Jordan Hamilton just continues to take his chances. The 20-year-old looked to have tumbled down the striker depth chart earlier in the season, when he was struggling to get minutes with Toronto FC as well as Toronto FC II. However, an injury to Jozy Altidore coupled with the club's lack of attacking depth created an unlikely opening for the young Canadian.
He had been waiting years since signing a senior contract for this opportunity, and he took it. Hamilton scored twice in his first ever start, a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Impact in the Canadian Championship. It was an emphatic arrival on the professional scene, and one that forced Greg Vanney to give him more minutes.
With Toronto trailing 1-0 early in the second half, Hamilton was given the ball in the Orlando half. He found Tsubasa Endoh out wide, before drifting inside of the box. Endoh sent the ball back to Justin Morrow, who swung it into the box for Jonathan Osorio. The Canadian midfielder played a brilliant backheel into the path of Hamilton, who slotted it home.
There were two impressive aspects about this goal for Hamilton, the first being his movement off the ball. Hamilton struggled at times during this match to stay onside, but does a good job here of getting himself into space, and drawing defenders out of position.
The second is his ability to finish chances. Hamilton's biggest asset throughout his entire career has been his finishing ability, and this year it has finally translated to the MLS level.
It couldn't have come at a better time for Toronto FC, with Altidore out and Giovinco mired in a bit of a scoring slump Toronto FC need goals from somewhere. As long as Hamilton keeps playing like this, he will get a chance to continue to be that source.