The list of young North American up-and-comers signing Homegrown deals grew by one more on Tuesday.
Toronto FC announced the addition of Noble Okello, as the 18-year-old Canadian youth international will join the Reds for the 2019 season.
“Noble is an exciting and promising player whom we look forward to working with at the first team level. While he has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity, it is also a testament to the commitment that Toronto FC has to developing players from the community, and the quality education that our academy coaches deliver to young players,” Toronto General Manager Ali Curtis said in a press release. “It should also be noted that while Noble has taken full advantage of his opportunities, his parents played a pivotal role as well. As we move forward, the staff will look to further Noble’s development as a player and as a young man.”
Okello joins the Canadian MLS side after featuring significantly for Toronto FC in the 2018 USL season. He made 22 appearances, playing 1,437 minutes during the previous campaign. The central midfielder made his pro debut in the USL back in October 2017 against the Bethlehem Steel, and was part of Toronto FC's preseason at the start of 2018. He's dominated his few appearances in the Development Academy as well, excelling at both the 2017 and 2018 Winter Showcases in Florida.
On the international stage, Okello's competed with Canada Under-17s and Under-20s at their respective Concacaf Championships in 2017 and 2018.