Soccer life come full circle- Alex Bono back in town as a champion
It wasn't that long ago that I covered Baldwinsville's own Alex Bono at his signing day ceremony to play college soccer at Syracuse University.
Nearly six years later, Bono is back in town as a Major League Soccer Champion.
Bono is the starting goalie for Toronto FC which beat Seattle in the MLS Championship a year after falling to the Sounders for the title.
Indeed, a lot has changed in six years.
"It's a surreal experience" Bono says.
"It's something I could have never dreamed of happening back when I was in these guys shoes a few years back when I was playing at Baldwinsville High School. It's surreal. It's a blessing to be able to do it with a team that's so talented" Alex adds.
In 2017, Bono started 28 of 29 games played for Toronto FC and finished with a 19-4-6 record. He stopped 72 shots and allowed just 32 goals.
For Bono, it's been a whirlwind. He helped to deliver Syracuse University to new heights as a soccer program which eventually made the College Cup and now he's a world champion.
Not bad for the Baldwinsville native.
He's already focused on next season for Toronto which believe it or not begins in March.