Toronto FC has rewarded Alex Bono with a new contract. With the transfer window opening soon, it made sense for TFC to lock up their starting keeper. He’s worth every cent.
Before it, Bono was making $102,200, which is less than half of what reserve keeper Clint Irwin is making this season. Hardly seems fair.
Although the terms of the contract are not disclosed yet, I can only imagine that he is seeing a significant pay raise which is well deserved. It remains to be seen where he will rank in MLS, but his performances certainly vindicate a wage hike.
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Bono was drafted in the first round by TFC and took over starting duties when Irwin went down injured. Bono has 30 wins for Toronto in only 53 games started, and only allowed two goals in last year’s playoff run when Toronto won their first-ever MLS Cup.
Bono has even started making waves with the National team, earning a clean sheet in a 3-0 win against Bolivia back in May. That is his only cap, but Bono has been said to be a key part of the youth revolution taking place at the national level. And why not? He absolutely should be.
This season, with a rotating and injury-stricken defense in front of him, Bono has had to be at his best. 3.7 saves per game, a save percentage of 67.%. They are excellent statistics for a young goalkeeper that is only improving.
Rumors have started of teams in Europe showing interest in the 24-year-old keeper. Voetbal Nieuws reported that Club Brugge, former home to Victor Vazquez, was looking at offering Bono a contract, a sign that his displays are not only impressing those in the States but are beginning to make waves in Europe also, which is a clear sign of his high level.
The way Bono has been playing at the moment, it would be no surprise to see him end up in Europe one day. But, for now, TFC has locked him up for the foreseeable future. That is a very good thing.
This is a team hoping to build a dynasty. They now have the anchor between the sticks locked down to build upon.