Toronto, ON (January 24, 2020) – York9 FC is proud to announce the signing and return home of local boy Michael Petrasso. The winger becomes the 3rd new player signed by the club for the 2020 season.
The 24-year-old Woodbridge, Ontario native spent the Inaugural Canadian Premier League season with Valour FC in Winnipeg, making 18 appearances and scoring 6 goals. Petrasso also led the league in assists last season with 5. Petrasso has 9 caps with the Canadian national men’s team.
Manager Jimmy Brennan said “We kept a close eye on Michael all of last season. He’s from the York community and we really wanted to bring him home. He’s a leader on and off the pitch, and the type of guy who will fit right into our squad and be a dangerous asset going forward – (He is) an absolute nightmare for defenders.”
Petrasso began his youth career with the Toronto FC Academy in 2010 where he played for two seasons, helping lead the team to the Professional Development League 2 (U-18) title in his first season. He then continued his career overseas with Queens Park Rangers FC (English Championship), and represented Oldham Athletic, Coventry City, Leyton Orient, and Notts County on loans before returning to Canada in 2018 to join the Montreal Impact.
In 2014, Petrasso was named the U-20 Canadian Male Player of the Year. He was also selected to the provisional squad for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and made his debut for the senior squad in 2016 in a friendly against Azerbaijan. In 2017, Petrasso was named to the roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“I can see the real ambition and desire to win at York9.” Petrasso said. “I’m here to bring a title home, that’s what excites me the most.”
Full Name: Michael Petrasso
Birth Date: July 9, 1995
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Woodbridge, Ontario
Last Club: Valour FC