January 19, 2007 Toronto FC adds four to roster (from Canadian Press)

Toronto FC adds four to roster

January 19, 2007
Canadian Press

Toronto FC continued building its roster for its inaugural MLS season Thursday, adding Canadian Tyler Hemming and three other players in the MLS supplemental draft.

Toronto FC selected Hemming, 22, of London, Ont., with its fourth selection, 40th overall. The six-foot, 170-pound Hemming played at Hartwick College, leading the Division III school based in Oneonta, N.Y., in scoring with 10 goals and an assist. Hemming, a midfielder, has also represented Canada, making his debut with the under-20 team in Dec. 2004.

Toronto FC selected Jarrod Smith, a forward from the University of West Virginia, with the first pick overall. Smith, a member of New Zealand's under-20 squad, had 14 goals and added four assists in 16 games for the Mountaineers and was a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top male player in NCAA Division I soccer.

With its second pick (14th overall), the club took forward-midfielder and Trinidad and Tobago international Daryl Roberts of Liberty University. Then Toronto FC selected Hunter West, a midfielder-forward at the University of South Florida, with its third pick (27th overall). West was the Bulls' leading scorer in each of his three years on the squad.

Riley O'Neill, 21, a native of Campbell River, B.C., was selected 36th overall by the Colorado Rapids. O'Neill played collegiately at the University of Kentucky.

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