Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has signed KIA Toronto FC Academy forward Jordan Hamilton as a Homegrown Player. He becomes the ninth player in club history to sign for the first team. As per team and league policy terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hamilton had verbally committed to play college soccer at Maryland starting this fall.
“Jordan has progressed year after year in our Academy and deserved this opportunity,” Toronto General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “We are pleased to bring him up to the First Team and complement our Academy staff for their contributions to Jordan’s development as a footballer.”
Hamilton, 17, appeared in ten matches, scoring nine goals for the KIA Toronto FC Senior Academy Team in the OSL Elite Men’s League this past season. Hamilton originally joined the KIA Toronto FC Junior Academy Team in 2011 at the age of 15. During the 2012 season, Hamilton and the Junior Academy Team were finalists in the 2012 Generation Adidas Cup in Seattle; Hamilton scored three goals during the tournament. He remained with the Junior Team to participate in the AEGON Future Cup in Holland in March 2013, where the club played against the U-17 squads of AFC Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and São Paulo FC. Hamilton set-up the winning goal during a 1-0 victory over Tottenham. Following the tournament, Hamilton returned to the Academy to join the Senior Team for the 2013 season.
Hamilton represented Canada at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last October. Hamilton won a silver medal with Canada at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and a bronze at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.