Thursday, January 18, 2007


Major League Soccer (MLS) is holding their annual Supplemental Draft today. One of Toronto FC's major areas of need at the moment is their lack of a suitable backup keeper. Chris Konopka of Providence in the NCAA is a highly touted prospect not taken last week. He is apparently reviewing offers for trials in Europe which may have hindered him with many MLS coaches last week at the draft. By all accounts he was very respectable at the combine.

Available Canadians not selected at the MLS Super Draft last week include: forward Riley O'Neill, defender Nigel Marples, and midfielder Tyler Hemming of Hartwick College.

To date, Toronto FC have 16 players on their roster, from all accounts most have signed contracts for 2007 with Edson Buddle signing just the other day. Sir Mo hopes to head into training camp with approximately 32 players. In addition to the aforementioned players, Toronto has officially invited Jamaal Smith a defender from York University, based on his performance at the local tryouts held in December. It was also rumored at the local tryouts that several players were asked informally to attend training camp, yet Smith would be showcased for marketing purposes to the media.

While it can be said that on paper, Sir Mo and his staff have compiled a good base of players for the coming season, success will very much depend on the depth at each position come summer. Depth is what usually hinders expansion teams and separates them from the established teams in any sports league.

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