Toronto FC II have been bleeding goals early in the USL season. They have conceded a league worst 13 times through the first five games of the season and have allowed 3, 4, and 5 goals in games. It is a problem that Jason Bent and his coaching staff are clearly looking to address moving forward but the options on the roster are limited.
With those limitations at the back in mind it comes as no surprise to see the team making a move to bring in another quality defensive option. On Wednesday, the team announced that they have added a central defender as Emeka Ononye signed following a training stint with the club earlier in the year.
Ononye joins the club having spent the past four years playing for Wright State University. He was a regular starter for the school and developed in to one of the top defenders in the Horizon League by the end of his NCAA career. In his 76 appearances he notched seven goals and added one assist but was better known for his defensive abilities which was him named first team all Horizon in his senior year.
Last summer, Ononye played closer to home as he joined K-W United of the USL PDL. The Richmond, Ontario native made 14 appearances for the team managing to be on the field for every minute of play over the course of the year. His performances in the back-line helped the team to second place in the Great Lakes division and a playoff appearance. For his efforts he was selected as the player of the year by the team's coaching staff.
The 22-year-old brings another big body to the middle of the defence for Bent to call on. With Clement Simonin being forced to sign for the first team and then being out injured the options in that spot were limited. The return of Skylar Thomas from his early season injury was a boost but it remained a position of need for this team.
Giving another Canadian the chance to continue his development is a nice added bonus to this move but the real key will be that he comes in and helps to bring stability to a defensive group that really needs it right about now. More competition for minutes will certainly be a good thing moving forward.