Alex Bono is coming to Toronto FC. He was unable to attend the SuperDraft since he was busy training with the United States Men's National Team. He was clearly the consensus top goalie available in this draft and it is no surprise to see the Generation adidas signing going high in the draft.
Bono had been closely linked to TFC in the weeks leading up to the draft with several pundits suggesting they were looking to add competition in goal behind Joe Bendik. Bono will certainly provide that as he is capable of pushing Bendik for the starting job right from the beginning of his MLS career.
What makes Bono stand out if the fact that he is a very good shot stopper. He is sharp in his positioning and relies on reflexes to make very difficult saves look fairly routine. He is still in need of some polishing like any keeper coming out of college with his decision making and distribution sticking out as his only real weaknesses.
Bono comes to Toronto after a very impressive stretch with Syracuse University. He was vital in their strong defensive record in 2014 proving on a consistent basis that he was right in the mix for being the best NCAA player at his position. He may still be a few years from being truly ready to be a starter in MLS but his raw ability puts him in position to make a contribution if needed.
TFC will have the luxury of not having to rush Bono along in to the first team since they have Bendik who is under contract and is a capable MLS starter. Given time, and the minutes to develop, Bono should have the skill to take over that starting job from Bendik down the road.
It will be interesting to see where TFC use him this season and what it means for the other keepers on the roster in Chris Konopka and Quillan Roberts. One of them will likely be displaced by Bono as either the first team's backup or the starter on the USL Pro team.
Bono was a player who certainly drew interest from a number of other teams so Toronto probably could not have waited to grab him later in the draft. Even with Cristian Roldan slipping down the board the club had to lock up Bono at #6 if they really wanted him.