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Academy: A Step In The Right Direction

March 21, 2015 marked the beginning of newly formed Toronto FC II's inaugural USL season. With the start of a new chapter for the club, we are proud to announce a new stage in the careers of some of our Academy athletes. The following Toronto FC Academy athletes, to date, have taken a step up from the academy level by signing USL contracts with Toronto FC II this past March:

• Luca Uccello
• Adam Bouchard
• Mark-Anthony Kaye
• Molham Babouli
• Marcos Nunes

We would also like to recognize the following Toronto FC Academy athletes who have signed Academy player agreements with Toronto FC II:

• Marcus Godinho
• Mateo Restrepo
• Rahim Thorpe
• Nikola Stakic
• Jordan Montoya
• Martin Davis
• Filippo Di Bennardo

These athletes will get a chance to play with some of the more experienced Academy graduates such as Christopher Mannella, Jordan Hamilton, Manuel Aparicio, Jay Chapman, Quillan Roberts, and Ashtone Morgan, who are on loan to Toronto FC II from the First Team. With Toronto FC II acting as a bridge between the Academy and the First Team, we’d like to congratulate these players as they continue on a pathway to success.

Academy Success Stories

Christopher Mannella

Chris continues to excel as a leader and was named as the first ever team captain for Toronto FC II in its inaugural USL season. In addition to this feat, Chris was called up to the Canadian men’s national team by head coach Benito Floro. The 23-man roster played friendly matches against Guatemala and Puerto Rico on March 27 and 30, respectively.

Jordan Hamilton

As a proven goal scorer in the USL last season, notching five goals in 11 games, Jordan Hamilton wasted no time this season adding to his list of goals. He will go down in history as the first player to score a goal for Toronto FC II after scoring in the 8th minute of their season opener against Charleston Battery on March 21.

Molham Babouli

Molham Babouli signed a USL contract with Toronto FC II and has already made a mark by scoring the second goal in Toronto FC II history. Babouli also managed to capture the attention of the league and was named to the USL team of the week, two weeks in a row, after an impressive performance in his team’s season opener and against FC Montreal.

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