Canadian youth international Luca Gasparotto joins York 9 FC

Luca Gasparotto has represented Canada at the under-17, under-20 and under-23 levels. (Colin E. Braley/AP)

TORONTO — York 9 FC has signed former Canadian youth international defender Luca Gasparotto.

The 23-year-old returns to Toronto after five years and more than 100 appearances in Scotland with Glasgow Rangers, Falkirk and, most recently, Greenock Morton.

"He’s good on the ball, can distribute the ball well as well," York 9 head coach Jim Brennan said in a statement. "Very vocal, commanding centre back … We can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to us."

Gasparotto left Ontario for Rangers in 2011, making his first appearance in 2013. He was later loaned to Stirling Albion, Airdrieonians and Greenock before joining second-tier Falkirk in 2016.

Gasparotto made 11 appearances for second-tier Greenock in 2017-2018.

Gasparotto has represented Canada at the under-17, under-20 and under-23 levels. He was called up to the senior squad during a World Cup qualifier against Belize in 2015.

Gasparotto is York’s 17th signing ahead of the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.

VALOUR FC SIGNS CROATIAN

Winnipeg’s Valour FC has added veteran Croatian midfielder Josip Golubar to its CPL roster.

The 33-year-old has played in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia, most recently with NK Varazdin in Croatia’s second division.

"Josip has played over 200 matches in the top division in Croatia and over 400 professional games," Valour FC coach and GM Rob Gale said in a statement. "He is a key signing for us, bringing his wealth of experience to a new team and a new league and we are delighted he has chosen to join Valour Football club."

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