By CHARLIE CORR – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Spanish football represents one of the quickest brands of play the world has to offer, and a pair of Toronto FC II players from this past season recently had the experience of training in that environment.
Goalkeeper Alex Bono and midfielder Jay Chapman spent some time with Elche CF of Spain’s Segunda Division and returned with some invaluable tools and preparation toward furthering their respective careers.
“There is a lot to be said for Spanish goalkeepers,” Bono said to torontofc.ca’s Anthony Campos. “They are consistently some of the best in the world, so trying to integrate their style into mine, I believe, can benefit me in the future.”
Bono made 12 appearances and nine starts during his campaign with TFCII with 37 saves in 990 minutes. Chapman had split his time between the MLS club and the USL in 2015. In the USL, he started in all nine of his games played, tallying two goals and an assist in 2015.
Both players are only 21 years old and had recently played in the PDL in 2014, so they are still heavily in the stage of shaping their respective games.
“It has been an awesome opportunity and a great learning experience,” Chapman said. “The football has taught us a lot in terms of how kids our age are being developed in some of the best countries for football in the world. Overall, it has been a humbling experience. … If players in Spain can become great players, then I think young players like us have all the resources to do the same.”