Tomás Romero may have left Toronto with only six MLS appearances to his name as a Red, but it hasn’t taken him long to find a new home in the league.
The 23-year-old, who served as one of several backups to No. 1 Sean Johnson in 2023, has signed a one-year deal with New York City FC, plus options for two extra years.
The El Salvador international, an MLS Cup winner with LAFC in 2022 (albeit one who didn’t play a single minute of action for the California side that year), spent just a year at BMO Field after signing a one-year deal plus options last winter in the MLS Re-Entry Draft under former head coach Bob Bradley.
After being loaned to TFC II, he made his first-team debut in a 1-0 defeat to St. Louis City in July, one of six appearances he would make for the club while Johnson was unavailable. After the last of those, a 4-0 defeat to Inter Miami in September, he was supplanted by fellow young goalkeeper Luka Gavran, who rather showed him up by saving a penalty on his debut.
NYCFC sporting director David Lee called Romero “a talented goalkeeper with a strong resume for someone of his age.”
Romero said he is aiming to establish himself in New York City’s team in 2024.
“I’m excited to provide my talents and help the team any way I can…” he added. “A big part of coming to a new club is that you need to gain the respect of your teammates… I hope to build on the international experience I’ve gained with El Salvador, having faced some of the biggest players in the world. I’ve been on winning teams in the past and I know that it takes a good group to do that. I really believe we have a good group here and can accomplish something special, and I will work hard every day to help this team accomplish its goals.”