With most of the regular starting eleven unlikely to play tomorrow against the Colorado Rapids or next weekend against the Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC have announced a few homegrown signings to help fill out the roster. Defender Julian Dunn and midfielders Aidan Daniels and Ryan Telfer have all been handed their first MLS contracts.
The trio of GTA natives all played with Toronto FC II in the USL last year. Dunn and Daniels, both of whom have come all the way up through the TFC Academy, are the club’s 17th and 18th homegrown players to get senior deals. Telfer didn’t follow the whole academy pathway, joining TFC II last year after playing for the York University Lions for a couple seasons.
All three players are apparently with the team in Colorado right now, meaning they’re all available for Greg Vanney’s squad on Saturday. Dunn, at least, has apparently been training with the first team since they were down in Mexico late last week.
Dunn (17 years old) and Daniels (19) are promising young academy products, both joining TFC III last year for the Viareggio Cup in Italy. They’ve also both represented Canada at youth levels (Dunn at U-17 and Daniels at U-20).
Telfer played 29 games for the Young Reds last year, and before that he was one of the brightest young players on Carmine Isacco’s York Lions team.
The Reds also announced today that they’ve made the Jason Hernandez signing official, so expect to see him in action this weekend as well.