The Syracuse Orange have been sending a good number of players on to the next level. I figured now would be a good time to catch you all up on how some of them have been doing now that they're all grown up.
Alex Bono - Toronto FC
Alex has made strides this season and had been on the Toronto FC bench for six games this season prior to being named the starter. He got his chance when TFC starter Clint Irwin went down against Orlando City SC. After a rough outing when he was forced to sub in on the fly for the injured keeper, giving up two goals, one from a penalty. He also was between the sticks for the Canadian Championship title clincher against the Vancouver Whitecaps, his first professional start. He gave up two goals, but was able to hang on for the title clincher as Will Johnson scored in added time to clinch the title.
Bono settled down and has started four games, giving up only a single goal against Seattle and Columbus, with his first professional clean sheet in the mix as well against Chicago Fire. Per Waking the Red, the TFC blog on SBN:
At the other end, 22-year-old Alex Bono had his best game between the posts for Toronto FC. He looked cool, confident and commanding in his box and made some big saves to keep Toronto in the match. The Toronto backline did a very good job of protecting him once again, but he came up big whenever they couldn't.
Here's to hoping he continues taking advantage of some quality playing time and gains some confidence and experience at the top level during the rest of this campaign.
Skylar is continuing to get run with Toronto FC II in the USL. He's been consistently starting, playing well enough to earn himself a spot on the Canadian U-23 squad that was attempting to qualify for the Olympics. While the squad didn't qualify for the tournament, Thomas was an integral part of the team, with five caps and a goal.
For TFC II, Thomas currently has sixteen appearances, fifteen starts, a goal and a pair of red cards. Both came from accumulation, neither straight red.
Ekblom is currently on loan at KFUM-Kameratene Oslo, who are playing in the Norwegian second division, the OBOS-ligaen. His parent club is the Tippeligaen side Stabaek. He's had seventeen league appearances this year, ten of them starts and has netted three times on the season. He also has a single sub appearance in the domestic cup.
DC United has kept the midfielder up on the first team for the year. He's got ten substitute appearances on the campaign in the league and a start in the US Open Cup. All in all he's gotten a good look and a fair shot at the first team. He'll be in a position to make a difference moving forward.
After playing last season in St. Louis, the 2013 graduate was signed to Bethlehem Steel FC this campaign. He's got three appearances on the year.
Stefanos may have left Cuse early, but it's always good to keep tabs on our boys. He's currently playing in the NPSL for the Rochester River Dogz. With five appearances and two assists, he seems to be working out well for the semi-pro side.
Ever the stalwart, Patrice Bernier keeps on keeping on at 36 years old. He's a 36 year old defender who has twelve appearances for the Montreal Impact. Six starts and six substitute appearances on the year and he's been on the bench for the rest of the matches. He's been a long time wearer of the armband for the Impact and he's still showing up week in and week out.