Orlando City have acquired Canadian defender Luca Petrasso in a trade with Toronto FC.
The Lions have paid an initial $300k in General Allocation Money (GAM) for the 22-year-old, while a further $50k GAM could be paid in both 2024 and 2025 if certain performance metrics are hit.
Petrasso qualifies for homegrown status and cannot be selected by St. Louis CITY in Friday’s MLS Expansion Draft.
“Luca is a very technical player that can play anywhere on the left side of our formation, from left back to out on the wing,” Orlando City executive vice president of soccer operations and general manager Luiz Muzzi said in a club press release.
“While just 22, he has solid experience at the senior level and he’ll provide immediate strength for us at the position, with a lot of potential for growth.”
A former Canada Under-17 international, Petrasso enjoyed a breakthrough year with the Toronto FC senior team in 2022, making 26 appearances across all competitions and providing four assists. He joins an Orlando City side that made the MLS Cup Playoffs for the third straight year in 2022, though they exited to CF Montreal in Round One.
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