Aidan Daniels

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Aidan Daniels
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Daniels playing for Toronto FC II in 2016
Personal information
Full name Aidan Jun Valcarcel Daniels[1]
Date of birth (1998-09-06) September 6, 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Markham, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Youth career
Ajax FC
Richmond Hill SC
2012–2016 Toronto FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 Toronto FC III 4 (0)
2016– Toronto FC II 65 (3)
2018– Toronto FC 1 (0)
2019Ottawa Fury (loan) 14 (1)
National team
2015 Canada U17 4 (0)
2017 Canada U20 3 (0)
2018– Canada U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 11, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 7, 2018

Aidan Jun Valcarcel Daniels (born September 6, 1998) is a Canadian professional soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.

Club career[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

On April 13, 2018, Daniels signed as a homegrown player with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.[2] On 21 April 2018, Daniels made his MLS debut with Toronto FC against Houston Dynamo.

Toronto FC II[edit]

When Daniels turned 17 on 8 July 2016, he signed a professional contract with Toronto FC II.[3] A product of the Toronto FC Academy, he was rewarded with a loan to affiliate club Toronto FC II ahead of the 2016 USL season. Having already been capped internationally while playing for the Academy, Daniels made his professional debut in the season opener on March 26, 2016. He played for 78 minutes in a 2-2 draw with New York Red Bulls II, before being replaced by Malik Johnson.[4] During the 2017 offseason, Daniels would train with Danish club HB Køge.[5] Upon completion of the 2017 season, Daniels would re-sign with the club for the 2018 season.[6] Daniels would be named the #20 rated prospect under 20 by the league in 2018.[7]

Loan to Ottawa Fury FC[edit]

On March 6, 2019 it was announced that Daniels would be loaned to USL Championship club Ottawa Fury FC for the 2019 season.[8]

International[edit]

Youth[edit]

Daniels also qualifies to represent South Africa or the Philippines at senior level as his father hails from Johannesburg and his mother from Manila.[1] After call-ups to the Canada Under-15 camps in USA and Laval in 2013, Daniels finally made his international debut in 2015. He made two appearances at the Under-17 CONCACAF Championship, the first coming in a 3-1 victory over Saint Lucia on March 9, 2015. His next appearance came just three days later in a 1-0 defeat to Panama.[1] In February 2017, Daniels was named to Canada's roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship[9] In May 2018, Daniels was named to Canada's under-21 squad for the 2018 Toulon Tournament.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of September 11, 2019
Club League Season League Playoffs Canadian Championship Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Toronto FC III League1 Ontario 2017 4 0 0 0 4 0
Toronto FC II USL 2016 23 1 0 0 23 1
2017 16 0 0 0 16 0
2018 26 2 0 0 26 2
Total 65 3 0 0 0 0 65 3
Toronto FC MLS 2018 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ottawa Fury (loan) USL Championship 2019 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
Career Total 84 4 0 0 0 0 84 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Canada Soccer". canadasoccer.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  2. ^ "Toronto FC Sign Two Homegrown Players and Another Local Prodcut". torontofc.ca. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Toronto FC II Sign Aidan Daniels". Toronto FC. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Aidan Daniels". Toronto FC. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  5. ^ James Grossi (November 12, 2017). "TFC II send four on training stint to Denmark". Waking The Red.
  6. ^ "Toronto FC II announce roster moves". Toronto FC. December 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "2018 USL 20 under 20". USL. October 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Fury FC welcomes three on loan from Toronto FC". Ottawa Fury FC. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Neil Davidson (Feb 9, 2017). "Canada names young squad for CONCACAF U-20 Championship". Sportsnet.
  10. ^ Alicia Rodriguez (May 19, 2018). "Canada national team roster for prestigious Toulon Tournament released". Major League Soccer.