This was supposed to be a breakout year for Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty at Toronto FC.
Despite being one of Canadian soccer’s most promising prospects, Marshall-Rutty was limited to just 11 MLS appearances (four as a starter) last year as he frittered away on the bench under Chris Armas and Javier Perez. The Canadian teenager was given a starting role by new coach Bob Bradley in pre-season and appeared ready to take the league by storm once the 2022 campaign kicked off.
It didn’t quite work out that way, though, as the youngster has been sidelined for a good portion of the season due to a knee injury. But after returning to action in mid-June, the 18-year-old native of Brampton, Ont., made his first MLS start in four and a half months last weekend in TFC’s 0-0 draw vs. the New England Revolution.