The Canadian outfit waived the one-time Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder on Friday. Coach Ryan Nelsen said he couldn't guarantee the 34-year-old game time.
Before the announcement, the player was seen leaving BMO Field in plain clothes and reporters were initially told the 34-year-old was missing out on training due to “personal reasons.”
Cesar joined up with the Canadian outfit in January after Sporting Kansas City released him. The well-traveled player played for Real Madrid and AC Milan, among a host of other clubs, prior to joining Major League Soccer.
During two seasons with Sporting KC he played in 54 MLS games; however, this year he didn’t feature at all in Toronto’s three opening matches due to a calf injury.
The move comes as a surprise, as at the time of the announcement, a video featuring his imminent comeback from injury was prominently placed on the club’s official website.
Cesar made $255,750 in 2012, according to MLS Players Union documents, so salary cap considerations are likely to have played into this move.