Toronto FC confirmed this morning that they’ve signed goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell, who spent last season with the Jacksonville Armada of the NASL. This news comes after we learned that Patterson-Sewell was training with TFC in preseason, travelling with the team to Los Angeles and Mexico.
The Reds had to acquire Patterson-Sewell’s MLS rights from the New York Red Bulls, giving up a fourth-round Superdraft pick in 2019. The Red Bulls signed him in 2008, but he never played for them, instead hanging around the lower leagues of American soccer. He has jumped around from club to club for most of his career, also spending a few years in Portugal with Atletico CP, Vitoria Setubal, Gil Vicente, and Farense.
That’s a lot of clubs, if you add all the American teams he’s played for. Toronto will be the 13th team listed on Patterson-Sewell’s Wikipedia page. In his youth career, he also spent time in the Anderlecht system, and he had stints with Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool at the U-19 level.
Patterson-Sewell had probably his best season yet with Jacksonville, winning 10 and drawing 13 of his 31 appearances. He set the club’s clean sheet record, shutting out the opposition 10 times.
As if he couldn’t get more interesting, Patterson-Sewell is an Australian international, although he’s never been capped by their senior squad. He was born in the U.S., though, and he has American citizenship, so I’m pretty sure he won’t be taking up an international roster spot.
At 30 years old, Patterson-Sewell is probably pretty well-established as a minor league depth keeper. He’ll probably be used more with TFC II, perhaps helping mentor the likes of Drew Shepherd. Honestly, I’m not sure he’d be good enough to be an MLS backup if Clint Irwin is traded, so I don’t think this indicates that the Reds are looking to move Irwin.