With Jermain Defoe returning to fitness and Toronto FC's injury crisis starting to come to an end it has opened the door for the club to make a roster move. That move is to send Jordan Hamilton on loan to USL Pro side Wilmington Hammerheads. The Canadian forward will join Manny Aparicio, Dan Lovitz, and Quillan Roberts as a loanshark.
Hamilton had been on the bench in recent weeks and even made his MLS debut against the Colorado Rapids but now that Defoe is back and the team has a few more options to work with he is surplus to the team's needs. By heading down to USL Pro on loan Hamilton should be assured of playing time which he was not likely going to keep getting if he stayed with TFC.
Wilmington could use some help on the attacking side of play having scored just four goals in their first three games. Even more concerning is that those four goals all came in the same match and the Hammerheads have been shutout on two occasions already this season. Adding Hamilton to an attack that already features a former Seattle Sounder in Sammy Ochoa should boost the team into one of the better attacking sides in the league.
The Hammerheads attack will certainly have a strong TFC feel to it now with Hamilton likely to partner Ochoa up top and much of the support coming from Lovitz and Aparicio who will be playing just in behind the pair. If they can get that attack rolling it would certainly be good for TFC to have three of their players not just getting minutes but also making regular contributions.
With Hamilton being the fourth player loaned down to Wilmington the team has now fulfilled their commitment to loan four players down to the USL club over the course of the season. They may send other players down at different points but it seems like these four young players will spend much of the year on loan.
For Hamilton, now 18, getting consistent minutes should be a valuable experience as he looks to continue to develop. With his mixture of size, strength, and pace he is certainly the kind of player who could prove to be a force in USL Pro. He has a similar skill set to Dom Dwyer who led the league in scoring last season despite missing a number of games when he was recalled by Sporting Kansas City. While Hamilton may not lead the league in scoring this season he should do well for himself and will hopefully continue to develop his finishing and round out his game so that he is ready to be a contributor in MLS in the coming years.