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For people in the know.... are any of these guys NT material?


York midfielder Francesco Bruno named CIS men's soccer player of the year


OTTAWA - York midfielder Francesco Bruno is the player of the year in Canadian university men's soccer.

The third-year player from Toronto is the first Lion to receive the Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy since the inception of the award in 1991.

Other CIS major award winners announced Thursday night at the all-Canadian banquet were Western Ontario's Pat Mroczek of St. Catharines, Ont., who was named the CIS top rookie, Wilfrid Laurier's Imran Ahmed of Windsor, Ont., who received the second annual student-athlete community service award and Dalhousie's Pat Nearing, chosen as coach of the year.

Bruno, who joined the Lions from Syracuse University in 2007, tied for second in the CIS in scoring during the regular season with 10 goals in 14 games. He helped lead the Lions to the OUA final and a berth in the CIS championship for the second season in a row.

"Francesco is one of the most complete players we have in this country," said York coach Carmine Isacco. "He can defend, he can pass, he can dribble and he can score."

Mroczek is the first Mustang to claim rookie-of-the-year honours since the award was first presented in 1999. The first-year forward was the highest-scoring freshman in the CIS with eight goals in 14 regular-season games and added two goals in the playoffs.

Ahmed helped the Golden Hawks to its first OUA banner since 2000 and earned a berth in the CIS championship for the first time since the team claimed back-to-back national titles in 2000 and 2001.

Away from the pitch, Ahmed is president of both the Lettermen Club and the Italian Club at Laurier and has helped raise money for the fight against breast cancer through his involvement with the university's women's flag football organization. He also works with schoolchildren.

In his 10th season at the Tigers helm, Nearing led his team to its first berth in the CIS championship since 1999 only a year after Dalhousie finished at the bottom of the conference standings.

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I used to know this guy back when he play for azurri. A well rounded player. He had to much potential to become an amazing player; unfortunately he was not developed well enough. I still think he could play for toronto FC ,but like we all know , toronto fc is not interested in given chances to canadian players

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