Paulo).
"Auro is a young and versatile defender that will provide us with flexibility within our line-up, both on the left and right side," said Toronto FC Sr. Vice President of Soccer Operations & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. "We are pleased to bring him in on a loan deal with an option to buy for the future."
Auro, 22, made a combined 34 appearances in Brazil's Serie A and the Campeonato Paulista in three seasons with SÃ£o Paulo. He has spent time on loan at Clube AtlÃ©tico Linense (2016) and most recently in 2017 with AmÃ©rica Futebol Clube (America-MG). With AmÃ©rica-MG, he made a combined 14 appearances between Brazil's Serie B, Primeira Liga and Mineiro 1 competitions. Auro returned to SÃ£o Paulo earlier this year after his loan had ended.
Auro has represented his native Brazil at both the U-17 and U-20 youth levels.
AURO ALVARO DA CRUZ JUNIOR "AURO"
Birthdate: January 23, 1996 (Age: 22)
Birthplace: SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil
Last Club: SÃ£o Paulo FC
How Acquired: Signed with Toronto FC on loan with option to buy on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
• Discuss this story on the Major League Soccer message board...
Major League Soccer Stories from February 13, 2018
- Windy City Beats Raptors 905 99-91, Heads into All-Star Break Strong - New York Red Bulls
- Real Salt Lake Weekly Update - Real Salt Lake
- Impact Faces Chicago Fire Wednesday Night in Bradenton - Montreal Impact
- Montreal Impact Soccer Schools Unveil March Programming - Montreal Impact
- Sounders FC Signs Alex Roldan and Jordan McCrary - Seattle Sounders FC
- Fire Resume Preseason Slate with Friendly against Montreal Impact on Wednesday - Chicago Fire
- Revs Battle FC Dallas in Mobile Mini Sun Cup Opener on Wednesday - New England Revolution
- Sounders FC Announces IHeartMedia as New Radio Broadcast Partner, with 950 KJR AM Becoming Radio Flagship - Seattle Sounders FC
- Toronto FC Sign Defender Auro - Toronto FC
- Sporting KC Acquires $100,000 of General Allocation Money in Trade - Sporting Kansas City
- United Acquire Yamil Asad from Atlanta United - D.C. United
- Owundi Joins Pangop as Second Cameroon International with MNUFC - Minnesota United FC
- Atlanta United Acquires up to $600,000 in Allocation Money in Trade with D.C. United for Yamil Asad - Atlanta United FC
- Real Salt Lake Launches Innovative Local Streaming and Ticketing Partnership with KSL - Real Salt Lake
- FC Bayern Munich & FC Dallas Announce Landmark Player Development Partnership - FC Dallas
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.