Photo credit: Goal.com 2018http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/mls-superdraft-goals-2018-first-round-mock-draft/8ybfacoggbujz2bra1ed71sb
Mason Toye is simply a different breed.
“I never wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer,” Mason explains in between one of his workouts at last week’s MLS Combine. “I always wanted to be a professional athlete. I played hockey, baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer growing up.”
With his dad being a former All-ACC Academic fullback & safety for the University of Virginia football team from 1982-1986, Mason’s a born athlete at 6' 3", 180 pounds. Mason never considered football seriously, but by the time he reached middle school he was excelling at both basketball and soccer at the highest level.
He envisioned being selected in the NBA Draft long before he considered the possibility of being chosen in the MLS SuperDraft.
“I realized I had a passion for basketball, but I really loved soccer.”
As a high level athlete born and raised in New Jersey, unsurprisingly, Mason found his soccer roots in the Elite Development Program (EDP).
As a former member of the Soccer Domain Football Club (SDFC), his team is considered an “original” member of EDP. With Mason on board, SDFC took the EDP league by storm in its first year. By winning the New Jersey State Cup shortly thereafter, Mason established himself as the one of the top prospects in not just New Jersey but the entire region.
His former Technical Director at SDFC Kieran Patrick speaks highly of the top ten pick. “From u12 through to u17 (broken up by a spell with NY Red Bulls at u14) with the SDFC Rangers, Mason was recognized as a top talent in the exposure he gained through the vigorous EDP league and tournament schedule. Mason is a wonderfully technical player and a standout athlete that has followed a non-traditional pathway into the professional game. With basketball skills to match his soccer ability, SDFC, along with EDP were able to provide a platform to compete at a Regional and National level in soccer while competing in basketball – ultimately before specializing and committing to soccer full time.”
Mason is a huge proponent of playing multiple sports as a child, but since focusing on soccer in high school he hasn’t looked back. He was invited to trial with Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and Hannover 96 in Germany during his high school sophomore year and was selected an All-American and Gatorade New Jersey State Player of the Year his high school senior year.
Just last year, he took Indiana to the Final of the NCAA Soccer Championship as a starter his freshman year and now, his latest challenge is leading the line at Minnesota United FC - a team in dire need of an athlete and a forward.
MLS, 2018 - https://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2018
Andre Guess, 2018 - https://theundefeated.com/features/indiana-mason-toye-one-and-done-baller-drafted-7-mls-superdraft/
Photos courtesy of Kieran Patrick – CSA Newark Director of Coaching