On Monday Major League Soccer announced its Team of the Week and Hoosier fans may recognize one of the members. Former IU and current Minnesota United FC forward Mason Toye received the honor of being included in the team for the first time in his young career.
Against San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday the 20-year-old got on the score sheet by assisting on a Kevin Molino goal. On Saturday he had what is probably his finest game as a professional thus far. Against Montreal Impact he scored a brace, leading the Loons to a 3-2 victory. His first goal of the game was a nominee for the MLS Goal of the Week and his second goal was just as good:
Mason + Hoy Boy Connection = GIVE US ALL YOUR 100 EMOJIS pic.twitter.com/qlueIF38KV— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) July 7, 2019
This is a particularly big moment for Toye, as it appears he could finally be making a breakthrough as a pro footballer. After being selected seventh overall in the MLS SuperDraft he had an up-and-down rookie season. He struggled to see the pitch as MNUFC had some good attacking options ahead of him but managed to get a pair of starts in 17 appearances and tallied an assist. He also went on loan with Colorado Springs Switchbacks and scored a goal in five appearances. Now in his second season as a pro he’s scored three goals and made two assists in just four games, which could be the start of an extended run of playing time for him, something he’s yet to truly get.
Toye was also nominated for the MLS Player of the Week award, but lost out to LAFC winger Carlos Vela.
In his time in Bloomington, Toye won Big Ten Freshman of the Year among other honors by leading the conference with 10 goals including five game-winners. He was a key member of the 2017 Hoosier squad that finished as the national runner-up following an extra-time defeat at the hands of Stanford in the national championship game in Philadelphia.