Jordan Hamilton held up two hands, one with two fingers raised, and another with three. It was a dual celebration, one part for what was already his second goal of the 2019 season, and another his 23rd birthday.
It’s often easy to forget that the Scarborough, Ont. native is only 23. After all, he’s been with the club for what feels like forever. To this point, it has still never worked out fully, like on Saturday, he has shown flashes, but has still been unable to break through consistently.
It’s a story that has played itself out for the vast majority of Toronto FC’s academy products, for a team more than happy to spend money to improve its roster. Especially in attacking positions, breaking through has been an almost impossible task.
Could this year finally be different? With Jozy Altidore returning and Alejandro Pozuelo on his way as well as a potential TAM signing that the club appears close to making in the coming weeks competition for playing time will only increase.
However, Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis has a reputation for mandating minutes for younger players on his roster. Plus, TFC’s youngsters, especially Akinola, Chapman and Hamilton, have done quite well through the first few games of the 2019 season.
Mitchell Tierney and Gavin Day discussed Toronto FC’s youth movement on this week’s Footy Talks podcast. They also talked about Akinola’s international future, and the Canadian men’s national team in the lead up to their game on Sunday against French Guiana.
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