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Tricky balancing act ahead for Toronto FC to avoid wasted youth

The average age of Toronto FC’s starting 11 for last Sunday’s MLS Cup final was 28.4, and the stability of that group will make it tricky to find playing time for young prospects next season.

“It’s important for us to make sure these guys get the adequate playing time and the opportunities with the first team … If it’s not with the first team, with TFC II or with some loans abroad,” TFC president Bill Manning said this week. “We do have a lot of talent coming up, but at the end of the day we’re not going to sacrifice winning games at the first-team level to get players minutes.