K-W United FC, which is preparing for its seventh season in the Premier Development League, has formed a two-year partnership with Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC, the two clubs announced Friday.
“It is an exciting time in Canadian Soccer, and the alliance with Toronto FC will allow our players access to a top-class professional environment,” K-W United President Barry MacLean said. “There are numerous players and coaches who have made the leap from K-W United to Toronto FC and this partnership will ensure that there is a continued path for our young talent.”
K-W United has been in the PDL since 2011, and in 2015 the club won the PDL Championship against the New York Red Bulls U-23s. Toronto FC midfielders Jay Chapman and Sergio Camargo and Toronto FC II assistant coach Chris Pozniak all spent time with K-W United before signing professionally.
The 2016 MLS SuperDraft, in particular, stood out as a significant moment for K-W United’s talent in making the professional advancement. Midfielder Julien Buescher was the No. 11 overall selection to D.C. United. Forward Ben Polk was No. 20 overall by the Portland Timbers. In the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, Liam Callahan (Colorado Rapids) and Oyvind Alseth (Toronto FC) were selected in the second and third rounds, respectively.
“Toronto FC is proud to partner with K-W United as our PDL team for the next two years,” Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said. “This is an important partnership to ensure our collegiate players in both the NCAA and CIS can continue the pathway to becoming a professional player.”
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