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Toronto FC signs Lesly Fellinga

Toronto FC announced Wednesday they have signed free agent defender Lesly Fellinga.

As per league and team policy, financial details were not announced.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fellinga, 23, arrives in Toronto after playing most of his young professional career in Holland. Adopted by a family from the Netherlands as a baby, Fellinga was scouted by FC Gronigen where he played on their youth squad in the 1996-97 season. While there, he was called up regularly for the Dutch National team at the U-15, U-17, and U-19 levels.

Fellinga spent the last season in the Dutch Eredivisie with SC Heerenveen, and prior to that was with BV Veendam (2006-2008) of the Eerste Divisie.

In March of 2007, the defender decided to play for his home country and made his debut for the U-23 Haitian National team in a friendly against the U.S. and was involved in the qualification process for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This past summer, he was a part of the Haitian squad for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad but did not get any minutes.

Fellinga will be available for selection pending the approval of his ITC and work permit. He will be training with the team on Friday at BMO Field, prior to the team's match Saturday, August 15 against Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United.

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