Scottish international defender Steven Caldwell has joined Toronto F.C. on loan until June 30. The 32 year old Caldwell has been with Birmingham City F.C. for the last two years, but before that he played with Wigan Athletic, Burnley, Sunderland, Newcastle United as well as loan spells at Bradford City, Blackpool, and Leeds United early in his career. All told he has 350+ Premier or Championship level matches under his belt. Internationally he has a dozen caps for Scotland, or about one a year since making his debut in 2001.
Caldwell will remain with Toronto until June 30- the date his contract with Birmingham City expires. Caldwell was a core player in Birmingham City’s Championship campaign this season, appearing in 38 of 46 league matches (and in 42 matches in all competitions), often manning the club’s back line along with American international defender Jonathan Spector. Whether Caldwell is part of Birmingham’s future plans is unknown, but the timing and length of the loan suggests that he is being given a chance to find himself a permanent spot in Toronto so that both he and Birmingham can be spared having to make a difficult decision come the end of June.
Caldwell’s experience should have an immediate impact on the Toronto defense which, though young, has a great deal of potential in players like Gale Agbossoumonde (USMNT), Doneil Henry (Canada), Ashtone Morgan (Canada), and Darren O’Dea (Ireland) who could benefit from his experience and guidance.
Welcome to MLS, Steven!