TORONTO - Toronto FC signed defender Dan Gargan on Saturday.

The move comes after Gargan spent much of the pre-season with the team.

"Dan is a player that showed promise during our pre-season -- and we are happy we were able to get him in here in time for the game today," manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston said in a statement. "He's a utility player that will be able to play in numerous spots for us."

Gargan, 27, was selected in the third round, 43rd overall, by the Colorado Rapids in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. He appeared in 49 games with the Rapids before joining Chivas USA in April 2008.

He retired shortly afterwards due to personal reasons but joined the USL First Division's Puerto Rico Islanders in 2009. He appeared in 12 games, scoring one goal.

Toronto FC visits the Columbus Crew in their Major League Soccer opener Saturday.