Toronto FC have selected Tsubasa Endoh with their first round pick, ninth overall, in the MLS entry draft. Endoh was the Most Valuable Player at the Major League Soccer draft combine where he impressed several clubs.
The midfielder could play as either a central attacking midfielder or a winger in Major League Soccer, and where Toronto plays him remains to be seen. Endoh was a depth pick up intended on giving the club another midfield option when international windows take many of their players.
With the University of Maryland the Tokyo, Japan native had 5 goals and 5 assists in 22 games last year. He was a second team All-Big ten player this past season.
This was the second straight year that Toronto FC picked 9th overall, using last year's pick to select Clement Simonin out of NC State. Last year the club also had the 6th and 11th overall pick during a busy first round in a 2015 draft where they had a league-leading eight first round picks.
The number nine overall pick was Toronto's only selection in the first two rounds of the draft meaning they are done for the day barring some sort of trade. Despite all the trades that have gone on in the draft today that doesn't seem likely.
More coverage of Toronto FC's draft day will be up on the site shortly.