After getting a glimpse of them in the game against Toronto and with Jordan Hamilton reportedly swapping Wilmington for a loan to the Portugese second division, it seemed like a good time to catch up on TFC's loanees.
Including Hamilton, whether with Wilmington or C.D Trofense he'll be on loan somewhere, TFC has four players on loan at the moment to ensure that they get the right amount of playing time to progress their playing careers. 2 out of the 4 players are on loan at the USL Pro club Wilmington Hammerheads, the clubs affiliate. Dan Lovitz was also loaned to Wilmington to start the season, making 5 appearances and scoring once for them. He was then called back up to Toronto and so far has made 7 appearances off the bench.
GK- Quillan Roberts
Team- Wilmington Hammerheads
Roberts has been on fine form for the Hammerheads this year, appearing in 15 games and registering five shutouts, conceding only 17 goals and recording a GAA of just over 1. Roberts was recently named to the USL Pro Team of the Week during week 18 after registering back to back shutouts and earning the Hammerheads four points in two games. Roberts could make the team next season with backup Chris Konopka potentially leaving the team to allow Roberts to grow with the first team. However, it might be a wise decision to leave him in Wilmington next season so he doesn't slow down his growth doing nothing more than sitting on the bench behind starting goalie Joe Bendik.
D- Ryan Richter
Team- Ottawa Fury
Richter was recently sent out to the Fury in mid June and has only made one appearance playing 57 minutes and picking up a red card in the process. Richter hasn't played a game with TFC this season, with players like Mark Bloom and Bradley Orr playing on the right side, Richter's position. The team did try to convert him to centre back this pre season but there's plenty of competition there as well, especially with Nick Hagglund proving more than capable. The team hopes that Richter will pick up his game with the Fury after playing 12 games last season and coming off the bench once.
You can see that game he played for them here, the red card incident happens about 1:19:00 into the video, it's pretty shocking defending all round really as Richter's lack of control forces him to commit the foul, though the crazy turf bounce clearly didn't help him.
M/D- Jeremy Hall
Team- Wilmington Hammerheads
Another TFC player loaned to Wilmington, however only for two games since the Hammerheads needed bench players to help with a double header, is defender/ turned centre mid Jeremy Hall. Hall only played 180 minutes for the Hammerheads adding nothing much but a body to help the team. Hall has had to deal with a strong centre midfield this season with US star Michael Bradley, and Canadian youngster Jonathan Osorio playing very well together. The arrivals of Collen Warner and Warren Creavalle just pushed him further down the depth chart. Hall has only made three appearances for TFC this season, but is now back with the squad.
M- Manny Aparicio
Team- Wilmington Hammerheads
Aparicio is seen as a very talented young player for the reds. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aparicio was part of the U18 Canadian setup. Recently, Aparicio has been called to Canada's U20 team to play in the Milk Cup Tournament in Northern Ireland, which is why he didn't play in the recent friendly against Tottenham. Aparicio comes from the TFC academy and was the eighth player to sign with the reds from the academy. He played seven games for the Academy scoring twice. Now he calls Wilmington home where he has made 14 appearances scoring only once. He's a talented centre mid who can join attacks and play in the attacking spot. He doesn't dazzle with scoring goals, but he is very talented and has a good soccer IQ.
F- Jordan Hamilton
Team- Wilmington Hammerheads/C.D. Trofense
A 3rd player, officially still with Wilmington for now is Jordan Hamilton. He is 18 years old and came from the TFC Academy. In the beginning of the season, he along with Roberts and Aparicio were loaned to Wilmington to gain more first team minutes. Hamilton is the Hammerheads leading scorer with five goals and has registered two assists in 11 games. If he keeps this scoring touch up, we might get to him see him with a first team jersey on his back. People have compared Hamilton to former 2013 1st round pick Emery Welshman, who was said to be an important part of the 1st teams plans in the future, but that all ended before the current season, when he was placed on waivers. Hopefully Hamilton, who didn't jump to the first team right away, can make a difference and avoid the same fate as Welshman. The reported move to Portugal and exposure to different challenges and playing/coaching styles can only help his development.
Looking at this report, Roberts, Aparicio and Hamilton all look to be part of the future of the club, while Richter has left to return to form and find more opportunities, honestly NASL is probably more his level. The Reds have made a smart move by sending these players down to a professional league where they can learn more and receive the first team minutes they wouldn't get with the big club. All of these players, minus Aparicio, were available when TFC faced off against Tottenham, when they came to town on July 23. Both Roberts and Hamilton enjoyed a good game against Spurs with Roberts coming on in the second half and allowing just one late goal in the 86 minute from Spurs midfielder Andros Townsend. Hamilton, who also came on in the second half, squeaked a goal in the 72nd minute past 43 year old keeper Brad "The Janitor" Friedel to tie the game at 2. Richter and Hall, on the other hand, had a decent game with Hall playing the full 90 and Richter coming on as second half sub.
I expect Roberts to make the team next year, but as a backup. While Aparicio and Hamilton are in positions where the team have a lot of depth in. Which would mean the team would have to more some players to let these youngsters in. These two are still young, so another year in Wilmington, or somewhere else will be a smart move.