Still only 18, Toronto FC midfielder Ralph Priso displays a lot of confidence and maturity on and off the pitch for someone so young.
Maybe that's because the Toronto native has already experienced a lot during a journey that has taken him from the TFC youth academy into the first team.
Priso signed with TFC as a homegrown player on Oct. 14, 2020 after graduating from the team’s academy system. Just 10 days later, he made his professional debut when he came on as a substitute for Nick DeLeon in a 5-0 road loss to the Philadelphia Union. Thus far he's looked impressive in the limited playing time he's received under Chris Armas (he's currently on loan at TFC 2), and it's become clear that he has a long, prosperous future ahead of him.
But it hasn't always been smooth sailing for Priso, who had three failed tryouts with the TFC academy before eventually being accepted into the program. In a recent chat with TFC Republic, Priso talked about how that experienced shaped him as a player, his budding partnership with Michael Bradley, and more.