Toronto FC signed defender Rocco Romeo to a Homegrown Player contract, the club announced Tuesday.
The 19-year-old is the 21st player in club history to make the leap to MLS from the Toronto FC Academy. He played in 10 matches for Toronto FC II during last year’s USL League One campaign and also made eight appearances for HB Köge in second division Denmark while on loan from last January to June.
“We’re excited to have Rocco on a first team contract,” Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis said in a prepared statement. “He gained valuable experience last year playing in Europe, with our USL team, and training at times with the first team.
“Rocco is a talented, strong, athletic young central defender with a competitive personality. His competitive personality is incredible. It’s also very important to the development of a young player, and it’s infectious, and we love it. He strives to get better every single day, and we’re looking forward to working with him. And, it has to be noted that we are also very happy for Rocco’s family as they have supported him to get to this point, and in all ways.”
Romeo joined the TFC Academy in 2014 and also represented Canada at the 2018 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship.
He is now part of a Toronto back line that also includes fellow Homegrown Player Julian Dunn-Johnson, as well as Justin Morrow, Eriq Zavaleta, Chris Mavinga, Laurent Ciman, Auro, and Omar Gonzalez.