Back up to number four in the Top 30 Countdown rankings is homegrown midfielder Jonathan Osorio. He also finished fourth following a breakout rookie campaign in 2013, while 2014 saw him finish tenth despite a positive season.
Average Rating: 3.7
Highest Rating: 3
Lowest Rating: 5
A fixture in Toronto's Starting XI when available, Osorio is the only player to have appeared in at least 25 matches in each of the last three seasons. Furthermore, this past season saw improvements in most categories as he made 26 starts in the league totaling 2235 minutes in 29 matches.
His most impressive attribute this season was his passing ability as he finished tied for second on the team with 7 assists while possessing a passing percentage of 88.5%. This percentage saw him finish fifth in the league according to ‘whoscored.com' and he was ranked highest overall among attacking players. One critical stat against Osorio was that he only managed a single goal this season while Toronto was down 3-0, proving to be nothing more than a consolation goal.
Jonathan Osorio has showed consistent improvements in his three years in MLS and this season was clearly his best yet. While predominately playing as a left sided midfielder this season, he was able to link up with the three designated players and consistently create chances for them. Five of his seven assists were primary assists and he was able to improve defensively as well this season. When Osorio gets the ball, it is almost impossible to strip him of possession due to his tight control and ability to hit an accurate pass and Toronto were undoubtedly a better team with him on the field.
One reason his goal scoring was down this season was due to his positioning as a left sided player. This season it was Michael Bradley making the late runs in the box as the attacking midfielder instead. Most of Osorio's goals in previous seasons were the result of late runs in the box, while Michael Bradley enjoyed similar success this year. As a result, his one goal this season is not an indicator that he had an off year. He also contributed an own goal by Philadelphia that he didn't get credit for (goal or assist) and Giovinco's chip against Chicago did touch the tip of Osorio's stylish hair. This could have put him at 3 goals, equaling his 2014 tally.
After another strong season from Osorio, 2016 will see him continue to improve and develop as he is still only 23 years of age. Even with the addition of Will Johnson and the deep midfield that Toronto contains, Osorio's abilities and chemistry with the designated players will see him remain an important member of Toronto's squad.