Brampton’s Jonathan Osorio named new captain of Toronto FC


Published January 23, 2024 at 12:53 pm

Brampton's Jonathan Osorio has been named captain of Toronto FC. (Photo: Toronto FC)

Veteran midfielder and Brampton’s own Jonathan Osorio says he’ll win his teammates’ trust on the field as the new captain of Toronto FC.

“I am incredibly honoured and excited to have been named the captain of the club that means so much to me,” said Osorio, a 31-year-old Brampton native who has won 71 caps for Canada.

“Wearing this armband comes with a great responsibility, and I am determined to represent the fans of this club and the people of this city in the best way. I am excited to begin this journey and work with everybody involved to bring success to Toronto FC.”

Toronto FC Head Coach John Herdman, who also coached Osorio during Canada’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Run, said naming Osorio as the club’s eighth captain will usher in a new era for the team and is excited to “rebuild this club together.”

“He has the ability to connect with his teammates and everyone in the club,” Herdman said. “He is passionate, emotional and has the character to lead the squad, and he is committed to bring success to this club and make the fans proud.”

One of seven Brampton players to make the cut for Canada’s 2022 FIFA World Cup squad, Osorio entertained offers to continue his career in Europe before deciding to stay with Toronto FC in 2022 and signed a three-year contract plus a 2026 option.

The tournament was Canada’s first appearance in the World Cup since 1986, losing its three group-stage matches to Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.

“Most of you know me, and those that don’t know me, this club means a lot to me and I’m looking forward to starting this journey with you guys and, you know, earning your trust with my actions,” Osorio said in a video announcing his captaincy.

Since joining the Toronto FC (nicknamed the Reds) in 2013, Osorio has tallied 62 goals and 35 assists in all competitions. He also ranks third in the club’s all-time top scorers list, behind only Sebastian Giovinco with 83 goals and Jozy Altidore with 79.

In 2022, Osorio became the first player in club history to reach 300 matches when he started against New York City FC on April 24.

Toronto, which finished last in the league in 2023 at 4-20-10, is currently at training camp in Florida. The club opens the regular season at FC Cincinnati on Feb. 25. The home opener is March 9 against Charlotte FC.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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