Toronto FC added to their forward depth on Thursday afternoon, signing promising young forward Jordan Perruzza to a first team contract, effective January 1st, 2021.
He joined Toronto FC II in 2018, although only played four games (during which he scored twice), but in 2019, Perruzza became a starter in USL League One, establishing himself as one of the best at that level.
In 24 matches for The Young Reds last year, he found the back of the net 15 times, second only to Ronaldo Damus’ 16 goals for an incredible North Texas SC side that won the league. Perruzza was also nominated for USL League One Young Player of the Year, and played over 1,800 minutes in a breakout campaign.
His physical presence allows him to hold off defenders, and being 6’1, is also a good aerial presence. He is capable of scoring in different ways, and has scored with both feet as well as his head.
He started his youth career with Vaughan SC before making the move to Europe to play with the academy of Italian side Empoli. He returned to North America in 2018, when he joined TFC II.
Internationally, he’s eligible to play for both Canada and Italy, and was called up to the provisional roster for the (since postponed) 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
He has apparently attracted interest from clubs in Europe, and this move by Toronto FC signals that they believe he’s the real deal.