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Toronto FC announced Tuesday that the club selected forward Kene Eze in the Fourth Round (60th Overall) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Eze, 22, spent the last three seasons at Rutgers University. He made 49 appearances, scoring 22 goals and added eight assists for the Scarlet Knights. During his three seasons at Rutgers, Eze led the team in goals in 2012 and 2013 and finished tied for the lead in 2011.
Birthdate: January 21, 1992
Hometown: Sayerville, New Jersey
Last Club: Rutgers University
How Acquired: Selected in the 4th Round (60th Overall) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft
WHAT COACHES SAY: "Very elusive he has tremendous pace … Good instincts around the box … Quiet soft spoken guy and similar player he can get lost but pop up and score 2 goals … Capable of single handily winning a game … Has short burst of speed and long distance speed … He could be a wide guy who takes guys on similar to Zardes … He needs to improve tactically and his soccer IQ, also has to learn to deal with physicality at next level because of his speed he wil be kicked and knocked down a lot … Hasn't played PDL because he works in the summers. He's got good pace … I question his finishing ability, but has that ability to get in behind. ... Striker who drifts to left hand side ... Clever ... He needs to improve tactically ... Fast enough to be a winger and beat defedners 1-v-1 ... He has getaway pace … He was their main threat at start of the year …. Well worth a look at. ... He can just get away from you. ... It's the pace that's a threat on breakaways and getting behind ... playing him wide enhances that … Raw player and he's had injury issues.... Pretty dynamic. Goes at people 1-v-1 ... Tactical awareness of the game needs to improve and his distribution ... Lead the line vs us."
COLLEGE: 2013 (Rutgers): Started in all 14 matches he appeared in ... Led the team in goals with despite missing 6 matches with an injury also notched 4 assists ... Scored 4 goals against Cincinnati in the conference play in match ... 2012: Started in 14 of the 15 matches he appeared in ... Led the team with 8 goals also had 1 assist ... 2011: Started 9 of the 20 matches he appeared in ... Tied for team lead with 6 goals also had 3 assists ... 2010 (William Paterson University): Started in 7 of the 20 matches he appeared in (7 goals.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Sayreville War Memorial High School ... ESPN All-American and First Team All-State selections in his Senior year (34 goals and 7 assists.)
CLUB: Match Fit Academy/Chelsea FC.
PERSONAL: Younger brother Olisa is a teammate at Rutgers.