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Gregory van der Wiel, Toronto FC mutually agree to part ways


Toronto FC and defender Gregory van der Wiel have mutually agreed to part ways, the club announced Friday afternoon.

The move was expected, as van der Wiel had already been apart from the team from almost two months. He was sent home from Toronto's preseason camp on Jan. 23 after a reported altercation with head coach Greg Vanney and all but confirmed his departure from the club in a subsequent Instagram post. He had since been training on his own at the team facility.

“We explored options to move forward and after much discussion we mutually agreed that this is the best resolution for both Toronto FC and for Gregory,” said TFC general manager Ali Curtis in a team statement. “We’d like to thank Gregory for his contributions to Toronto FC and wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Van der Wiel, 31, signed with Toronto on February 1, 2018. Primarily a right back, he made 34 combined appearances with four assists last season for TFC (MLS, Concacaf Champions League and Campeones Cup).

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