For the past few weeks, we have highlighted players that Toronto FC should look into acquiring before the start of the 2015 Major League Soccer season. This week, we look into the future of our club. This year, Toronto FC will take part in USL Pro, America's third division league.
Hanson Boakai: This midfielder holds the NASL record for youngest player to make an appearance. At the age of 16, the Guinea-born Canadian under-20 international has played for FC Edmonton since 2013. That year, he was part of the Canadian team that finished third in the CONCACF under-17 championship, where he scored two goals. He was also part of the team that made it to the semi-finals of the FIFA under-17 World Cup.
In 2014, he appeared in 15 games for Edmonton, most as a substitute. Should he get consistent playing time in USL-Pro, the 18-year-old Boakai could truly be the next Canadian sensation.
Allando Matheson: Eligible for tomorrow's third and fourth round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Matheson could once again develop his game in Toronto. After leaving the Academy in 2010 to join the University of Connecticut (where he scored 18 goals and had 7 assists in 70 games), Matheson took part in a combine in Florida a couple weeks ago.
Good enough to take part in the "InfoSport All-Star Game" on the final day of the combine, he could be selected in the third round of the SuperDraft. Toronto hold picks #50 and #70 in the third round as well as pick #81 in the fourth round.
Matt Stinson: The former Toronto FC Academy player and first team player may have already been a member of the first team but he could potentially return to the MLS team through USL. Still only 22, the midfielder played two MLS seasons with Toronto, making a total of 17 appearances and recording 2 assists.
The three-time Canadian Championship winner and CONCACAF Champions League veteran could be the leader a Toronto USL Pro team needs.
Stefan Vukovic: The Hamilton born striker could be a great addition to TFC2. A youth Canadian international, Vukovic was selected to take part in the 2013 CONCACAF under-20 Championship. He would go on to make two substitute appearances, scoring in extra time in a 2-1 Canadian loss to Cuba. He would go on to sign a contract with Zakynthos in Greece’s second division for the 2013-14 season.
He returned to Canada and signed with K-W United, based in Waterloo, Ontario, in the PDL. In 10 games, the 22 year old would score 7 goals and record 4 assists. Scoring 18 points, Vukovic would be the player with the ninth most points in the league. He would finish in the Top-13 for goals and Top-10 for assists in the entire league.
Andres Fresenga: Last week, we featured Andres Fresenga in our #ScoutingSeries. The 22-year-old right back is available on a free transfer and could be a prime target for the MLS or USL team.
*TFC-Rumors is using this #ScoutingSeries purely as a way to potentially recommend players to the club. Matheson, Stinson, Vukovic, Fresenga or any other player in our series are not rumored to join the Reds.