TORONTO, Canada—Spring has sprung and the defending Eastern Conference Champions have tidied up a bit of outstanding business by re-inking Canadian international and Toronto-native Richie Laryea to a new contract.
“Richie has been terrific since he joined us,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis in a press release. “He played a valuable role, both for TFC, and the Canadian Men’s National Team last year. Off the field, Richie’s character and personality is tremendous. He earned this new contract in many ways, and we are excited for he, his family, and what he will bring to TFC moving forward.”
Laryea has become a fixture on the Toronto FC backline, featuring 30 times in an 11-month span with the club. Laryea has found the back of the net against the San Jose Earthquakes in both seasons with the club, and was the first of four Reds to score in that that absolutely historic extra-time vs. D.C. United, reigniting their march to the 2019 MLS Cup Final
Michael Bradley and former D.C. United standout Nick DeLeon combine to set up Laryea, who finishes for the go-ahead goal #MLSCupPlayoffs— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) October 20, 2019
Laryea played a major role in the improved second-half backline that saw Toronto FC crawl back into their place among the Eastern Conference contenders.
In fact, since May 27 of last year—when Laryea opened his account vs. the Earthquakes—Richie has pulled on a Toronto FC shirt on 29 occasions and coach Greg Vanney has called his number 27 times. When asked to come off the bench, he has made an immediate impact at either right midfield or right-back, carrying his strong 2019 season over into 2020.
In TFC’s only two games before the pandemic, Laryea has one goal and helped set up Achara’s game-winner against New York City FC.
If Toronto FC hope to find glory in any of the yet-to-be-announced competitions in 2020, they’ll be counting on the young Canadian to help anchor that right side of the field.
Laryea has also made his way into the Canadian national team, earning his first cap Sept. 7, 2019 against Cuba. He has six appearances total for John Herdman’s side.
As per club policy, no terms of the deal have been made public.