Toronto FC II Loan Homegrown Striker Jordan Perruzza to San Antonio FC
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Toronto FC II made it official earlier this week when they announced that forward Jordan Perruzza, who was signed as Toronto FC's newest homegrown player, has been loaned to USL-side San Antonio FC for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Following his loan spell, Perruzza will be joining Toronto FC in January 2021. There has been plenty of hype around the 19-year old Vaughan native and rightfully so.
Since making his Toronto FC II debut, Perruzza has excelled at the USL League One level. In 28 matches, Perruzza scored 17 goals and added two assists. What makes that stat even more impressive is that 15 of those goals came during the 2019 season.
Perruzza has attracted plenty of attention from European clubs in countries like Italy, Germany, and England, so this was an important signing for Toronto because it allows them to retain the services of a talented young striker who can become a player that plays a pivotal role in the club’s success going forward. The potential is there for Perruzza, so now it will come down to the work he puts in training and being put in positions to succeed on MLS.
During Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney’s media availability earlier last week, I asked him what he would like to see out of Perruzza during his loan spell in San Antonio. Vanney has some praise for Perruzza and even hinted at how he will be used when he joins Toronto in January:
“I think in order for him to continue to take steps forward and prepare himself for our team it’s we need those guys up-top to be dangerous in and around the box. We do such a good job of pinning teams back and we’re good in possession and we’re good at chance creation. We need guys who are working hard in the box, who are finding little gaps and windows of space to finish, who want to get on the end of things more than defenders do, and you know Jordan has that capacity if he focuses his attention on the right places.”
Not only does Perruzza have the potential to be an important part of Toronto FC’s future, but he also has the ability to join the group of young Canadians including Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, in having a massive impact on the growth and success of the Canadian Men’s National team going forward.
Perruzza is eligible to represent both Canada and Italy, but it looks as though he will have the maple leafs on his crest in international play as he was called up to Canada’s provisional roster for the now postponed 2020 Men’s Olympic qualifiers.
Photo Credit: San Antonio FC