Toronto FC announced Tuesday that the club has re-signed defender Doneil Henry. As per team and league policies, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“This is another positive step for our football club, signing another promising young defender for the long term,” said Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Paul Mariner. “Doneil possess a great amount of skill and the scary part is he is only 19 years old. He has proven to be an important part of our club and will continue to be for years to come.”
Video: Doneil Henry on re-signing with Toronto.
Henry, 19, was the first Academy player to sign a professional contract with the First Team when he signed on August 26, 2010 and is currently in his third season with Toronto FC. To date, Henry has made 28 MLS appearances, starting in 17 with one goal. He scored his first league goal this season on Saturday, April 28 at Real Salt Lake.
Henry started in all four of Toronto’s 2012 Amway Canadian Championship matches helping the club win its fourth consecutive national title. During the 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, Henry made seven appearances, including four starts during Toronto’s run to the semi-finals.
“I’m very proud to re-sign with Toronto FC and ensure I will remain here for the next few years,” said Henry. “I have learned a lot in my time with the Academy and in the First Team. Being from Brampton and playing for my home club is a dream come true and I’m happy to be able to continue on with Toronto FC.”
The Brampton native recently made his debut with the Canadian men’s national team in a friendly match against Trinidad & Tobago on August 15. Henry was also part of Canada’s Under-23 squad during the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Henry started in three of Canada’s four matches and scored the opening goal against the United States during the group stage.
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