Matias Laba is headed to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
After reports emerged on Tuesday that the Toronto FC midfielder would head to Vancouver on loan, the team confirmed on Wednesday that they had, in fact, traded for the Argentine designated player.
Toronto will receive future considerations.
Laba came to Toronto last season from Argentinos Juniors and started all 16 of his appearances with the club last term. With the acquisitions of a trio of designated players this offseason in Brazilian striker Gilberto, American international midfielder Michael Bradly and striker Jermain Defoe of Tottenham, TFC had one more designated player than the three allowed by Major League Soccer rules and Laba was the odd man out.
Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson, a former TFC midfielder himself, believes that Laba can help the Vancouver midfield immediately.
"Matias is a promising young talent and we are excited to have him join our club," said Robinson in a statement. "He is a hard, aggressive player who brings a lot of energy to the pitch and although he is only 22, he is a natural leader on the field."
The Whitecaps open up the MLS regular season on March 8 at home against New York Red Bulls.