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Toronto FC Sign Andrei Dumitru and Jesus Batiz to Short-Term Agreements

April 24, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
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Toronto FC announced today that the club has signed Toronto FC II midfielder Andrei Dumitru and forward Jesús Batiz to MLS short-term agreements for Wednesday's Canadian Championship match against League1 Ontario club Simcoe County Rovers FC. 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, Leagues Cup and exhibition matches.

Dumitru, 17, recently signed his first professional contract with Toronto FC II and has been called up to the First Team three times this season. Dumitru made his TFC II debut against Columbus Crew 2 on April 7, 2024. Prior to signing with the Young Reds, the midfielder spent seven years with the TFC Academy since joining in October 2016. In 2023, he represented the U-19 team in League1 Ontario and was part of the squad that recorded an undefeated (12-0-0) regular season record and became League1 Ontario Fall Division champions in November 2023.

Batiz, 24, signed with Toronto FC II on March 21, 2023, and made his debut with the Young Reds against FC Cincinnati 2 on March 27, 2023. This season, Batiz has appeared and started in all four of Toronto FC II's 2024 MLS NEXT Pro matches to date, scoring one goal and recording two assists. The Tela, Honduras native also made three appearances with TFC in 2023 recording a total of 121 minutes across three matches, including his First Team debut against Orlando City on July 4, 2023. Batiz also 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 joining the Young Reds.

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