MSOC | Sanoh ready to make it count at Toronto FC Combine next week
January 3, 2018
Ibra Sanoh is not done yet. The reigning CCAA National Player of the Year may have finished his collegiate career this fall, but he’s looking ahead to the next chapter when he attends the Toronto FC combine next week.
The top prospects on the Toronto FC radar will be in Ontario for a three-day tryout next Tuesday to Thursday to showcase their skills in front of the Toronto FC management and staff at the KIA Training Ground & Academy, the official practice facility of the Toronto FC.
“I’m feeling good,” shared Sanoh. “It’s the first time I’ve had a big chance like this. Physically I’m ready to show what I’ve got but mentally it’s a mix of excitement and nervousness because it’s a chance to get closer to my dream.”
Sanoh, a striker from Conakry, Guinea, has played with the Holland Hurricanes for the past four seasons where he has been named a CCAA National Player of the Year (2017), CCAA All-Canadian (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), CCAA Nationals All-Star (2015), ACAA Player of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), ACAA All-Conference (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and Hurricanes Male Athlete of the Year (2015). As a team Sanoh led the Hurricanes to four straight ACAA Championships highlighted by a CCAA National Bronze medal in 2017.
Hurricanes head coach Jonathan Vos is glad to see Sanoh receive this tryout.
“I’m pleased that Ibra is getting this opportunity, he is a special player with great qualities, it’s very exciting. It is nice to see that the professional clubs are realizing that there are talented individuals playing collegiate soccer here in Canada.”
Albert Roche, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Holland College, share the same feelings as Vos.
“Since joining the Hurricanes program, Ibra has been the most outstanding soccer player in the Atlantic conference,” he said. “This invite is a testament to his commitment to excellence as a player, teammate and leader of our team. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments and wish him all the best as he embarks on this next phase of his career.”
Sanoh credits the soccer program at Holland College with helping him take his game to the next level over the past four years.
“I’ve learnt how to become a team player and to listen to the coach and know what they want and expect from me,” he shared. “I’ve become a better player as well as a better person from my time at Holland College with the Hurricanes.”
In Sanoh’s mind, his expectations are clear for next week’s camp.
“I’m hoping to make one of their teams,” said Sanoh. “My goal is to leave there and have them remember who I am. I want them to have no choice but to have me on one of their teams,” he shared.
The combine hosted by Toronto FC is used to identify players to assign to their development teams as they search for the next group of stars to compete for a MLS Cup; something the club won for the first time ever in 2017.
What’s the future hold for Sanoh?
“Regardless of how next week turns out in Toronto I’m actively seeking professional opportunities around the world,” he shared. “Now is the time to continue to chase my dreams.”
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