USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
TORONTO – Toronto FC II announced on Wednesday it had picked up contract options on six players from its inaugural season, adding to the two players who remained under contract for the 2016 USL season.
Defender Skylar Thomas, who led TFC II with 1,824 minutes played in the 2015 regular season, leads the returning group, and will be joined again on the back line by Wesley Charpie and Adam Bouchard.
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Also returning is forward Molham Babouli, who led the club with four goals and four assists. Midfielders Sal Bernal and Raheem Edwards will also return to the club, where they will be joined by Luca Uccello and Buba Jobe, both of whom were already under contract for 2016.
The club also announced the signing of Anthony Osorio to a USL contract, after Osorio made 17 appearances as an Academy signing for the club in 2015.
“As we look to build on the positives from this past season, our main goal is to continue the development of our homegrown and drafted talent into first team players,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Providing the opportunity to play meaningful games in a professional environment will be vital to their growth as young professionals.”
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The club also announced it had declined options on defenders Daniel Fabrizi, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Emeka Ononye; midfielder Edwin Rivas and forward Massimo Mirabelli.Toronto FC II finished 11th in the USL’s Eastern Conference in its inaugural season, but was able to pull off some memorable victories, including a 2-1 win against the Richmond Kickers that saw Thomas score a late winner at the Ontario Soccer Centre.