On the back of a solid 45 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur which saw him score his first goal for Toronto FC, Jordan Hamilton is heading back out on loan. He will not be going back to USL Pro though where he appeared in 11 matches and was consistently one of the top attackers in the league. At just 18 years of age and playing in just his first professional season Hamilton had managed to find the back of the net 5 times while adding 2 assists in 453 minutes of game time. His scoring rate of just under a goal per every 90 minutes of playing time was impressive and would have had him among the league leaders in scoring had he played more minutes.
Instead of going back down to the USL Pro where he was proving to be a dominant force Hamilton is going to Portugal to test himself in a new environment. The TFC academy graduate will join C.D. Trofense who play in Portugal's second division. The club is currently preparing for their new season which kicks off on August 9th when they host Benfica's B team.
Portugal's second division is home to the B squads of several of the countries top clubs which should provide a very high level of competition for Hamilton during his time on loan. The team he is joining could use some help as well having finished last season 19th in the table with just 11 wins in 42 matches. The club's biggest struggles came in front of goal where they averaged less than a goal a game only finding the back of the net 36 times which was the third lowest total in the league. Hopefully Hamilton will get a chance to help improve that total this season.
The loan makes sense for Hamilton as he should get a real chance to earn playing time with Trofense and he will get a chance to test himself in Europe which is something many young players look for the chance to do. For Toronto FC, they will have one of their top young players in a league that is known for helping to develop quality players and the experience could help him return a much more polished player when his loan is over.
"We felt this was an opportunity for Jordan to continue his development in a professional environment outside North America and to test himself against a new type of competition," said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. "Jordan was impressive during his time at Wilmington and we are confident this loan will continue his ascension as a footballer."
Hamilton has all the tools to be one of the top forwards that Canada has ever produced but the key will be finding a way to help him turn from a talented 18-year-old with impressive physical skills in to a well rounded professional capable of scoring consistently at a higher level than USL Pro. A loan like this could very well be the next step in that development which should be exciting for both TFC and Canadian Men's National Team fans.
Having starred in the Under-17 World Cup, signed his first professional deal, scored his first professional goal with Wilmington, and finding the back of the net against Tottenham it has already been a very exciting 12 months for Hamilton and this should be another exciting chapter.