Toronto FC: Marky Delgado’s uncertain future resolved with new deal

Marky Delgado of Toronto FC (Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
Marky Delgado of Toronto FC (Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis confirmed to the Footy Talks podcast that the club has agreed a new long-term deal with midfielder Marky Delgado.

Marky Delgado entered the 2020 MLS season with just one year remaining on his contract with Toronto FC. While he made the decision to enjoy the campaign, the uncertainty must have still been at the back of his mind.

Fortunately for Delgado, this uncertainty has now been removed. As reported by The Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail, he has agreed a new long-term deal to remain in Southern Ontario.

The news was confirmed by TFC general manager Ali Curtis, during an appearance on the Footy Talks podcast. As per The Globe and Mail, Curtis said:

"“Marky is a talented player … Marky’s been a really big part of the success of TFC. And age is on his side as well.“He’s young, he stays healthy, takes care of his body. And so Marky was a player that we identified early on, that this is a player that it’s important we try to extend him and get a long-term deal.”"

Delgado originally joined TFC after being selected in the 2014 MLS Dispersal draft, as a result of Chivas USA folding. Ever since, he has gone from strength to strength with the club.

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In some respects the 24-year-old is still arguably underrated by a lot of people, even after five plus seasons in Toronto. This is what happens as a result of playing alongside the likes of Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco.

However, this doesn’t change the fact Delgado has been an integral part of the club, helping them appear in three MLS Cups over the past four seasons and winning it all in 2017. He has played 145 regular season and playoff games in total for the Reds, including 127 starts, scoring 13 goals and adding 19 assists along the way.

The terms of the Glendora, California native’s contract extension are unclear at this stage, with Curtis saying it is awaiting league approval. Last season he made US $253,000 and the assumption is he will earn more under his new deal.

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