Toronto FC signs new deal with young striker Jordan Perruzza

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On the biggest snow day in years, Toronto FC went ahead with a new contract for young forward Jordan Perruzza.

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The Reds have signed the 21-year-old striker to a new contract until 2024 with a 2025 option.

“Jordan is a talented young striker who gained valuable experience with San Antonio FC and Toronto FC II last year,” said TFC head coach and sporting director Bob Bradley. “We hope he is ready to take a big step in 2022.”

A native of Toronto, Perruzza has made seven appearances and scored one goal in all competitions during the 2021 season (MLS Regular Season, Canadian Championship and Concacaf Champions League). He made his first-team debut on April 14, 2021, when he came off the bench against Club Leon, and his MLS debut against CF Montreal on April 17, 2021.

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During the 2021 season, he went on a short loan spell to USL Championship side San Antonio FC, where he made six appearances and scored one goal. Perruzza also had a short loan spell at San Antonio FC during the 2020 season, where he made six appearances and scored three goals.

Before joining the TFC first team, Perruzza spent two seasons with TFC II, where he made 28 appearances with 17 goals and two assists. In the 2019 season, he led the club in goals scored with 15 and was second in goals scored in USL League One.

ANOTHER NEW BUSINESS?

The Reds are expected to announce the re-signing of Brampton native Ayo Akinola soon to a new deal.

Also 21, Akinola scored nine team goals in 2020 and added three in 2021 before being sidelined with a knee injury that required surgery.

TFC players traveled to the BMO training ground on Sunday for their pre-season medicals and on Tuesday players, coaches and staff will depart for the first leg of pre-season camp in Irvine, Calif. .

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A planned round of preseason media calls with players was canceled Monday due to the GTA snowstorm and will likely take place Wednesday.

SALCEDO CASE CLOSE

First Lorenzo Insigne and now Carlos Salcedo.

TFC are reportedly close to agreeing a deal that would see winger Yeferson Soteldo move to Liga MX Tigres UANL in exchange for Mexico international centre-back Carlos Salcedo.

The Reds signed Italian star winger Insigne to a four-year contract (a deal worth over $45m) last week and are reportedly close to landing 28-year-old Salcedo, who has started his professional career with Real Salt Lake. in 2013.

Toronto still have the maximum allowed three named players under contract and must move at least one in order for Napoli captain Insigne to join the squad when he joins the squad on July 1 following the end of the season from the Serie A league. The Reds are trying to move current DPs Jozy Altidore and Soteldo.

As for Salcedo, the Reds need some extra help from the baseline. Veteran centre-backs Omar Gonzalez and Eriq Zavaleta left and Justin Morrow retired at the end of the 2021 campaign. TFC signed free agent and MLS veteran Shane O’Neill last month and still have Chris Mavinga and Kemar Lawrence on the roster.

When asked over the weekend if he could comment on the swap deal for Salcedo for Soteldo, club chairman Bill Manning replied: “Not yet.”

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