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Toronto FC Top 31 Countdown: Number 20 - Quincy Amarikwa

Just because you've won the MLS Cup doesn't mean you're good, and three goals ain't going to cut the mustard here. Coming in at 20 in our Top 31 countdown, it's Quincy Amarikwa.

A fantastically bizarre celebration. Probably his finest moment as a TFC player.
A fantastically bizarre celebration. Probably his finest moment as a TFC player.
Tom Szczerbowski

Average Ranking: 19.24
Highest Ranking: 15
Lowest ranking: 30

John: 20 So much promise, so little delivered -- if you look at MLS Cup winners solely through the achievements of Quincy Amarikwa, then you're going to be sorely disappointed: which I'm sure most of you are.

Amarikwa was originally drafted in the third round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes (by the way, that's the same draft that produced the likes of Sam Cronin, O'Brian White and Stefan Frei for TFC...just so you know), and in two years made 25 appearances for the Bay Area team, scoring a single goal. Early in the 2010 season he was dealt to the Colorado Rapids, where he scored three goals in less than two seasons. He was on the bench when the Rapids secured the league title at BMO Field, but that was as far as his contribution in the Mile High City would go.

He would be cut by the Rapids at the end of June, and was picked up on waivers by the New York Red Bulls. Less than a month later he was dealt to the Reds for a conditional draft pick (hopefully not Super) and in his first game made an impact by opening the scoring in the friendly match against Liverpool -- a classic poacher's goal - pouncing on a messy rebound from the keeper. That result as we know would not hold, and neither did the buzz that goal generated.

In 11 league games, he generated nine shots without scoring. In the four Champions League games, he fared a bit better: 2 goals in three games off six shots, including the equalizer at home against Santos Laguna, somehow getting the ball through a crowd of players in a goalmouth scramble, to give us some hope, though only after missing a much easier chance earlier on, and a goal away in El Salvador against C.D. Aguila. Past that, there was not very much else to speak of for Amarikwa, who seemed to be mostly absent. Whether it was the lack of service, or perhaps it was the lack of skill he remained almost a non-factor league wise. Nevertheless he seemed to be Mariner's pick as striker to sub for Ryan Johnson, or to replace the Jamaican when he is not available.

Like Andrew Wiedeman and Eric Hassli, he is part of the forward build-up to replace the loss of Danny Koevermans. However, unlike Koevermans, Amarikwa seems to lack the finish that you expect from a striker and other than a good bit of pace, he's been almost completely invisible. Perhaps suffering from "striker syndrome", where if the play is nowhere near the opposing goal he is nowhere to be found. Let's just say when we were expecting big things after it was rumored a player would be coming in...we certainly didn't expect Amarikwa. He does at least he show something on occasion - sadly pace does not equal goals.

While Amarikwa has survived the first round of cuts, it is clear that if he is to remain, he will likely be a bench player at best. He's shown more signs of being a somewhat serviceable second string striker than Wiedeman (and at half the price, no less), but again will be fighting to gain time with Koevermans, Hassli, Johnson, Luis Silva and even any future striker that Mariner chooses to bring in, for playing time -- if that is the case, then perhaps a loan spell at an NASL club could do him some good. Otherwise, he should remain a bench player.

So Quincy...shantay, you stay. For now.

Duncan: 19 Amarikwa! Fuck meh! That was my reaction when the trade was announced, and I stand by it, as he brought almost exactly what I thought he'd bring. Speed, the occasional skillful moment, plenty of frustration and a whole lot of nothing much. "I hope you like failed bicycle kicks" was the comment from Rapids blogger UZ in my article about the trade, and in his first proper game, against Houston, he duly provided one, completely whiffing on his attempt, that after a picture of Nick Soolsma accompanied his pre game 'Number 18, Quincyyyyy Amarikwaaaaaa!' He didn't get cut, and I'm cool with that, he's cheap, he provides a certain something off the bench (please footy gods, let it be off the bench) and who knows one of these days he might actually score a fantastic bicycle kick goal, that'd be fun.

Dave: 25 He can run fast and can occasionaly score a goal but he was fairly unimpressive this season after joining TFC. There is a lack of polish to his game that really shows when he finds himself with a chance in front of goal.

Michael: 20 Fast.

Kristin: 20 F*&k no. Serviceable bench player at best. Please do not attempt any more bicycle kicks.

The Yorkies: If running fast in a straight line makes you an MLS striker - somebody call Ben Johnson

The Ghost Of TFC Future: I recall Waking the Red spoke with its Colorado Rapids counterpart about Quincy when we first picked him up. We were told that he always went for the spectacular, highlight reel play… and usually failed. Truer words were never spoken. Chipped in a few goals and his speed created some chances, but you never felt like any of it was really going anywhere.

Casual Soccer Fan: Plata's flair, Camilo's ability to go to ground, and Pablo Vitti's finishing.

DichioTFC: Picked up prior to the midseason friendly against Liverpool, there was some intrigue into this new striker. Even better, he scored a goal in his debut! ...Unfortunately, it was in the aforementioned midseason friendly, so it doesn't count. Amarikwa has played 67 games in MLS and has scored 4 league goals. Not exactly an inspiring strike rate and TFC fans quickly saw why. While he did put in a good effort whenever he was on the pitch, his talent left much to be desired. No more than a depth player in this league, he is not the answer to the team's woes moving forward.

Prizby: A cheetah on the pitch, it didn’t matter what your size was, Amarikwa was always challenging his defenders, whether they were 6 inches taller and going up for a header or whether it was running at or past defenders. His arrival was marked by a goal in the mid-season meaningless friendly against Liverpool off a rebound from a Sergio Camargo shot.

Sir Alphonso Applegate: Other than planking against Liverpool after scoring I don't have anything good to remember about this tiny guy. Pacy, but appears to lack thought.

JC Plante: Was fun to cheer for, at least.

Panos Kelamis: An athlete masking as a soccer player

Number 19 Joao Plata

Number 21: Aaron Maund

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