March 17, 2011 MLS--Toronto FC Academy Graduates Four More (from TorontoFC.ca)
Toronto FC Academy Graduates Four More
Morgan, Cordon, Makubuya and Stinson sign on with TFC first team.
March 17, 2011
Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have signed four players from their Academy. Defender Ashtone Morgan, midfielders Oscar Cordon, Matt Stinson, and forward Keith Makubuya will all be making the step up to the First Team. They will be added to the roster as Home Grown Players.
"These are important signings for our club, they represent our commitment to develop young talent and the importance of our Academy program,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “All four players performed well in the pre-season and have earned their spots in the first team. Players like these are the future of our club.”
Morgan, 20, joined the Academy program at the age of 16 in 2008. Before moving to the Academy he was a member of the Toronto Lynx U-13 team that played against youth academies in England. Morgan participated in a number of Canada’s U-16 team camps and has made two appearances for the Canadian U-20 team.
Matt Stinson Cordon, 18, joined the Academy program in 2009. He was a member of the Mississauga Falcons before joining the Academy. Cordon made two appearances with the first team last season, the first in June against Vancouver Whitecaps during the Nutrilite Canadian Championship and then in October against Arabe Unido during the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
Stinson, 18, was the captain of the Toronto FC Academy team before leaving to attend Wintrop University in South Carolina last fall. At Winthrop, Stinson was named the Team MVP and earned All-Big South Conference Second Team honours. He was a member of the Clarkson Comets before joining the Academy in 2008.
Makubuya, 18, joined the Academy program in 2009 after playing his youth soccer with the North Mississauga Soccer Club.
All four players were with the team during pre-season while in Turkey, Orlando, and Charleston. Toronto has now signed six players from their Academy program since last season.
Ashtone Morgan Position: Defender Height: 5’11 Weight: 150 Birthdate: February 9, 1991 Born: Toronto, ON Nationality: Canadian Last Club: Toronto FC Academy How Acquired: Signed with First Team on March 17, 2011 Pronunciation: “ash-ton more-gan” Oscar Cordon Position: Midfielder Height: 5’9 Weight: 155 Birthdate: January 18, 1993 Born: Toronto, ON Nationality: Canadian Last Club: Toronto FC Academy How Acquired: Signed with First Team on February 17, 2011 Pronunciation: “Oss-curr Kor-don” Matt Stinson Position: Midfielder Height: 5’10 Weight: 165 Birthdate: September 9, 1992 Born: Toronto, ON Nationality: Canadian Last Club: Toronto FC Academy How Acquired: Signed with First Team on March 17, 2011 Pronunciation: “mat stin-son” Keith Makubuya Position: Forward Height: 5’11 Weight: 145 Birthdate: January 26, 1993 Born: St. Catharines, ON Nationality: Canadian Last Club: Toronto FC Academy How Acquired: Signed with First Team on March 17, 2011 Pronunciation: “Keeth Ma-koo-bee-ahh”
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