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Toronto FC 2015 Top 30 Countdown: #26 Jordan Hamilton

Jordan Hamilton drops down 5 spots after a season where he struggled to get consistent playing time.

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Another year, another season of being considered one of Toronto FC's top prospects but not being given playing time by the club for Jordan Hamilton. When the TFC brought in Herculez Gomez midseason, it essentially meant Hamilton being forced too far down the depth chart to play again.

Average Rating: 25.8

Highest Rating: 24

Lowest Rating: 27

Hamilton spent time with the first team to be sure, but was caught behind Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, Gomez, Luke Moore and Robbie Findley for playing time. As a result he spent the year jumping between Toronto FC and Toronto FC II as the club saw fit.

As a result it was a difficult year for his development, as he was left frustrated after having to spend another year out of the league. This was especially true when he was able to see national team teammate Cyle Larin's impact with Orlando City SC, winning rookie of the year with the chance he was given.

This year Hamilton played a mere 13 minutes this year between 2 games. This was an increase on the solitary one minute that he played in 2014 but was nothing to get excited about either. It's no surprise that in that time he did not score or set up a goal.

He spent more time with Toronto FC II, but even that didn't necessarily go as planned. Hamilton was supposed to be the star striker for the USL side, but ended up only scoring 3 times in 20 matches. He did, however, score the first goal in club history.

Hamilton also spent time with the Canadian national team at various levels. During the U-20 CONCACAF Championship he had 3 goals in 5 games. Hamilton also made his debut for the senior team in a match against Colombia.

He did not, however, represent Canada at either the Pan Am Games or the Olympic Qualifiers. This was disappointing considering the success that Hamilton has had with the national team.

As with all the other academy prospects, however, where Hamilton fits going forward is a big question. Toronto ridding themselves of Robbie Findley is a big help in this regard, as he was a first choice favourite a Greg Vanney that Hamilton will no longer have to compete with.

A starting spot is out of the question, at least during the season with Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco involved, but when they leave on international duty things should get interested. Luke Moore and Herculez Gomez are both very solid strikers, but neither make a strong case to beat out Hamilton.

There is an argument to be made that one of the reasons Gomez is even here is to mentor a player like Hamilton, for whom veteran guidance couldn't hurt.

Hamilton is the type of player that has scored his entire career at pretty much every level that he plays at, and it could be just a matter of time before that happens in MLS. 

Next season for Hamilton will be about him taking his chances and making it all but impossible for Greg Vanney to not play him. While that is the same goal for every season, this time he might actually have a couple of chances to prove his abilities.