3 youth players who could make an impact next season for Toronto FC

By Evan Curnew
Themi Antonglou playing for Toronto FC II v New England Revolution II
Themi Antonglou playing for Toronto FC II v New England Revolution II / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages
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RB - Kobe Franklin

Kobe Franklin with the ball at his feet in-game with Toronto FC II
Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Age: 19 (2003)

Position(s): Right-back

Nationality: Canadian

Kobe Franklin is a former USL League One Defender of the Year and Young Player of the Year Finalist. He joined Toronto FC's Academy in 2017 after leaving MLS side Chicago Fire's academy after a four-year stay. He spent last season with Toronto FC II and recorded four goals last season in 16 regular season starts (20 games total). He also started and went the full 90 in both of Toronto FC II's playoff matches.

Franklin has yet to sign a first-team contract with Toronto FC but did sign three short-term deals last season, ultimately making his MLS debut in a match against Cincinnati on May 5th.

Franklin has featured for Canada at both the U17 and U20 level. Like Hugo Mbongue, he played this summer with Canada at the CONCACAF Men's U20 Championship in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

With Richie Laryea and Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty on the right flank, Franklin will be hard-pressed to find minutes but there is a lot to like about Franklin's ability to progress the ball up the field. He will have the opportunity next year in pre-season to show he's ready to make the jump to the MLS.

Honourable Mentions: Adam Pearlman & Rohan Goulbourne

Did we miss anyone? What youth players do you feel could make an impact next season for Toronto FC?

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