17 year-old graduates from Kia TFC Academy.
Toronto FC announced on Thursday that they have signed former academy player Manny Aparicio to the first team as a Homegrown Player, becoming the eighth player in club history to do so. As per team and league policy terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Aparicio, 17, has started in seven of the KIA Toronto FC Academy Senior Team matches thus far, scoring two goals, and was named as the club’s player of the tournament earlier in the season during the Dallas Cup. He has also made five appearances in the MLS Reserve League, starting four of them.
“We’re very pleased to have Manny graduate from our Academy to our first team. He’s a terrific young man and talented player,” said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. “His signing is further evidence of the quality of our Academy.”
“This is a dream come true,” said Manny Aparicio. “The coaches have showed all the faith in me and I just want to make the most of this opportunity.”
Aparicio joined the Academy in October 2010 after spending one season with the Unionville Milliken Soccer Club. Upon moving to Canada with his family, Aparicio joined the North York Soccer Club and spent four seasons there.
“Manny is a young talented player with great character and passion for the game,” said KIA Toronto FC Academy Director Thomas Rongen. “He is a player that our TFC fans and community can be proud of for years to come.”
Aparicio was recently named to Canada’s U-18 National side that will compete in 2013 COTIF U-20 Tournament later this month in l’Alcúdia, Spain.