Toronto FC announced today that the club has signed midfielder/forward Jacob Shaffelburg to a Major League Soccer contract. Shaffelburg will be added to the roster as a Homegrown player. He becomes the 9th Homegrown player currently on a first-team contract.
“Jacob is a talented young player that has earned this opportunity. We feel he can help improve our team both now and in the future. He’s a fierce competitor and we’re excited to add him to the first team,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis.
Shaffelburg, 19, has made 12 appearances with two goals and three assists for Toronto FC II in USL League One this season. He made one appearance for Toronto FC during the 2019 Concacaf Champions League.
Shaffelburg joined the TFC Academy in 2016 and represented Canada at the Men’s U-20 pre-tournament camp in the USA. He was part of the TFC III team that competed in the 2018 Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup and played for TFC III during the 2017 League1 Ontario season.
Shaffelburg starred for the Berkshire School in Massachusetts, a prestigious boarding school with a highly regarded soccer program that boasts former New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison among its graduates. Shaffelburg scored a goal in last year’s championship game as Berkshire defeated Worcester Academy 3-1 to capture the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championship for the fifth time in the last seven years. Shaffelburg was also named the 2017-18 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
TRANSACTION: Toronto FC has signed midfielder/forward Jacob Shaffelburg as a Homegrown player.
Weight: 150 lbs
Birthdate: November 26, 1999 (Age – 19)
Birth Place: Port Williams, Nova Scotia
Last Club: Toronto FC II