Toronto FC sign Manny Aparicio as eighth Homegrown player in franchise history

Toronto FC announced on Thursday that the club has signed Academy midfielder Manuel (Manny) Aparicio as a Homegrown player, making him the eighth player in club history to sign for the first team.

As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We're very pleased to have Manny graduate from our Academy to our first team. He's a terrific young man and talented player,” Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne said in a statement. “His signing is further evidence of the quality of our Academy.”

Aparicio, 17, started in seven matches, scoring two goals for the Toronto FC Academy senior team this season. He was also named the club’s player of the tournament earlier this season during the Dallas Cup.

Aparicio has also made five appearances for the club in MLS Reserve League play this season, starting in four matches.

“This is a dream come true,” Aparicio said in a statement. “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,” Academy director Thomas Rongen said in a statement. “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.