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Toronto FC sign Sergio Camargo to homegrown deal

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The Colombia-born midfielder will return to TFC after spending the last year of his college career with Syracuse.

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Toronto FC have added further young, homegrown depth to their roster by signing Sergio Camargo.

Camargo was a TFC academy player who chose to attend college, spending three years at Coastal Carolina before transferring to Syracuse for his senior year.

The Colombia-born midfielder had an excellent freshman season with Coastal Carolina but saw his production drop in the following two years, citing problems with the coach as his reason for making the switch to New York. You can read a little more about the background to that decision in this excellent profile of Camargo.

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Camargo turns 23 this year so Toronto will hope he features in the first team sooner rather than later, but barring a standout performance in preseason he will probably split 2017 between the big club and TFC II. A number of players have been released from the Reds’ USL side and they will be looking to pad out that roster as well as add to their senior group over the coming weeks.

The Newmarket-raised Canada youth international is the 24th player to be signed to a professional deal out of the academy.

“We are very excited to sign Sergio, another Canadian home grown player,” Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said. “During his time in our academy, NCAA and PDL, Sergio has progressed and grown his game on a number of levels. We look forward to welcoming Sergio back to Toronto FC and watch his continued development as a professional soccer player.”

One interesting note: a teammate of Camargo’s at Syracuse was fellow Canadian Chris Nanco, who is likely to be a first or second-round pick in Friday’s MLS SuperDraft and who we selected in SB Nation’s mock draft. In the tracking they have done of Camargo, TFC will at least be aware of Nanco as they prepare to make three picks in the top 30.