Jonathan Osorio started his MLS career with a stellar rookie season where he recorded five goals in 28 games. He was then awarded training sessions with English club Huddlesfield Town and German side Werder Bremen after the 2013 season. Shortly after, Osorio earned a lot of praise from the Canadian National team and even made an appearance for the senior squad when he came on in the 70th minute against Costa Rica on May 13th 2013. He has gone on to make nine caps for the senior squad since then.
Last season, Osorio appeared in 27 games and started 24 of those. His goal total did drop down to three, but his assists increased to four and he was consistently affected by injuries. In his first season, Osorio was getting use to the MLS and had to develop into a first team player. He was given the minutes to grow and obviously that impressed the coaching staff to give him a second chance. Now after a second year that saw his minutes increase and his role change to first team player, Osorio doesn't seem to have to audition for more playing time this season under Greg Vanney.
Osorio has really impressed the TFC faithful with good performances and smart passes over his first two seasons with the first team. Last year, Osorio was deployed mostly on the left, but played better in his natural central role. Osorio even came in second on the team in key passes percentage with 87.7%, according to who scored.
Now, what do I see in Osorio? I see a player with a lot of potential and can be a future central midfielder who can start the attack and make key passes that will win games for this team and this country. I had Osorio on my top 10 list and clearly he has done enough to impress the Reds and us to rate him so high. He plays smart and knows what he is doing, and because of that, TFC should do whatever it takes to help improve his game. He is a little weak in the air and tackling may be a problem, but all of that can be taught and improved quickly.
Osorio can be a player to help hold the midfield and start plays, however he is still young and does turn 23 this June. Over time he will grow and learn from mistakes, but this season will be interesting for him. His third season with the club and now passes his rookie and sophomore stage. He will be a veteran and will need to add a little more if he wants to be an integral part of the club. He will get a lot of minutes to improve, it will just be up to him if he wants to use them to get better.