It's official, our little defenders are all grown up. MLS contract and everything.
Today, Alex Bono, Baldwinsville native and Syracuse Orange standout was selected by Toronto FC with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 MLS Superdraft. Toronto also had the 9th and 11th picks, but apparently did not want the keeper to slide into another teams hands. Bono was the first keeper to be picked and the only keeper selected in the first round.
Toronto seemed to like what the saw from Syracuse, as with the 11th pick, they took senior defender Skylar Thomas. Thomas was a stalwart defender who is already a Canadian citizen and should slot quite well into the team. The 6'3" central defender can control the aerial game as well as close well on the ground. Thomas had a solid showing at the combine and parlayed that as well as a quality season into a first round pick.
Fellow defender Jordan Murrell is projected to come off the board in the second or third round.
With that move, Bono becomes the fourth and Thomas the fifth player to be drafted by MLS in Syracuse history. The last being Kyle Hall, drafted 39th in 2009, also by Toronto FC (recurring theme here).