Toronto FC Academy Opens CSL Season

While the senior team was busy wrapping up their record setting eighth straight defeat to start an MLS season against DC United the academy sides were opening up the 2012 Canadian Soccer League season in Kingston. The matches marked Kingston FC's debut in the league which has expanded to include 18 clubs.

The day kicked off with the Jim Brennan and the U17 team thumping their hosts to the tune of a 10-0 scoreline. The team got a pair of goals from both Mark Wadid and Tre Crosby while Jordan Strowger, Daniel Jodah, Josh Penello, Manuel Aparicio, Stephen Piliotis and Alain Sargeant all found the back of the net once.

For Toronto FC it's good to see Wadid notching a pair in the first match. Along with Jordan Hamilton, Wadid is considered to be one of the top attacking talents coming up through the system. This season will be the first time that he gets much attention as it is his first in the CSL reserve division. It is likely that the young forward will quickly turn a few heads and should be on the radar for a future place in the first team if this season goes as planned.

It was clear that Kingston's B team was no match for TFC's U17 side but the second game of the night was a much closer affair. Kingston FC were making their league debut making them ripe for the picking against the young TFC U18 side. It is a side under Danny Dichio that will be hoping to improve on a 10th place finish last season and to do so beating a team like Kingston would be a good place to start.

The young Reds took some time to really get into the game but when they did they began to show the difference in class between the two sides. The scoring was opened by Marko Kovacevic in the 34th minute when he latched on to a ball out wide on the right which he was able to drive past Kingston's keeper for the only goal of the opening half.

They would stretch their lead thanks to a pair from Mario Kovalenko. His first was a long range effort that he struck just under the bar in the 45th minute. His effort from 25 yards out left Kingston's keeper with little chance and he doubled his total with another goal in the 56th.

Toronto saw their lead cut into by Mademba Ba who beat TFC keeper Angelo Cavalluzzo for the first CSL goal in the club's history. A second goal came from Edgar Soglo only a few minutes later as he pulled Kingston back within one goal. Toronto managed to regroup though and another long range effort, which was poorly dealt with by Kingston's keeper, restored their two goal lead. This time the strike came from Michael Wagenknecht.

In the end, it was a successful start to the season for both of Toronto's CSL academy teams. After only one game of the season they already have more league wins than the first team so I guess the children really are our future.

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