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Short but sweet debuts for Toronto FC young guns Noble Okello and Luke Singh

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Okello was sacrificed at half-time for away-goal catalyst Erickson Gallardo, but showed enough to excite TFC fans, while Luke Singh came in late to help shore up the Toronto defense.

Leon v Toronto - Concacaf Champions League 2021
Jose Ramirez (L) of Leon fights for the ball with Noble Okello (R) of Toronto during a first leg match of round of sixteen between Leon and Toronto as part of Concacaf Champions League 2021 at Leon Stadium on April 7, 2021 in Leon, Mexico.
Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/Getty Images

MANITOBA, Canada—Noble Okello may be disappointed with the length of his first start for Toronto FC, with the TFC youngster making way for Erickson Gallardo at halftime of their CONCACAF Champions League matchup with Club León, but he produced some bright moments in his 45 minutes that he can feel proud of.

Okello looked composed and confident on the ball, linking up well with Jacob Shaffelburg down the left-hand side and even added a nutmeg to his highlight reel. His debut didn’t go unnoticed by excited TFC supporters and the 20 year-old has certainly picked up quite a few admirers across the broader MLS support.

Matchday signing Luke Singh, 20, came on in the 87th minute for his senior debut as Armas threw bodies behind the ball to help shore up the 1-1 draw for TFC.

Armas’ men looked leggy as the match wore on and spent the final moments of the match in an all-hands-on-deck defensive effort. Singh lined up on the left side of a centreback 3 and showed composure among the chaos to contribute to a solid outing for the club.

The game would end 1-1, with Toronto carrying an away-goal advantage into the final leg next week.