Another Toronto FC Academy product is off to the Canadian Premier League, as defender Themi Antonoglou inked a contract with Winnipeg’s Valour FC for the 2024 CPL season on Friday.
The 22-year-old fullback proved to be one of the valuable young players with Toronto FC over the last sacral seasons, spending time with the first-team in their struggle through the 2023 MLS campaign while also playing a standout role with Toronto FC II in MLS Next Pro and USL League One.
“Themi will bring undeniable quality to our squad,” Valour FC Head Coach & General Manager Phillip Dos Santos said in a news release. “He’s a player who acquired valuable experience in the past few years with TFC. I like his composure on the ball and ability to read situations well on the field.”
After several years as a standout TFC Academy prospect, the Toronto native debuted with TFC II in 2019 and had spells with the side through the next four seasons, amassing 67 appearances with the second team while also playing matches with the first team.
In 2023, the 5-foot-9 defender made a combined 28 appearances, bringing his professional total to 73 in all competitions, scoring ten goals at all levels in that span.
While transitioning to the CPL brings a new environment for Antonoglou, he will have some familiar faces around, including 2023 TFC II teammate Jordan Faria, who also inked a deal with Valour for the 2024 domestic campaign.
Valour FC kicks off their season with a lengthy road trip on April 14 with a visit to Vancouver FC before a late home opener at the renamed Princess Auto Stadium on June 2 against the same Vancouver foes.