Toronto FC’s latest signing Nicholas Lindsay has been speaking of his pride at graduating from the Academy and becoming the team’s second homegrown player.
RELATED: RSL 4-1 Toronto
VIDEO: Nicholas Lindsay speaks of his debut experience.
The 18-year-old forward signed for the Reds prior to yesterday’s MLS roster freeze and follows Doneil Henry in making the step up to the first team.
“Coming in and getting a contract is a dream come true for me,” said Lindsay. “I was with the Academy and I love all of the guys there and really enjoyed my time there.”
“I have been watching TFC from a young age since the team played its first season and I always wanted to be there and play in the team. Now to get the chance is great for me. I want to do what I can for the team and give it all I have got.”
Lindsay had already played for the first team on a couple of occasions, but made his first appearances as a professional as a half time substitute in the 4-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake in the CONCACAF Champions League at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday night.
“It was a great experience. It was very overwhelming but good for my career that is just starting. Going on the field I just wanted to work as part of the team and a unit. It was trying to create space and it is a good role for me to be outside and try to take players on. We didn’t get the result, but we didn’t give up and we stayed as a team. Hopefully we can bounce back and get into it for the next game.”
Toronto FC Interim Head Coach Nick Dasovic believes Lindsay can give the team another option in the closing stages of the season. “He’s a great addition to the club,” said Dasovic. “We don’t have wide players at the moment and we thought we would give the kid a run out. He certainly didn’t let himself down. We will keep looking to use him.”
Discuss this with Luke on Twitter