Jacob Shaffelburg of Port Williams signed a Major League Soccer contract with Toronto FC, the club announced on Friday.
Shaffelburg, a 19-year-old midfielder/forward, will be added to TFC’s roster as a homegrown player.
He becomes the ninth homegrown player currently on a first-team contract, according to the MLS team.
“Jacob is a talented young player that has earned this opportunity,” said Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis in the news release. “We feel he can help improve our team both now and in the future. He’s a fierce competitor and we’re excited to add him to the first team.”
The speedy Shaffelburg has made 12 appearances with two goals and three assists for Toronto FC II in USL League One this season. He made one appearance for Toronto FC during the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.
Shaffelburg joined the TFC Academy in 2016 and represented Canada at the U-20 men’s pre-tournament camp in the United States. He was also a part of the TFC III team that competed in the 2018 Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup and played for TFC III during the 2017 League1 Ontario season.
Shaffelburg was a star player for the Berkshire School in Massachusetts, a prestigious boarding school with a highly regarded soccer program that boasts former New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison among its graduates.
Shaffelburg scored a goal in last year’s championship game as Berkshire defeated Worcester Academy 3-1 to capture the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championship for the fifth time in the last seven years.
He was also named the 2017-18 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year.