Matt Gold trains with TFC in Turkey.

TFC Gets Golden

Toronto FC announced Friday that they have signed trialist defender Mikael Yourassowsky and 2011 MLS SuperDraft pick midfielder Matt Gold.

"We have added two important players to our roster today. We needed another left back and Mikael performed well for us during pre-season,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “Matt was a player we watched at the combine and were happy to select him in the SuperDraft and get him signed.

Yourassowsky, 28, is of Belgian and Ukrainian descent who began his career with Belgian side Anderlecht. Following time with Anderlecht and Genk, he moved to Argentina to play for Boca Juniors. Yourassowsky also had stops in Spain, Greece, Mexico and most recently with NK Rijeka of the Croatian Prva HNL.

Gold, 22, was selected in the 3rd Round (43rd Overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Gold played his college career with the Ohio State Buckeyes.  In four seasons with the Buckeyes he started in 86 of the 87 games he played and collected three goals and six assists.

Mikael Yourassowsky
Position: Defender
Height: 5’10
Weight: 165
Birthdate: February 26, 1983
Born/Hometown: Ixelles, Belgium
Nationality: Belgian-Ukranian
Last Club: NK Rijeka
How Acquired: Signed on March 18, 2011
Pronunciation: “MEE-kell YUR-as-off-ski”

Matt Gold
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’9
Weight: 165
Birthdate: June 14, 1988
Born/Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Nationality: American
Last Club: Ohio State Buckeyes
How Acquired: Signed on March 18, 2011
Pronunciation: “MAT Gold”