Ashtone Morgan

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Ashtone Morgan
Ashtone Morgan.jpg
Ashtone Morgan playing for Toronto FC in 2017
Personal information
Full name Ashtone Wayne Henry Morgan
Date of birth (1991-02-09) February 9, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 5
Youth career
2008–2010 Toronto FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Toronto FC 118 (1)
2015–2018 Toronto FC II 10 (1)
National team
2007 Canada U16
2010 Canada U20 2 (0)
2011– Canada 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 28, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 24, 2018

Ashtone Wayne Henry Morgan (born February 9, 1991) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Toronto FC as a full-back.

Morgan was the first graduate of the TFC Academy to play for the Canadian National Team.[2]

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Ashtone attended Northern Secondary School in Toronto and played for the Toronto Lynx U-13 squad that travelled to England to play other youth academies. On this trip he was the standout player of the Canadian side earning him invitations from clubs such as Southampton.[3]

Professional[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

2008–12: Youth academy and early career[edit]

Morgan joined TFC Academy at age 16 in 2008, and went on to feature for the team in the Canadian Soccer League in 2009 and 2010.[4]

Morgan made his professional debut for Toronto FC on October 20, 2010 in a CONCACAF Champions League match versus Árabe Unido from Panama.[5] Morgan was able to play for the Senior squad of Toronto while not holding a professional contract. The game ended in a 1-0 win for Toronto with Morgan having a stand out performance that earned him much publicity.[6]

In late January 2011 it was announced that Morgan would travel with Toronto's Senior team to Turkey for preseason training camp, Ashtone was one of four academy players invited to travel.[7] He signed with Toronto FC on March 17, 2011.[8] Morgan made his league debut on March 26, 2011 against Portland as a second half sub for Javier Martina.[9] In the last third of the season Morgan became a regular starter for the reds with playing a full 90 minutes in 7 of the last 10 league games.[10] Morgan finished the 2011 season with 14 league games.[11]

Morgan cemented himself as the starting left back for Toronto in the 2012 season, he registered 3 assists in two games in late June. On July 5, the club announced that it had re-signed Morgan to a long term deal.[12]

2013–Present: Toronto FC and Toronto FC II[edit]

However, with the arrival of Justin Morrow, Morgan saw his minutes decrease during the 2014 MLS season, mainly featuring as the club's back-up option at left back. With Morrow entrenched at the position going into the 2015 season, Morgan was loaned to Toronto FC II to get more playing time, while still being able to feature for the first team when needed.[13] He made his debut for Toronto FC II against the Charleston Battery on March 21.[14] However, with injuries to the first-team back line, Morgan was able to force his way back into the Toronto line-up during the 2015 season,[15] and on May 2 he became the first player in Toronto FC history to make 100 appearances in all competitions for the club in a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union.[16] Despite missing the majority of the 2016 season due to injury, as Toronto FC made it to the 2016 MLS Cup, Morgan relished the club reaching its most successful season to date.[17] Upon completion of the season, Morgan re-signed with Toronto FC before the 2017 season.[18]

International[edit]

Morgan was a part of several Canadian U-16 camps in 2007, while also appearing for the U-20 side in late 2010. Morgan received his first international senior team call-up in late September when Stephen Hart announced his roster for two FIFA World Cup qualifying games against Saint Lucia and Puerto Rico.[19] This made Morgan the first graduate of the Toronto FC Academy to be called up to the Canadian men's national team.[20] Morgan made his debut against Saint Lucia as a second half sub for Simeon Jackson in a 7-0 away victory, he also received an assist for setting up Iain Hume who scored the 6th goal.[21] Morgan was call-up to the national team in the next international window, Ashtone earned his first start for the national team against Saint Kitts and Nevis on November 15, the game ended in a 4-0 victory for the Canadians at the national stadium of BMO Field.[22] On December 13 Morgan was awarded the 2011 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year, receiving 33.3% of the vote and just beating out Russell Teibert for the award.[23][24]

On June 27, 2013 Morgan was listed as a part of the confirmed 23-man squad for Colin Miller's Canada squad for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of February 19, 2019
Club League Season League Playoffs Canadian Championship CONCACAF Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Toronto FC II USL 2015 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
2018 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Toronto FC MLS 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2011 14 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 22 0
2012 30 0 0 0 4 0 8 0 42 0
2013 22 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
2014 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
2015 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
2016 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
2017 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 1
2018 18 0 0 0 4 0 4 1 26 1
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 118 1 0 0 16 0 22 1 156 2
Career Total 128 2 0 0 13 0 22 1 166 3

International statistics[edit]

As of March 24, 2018
Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 2 0
2012 0 0
2013 9 0
2015 2 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 1 0
Total 14 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Toronto FC

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashtone Morgan". canadasoccer.com. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Canada's 'homegrown' edge in MLS will help Team Canada, too". www.thescore.com. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  3. ^ "Lynx Juniors Impress EPL Clubs". www.google.ca. Nuke Soccer. Archived from the original on May 25, 2006. Retrieved January 30, 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". 2008-08-02. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  5. ^ "Ashtone Morgan » CONCACAF Champions League 2010/2011". World Football. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Morgan Debut Opens Eyes". www.torontofc.ca. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "Morgan Debut Opens Eyes". www.torontofc.ca. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  8. ^ "Toronto FC Academy Graduates Four More". www.torontofc.ca. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  9. ^ "Martina Brace Leads The Way". Toronto FC. March 26, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  10. ^ "Martina Brace Leads The Way". Toronto Star. October 8, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  11. ^ "Ashtone Morgan » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "Morgan signs Long Term Deal". Toronto FC. July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  13. ^ "Toronto FC loan seven players to Toronto FC II". March 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Hylton, Kamal (March 21, 2015). "Match Recap: TFC II vs. Charleston".
  15. ^ Neil Davidson (May 1, 2015). "Ashtone Morgan nears 100-game record with Toronto FC". Toronto Star.
  16. ^ "Toronto FC wins second straight with 1-0 win over Union". CP24. May 2, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  17. ^ Kurtis Larson (December 7, 2016). "Toronto FC mainstay Ashtone Morgan relishes MLS Cup berth after slogging through club's darkest seasons". National Post.
  18. ^ Peter Galindo (December 16, 2016). "TFC re-signs Canadian defender Ashtone Morgan". Sportsnet.ca.
  19. ^ "Canada announces roster for upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers". Canadian Soccer Association. September 29, 2011.
  20. ^ "Morgan's call-up and the dreams of Canadian kids". Canadian Soccer News. September 29, 2011.
  21. ^ "Canada routs St. Lucia 7-0 in World Cup qualifier". Toronto Star. October 7, 2011.
  22. ^ "Canada Finishes With Authority". Toronto FC. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  23. ^ "Morgan, Pietrangelo named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year". Canada Soccer Association. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  24. ^ "Morgan Wins National Award". Toronto FC. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  25. ^ "Canada Finalize roster for Gold Cup, announces friendly". Canada Soccer. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  26. ^ "Recap: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders". mlssoccer.com. December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  27. ^ "Kings of the League: Toronto FC win first Supporters' Shield". mlssoccer.com. 30 September 2017.

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