Toronto FC Sign Jonathan Osorio to Contract Extension

(© imago images) June 23, 2021: Nashville defender, Alistair Johnston 12, and Toronto midfielder, Jonathan Osario 21, fight for the ball during the MLS, Fussball Herren, USA match between Toronto FC and Nashville SC at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. /CSM Nashville USA – Copyright: xKevinxLangleyx

Toronto FC star Jonathan Osorio signed a three-year contract extension, keeping him with the Canadian team until the 2025 MLS season, with an option to stay for 2026. Osorio was a free agent after the 2022 season, after his contract expired with TFC.

Osorio seemed determined to re-sign with Toronto FC during the World Cup but waited until Canada’s tournament life was over so his new contract wouldn’t be a distraction to the team. He ended up making three appearances for Canada at the World Cup, subbing in versus Belgium and Croatia and starting the match against Morocco. 

The 30-year-old leads the club in all-time appearances with 318, after making his debut back in 2013. In his tenure with TFC he’s managed to score 42 goals and notch 43 assists. Osorio was an integral part of the Toronto FC team which won the treble in 2017; taking home the MLS Cup, the Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship. He has also been part of the team during four Canadian Championship wins.

Toronto FC is coming off a disappointing 2022 season which saw them finish in 13th place in the Eastern Conference of the MLS. The disappointment came despite adding top talent in the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Feredico Bernardeschi to an already solid roster that included Osorio and Mark-Anthony Kaye. 

Although his team didn’t find much success, Osorio had one of his better campaigns to date, leading the team with nine goals and six assists in 2022. His impressive numbers were overshadowed however by an injury he sustained after taking an elbow to his head against the Chicago Fire on July 13th. Luckily, Osorio was able to battle back and return to full fitness in time which led up to the World Cup tournament in Qatar.

Expect Osorio to be a large part of the success if TFC is to bounce-back in 2023. Having been with Toronto since 2013 and making the most appearances in club history, the team will be looking to Osorio for leadership in the upcoming 2023 season. While TFC has no shortage of talent, Osorio will likely need to act as the glue, keeping the team together through what seems to be a transitional phase. 

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