FC Edmonton signs Peruvian winger Raúl Tito

FC Edmonton’s attack continued to take shape on Wednesday, with the announcement that Peruvian winger Raúl Tito will be joining the club for 2020.

Tito, a 22-year-old attacker, comes to Edmonton after playing in Peru’s second division for Cienciano in 2019. He provided two goals and two assists in 12 total starts for the Cusco-based club, helping them earn promotion to Peru’s Liga 1. Tito’s professional debut came in 2014 with Sport Boys, where he played as an academy player since 2010.

Tito played in Liga 1 prior to 2019 with various clubs, including an original stint at Cienciano in 2015, plus time with Universitario, Cusco FC, and Sport Rosario.

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The young winger has played two games in the Copa Sudamericana — South America’s second-most prestigious club competition, behind the Copa Libertadores — and he’s represented Peru internationally at the U-20 level. All told, Tito has 122 professional games under his belt.

Tito signed with Edmonton after being identified by the CPL’s centralized scouting system of young internationals (age 23 and under), which is run by the league’s soccer operations department and the 21st Club, a world class data and analytics group with offices in London, San Francisco and Singapore.

Raúl is a significant attacking addition to our club. He is a quick player who loves to get at defenders and attack inside the 18,” Eddies coach Jeff Paulus said. “Raúl will bring creativity to our attack and add an attacking dimension that we were lacking.”

It appears that Tito is capable of lining up on either flank, and so he could make a good complement for FC Edmonton’s other new winger, Hanson Boakai, with 2019 breakout star Easton Ongaro continuing to play as their primary striker.

Canadian journalist Peter Galindo, a noted observer of South American soccer, opined that one of Tito’s best traits is his versatility.

“Raúl Tito is a diminutive, tricky winger who can play on either flank with equal comfort. He creates danger in the final third through his dribbling ability, but he also has top-notch vision, so he can be a quality playmaker as well. Tito has the potential to be one of the most electrifying players in the CPL if he adapts to the league quickly,” Galindo offered.

Tito is the 20th player confirmed for FCE’s 2020 roster, joining Swedish midfielder Erik Zetterberg as the club’s international newcomers. Also new for this season will be Canadians Boakai, Duran Lee, Chance Carter, and Anthony Caceres, who will join the 14 players locked in to return from the Eddies’ inaugural roster.