In an announcement released yesterday, Toronto FC II announced that the club had declined its option to retain the services of defender Mark-Anthony Kaye. It does not appear that the youngster will be out of work for long. Rumors out of Toronto and Louisville suggest that 21-year-old has signed with Louisville City FC.
Kaye first came to the attention of Scratching the Pitch in 2014, when he was sent on loan to Wilmington Hammerheads FC from Toronto FC’s academy. Wilmington was affiliated with Toronto FC during that season. Kay scored twice in seven appearances with the Hammerheads and was part of a late season surge that helped Wilmington clinch a playoff spot.
When Toronto FC established its own USL team in 2015, Kaye was signed as a professional. He flew somewhat under the radar, which may have been attributed to his move from left wing to left back. A TFC II offense that struggled to score goals was perhaps not the best environment for his service to be appreciated.
This could be a coup for Louisville City, depending on how Kaye is utilized. In his first season at the helm of LCFC, Jame O’Connor seemed to encourage his backs to push up the pitch and get involved in the attack. Bryan Burke led the league in assists (10) in 2015 from his right back position, garnering USL Defender of the Year honors. With Burke departing to explore MLS opportunities, one could certainly envision Kaye assuming that role from the left side.
It should be noted that Louisville experimented with three in the back with wing backs against Rochester in the 2015 playoffs. Kaye could potentially excel as a wing back if O’Connor returns to that tactic with any regularity in 2016.