After a 10 hour flight from Toronto to Istanbul, and a short connection to Antalya, Toronto FC’s players arrived at their Turkey training base at Calista Luxury Resort late Friday night local time, and took to the training pitch for the first time on Saturday (3:30 p.m. local).
When the squad arrived in Turkey they were met by a number of trialists who will be training with the team over the next two weeks. Javier Martina, Bas Ent, King Osei Gyan and Santiago Gonzalez Areco joined the squad on their first full day in Antalya. Nick Soolsma is scheduled to arrive on Sunday.
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Martina is a 23-year-old Dutch striker who spent three years in Ajax Academy before being promoted to the senior team. He spent time on loan at HFC Haarlem in 2010.
Dutch midfielder Ent spent time on trial with Toronto FC last season and appeared in the Carlsberg Cup international friendly against Bolton Wanderers at BMO Field. He played for Dayton Dutch Lions in the USL PDL last season.
King Osei Gyan is a Ghanaian midfielder who was signed by Fulham in the English Premier League in 2007 but did not make an appearance for the London club and was loaned to Germinal Beerschot in Belgium.
Santiago Gonzalez Areco is Uruguayan forward who has represented his country at under 17 level. He was included in the Uruguay squad for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Nigeria in 2009. The 18-year-old has been playing in his home country for Atletico River Plate Montevideo’s B Team.
Nick Soolsma is a 23-year-old Dutch striker who has played in the Netherlands for HFC Haarlem and VV Young Boys.
Three Canadian trialists are also with the squad – David Monsalve, Eddy Sidra and Gianluca Zavarise.
Winter will also be keeping a close eye on four Toronto FC Academy players who made the trip - Matt Stinson, Oscar Cordon, Keith Makubuya and Ashtone Morgan.
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