24 Under 24: #24 Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC
24. Jonathan Osorio
Pos: M | Toronto FC | Age: 21
The Ontario native made his way onto the list after enjoying as good a start to his rookie campaign as could have been imagined. Osorio's received steady minutes for a Toronto FC team in rebuilding mode and demonstrated his propensity for timely goals, including a wonderful strike against the New York Red Bulls back in April. The 21-year-old midfielder is blessed with technical abilities that outstrip his experience and with five goals in 2013 he has looked mature beyond his years, making an impact as both a substitute and starter. One of the few positives the team can boast this season, his future in Toronto looks extremely bright.
What TDs and coaches like: "Good player, good technically. ... For a kid his age, he's got a lot of maturity. ... The competing, day in and day out, he's getting much better at. ... He’s having a breakout year for Toronto. Very busy player. Very tidy technically. ... Really fits in and combines very well with his teammates. He’s a creator. He creates goals and he creates chances in and around the box. Very dangerous player. ... I’d be interested to see how he does with a better supporting cast. ... I think he can break the game down. I think he can make the final pass. I think he's got a good work rate. ... He has real upside in our league, a real future. ... He's certainly come on the scene quickly. ... Within a team that hasn't had a very successful season, to be put in that situation gives him the freedom to express himself with a lot of responsibility. ... He's been a big piece of the things that have gone well for them recently, obviously a good creative and technical player that I think will only grow and become a more prominent figure in Toronto's team. ... He's certainly on the way to becoming a marquee player in the league.”
Where TDs and coaches want improvement: Probably work ethic through the game needs to get better, being present for 90 minutes of the game. ... He’s a young player, so he’s got to improve in all areas of the game. I’ll be interested to see what he’s all about. I think we’re just starting to scratch the surface. ... This probably goes for a lot of young inexperienced players, realizing the moments of the game and understanding that you have to play every roll of the ball. ... If you key on him and pressure him and you make it difficult for him to find space, I think you can nullify his strengths within the game. ... Physically is another place [to improve] just because he's a young player, but that's no fault of his at the moment. It's just a progression in his game that he needs to grow into.”
Opta Says: Of players under the age of 24 with more than two goals, only the New England Revolution's Juan Agudelo (50.0%) has a higher shot conversion rate than Jonathan Osorio (35.7%) during the 2013 season.
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|Last Year in 24U24: N/A|
|Castrol Index (as of 9/16/13): #134|
|Matches played: 25|
|Matches started: 25|
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