Rocco Romeo, who served as a ball boy at Toronto FC video games rising up, has signed a first-team contract with the MLS staff as a homegrown participant.
The 19-year-old defender from Richmond Hill, Ont., turns into the 21st participant in membership historical past to affix the primary staff from the Toronto FC academy.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney mentioned Romeo has an enormous upside.
“He has a fantastic body for a centre again — 6-Four and alter — and strikes properly for a centre again. Very athletic,” mentioned Vanney. “By way of that, he is obtained a whole lot of instruments to work with. He is very comfy with the ball. He is comfy enjoying on the left aspect or the suitable aspect of the 2 centre again positions.”
Romeo was all smiles Tuesday however mentioned he had no plans to have fun his deal.
“There’s nonetheless a protracted method to go … I’ve already instructed my household, no events, no dinners, nothing.”
Romeo mentioned he at all times put his hand up when the decision went out to his youth membership for ball boys at Toronto video games.
“I might at all times volunteer as a result of I assumed it was fairly cool being subject stage and watching the sport,” he mentioned.
His mother and father had season tickets within the 2016 and 2017 season and Romeo was within the stands when Toronto gained the MLS Cup in 2017.
“I used to be debating operating on the sphere however my dad would have kicked my ass,” he mentioned.
Romeo appeared in 10 matches for Toronto FC II throughout the 2019 USL One common season. He additionally had a brief mortgage spell with Danish second-division aspect HB Koge the place he made eight appearances. He mentioned he grew up on and off…