Toronto FC and Toronto FC II loaned a pair of players to Canadian Premier League side Valour FC on Monday morning, as defender Julian Dunn and defender/midfielder Dante Campbell became the latest youngsters to go on loan to the league ahead of The Island Games. Last week, left back Terique Mohammed made the move to FC Edmonton on loan from TFC II. Dunn, 20, is has been with Toronto FC for years, starting in the academy and quickly rising up all the way to the first team.
Toronto FC striker Ayo Akinola and Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Thomas Hasal are up for individual awards for their play at the MLS is Back Tournament. Akinola is one of four finalists for the Young Player Award. The 20-year-old U.S. youth international, filling in for Jozy Altidore, turned heads by scoring five goals in his first two games at the Florida tournament.
Expectations are that the league will shift back into a typical regular-season format just weeks after an MLS is Back winner is crowned down in Orlando with a schedule to be ‘announced soon. While the plan should allow for 23 of the league’s sides to resume play in their own stadiums as early as mid-August, in some cases even in front of fans, the ongoing closure of the Canadian-American border leaves TFC, Montreal Impact, and the Vancouver Whitecaps in a state of limbo for the time being.