Toronto FC II sign Academy product Hugo Mbongue

Toronto FC II have announced that the club has signed striker Hugo Mbongue to an MLS NEXT Pro contract. Mbongue will be added to the club’s roster pending league and federation approval.

“Hugo has a unique combination of game intelligence, speed and the ability to finish in different ways,” said Toronto FC II head coach Gianni Cimini. “He will continue to be an exciting player to watch and provide a consistent threat in the final third. MLS NEXT Pro is the perfect platform to take on the challenges Hugo will need to reach his full potential.

Mbongue, 17, recently made five appearances for Toronto FC II in the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season. He scored his first goal and first brace for the Young Reds in the 2022 home opener against New York City FC II on April 10, 2022 and is currently the team’s joint-leader in goals (three ) and assists (three). The Academy product was called up to TFC II in the 2021 USL League One regular season and played 10 games for the Young Reds, including his TFC II debut against North Texas SC on May 22.

Prior to the Young Reds, Mbongue represented the Toronto FC Academy in the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-19 age groups from 2018 to 2021. In 2019, Mbongue managed the U-15 side at the US Soccer Development Academy. (USSDA) National Championship in San Diego, CA. The striker was awarded the USSDA U-15 Golden Boot after scoring four goals in the team’s run to the championship, including two in the spectacular final against Los Angeles FC. Earlier in 2019, the Toronto native also led the U-15 side to the Generation adidas Cup final and won the tournament’s Golden Boot in Frisco, Texas. Mbongue originally joined the Toronto FC Academy in March 2018 after spending time with North Toronto Soccer Club and Clairlea-Westview Soccer Club.

“Hugo’s long-term potential was evident when he joined the Academy in 2018 and he has continued to excel in our training environment and the various competitions he has participated in,” said Anthony Capotosto, Director of TFC Academy. “Hugo has always demonstrated a desire to play at the professional level and we are happy to see him take this next step in his journey and wish him well in his transition to professional play. I would also like to thank the North Toronto Soccer Club and its staff for their contribution to the development of Hugo.

TRANSACTION: Toronto FC II signs striker Hugo Mbongue to an MLS NEXT Pro contract.

Date of birth: July 27, 2004 (age – 17)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Last club: Toronto FC Academy

James T. Quintero