Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter and his new management team will have the opportunity to add to their roster this week with the club currently holding three picks in the 2011 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
The MLS SuperDraft will take place on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Centre in Baltimore, Maryland. The draft is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. ET and the First Round will be broadcast live on GOLTV Canada and ESPN 2. The remainder of the event can be followed on the league’s official website, MLSSoccer.com.
Currently, Toronto FC has three picks in this year’s SuperDraft with the first pick coming in the Second Round, 26th overall. That is followed by two selections in the Third Round, 43rd overall and 44th overall.
Ahead of the MLS SuperDraft, Toronto FC’s management team spent the week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the MLS Player Combine. The annual combine featured over 70 prospects that will be available for selection in the SuperDraft.
“We are looking for players that we need for the way I want to play soccer, said Winter. “All of the players at the Combine have qualities, but the most important thing is if they are players that fit into our system.”
Following the SuperDraft, Toronto FC will begin preparing for a busy preseason schedule that starts with a training camp in Antalya, Turkey later this month.
During their time in Turkey, Toronto will play matches against top European opposition. They will kick off against Serbian side and 2010 UEFA Champions League Group Stage participant Partizan Belgrade on February 2nd and will also play Dynamo Zagreb of Croatia on February 10th.
The team’s preseason schedule will also include time in Florida and then South Carolina, where they will participate in the Carolina Challenge Cup against the host Charleston Battery, Chicago Fire, and D.C. United.
Toronto FC will open the 2011 Major League Soccer season on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on March 19, 2011 at Empire Field.