March 16-22, 2015 - League1 Ontario Week In Review (from League 1 Ontario website)
March 16-22, 2015 - League1 Ontario Week In Review . Mon Mar 23 Written By: Staff, League1 The past week has been incredibly busy and full of exciting news and accomplishments. This coming week looks to be even busier, with big news coming Wednesday regarding the new League1 Ontario Women's Division. TRIO OF L1 STARS GET CALLED TO SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM CAMP Benito Floro, Head Coach of the Canadian Men's National Team, has called up three of the top League1 stars of the 2014 season for their final training camp before the MNT commences their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign this summer. The camp will run from March 22 to March 30, 2015. Getting the call was former TFC Academy captain, Chris Manella (who is now captain of USL side Toronto FC II) as well as former Sigma FC striker, Cyle Larin (who debuted for Orlando City of MLS this past weekend). Sigma FC defender Johnny Grant has also been called in as a replacement for Andre Hainault. This camp will be taking place in Florida, where the National Team will take on Guatemala in Fort Lauderale. They will then jet off to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a friendly with the Puerto Rican National Team. All three players have been previously capped by Mr. Floro and a strong performance in this camp might put them in position to be selected for one of the many competitions taking place this summer for the Men's National Team Program. In addition to World Cup Qualifying, the CMNT will also be taking part in the Gold Cup in July and the Olympic U23 programwill be involved in the Pan Am Games soccer tournament, which will be taking place here at home, at Hamilton's brand new Tim Horton's Field. We wish Cyle, Chris and Johnny the best of luck this week. FRANO SIGNS WITH SOUNDERS FC 2 Former Sigma FC midfielder, Giuliano Frano, confirmed his long anticipated signing with Sounders FC 2 last week. Frano, 21 years old and hailing from Mississauga, ON, had been in camp with MLS side Seattle Sounders all pre-season and impressed enough to be signed to the Sounders USL side. The 2014 League1 Ontario 2nd Team All-Star made his debut for S2 on Saturday, March 21, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4-2 season opening victory over Sacramento Republic. BABOULI SCORES IN DEBUT FOR TFC II The 2014 League1 Ontario MVP and Golden Boot Winner, Molham Babouli, made quite a debut in USL action for Toronto FC II on Saturday, March 21, scoring a goal in the 16th minute of play to put TFC II up 2-0 over the home town Charleston Battery. Unfortunately for the Reds, Charleston would go on to score three unanswered goals to earn a 3-2 win in the USL season opener for both sides. Fellow TFC Academy grads, Chris Manella, Mark Anthony Kaye and Luca Uccello, all saw action in this match. Marcus Godinho (a 2014 League1 Ontario Second Team All-Star) was called up from the Academy for this match but did not enter the match. FABRIZI SIGNS WITH TORONTO FC II Daniel Fabrizi, a 2014 League1 Ontario Second Team All Star, has signed a contract with Toronto FC II of USL. The former Vaughan Azzurri defender made his debut for TFC II on Saturday, March 21 in 3-2 loss to Charleston Battery, going the full 90 minutes for the Reds. A total of six players who starred in L1 in 2014 were on the 18 man roster for TFC II on Saturday. Congratulations to Daniel and we wish him all the best with this opportunity at the next level of professional soccer. ANB FUTBOL COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL PRE-SEASON DEVELOPMENTAL TRIP TO ITALY ANB Futbol Head Coach Bassam Naim led a group of 1998 born players to Italy, where they completed a successful 10 day development camp, including exhibition games against U17 squads from Verona, Chievo and Brescia. ANB finished with a 1-1-1 record on this trip, drawing Verona 1-1, defeating Brescia 3-2 and falling to Chievo 3-1. A number of players from this group are expected to feature for ANB Futbol in the upcoming 2015 League1 Ontario season, including the highly touted Adonijah Reid, who recorded goals in two matches on this trip to Italy and who appeared in a handful of L1 matches in 2014 as a 15-year old. He is one to watch in 2015.
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