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Toronto FC Sign Venezuelan Winger Erickson Gallardo

July 9, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release

Toronto FC announced today that the club signed 22-year old Venezuelan winger Erickson Gallardo using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). Upon the receipt of his international transfer certificate, Gallardo will be added to the roster and be eligible to play this Saturday in Montreal.

"Erickson is a talented attacking player that will improve our team. He has good character and is excited to earn the respect of his teammates, meet our great fans, and he and his wife are looking forward to settling into the City of Toronto. He has speed, can shift directions quickly and can open up the game for himself and others. Mid-season can sometimes be challenging to step into a new team, particularly for young, international players. With that said, we're excited to get him going because we believe he can make an impact now, and in the future" said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis.

Gallardo joins Toronto FC from Venezuelan Primera División club, Zamora F.C. After making his debut in 2014, Gallardo went on to make 116 combined appearances for the club. In the past three seasons he made a total of 91 appearances with 64 starts and added 10 goals and 19 assists. Gallardo was part of Zamora's last three league championships in 2015, 2016 and 2018, scoring the winning goal in the second leg of the 2018 Apertura Final.

Gallardo is starting to break into the Venezuelan national team. He has earned one cap for his native, Venezuela. His debut came last month in a 1-1 friendly against Ecuador.

TRANSACTION: Toronto FC has signed Venezuelan winger Erickson Gallardo using Targeted Allocation Money.

ERICKSON GALLARDO

Position: Winger

Height: 5'8

Weight: 150 lbs

Birthdate: July 26, 1996 (Age - 22)

Birth Place: Barinas, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuelan

Last Club: Zamora F.C.


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