Toronto FC announced this morning that they've signed 24-year-old midfielder Richie Laryea to a first-team deal. Laryea, 24, was most recently with Orlando City, where he made 21 appearances over two seasons.
Laryea went seventh overall to Orlando in the 2016 SuperDraft, spending his first season with the organization in the USL at Orlando City B.
After Orlando declined Laryea’s contract option this past offseason, he took a trial with his hometown club, Toronto FC. It seems he impressed the Reds’ staff enough to earn himself a contract.
Laryea, who has also represented Canada at the U-23 level, hails from Toronto. He played some of his developmental soccer at Mississauga's Sigma FC before moving on to play college footy.
He'll likely take a bench role at TFC as a creative midfielder who will hope to make an impact late in games. He's been likened (by WTR staff) to Jay Chapman, albeit quite a bit further behind in his development.