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ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 9, 2022) — Orlando City SC has acquired defender Luca Petrasso from Toronto FC, it was announced today. In exchange, the Lions have sent $300,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money to Toronto, with the potential for an additional $50,000 in 2024 and $50,000 in 2025 should certain conditions be met. As a Homegrown player, Petrasso is automatically protected in this week’s 2022 MLS Expansion Draft. 

“Luca is a very technical player that can play anywhere on the left side of our formation, from left back to out on the wing,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Luiz Muzzi. “While just 22, he has solid experience at the senior level and he’ll provide immediate strength for us at the position, with a lot of potential for growth.”

A product of Toronto FC’s youth academy system, The 22-year-old made his way to the Reds’ first team via Toronto FC II, signing first for the then-USL League One side in 2018 before signing his First Team contract with Toronto on Jan. 11, 2022.

The Toronto, Ontario native has appeared in 92 matches across all competitions and through all levels of Toronto’s system, scoring three goals and providing 11 assists. Petrasso appeared three times for the Canada Men’s U-17 National Team in the 2017 Concacaf U-17 Championship in Panama.

Transaction: Orlando City SC receives defender Luca Petrasso from Toronto FC in exchange for $300,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money up to $50,000 in 2024 General Allocation Money and $50,000 in 2025 General Allocation Money should certain conditions be met.

Name: Luca Petrasso (LOO-kah peh-TRAH-so)

Position: Defender 

Height: 5-11

Born: June 16, 2000 in Toronto, Ontario

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Citizenship: Canada