By RON FANFAIR
Struggling Toronto FC has inked a second young academy player to a professional contract.
Striker Nicholas Lindsay becomes the second home grown player to sign just three weeks after defender Doneil Henry.
Lindsay fills the final roster spot available for home grown players and will not count against the 24-man roster.
The 18-year-old has already made two appearances for the first team this season. He made his debut against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Nutralite Canadian tournament last June, coming on as a second half substitute. He was also a replacement in the club’s friendly against English side Bolton Wanderers in July.
“We are very happy to have Nicholas on board and it’s a clear indication that our academy staff is doing the right things with these athletes,” said Toronto FC interim director, Earl Cochrane. “He has grown in every facet of the game in the last year and we are excited by the prospect of him training on a daily basis with the first team.
“In many ways, Nicholas is the ideal MLS player – incredibly athletic, quick, strong and confident and has a great head on his shoulders. I’m convinced he will be a big part of Toronto FC’s short and long-term future.”
Interim coach Nick Dasovic said Lindsay has shown a lot of promise in the games he appeared in for Toronto FC.
“He is a player that has a lot of pace and can strike the ball with both feet,” said Dasovic. “We look forward to having him aboard full time.”
Lindsay represented Brampton Blast and Brampton East before joining the academy.