Men's soccer: Bono, Thomas drafted by Toronto FC of MLS

The pair led Syracuse's stout defense during its run to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA tournament.

Two of the key contributors during Syracuse’s stellar 2014 season will be calling Major League Soccer their new home. 

Goalkeeper Alex Bono and senior defender Skylar Thomas were selected with the No. 6 and No. 11 overall picks, respectively, by Toronto FC in the league’s SuperDraft on Jan. 15. 

Their selections mark a huge milestone for the SU soccer program, as Bono and Thomas are now the only players in school history to be drafted in the first round. Bono also became the first player to depart early for the professional ranks. 

Bono, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, could not attend the draft because he is currently training with the U.S. Men’s National Team in California. 

Bono and Thomas anchored the SU defense, which finished third in the NCAA in goals-against average and posted 12 shutouts. 

Thomas started all 56 games in his college career and posted 17 points, while Bono ranks among the top 10 in every major goalkeeping category at SU. 

Toronto FC has not made the MLS playoffs since its inception in 2007, but has won four Canadian Championship tournaments, the last coming in 2012. The squad needed to solidify its defense, and that’s exactly what it did with these two picks.

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