Toronto FC II announced Wednesday that the club has signed forward Ricardo John to a USL contract. As per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his work permit and visa.
“Ricardo has been training with both our first and second teams over the past few weeks and has fit in well within the group,” said Toronto FC II Head Coach Jason Bent. “He is a player that has good pace and can add a new dimension to the team’s attack.”
John, 21, most recently signed with Central F.C. of the TT Pro League in April of 2016. Prior to signing with Central F.C., John spent two seasons at Virginia Tech University. He appeared in 34 matches, starting in 29, registering eight goals and three assists for the Hokies. During his collegiate career, John was named to the NSCAA All-South Region Third Team for the second straight season in 2015. During the 2014 season, John was named to the NSCAA All-Freshman Second Team, All-ACC Third Team and All-ACC Freshman Team.
John was named to Trinidad and Tobago's U-20 World Cup Qualifying squad and also competed with the Trinidad and Tobago U-23 national team as part of Olympic qualifying in the summer of 2015. John represented his country at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
TRANSACTION: Toronto FC II signed forward Ricardo John to a USL contract on Thursday August 4, 2016.
Birthdate: April 10, 1995
Birthplace: Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago
Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago
Last Club: Central F.C.
How Acquired: Signed with Toronto FC II on August 3, 2016
Pronunciation: “REE-CAR-DO JON”