The Province - - SPORTS - — Kur­tis Lar­son

The Reds “think” they can hang on to young Ayo Aki­nola, a 17-yearold stand­out with the U.S. youth na­tional team who has spent time with TFC II.

The Toronto FC Academy prod­uct most re­cently showed face in the Nether­lands, where he trained with PSV Eind­hoven, wor­ry­ing some Toronto lo­cals that the promis­ing, Detroit-born striker from Scar­bor­ough, Ont., could look to head over­seas.

“We think he’s a guy who’s go­ing to be with us long-term,” TFC coach Greg Van­ney told the

Toronto Sun this week. “Com­ing out of the (youth) World Cup he had an op­por­tu­nity to train with PSV. Dur­ing this time pe­riod we’ve been dis­cussing where he fits with us, a pro­gress­ing dis­cus­sion.

“We’re op­ti­mistic and hope­ful that here very soon we’ll so­lid­ify his fu­ture with TFC and start the process of de­vel­op­ing him more and in­te­grat­ing him into the pro­fes­sional side of things.”

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