Osorio, Toronto FC’s Bono among notable MLS free agents after this season – Toronto

Midfielder Jonathan Osorio and goalkeeper Alex Bono, who have more than 450 Toronto FC appearances between them, are notables on the list of free agents released Wednesday by the MLS Players Association.

The association says there are currently 130 free agency-eligible MLS players heading into the 2022-23 offseason. But most of the players on the list have 2023 club options on their contract with just 39 named as out of contract at the end of the current campaign.

Osorio and Bono will both be out of contract.

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Osorio, 30, considered a key cog in Toronto’s midfield, tops TFC’s all-time appearances list with 311 in all competitions. Bono, 28, ranks eighth in 147 games.

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Osorio, who has been with the club since 2013, earns $1.03 million this season while Bono, who was drafted in 2015, makes $557,000.

Toronto has a club option on centre-back Chris Mavinga, a French-born Congolese international who earns US$1.04 million. Mavinga, 31, who has been with the club since 2017, ranks 10th on TFC’s all-time appearances list at 142.

Toronto also have a club option in 2023 on Auro, a fullback currently on loan at Santos in his native Brazil. He is not expected to return.

Veteran defenseman Florian Jungworth is out of contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps after this season. The 33-year-old German, who earns US$592,700 this year, has made 12 league appearances in 2022.

The Whitecaps have options for newly acquired midfielder Julian Gressell as well as goalkeeper Cody Cropper, fullback Jake Nerwinski and veteran striker Tosaint Ricketts.

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CF Montreal has options on goalkeeper James Pantemis, midfielder Samuel Piette and forwards Romell Quioto and Kei Kamara.

Others out of contract after this season include Colorado Rapids striker Gyasi Zardes, Columbus midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr., DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and striker Ola Kamara, goalkeeper NYCFC Sean Johnson and defenseman Alexander Callens, New York Red Bulls defenseman Aaron Long and Philadelphia midfielder. Alexandre Bedoya.

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Canadian striker Tesho Akindele will be out of contract with Orlando City.

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