Soccer life come full circle- Alex Bono back in town as a champion

Alex Bono enters the Syracuse Silver Knights field where he was honored before the Knights win over Harrisburg (Niko Tamurian)

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.