Toronto FC signs homegrown full back Kobe Franklin to first team contract
Toronto FC added to their MLS roster on Friday, signing homegrown full back Kobe Franklin to a contract through 2024, with a team option for 2025 and 2026.
An academy product, Franklin joins the first team with plenty of experience in the system under his belt, having played 24 games for Toronto FC II in USL League 1 in 2021, and a further 22 games with TFC II in MLS Next Pro last season.
The 19-year-old also made his MLS debut in 2022, playing 13 minutes against FC Cincinnati, after he was called up from the second team on an emergency basis.
Another Academy product makes the jump to MLS ✍️🍁— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) February 24, 2023
He becomes the club’s 32nd player to sign from the team’s academy, joining the likes of Jahkheele Marshall-Rutty, Kosi Thompson and Ayo Akinola, among others, on the first team.
Franklin has also represented Canada at the youth levels, sitting with games at the U17 and U20 levels under his belt, including appearances at the 2019 U17 World Cup.
Toronto FC kicks off their MLS season on Saturday, February 25th, on the road against DC United.