Atlético Ottawa has secured a loan deal with Toronto FC for 22-year-old centre-back, Luke Singh. The versatile defender came up through the TFC Academy and made his debut for the first team in the MLS in April 2021.
Singh went on to make six appearances in the MLS, as well as playing in the Concacaf Champions League against Club León (Mexico), before joining FC Edmonton on loan for the 2022 CPL season, featuring 24 times.
“Luke is a young player who had an impressive season in the Canadian Premier League last year during a difficult season for FC Edmonton,” said Carlos Gonzalez, Head Coach, Atlético Ottawa. “He has shown good strength of character and will be eager to prove himself this season. He is a strong defender with a good passing range and, his ability to play with both feet adds increased depth and versatility to our defensive line.”
Singh’s journey to professional soccer began with North Mississauga SC and Brampton Youth SC, as well as representing the Team Ontario Provincial program. He joined Toronto FC’s Academy in 2017 and went on to play for TFC III in League 1 Ontario, TFC II in USL League One as well as spending a year on loan with Bröndby IF (Denmark). Singh has represented Trinidad and Tobago at the youth level but is yet to decide on his international future having attended a Canada training camp ahead of the Gold Cup in 2021.
“We are excited to have Luke join our team on loan for the upcoming season,” said Fernando López, CEO, Atlético Ottawa. “His experience playing in the MLS and abroad, combined with his youth and potential, make him a valuable addition to our squad for this season. We look forward to helping him in his professional development as well as growing our relationship with Toronto FC.”
Atlético Ottawa 2023 Roster as of February 23, 2023
Goalkeepers: Nathan Ingham (CAN), Sean Melvin (CAN)
Defenders: Miguel Acosta (ESP), Maxim Tissot (CAN), Niba Macdonald (CAN), Zachary Roy (CAN), Karl Ouimette (CAN), Diego Espejo (ESP), Luke Singh (CAN)
Midfielders: Zachary Verhoven (CAN), Carl Haworth (CAN), Zakaria Bahous (CAN), Ollie Bassett (NI), Noah Verhoeven (CAN), Gabriel Antinoro (CAN), Junior Agyekum (CAN)*
Forwards: Malcolm Shaw (CAN), Jean-Aniel Assi (CAN), Samuel Salter (CAN), Gianni dos Santos (CPV)
*On trial following U-Sports Draft