March 24, 2011 MLS--Toronto FC Signs Stevanovic And Plata (from TorontoFC.ca)
Toronto FC Signs Stevanovic And Plata
Italy-based Serbian midfielder and Ecuadorian forward join Reds.
March 24, 2011
Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have acquired Swiss born, Serbian international midfielder Alen Stevanovic on loan from Torino F.C. of Italy’s Serie B league.
“Alen is a very strong midfielder that is highly regarded in Europe and is a promising young talent,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director, Aron Winter. “He will fit in well with our system and we are happy to have him join Toronto FC.”
Stevanovic, 20, is currently co-owned by Torino and Internazionale Milan. He signed a contract with Inter in February 2009 and trained with the club under coach Jose Mourinho. He made his Serie A debut on January 9, 2010 when he came on as a substitute in a league match against Siena. Stevanovic left in July 2010 to join Torino in a co-ownership deal.
His career began with Radnicki Obrenovac of the Serbian league. On February 2, 2010 he made his debut with the Serbian U-21 national side in a friendly match with Macedonia.
Toronto FC have also added Ecuadorian native, Joao Plata to the team’s roster. Plata was selected 49th overall by Toronto FC in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He was a member of Ecuadorian side LDU Quito after spells with Alfaro Moreno and Barcelona Guayaquil SC.
ALEN STEVANOVIC Position: Midfielder Height: 5’10 Weight: 165 Birthdate: January 7, 1991 Born/Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland Nationality: Serbian Last Club: Torino F.C. How Acquired: Loaned out on March 24, 2011 Pronunciation: “Al-in STA-van-o-vich” JOAO PLATA Position: Forward Height: 5’2 Weight: 140 Birthdate: March 1, 1992 Hometown: Guayaquil, Ecuador Nationality: Ecuadorian Last Club: LDU Quito How Acquired: Selected Third Round, 49th overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft Pronunciation: “Ja-ow Plat-a”
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