Toronto FC announced today that they have re-signed midfielder Marky Delgado to a multi-year extension. The 21-year-old American has spent the past two seasons with Toronto FC. The terms of the deal were not released.
The club acquired Delgado in the fourteenth round of the Chivas USA dispersal draft in 2014. At the time, it was seen as a surprise that Toronto was able to acquire a player of his quality that late in the draft, especially since seven teams had already passed on their picks.
Two years later, and Delgado is likely the best player to have come out of that draft. He has played in 48 games over the past two seasons with Toronto FC, scoring 5 goals and adding 5 assists. This year he has started 23 matches, that's the sixth most on the team.
"Marky has earned this extension through his consistent production and has developed into a key contributor over the past two seasons for our club," Tim Bezbatchenko, Toronto FC's General Manager, said in a team release today. "He has been a reliable part of our roster and our coaching staff is pleased with his development and potential as a young player within our league."
Delgado is also a player who can play multiple positions for Toronto FC. They have played him as a wide midfielder, a central midfielder and as a fullback during his time with the club. However, he has played his best soccer with the team as part of a diamond midfield. This is where his energetic style of play is most effective.
While Delgado does have a penchant for having poor games, see this past Sunday's match against the Montreal Impact as an example, he is still consistent for his age. His effort on the field can never be questioned, and while his touch and passing can let him down at times, he makes up for it most matches.
Ultimately, locking up a player like Delgado is a good bit of business for Toronto FC. He has the potential to be an important player for this team for many years to come. At 21 years of age, he will presumably only get better as his career continues.
The remaining question, of course, is for how many years and at what salary Delgado has been resigned. He currently makes $102,500 in guaranteed compensation, but one would assume that he was given a raise with this new deal. How much of a raise he will be given, which won't be learned until the next Players Union salary release.