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TFC Sign Pair for Upcoming Matchup, Including Player with OPDL Competition Experience

By Staff, 07/04/23, 2:45PM EDT


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Toronto FC has announced that the club has signed defender Adam Pearlman and winger Jesus Batiz to short-term agreements from Toronto FC II for the club’s MLS match against Orlando City SC. Per MLS rules, the short-term agreement allows clubs to sign players on loan from their MLS NEXT Pro affiliate for MLS, U.S. Open Cup, Concacaf Champions League, Canadian Championship and exhibition matches.  

Pearlman, 18, has made 37 appearances (36 starts) in MLS NEXT Pro action through two seasons with Toronto FC II (2022, 2023). He signed his first professional contract with TFC II on April 8, 2022 and made his debut with the Young Reds against New York City FC II on April 10. Pearlman represented Toronto FC Academy, when they were part of the Ontario Player Development League, and U.S. Soccer Development Academy across the U-12 to U-19 age groups from 2016 to 2021. He also participated in the U-13 2018 CONCACAF Champions League with the TFC Academy in Toluca, Mexico. He originally joined the Toronto FC Academy in October 2016.

Batiz, 24, has scored a team-high six goals and added one assist through 16 appearances for Toronto FC II during the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro regular season. He originally joined TFC II on March 21, 2023 and made his debut against FC Cincinnati 2 on March 27, 2023. Born in Tela, Honduras, Batiz previously spent time with Rochester New York FC of MLS NEXT Pro (2022) and New Amsterdam FC of the National Independent Soccer Association (2021) prior to the Young Reds.