USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, February 4, 2016
IRVINE, Calif. – If 2014 provided a glimpse of what he could be, 2015 provided a dose of disappointment for Toronto FC’s Jordan Hamilton.
If his performance on Wednesday night is anything to go by, though, 2016 might be the year where things fall nicely into place.
The 19-year-old Homegrown forward scored twice as TFC defeated the PDL’s Ventura County Fusion 3-0 in a preseason exhibition at Anteater Stadium, as his new approach paid dividends on both goals.
“This year it’s more about being tactically aware than just work rate,” Hamilton told TorontoFC.ca's Devang Desai. “It’s working smart rather than working hard and saving my energy for the offensive aspect of the game.”
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After signing as a HGP prior to the 2014 season, Hamilton was sent on loan to Wilmington Hammerheads FC, where he had solid success with six goals and three assists in 13 games. He also went on loan in Portugal with C.D. Trofense in the second half of the year, and appeared primed for a strong sophomore season.
Instead, the year proved a frustrating one as he made only two appearances in MLS, and scored only three goals in 20 appearances for TFC II in the USL.
Now, though, things appear to be getting on track as Hamilton looks to break into TFC’s MLS side on a regular basis this spring.“Last year was a frustrating year for me, but fortunately this is a new year and a fresh start,” said Hamilton. “I’m lucky enough to have been given an opportunity so I have to take it.”