New man in town: Toronto FC get defender Mark Bloom on loan from Atlanta Silverbacks
Toronto FC continued their roster moves Friday, announcing they have acquired defender Mark Bloom on loan from the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL. In accordance with team and league policy, terms of the deal were not publicly disclosed.
Bloom, 25, started in all of the Silverbacks' matches in the team's recently-concluded NASL spring season championship run, contributing an assist in the campaign. Before joining Atlanta, he played two seasons in the USL PRO with the Charlotte Eagles. He played collegiate soccer at Berry College 2006-09, helping them win two conference titles in the process.
“We’re happy to add Mark Bloom to our team. [Technical director] Eric Wynalda has spoken very highly of him to me, and our scouts also rate him as a very solid player,” said Toronto FC president and general manager Kevin Payne in a statement. “We expect him to be a part of the nucleus of TFC we are trying to put together to carry us forward for the next several years.”
The addition of Bloom provides depth for TFC's backline, following the retirement of Danny Califf on Friday.