Quillan Roberts

Quillan Roberts (born September 13, 1994) is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Canadian Premier League club Forge FC and the Guyana national team.

Quillan Roberts
Roberts with Toronto FC II in 2016
Personal information
Full name Quillan Roberts
Date of birth (1994-09-13) September 13, 1994
Place of birth Toronto, Canada
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Forge FC
Number 18
Youth career
Brampton YSC
2009–2012 Toronto FC
2010 Portugal FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 York Lions 9 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Toronto FC 0 (0)
2014Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 17 (0)
2015–2016Toronto FC II (loan) 24 (0)
2017 Woodbridge Strikers 20 (0)
2018 Los Angeles FC 0 (0)
2019– Forge FC 8 (0)
National team
2011 Canada U17 3 (1)
2015 Canada 1 (0)
2019– Guyana 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 12, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 15, 2019

After spells in the youth ranks of Toronto FC and Portugal FC, Roberts signed a first-team contract with Toronto FC in 2012. After loan spells with the Wilmington Hammerheads and Toronto FC II, he was released after the 2016 season.

A move to Woodbridge Strikers saw Roberts record a league and cup double, while also being named First Team All Star and Goalkeeper of the Year. That year, he also appeared for York University Lions and lifted the title in the Ontario University Athletics.

He has been capped once for the Canadian national team, and scored from his own half in one of three appearances at youth level during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2011.

Club career

Early career

Roberts began playing soccer at age six with Brampton Youth SC.[1]

Toronto FC

A product of the Toronto FC Academy, Roberts also had a brief spell in the youth ranks of Portugal FC in the Canadian Soccer League.[2] On April 10, 2012, he became the seventh graduate to join Toronto FC after signing a first team contract.[3][4]

On July 21, 2012, he made his first appearance as a second-half substitute for Freddy Hall in a 1–1 draw against a Liverpool side including Joe Cole, Martin Škrtel and Raheem Sterling.[5]

After five years in the first team squad without making a senior appearance, Roberts was released in December 2016.[6]

Wilmington Hammerheads (loan)

After failing to make a competitive appearance in two seasons with Toronto, Roberts was loaned to United Soccer League side the Wilmington Hammerheads alongside teammates Manny Aparicio and Daniel Lovitz.[7] On April 6, 2014, he kept a clean sheet on his debut in a 0–0 draw with the Harrisburg City Islanders.[8]

On August 6, Roberts was recalled having made 17 appearances for the club.[9]

Toronto FC II (loan)

On March 20, 2015, Roberts was one of seven players loaned to Toronto FC II. He was joined by Alex Bono, Ashtone Morgan, Manny Aparicio, Jay Chapman, Chris Mannella and Jordan Hamilton.[10] On April 19, he made his debut in a 1–1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.[11] After making 15 appearances during the 2015 USL season, Roberts' loan was extended and he went on to make a further nine appearances for the club.[12]

Woodbridge Strikers

Following an unsuccessful trial with United Soccer League club the Rochester Rhinos, Roberts signed with League1 Ontario club Woodbridge Strikers for the 2017 season.[13][14] Recording nine clean sheets in 19 games, he was named League1 Ontario Goalkeeper of the Year on November 10.[15] Roberts was also named as a League1 Ontario First Team All Star as his team won the league championship.[16]

He also appeared in every match as Woodbridge Strikers went on to clinch the League1 Ontario Cup. They saw off Sanjaxx Lions, FC London and North Mississauga before a 3–1 win against Vaughan in the final.[17]

York University

In 2017, Roberts joined York University Lions while studying Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. He started six games in the regular season and all three in the Ontario University Athletics play-offs. He suffered just a single defeat while keeping clean sheets, including in the final of the Ontario University Athletics where they emerged successful.[18]

Los Angeles FC

Roberts began the 2018 season on trial with United Soccer League club Ottawa Fury.[19] He later featured for Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC in their first ever pre-season match.[20] He officially signed for the club on May 30, 2018.[21] In November 2018, his contract option was declined by Los Angeles.[22]

Forge FC

Roberts joined Canadian Premier League club Forge FC on March 2, 2019.[23] He made his debut on May 8, 2019, recording a clean sheet in a 3–0 win over Pacific FC.[24]

International career


In 2011, Roberts was called up to Canada Under-17s ahead of the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. He headed to the tournament as the backup goalkeeper to Maxime Crépeau, but injuries forced Roberts to play in the second group stage game against England. In the 87th minute, with Canada trailing England 2–1, Roberts kicked the ball into the England box from inside his own half, which bounced over English keeper Jordan Pickford and into the back of the net.[25] The goal was the first scored by a goalkeeper in any FIFA finals tournament, and earned Canada a point as the game ended 2–2.[25] Roberts made a further two other appearances in the tournament as Canada failed to progress past the group stages.

On March 30, 2015, Roberts made his international debut at senior level in a 3–0 win against Puerto Rico. He replaced Milan Borjan in the 86th minute of the friendly.[26] Later he represented his country for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada was eliminated from championship after group stage.


As the only match Roberts played for Canada at senior level was a friendly, he could still change his affiliation to the national teams of Guyana or Jamaica, the countries of birth of his father and his mother, respectively. On May 20, 2019, he was named to Guyana's 40-man provisional squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[27] He was named to the final squad on May 30.[28] He debuted for Guyana in the final group stage match on June 26 at the Gold Cup against Trinidad and Tobago in a 1–1 draw.[29]

Personal life

Roberts was born in Toronto, Ontario to a Guyanese father and a Jamaican mother.[1] He has one brother, Jamal, and moved to Brampton, Ontario aged six. He studied at Heart Lake Secondary School between 2009 and 2012, and joined York University five years later. In his spare time, Roberts has volunteered for the Toronto Humane Society, Youth Without Shelter, St Margaret's School and Young Street Mission.



Toronto FC

Woodbridge Strikers

Forge FC


  • League1 Ontario Goalkeeper of the Year: 2017
  • League1 Ontario First Team All Star: 2017

Career Statistics


As of July 1, 2019[30]
Club League Season League Playoffs Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Toronto FC II USL 2015 1500000150
2016 90000090
Total 2400000240
Toronto FC MLS 2013 00000000
2014 00000000
2015 00000000
2016 00000000
Total 00000000
Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) USL 2014 1700000170
Woodbridge Strikers League1 Ontario 2017 2001040250
Los Angeles FC MLS 2018 00000000
Forge FC CPL 2019 20001030
Career Total 6301050690


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  16. "League1 Ontario Announces 2017 Men's First, Second and Third Team All-Stars". League1 Ontario. November 10, 2017.
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  19. FC, Ottawa Fury (January 31, 2018). "Fury FC in good hands". Ottawa Fury. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  20. "5 Takeaways From The First Preseason Match In LAFC History".
  21. "LAFC Signs Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts". lafc.com. Los Angeles FC. May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  22. Pergl, Brittany (November 28, 2018). "LAFC exercises contract options on 5 players, declines 7".
  23. "Forge FC adds four players to roster". March 2, 2019.
  24. "Report: Forge FC 3 – 0 Pacific FC". CanPL.ca. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
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  29. "game detail". www.goldcup.org. June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
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