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Toronto FC Academy

Toronto FC Academy
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Full name Toronto Football Club Academy
Nickname(s) TFC, Reds
Founded 2008
Ground KIA Toronto FC Training Ground and Academy
Manager Danny Dichio (Senior)
Anthony Capotosto (Junior)
Michael Stefano (U16)
Rick Titus (U14)
Gianni Cimini (U12)
League Ontario Soccer League
2012 Regular season: 7th
Playoffs: Quarter-finals
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

Toronto FC (TFC) Academy are the youth academy and development system of Canadian Major League Soccer club, Toronto FC. The academy currently consists of multiple teams spanning different age groups, from U18 and U17 to U12. The Academy squads compete in the Ontario Soccer League, the fifth tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid and plays their home games at KIA Toronto FC Training Ground and Academy.[1] For sponsorship purposes, the Academy teams are referred to as the KIA Toronto FC Academy, with the title sponsor being Kia Motors Canada.

History

On March 29, 2008, Paul Beirne, Toronto FC Director of Business Operations, announced that "The goal of Toronto FC is, of course, to one day hoist the MLS Cup but another goal has always been to have an indelible mark of the soccer landscape in Canada, and specifically Ontario. It is our hope that Toronto FC not only be the aspirational choice for young soccer players in Canada, but an academy that has a real effect on the development of young, talented players. When we needed to find a league that would test the mettle of the best players in the academy we wanted something that would test them technically, physically, and tactically – after all, in most countries in the world, U18s are in professional environments – but at the same time wouldn’t jeopardize their amateur status and the CSL was an ideal fit.”

On August 26, 2010 Doneil Henry signed a pro contract with the Toronto FC senior squad becoming the first-ever TFC academy player to sign since the creation of the club in 2007.[2] Three weeks following the Henry signing Toronto's first team signed forward Nicholas Lindsay becoming the second academy signing in history.[3]

On January 24, 2011, Stuart Neely the academy director announced that Toronto FC ownership approved a $17.6 million investment in a new training facility and planning is underway for the creation of a third academy team.[4] Neeley also hinted that with the new first team coaches Aron Winter and Bob de Klerk that TFC Academy will be following that of the famous Ajax developmental program, with both Winter and de Klerk working directly with the youth teams. In late September former defender Ashtone Morgan became the first graduate of the Toronto FC Academy to be called up to the Canadian men's national team.[5]

In addition to TFC Academy's U-18 squad playing in the Canadian Soccer League, the U-16 squad competes in the CSL Reserve Division as TFC Academy II.

On January 6, 2012 the unofficial ties between Toronto FC and Ajax Amsterdam were further strengthened with the signing of former Ajax player Thomas Rongen as the director of the academy.

After the CSA de-sanctioned the CSL, it was announced on the league's website that TFC Academy would not compete in the CSL anymore.[6]

On June 27, 2013 Canada announced its 23-man squad for the upcoming 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the squad included Ashtone Morgan, Doneil Henry and Jonathan Osorio which was the first time TFC academy graduates had made a senior international tournament roster.[7]

Coaching staff

  • Netherlands Thomas Rongen Academy Director
  • Canada Jaime McMillan Player Development Manager
  • England Danny Dichio Senior Team Head Coach
  • Canada Anthony Capotosto Junior Team Head Coach
  • Canada Michael Stefano U16 Head Coach
  • Canada Rick Titus U14 Head Coach
  • Canada Gianni Cimini U12 Head Coach
  • Canada Paolo Ceccarelli Goalkeeper Coach
  • Canada Domenic Ientile Goalkeeper Coach
  • Canada Ryan Young Head Equipment Manager
  • Canada Carlo Di Nardo Head Physiotherapist
  • Canada Sebastian Buitrago Assistant Athletic Therapist
  • Canada Paul Gallo Assistant Physiotherapist
  • Canada Kosta Poulos Head Strength & Conditioning

Year-by-year


The Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2008 3 CSL 6th, National Did not qualify
2009 3 CSL 4th, National Quarterfinals
2010 3 CSL 6th Quarterfinals
2011 3 CSL 10th Did not qualify
2012 3 CSL 7th Quarterfinals

Current U18 roster

As of November 10, 2012[8]

No. Position Player Nation

Current U17 roster

As of July 22, 2012[9]

No. Position Player Nation

Notable former Academy

Players who have signed for Toronto FC's first team or other professional teams:

International Games

TFC Academy joined with Chile giants Colo-Colo. The Toronto FC Academy squad played their first game against opponents outside the Canadian Soccer League on Tuesday June 29, 2010. The Academy tied Colo-Colo 4-4.

References

External links

  • TFC Academy homepage
  • Canadian Soccer League page

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