A former Hawk proves one doesn’t have to travel far from home to realize a dream.
Local soccer star Marcos Nunes, of Brampton, Ont., signed a one-year professional contract with Toronto FC’s second team in the United Soccer League. This close-to-home deal follows a season abroad playing with NK Travnik in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 22-year-old talent has already made waves with TFC II in his USL debut. The rookie attacking midfielder opened scoring in 37-minute of play aiding a 2-0 win over TFC II’s Eastern Conference rival FC Montreal.
Humber men’s soccer coach Michael Aguino knows Nunes’ accomplishments, with TFC’s farm team, mean lots to his former player.
“I know he is excited to be part of TFC II playing close to home near family and friends and representing Toronto in the USL,” said Aquino.
Nunes’ recent successes on the pitch playing alongside and against North America’s best up-and-coming players are no surprise to those who’ve known him thus far.
Aguino, one of his biggest supporters, recognizes the homegrown player as an exceptional talent.
“Marcos is a player with character, commitment, and passion for the game,” he said.
Nunes continues to showcase his trademark speed on the ball in the USL professional circuit. But this skillset was already familiar to his teammates during his two-year career with Humber College.
“He always looked so calm, to the point that when he was on one-on-one opportunities against the defenders he beat them every time,” said former Humber teammate Jose Caro. “His ability to take players on in those cases is remarkable.
“Seeing him step on the field gives me so much happiness to know someone who is making it and playing at such a high level,” he said.
Nunes’ offensive edge led Humber men’s soccer in back-to-back provincial championships in 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. And even more notable was his role as a vital attacking difference in the push to capture consecutive post-season National golds.
As Nunes approaches his second professional outdoor season, the former Humber MVP is thankful to the institution that gave him the solid footing to go on to the next level.
“Humber helped me develop as a soccer player and they especially put a lot of confidence in me at Nationals. I owe a lot to them.”