Toronto FC made three selections today to finish off the 2016 Major League Soccer Superdraft. The club picked midfielder Mitchell Taintor 59th overall, forward Darius Madison 70th overall and midfielder Brian James with the 80th overall pick.
The club was also in possession of the 56th overall pick until yesterday when they traded it to the Colorado Rapids in part of a deal for goalkeeper Clint Irwin. That means Toronto made four total selections in 2015 after making a league leading eight in last year's draft. The club also selected Tsubasa Endoh 9th overall in the first round of the draft, which took place along with the second round on January 14th.
All of the player's selected in today's third and fourth round are expected to report to Toronto FC II of the USL, and help add depth to that squad in just their second season. Toronto FC's affiliate is looking to improve on a rough first year that saw a large roster rotation and little consistency.
Taintor, Toronto's highest pick today, spent his last four years as a midfielder/defender for Rutgers University. Last year was the best year of his career as he had 5 goals and 5 assists in 20 starts. In 2015 he was also part of the All Big-Ten second team and took part in the 2016 MLS draft combine.
The only non-midfielder of the draft that Toronto selected was Madison with the 70th overall pick. As a forward, Madison spent the first three years of his college career playing for Virginia, but would transfer to UMBC for his final year. He would only play in 13 games this past year but would have 6 goals and 3 assists in that time.
Toronto's final pick of the draft, and the second last pick of the day, was Penn State University's Brian James. Like Madison, James spent the early part of his college career with Virginia before transferring to Penn State for the final two years. The midfielder had 3 goals and 3 assists in 18 games this past season.