According to John Molinaro of Sportsnet.ca, Toronto FC are set to sign academy team goalkeeper Quillan Roberts to a senior team contract at some point this week. The move is yet to be confirmed by the club but is a signed that many have speculated could be in the works since Stefan Frei went down with an injury that will keep him out for much of the season.
Roberts is now 18 years old and had committed to going to play NCAA soccer for Wright State in the fall if he did not land a professional contract this season. The Brampton native had been training with the first team on a regular basis so far this season including spending the entire preseason with the first team so there will be little adjustment for the young keeper.
The move to sign Roberts was made necessary by the news that Frei was going to be out much longer than initially expected. His knee surgery means he will be out for at least four months and that left TFC with only Milos Kocic in goal. They did bring in Brian Rowe from the MLS emergency keeper pool to serve as a backup in recent weeks but now a long term solution was needed. With very little in terms of cap space left to play with the team would have been hard pressed to sign any sort of veteran keeper so looking towards the academy makes a lot of sense.
When Roberts does officially sign with the first team he will be the seventh player to make the jump from the club's academy in their short history. He will join Doniel Henry, Ashtone Morgan, Matt Stinson, Keith Makabuya, Oscar Cordon, and Nicholas Lindsay in making that jump.
Roberts would likely serve as a backup keeper for much of the season as Kocic will clearly be the first choice in goal. Roberts will benefit from sitting on the bench and learning for working alongside Kocic and goal keeping coach Stewart Kerr.