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Noble Okello signs first team contract with Toronto FC

Okello is TFC’s 19th academy graduate

USL Photo - TFC II midfield duo of Noble Okello and Gideon Waja battle with NYRB II in the midfield at BMO Field in April Martin Bazyl

Toronto FC announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed 18-year-old midfielder Noble Okello to a first team contract, making him the club’s 19th academy player to sign with the MLS team.

Okello spent most of 2018 in USL with Toronto FC II, making 22 appearances, after primarily playing in League1 Ontario with TFC III for two years before. He accompanied the first team at their training camp last year, ahead of the 2018 season, but did not receive his MLS deal then.

He has represented Canada at the U17, U20, and U23 levels, including at the 2018 Toulon Tournament and the Concacaf U20 Championship.

Okello has reportedly drawn international interest, having trained with Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg briefly before last season. Wolfsburg apparently made at least one offer to TFC to buy Okello, but the bids were rejected.

This brings TFC’s first team roster up to 28, leaving two slots left to fill out the maximum of 30.