Toronto FC: Jonathan Osorio continues to show his value

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: Jonathan Osorio
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: Jonathan Osorio /

After scoring two goals against Philadelphia Union on Friday, Jonathan Osorio is starting to show signs of being a valuable commodity for Toronto FC.

As he continues to add to his record number of appearances for Toronto FC, Jonathan Osorio continues to make his mark on the pitch in a career year for the Reds.

His two-goal performance against the Philadelphia Union on Friday is the latest example of how far the Canadians’ game has come along this season as one of the most consistent performers in the Red’s lineup.

Since joining TFC as a rookie in 2013, his 152 MLS games are well ahead of any other player on the roster with Justin Morrow behind him with 123. With four goals in MLS play this season, Osorio is well on his way to establishing a new career high which he set back in 2013 with five.

The Brampton native has also been recognized for his efforts by Soccer Canada as he has been a regular call-up for international games on the men’s national team.

It also appears that he’s starting to draw some interest abroad according to TSN’s Luke Wileman. 

"“Understandably, there is interest in Jonathan Osorio from some clubs abroad,” Wileman said in the first half of the game. “Europe, Mexico, potential destinations. Maybe he wants to stay as part of this Toronto FC team, where he’s been for so long, in his hometown. But there will be options for Jonathan Osorio.”"

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While the potential of losing Osorio would be a tough one for TFC, it goes to show how far he has come especially with a strong performance in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Sportsnet’s John Molinaro believes that Osorio should be the team’s MVP for his consistent play throughout this season especially with Sebastian Giovinco having a tough time finding his scoring stride.

With Friday’s win over Philadelphia, TFC has 14 points and stand ninth in the Eastern Conference, 15 points behind Atlanta for the top spot in MLS. They will need to go on a roll here if they want to get back into the playoff picture.

They are getting some help in the injury department with Nico Hasler getting back in the lineup along with Nick Hagglund.

As Molinaro pointed out, having Hagglund back now means Michael Bradley can return to playing in central midfield which will only help open things up for Osorio to play a more attacking role.

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What have you thought of Osorio’s play this season? Is he the club’s MVP? Let us know in the comments below.