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Toronto FC sign Homegrown midfielder Ralph Priso to a first-team contract

The 18-year-old midfielder joins Greg Vanney’s side as the Toronto FC prospect pool continues to grow.

Brazil v Canada - FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019
Daniel Cabral of Brazil stretches for the ball while Ralph Priso of Canada runs past during the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup Brazil 2019
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TORONTO, Canada—The Toronto FC prospect pool continues to grow.

The Reds announced today that the club has signed 18-year-old midfielder Ralph Priso to a Homegrown contract. Having represented Toronto FC III and Toronto FC II most recently, Priso becomes the 25th player to sign for the first team from the Toronto FC academy.

“Ralph is a talented young player and we are excited to add him to our MLS roster. While he has earned this opportunity through hard work, determination, and great commitment on behalf of his family, his signing is also a full illustration of the club’s commitment to developing players within the community, and our player development pathway,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis in a press release. “Ralph performed very well within our academy and USL team, and has been excellent these past few months training with the first team. We’re excited about Ralph and the future.”

Like some other notable Toronto FC first-team prospects—namely Jayden Nelson and Jahkeele-Marshall Rutty—Priso made five appearances for Toronto FC II during the 2019 USL One regular season after signing with the Young Reds in March of 2019 before making his his professional debut when he started against Richmond Kickers on August 17, 2019.

Priso, who is listed as from Toronto, also represented Canada—again, along with some of the other TFC youngsters—at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, where he appeared in all three games of the group stage. Priso joined the Toronto FC Academy in January of 2017.