Toronto FC re-signs Canadian Tosaint Ricketts


Toronto FC forward Tosaint Ricketts. (CP)

Toronto FC continues to solidify its roster ahead of the 2017 Major League Soccer season.

The Reds on Thursday announced the re-signing of Canadian international forward Tosaint Ricketts to a new contract.

Ricketts, a 29-year-old native of Edmonton, joined TFC last July as a free agent after parting ways with Turkish team Boluspor over unpaid wages. He went on to make 17 appearances in all competitions for Toronto in 2016.

He also scored four goals and tallied one assist, and played a prominent role in TFC’s run to the MLS Cup final. He scored a pair of goals in the playoffs, including one in the Reds’ win over the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the Eastern Conference final.

Ricketts immediately fit in well with TFC, and provided the Reds with pace and dynamic attacking ability off the bench. He’s also a versatile player, who can either operate as a forward or out on the wing, so it was hardly a surprise that Toronto signed him to a new deal.

A national team veteran, Ricketts made his debut for Canada in 2011. Since then, he’s earned 55 caps and scored 15 goals. He recently scored in Canada’s 4-2 won over Bermuda in a friendly on Jan. 22.

Toronto FC has been busy this week.

On Tuesday, the club inked French defender Chris Mavinga to a multi-year contract, and the following day it re-signed veteran midfielder Benoit Cheyrou to a new deal.

TFC is currently in California where it is holding the second stage of its pre-season training camp. The Reds open the MLS campaign on March 4, away to Real Salt Lake.

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