TFC Academy

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Toronto FC Academy
TFC Academy logo.svg
Full name Toronto Football Club Academy
Nickname(s) TFC, Reds
Founded 2008
Stadium KIA Toronto FC Training Ground and Academy, 2,000 capacity
Manager Laurent Guyot (Director)
Stuart Neely (Senior)
Danny Dichio (Junior)
Anthony Capotosto (U15)
Jonathon Mondino (U14)
Michale Stefano (U13)
Gianni Cimini (U12)
Rick Titus Regional Scout
League Premier Development League
2015 4th(3-8-3), Great Lakes Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

Toronto FC (TFC) Academy is the youth academy and development system of Canadian Major League Soccer club, Toronto FC. For sponsorship purposes, the Academy teams are referred to as the KIA Toronto FC Academy, with the title sponsor being Kia Motors Canada.

KIA Toronto FC Academy adheres to the same vision and values as the Toronto FC first team. The vision is to create a club that is internationally recognized as: a leader in player development, a leading edge organization on innovative practices, and a consistent contender for championships in North America (MLS, Canadian Cup, CCL)

The academy currently consists of multiple teams spanning different age groups, from U10 to U19.

  1. Foundation (U12, U11, U10 teams)
  2. Pre-formation (U15, U14, U13 teams)
  3. Formation (SR/JR teams)

All teams play their home games at KIA Training Ground.[1] KIA Toronto FC Academy operates eight full time teams, within a three pod structure.

In November 2014, Toronto FC announced the establishment of their own team to play in the minor professional USL Pro, which will serve as a reserve team for TFC and a bridge between the Academy.[2] Toronto FC became the sixth MLS club to own a USL Pro team. The team, which was named Toronto FC II, will begin play in 2015 at a new 5,000 seat stadium constructed at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, just north of Toronto.[3][4] The new facilities include a permanent seating area with room for expansion and a new artificial playing surface.(FIFA Grade 2)[5]

The senior squad plays in the newly launched League1 Ontario, the third tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid. League1 Ontario was introduced by the Ontario Soccer Association in 2014.[6]


On March 29, 2008, Paul Beirne, Toronto FC Director of Business Operations, announced that "The goal of Toronto FC is, of course, to one day hoist the MLS Cup but another goal has always been to have an indelible mark of the soccer landscape in Canada, and specifically Ontario. It is our hope that Toronto FC not only be the aspirational choice for young soccer players in Canada, but an academy that has a real effect on the development of young, talented players. When we needed to find a league that would test the mettle of the best players in the academy we wanted something that would test them technically, physically, and tactically – after all, in most countries in the world, U18s are in professional environments – but at the same time wouldn’t jeopardize their amateur status and the CSL was an ideal fit.”

On August 26, 2010 Doneil Henry signed a pro contract with the Toronto FC senior squad becoming the first-ever TFC academy player to sign since the creation of the club in 2007.[7] Three weeks following the Henry signing Toronto's first team signed forward Nicholas Lindsay becoming the second academy signing in history.[8]

On January 24, 2011, Stuart Neely the academy director announced that Toronto FC ownership approved a $17.6 million investment in a new training facility and planning is underway for the creation of a third academy team.[9] Neeley also hinted that with the new first team coaches Aron Winter and Bob de Klerk that TFC Academy will be following that of the famous Ajax developmental program, with both Winter and de Klerk working directly with the youth teams. In late September former defender Ashtone Morgan became the first graduate of the Toronto FC Academy to be called up to the Canadian men's national team.[10]

In addition to TFC Academy's U-18 squad playing in the Canadian Soccer League, the U-16 squad competes in the CSL Reserve Division as TFC Academy II.

On January 6, 2012 the unofficial ties between Toronto FC and Ajax Amsterdam were further strengthened with the signing of former Ajax player Thomas Rongen as the director of the academy.

After the CSA de-sanctioned the CSL, it was announced on the league's website that TFC Academy would not compete in the CSL anymore.[11]

On June 27, 2013 Canada announced its 23-man squad for the upcoming 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the squad included Ashtone Morgan and Doneil Henry which was the first time TFC academy graduates had made a senior international tournament roster.[12]

KIA TFC training ground[edit]

Side view of the KIA training ground
Field at the KIA Training ground

In April 2011, Toronto Fc unveiled plans to develop a state-of-art facility and soccer program that looked to develop the next generation of Canadian players through coaching, training, technology, equipment and support. In June 2012, TFC academy moved to their new KIA Training Ground (on 14 acres of land) in Downsview Park,[13] located in North York. Built at a cost of $21 million to MLSE, the facility has seven pitches: three full-sized grass pitches(two heated) and four artificial turfs with two capable of being bubbled for year-round use. The 36,000 square foot facility also contains first team facilities, locker rooms, gym, kitchen, and team offices.[14]

Coaching staff[edit]


The Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2008 3 CSL 6th, National Did not qualify
2009 3 CSL 4th, National Quarterfinals
2010 3 CSL 6th Quarterfinals
2011 3 CSL 10th Did not qualify
2012 3 CSL 7th Quarterfinals
2013 OSL
2014 3 League1 Ontario 1st
2015 4 USL PDL 4th, Great Lakes Did not qualify

PDL roster[edit]

As of May, 27, 2015[15]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper McLeod, DarrinDarrin McLeod      Canada
2 Defender Boakye, GabrielGabriel Boakye      Canada
3 Defender Black, KevonKevon Black      Canada
4 Defender Stakic, NikolaNikola Stakic      Canada
5 Defender Sargeant, AlainAlain Sargeant      Canada
6 Defender Paredes-Prater, JoshuaJoshua Paredes-Prater      Canada
7 Forward Thorpe, RahimRahim Thorpe      Canada
8 Forward Afolayan, OladapoOladapo Afolayan      Canada
9 Forward Johnson, MalikMalik Johnson      Canada
10 Midfielder Davis, MartinMartin Davis      Jamaica
11 Midfielder Jodah, DanielDaniel Jodah      Canada
14 Midfielder Osorio, NicholasNicholas Osorio      Canada
15 Forward Reid, AziahAziah Reid      Canada
16 Defender Robertson, TarikTarik Robertson      Canada
18 Forward Maiorano, MichaelMichael Maiorano      Canada
19 Midfielder Fraser, LiamLiam Fraser      Canada
20 Forward James, RyanRyan James      Canada
23 Defender Spring, OliverOliver Spring      Canada
24 Defender McAuley, NathanielNathaniel McAuley      Canada
30 Goalkeeper Di Bennardo, FilippoFilippo Di Bennardo      Canada
Stowell, MattMatt Stowell      Canada
Rogal, MarkMark Rogal      Canada
Nazemi, KooshaKoosha Nazemi      Canada
Saini, KarmanKarman Saini      Canada
Piccinin, JordanJordan Piccinin      Canada
Rodriguez, MarcoMarco Rodriguez      Canada
Roubos, EliEli Roubos      Canada
Sequira, DerickDerick Sequira      Nicaragua
Al-Muhandis, AbdullaAbdulla Al-Muhandis      Canada
Balicki, TomaszTomasz Balicki      Canada
Fernandes, IanIan Fernandes      Canada
Pearce, OwenOwen Pearce      Canada
Klisara, MiselMisel Klisara      Canada
Pena, AdrianAdrian Pena      Canada
Pothement, AlexAlex Pothement      Canada
Sacramento, DylanDylan Sacramento      Canada

League1 Ontario roster[edit]

TFC Academy senior team 2012

As of May, 27, 2015[16]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Boakye, GabrielGabriel Boakye      Canada
3 Sohn, LeonardLeonard Sohn      Canada
4 Stakic, NikolaNikola Stakic      Canada
6 Mickoski, ThomasThomas Mickoski      Canada
7 Furlano, StevenSteven Furlano      Canada
8 Osorio, NicholasNicholas Osorio      Canada
10 Borges, TristanTristan Borges      Canada
11 Ennin, RichieRichie Ennin      Canada
13 Daniels, AidanAidan Daniels      Canada
14 Boskovic, RobertRobert Boskovic      Canada
15 Rollocks, CyrusCyrus Rollocks      Canada
16 Cela, KlaidiKlaidi Cela      Canada
17 Dias, AndrewAndrew Dias      Canada
18 Zis, AlexanderAlexander Zis      Canada
19 Fraser, LiamLiam Fraser      Canada
20 Gallo, MarcMarc Gallo      Canada
21 Srbely, MatthewMatthew Srbely      Canada
23 Montoya, JordanJordan Montoya      Canada
24 Phillip, ReshonReshon Phillip      Canada
25 Timachy, KevinKevin Timachy      Canada
30 Engbers, BroganBrogan Engbers      Canada
40 Degtyar, NikitaNikita Degtyar      Canada

Junior roster[edit]

As of Nov, 25, 2015

No. Position Player Nation
Andron Kagramanyan
Armando Caracciolo
Dante Campbell
Dante Morrissette
Gianluca Catalano
Glenn Muenkat
Joseph Vitulli
Joshua Eli
Justyn Thomas
Kota Sakurai
Laith Adi
Michael Procopio
Mirza Custovic
Nicholas Davison
Ricardo Machado
Shaan Hundal
Zachary Zitoli
Ferrazzo Riley
Mandekic Marko
Bola (Ilelabola) Avolonto

Notable former Academy players[edit]

Players who have signed for Toronto FC's first team:

Players who have signed for other professional clubs:

International Games[edit]

TFC Academy joined with Chile giants Colo-Colo. The Toronto FC Academy squad played their first game against opponents outside the Canadian Soccer League on Tuesday June 29, 2010. The Academy tied Colo-Colo 4-4.


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  2. ^ "Toronto FC announces USL PRO team". Toronto FC. 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Toronto FC Unveils USL PRO Details". USL Pro. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  4. ^ "OSA, Toronto FC and Vaughan partner in new stadium". Ontario Soccer Association. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Ontario Soccer body unveils new playpen in Vaughan". Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  6. ^ "TFC Academy joins new Ontario semi-pro league -". Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  7. ^ First Academy Player To Sign Pro Contract. (2010-08-26). Retrieved on 2010-09-16.
  8. ^ Toronto FC Signs Academy Forward Nicholas Lindsay. (2010-09-15). Retrieved on 2010-09-16.
  9. ^ Toronto plan big push with academy. MLS Soccer (2011-01-24). Retrieved on 2011-01-24.
  10. ^ "Morgan's call-up and the dreams of Canadian kids". Canadian Soccer News. September 29, 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Canada Finalize roster for Gold Cup, announces friendly". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  13. ^ "TFC high on new facility | Soccer | Sports". Toronto Sun. May 29, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ January 31, 2014 1:21 AM EST Facebook Twitter RSS (May 30, 2012). "New TFC facility by the numbers | Toronto Star". Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Kia Toronto FC Academy Senior Squad". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  16. ^ "Kia Toronto FC Academy Senior Squad". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 

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