Toronto FC have signed youngster Hugo Mbong to a domestic contract through 2025 with an option for 2026.
The 18-year-old Mbongue, the younger brother of former TFC midfielder Ralph Presso, became the 31st player in club history to sign for the first team from Toronto’s academy.
“Hugo is a talented young striker who has worked hard to improve his entire game,” Bob Bradley, Toronto’s head coach and sporting director, said in a statement. “We look forward to Hugo’s development in his professional career and are confident that he will become a player who can contribute to the first team for many years to come.”
The Canada youth international signed an MLS Next Pro contract with Toronto FC II through May 2022, scoring four goals and adding five in 14 appearances (11 starts) with TFC’s second team in the MLS Next Pro regular season opener. Added help.
Mbongue originally joined the Toronto Academy in March 2018 after stints with the North Toronto Soccer Club and Clarelea-Westview Soccer Club. He represented the TFC Academy from 2018 to 2021 at the age of 15 to 19.
Mbongue represented Canada at the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Honduras and the CONCACAF Boys’ U-15 Championship in Florida.
Presso, also a product of TFC’s academy, was sent to Colorado in the July trade that brought midfielder Marc-Anthony Kaye to Toronto.