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John Owoeri on Trial With Toronto FC

Toronto FC is a bit thin at the centre forward position and that has really been shown during the recent absence of Danny Koevermans. Behind the big Dutchman Toronto has the option of moving Ryan Johnson to the central role or taking a big tumble down the depth chart to Keith Makabuya. There is not really that much depth up front so the fact that there was a striker on trial today at the club's practice should not be a huge surprise.

John Owoeri, a 25 year old Nigerian forward, joined the club in training and is on trial with the club for now. It is not his first MLS trial though as it seems that Owoeri has been making the rounds of late. He has recently had trials with Chivas USA and Montreal Impact but neither of those turned into a deal for the player. While at Chivas he did bag a hat trick in the reserve teams 7-1 win over UC Riverside in exhibition play. He moved on to Montreal where he came and went in about a week without really making a splash.

Owoeri has been available and looking for a new club since the Egyptian season was abandoned due to unrest in that nation. He was most recently with Ismaily SC of Egypt's Premier League. He only made 13 appearances in his one full season at Ismaily scoring one goal for the club. Prior to that he was with a few different clubs in his native Nigeria including Heartland and Enyimba.

The high point of his promise came back in 2005 when Owoeri joined Dutch club Feyenoord but he was unable to make a breakthrough in less than one season at the club. His next stop was in Belgium at Westerloo where he got more playing time but again failed to impress which led to returning to Nigeria. He was a part of the youth setup for the Nigerian Super Eagles but as his career tapered off and he failed to reach his potential Owoeri has only managed to collect a single cap for his national team.

Bringing him in on trail is not likely to provide anything more than depth in the attack as there is good reason that he is already so traveled at 25 years of age. He has failed to make any of his stops work out in the long run so it is hard to imagine that this one will be any different. Add in the fact that he was once suspended, and later cleared, for a failed drug test and he is at the very least an interesting visitor to training, but probably not much more than that.