One of the many fascinating angles to track over the months as the squads for the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League have been built is who would end up where.
Issey Nakajima-Farran went where? Marcel de Jong too? Where did Mason Trafford go? What about Skylar Thomas? Who is going to get Michael Cox? Zachary Sukunda? Randy Edwini-Bonsu, eh?
Forge FC scored a coup in that regard last week when the club announced that goalkeeper Quillan Roberts had been signed.
Roberts, 24, had come through the Toronto FC Academy and earned notoriety for both the early praised he earned from his head coaches and for an astounding goal he scored in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. With that goal, Roberts rose to international prominence as his fortuitous effort against England saw a goal kick bounce over the head of Jordan Pickford in the opposite goal.
Soon after, Roberts signed with the Toronto FC first team, spending time on loan in USL, before departing at the end of the 2016 season. He split 2017 between York University and the Woodbridge Strikers in League1 Ontario and come 2018 he joined LAFC as they played their first season in MLS.
But for many onlookers, Roberts represented the sort of player whose potential remained untapped.
Now? He’ll have a chance to let his star shine, as it were.
“I’m excited to get everything started,” Roberts told CanPL.ca on Tuesday after the club’s first preseason training session. “I’ve been keeping a close track on the league and everything going on.”