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WORK=TORONTO SUN, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment}}| chrtitle = President | chairman = Bill Manning| coach = Greg Vanney| league = Major League Soccer2018 Major League Soccer season>2018Eastern Conference (MLS)>Eastern Conference: 9thOverall: 19thPlayoffs: Did not qualify| website =weblink| current = 2019 Toronto FC season| pattern_la1 = | pattern_b1 = | pattern_ra1 = | pattern_sh1 = | pattern_so1 = | leftarm1 = DD0000| body1 = DD0000| rightarm1 = DD0000| shorts1 = DD0000| socks1 = DD0000| pattern_la2 = _borderonwhite| pattern_b2 = _toronto18A| pattern_ra2 = _borderonwhite| pattern_sh2 = _red_stripes_adidas| pattern_so2 = _color_3_stripes_red| leftarm2 = 333333| body2 = FFFFFF| rightarm2 = 333333| shorts2 = FFFFFF| socks2 = FFFFFF}}Toronto Football Club is a professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.WEB, City of Vaughan: Extract from council meeting minutes of April 19, 2016, September 14, 2016,weblink The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home matches at BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place on Toronto's shoreline. Toronto FC joined MLS in 2007 as an expansion team and was the first Canadian-based franchise in the league.The first team is coached by Greg Vanney and operated by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which also operates the USL League One affiliate team Toronto FC II and most other professional sports franchises in the city.In 2017, Toronto FC won the domestic treble with the MLS Cup, Supporters' Shield and Canadian Championship. They are seven-time winners of the Canadian Championship and were runners-up of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.



MLS awarded Toronto a team in 2005. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) paid US$10 Millions for the franchise.NEWS,weblink David Beckham To Earn Huge Windfall From New York's MLS Expansion, May 21, 2013, November 23, 2013, Forbes, Mike, Ozanian, The name of the team was announced on May 11, 2006.WEB,weblink, Toronto FC to join MLS fold in 2007, February 22, 2009, {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}The announcement followed an online consultation in which the public was invited to vote on the name during a limited period. The voting options were "Toronto Northmen", "Inter Toronto FC", "Toronto Reds", and "Toronto FC". MLSE's strategy in choosing "Toronto FC" following this process was based on two reasons. Firstly, over 40 percent of the online vote supported the simple Toronto FC name during the consultation; secondly, MLSE hoped that the fairly generic name would help the new club earn a more organic nickname from the Toronto fans rather than having one imposed upon the team.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, November 12, 2006, Toronto FC – our brief history and bright future,, March 8, 2009, The team has been called "TFC" and "the Reds" by the media and the team. The "FC" in the club's name became the conventional initialism for football teams.WEB,weblink Toronto FC and Windsor Stars Announce Partnership,, June 16, 2016, September 14, 2016,

Early years (2007–2010)

Despite a long scoreless streak to start the club's history, Toronto FC quickly began to establish itself as a club with significant fan support. The club's first win came on May 12, 2007 at BMO Field as Danny Dichio scored the team's first goal in the 24th minute of a 3–1 home win over the Chicago Fire.NEWS, soccerway,weblink Toronto vs. Chicago Fire 3–1, Soccerway, May 12, 2007, November 13, 2014, Though TFC slipped to the bottom of the MLS standings with a record of {{Win-loss record|w=6|l=17|d=7}}, the team built a foundation as the first Canadian team in MLS. In the club's second season in 2008, Toronto hosted the 2008 MLS All-Star Game. The club finished last in the Eastern Conference with a record of 9–13–8, but the enthusiastic fan base continued to fill BMO Field to capacity.WEB,weblink Toronto FC (2007 – present),, February 23, 2011, To determine the Canadian Soccer Association's representative in the CONCACAF Champions League, Toronto FC played in the inaugural Canadian Championship in 2008 competing for the Voyageurs Cup. TFC were the favourites to win the championship in its first year, but the Montreal Impact prevailed.The last-place New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto FC 5–0 in the final 2009 regular season game, leaving TFC one point out of the playoffs.NEWS,weblink New York Red Bulls 5 Toronto FC 0, New York Red Bulls, October 24, 2009, November 14, 2014, Despite bringing in some high-profile talent, the Reds could not seem to field a consistent side. Dwayne De Rosario became an immediate scoring influence and Amado Guevara was a strong playmaker and established MLS veteran, but the Honduran's future at the Canadian team seemed murky with looming 2010 FIFA World Cup duties. Rookie goalkeeper Stefan Frei quickly replaced Greg Sutton as a regular starter and immediately became a fan favourite. TFC only scored two goals in the final 15 minutes of games all season (last in MLS). During the same 15-minute period, they gave up 16 goals (most in MLS), thus creating a −14 goal differential during the final 15 minutes.WEB, The Yank,weblink 2009 MLS Season Review: Toronto FC — Soccer Tickets Online,, December 29, 2009, February 23, 2011,
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upright|Dwayne De Rosario is Toronto FC's fourth all-time top scorer, with 33 goals in all competitions.
In the 2009 Canadian Championship, Toronto FC required a four-goal victory over the Montreal Impact in the final game of the competition to nullify the Vancouver Whitecaps' +4 goal differential. Anything less would result in Vancouver winning the championship. Toronto FC went down 1–0 early, but overwhelmed an under-strength Impact side 6–1 on the back of a hat-trick by De Rosario. Guevara added two, scoring in the 69th and 92nd minute. Chad Barrett scored the decisive goal in the 82nd minute, which gave TFC the lead over Vancouver. The unlikely victory was dubbed by fans and media as the "Miracle in Montreal".NEWS,weblink Toronto FC pull off miracle, win Canadian Championship, CBC News, June 18, 2009, August 20, 2012, Toronto FC subsequently participated in the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League, but lost 1–0 on aggregate to the Puerto Rico Islanders in the preliminary round of the tournament.NEWS, Toronto FC eliminated from CONCACAF Champions League,weblink 30 June 2019, Canadian Soccer Association, 4 August 2009, After failing to qualify on the final day of the 2009 campaign, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment said anything short of a playoff spot in 2010 would be unacceptable. With that directive, former director of soccer Mo Johnston hired PrekiNEWS,weblink New Toronto FC coach comes with experience, Toronto Star, November 18, 2009, November 14, 2014, and made wholesale changes to the roster to reflect the U.S. Hall of Famer's plan to play a tough, defensive style. Despite scoring troubles, TFC played well at the start, going undefeated in seven games at one time. The team struggled following the World Cup break. Sensing problems in the locker room and to try to salvage the season, MLSE dismissed both Johnston and Preki on September 14, naming Earl Cochrane interim director of soccer and Nick Dasovic interim coach.NEWS,weblink Dasovic easy with coaching decision, Toronto FC, October 27, 2010, November 14, 2014, The players responded to Dasovic's more open flexible style, but it was not enough as the club was eliminated from playoff contention with three games left in the season. Off-field issues with season-seat holders over the 2011 season ticket package added to the fans' frustrations, forcing MLSE to hold a series of town hall meetings.WEB,weblink Toronto FC 2010, February 22, 2012, Toronto FC played Honduran side C.D. Motagua in the preliminary round of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. TFC won 1–0 in the first leg on a goal by Chad Barrett, and tied 2–2 in the second leg on goals by De Rosario and Barrett, qualifying for the group stage. Toronto FC won their first group stage match 2–1 against Mexican side Cruz Azul on August 17, 2010.NEWS,weblink Toronto FC vs. Cruz Azul 2–1, soccerway, August 17, 2010, November 14, 2014, However, the team failed to qualify for the championship round after finishing in third place behind group winners Real Salt Lake and second place Cruz Azul.

Highs and lows of Ajax culture (2011–2012)

On November 3, 2010, MLSE announced the hiring of former German international and coach Jürgen Klinsmann, and his California-based company, SoccerSolutions, to fix the team's game.NEWS,weblink TFC confirms Klinsmann hiring, The Globe and Mail, November 3, 2010, November 14, 2014, Over the next six months, Klinsmann assessed the team, identifying a playing style, and recommended a candidate for the director of soccer position.WEB, Vijay Setlur,weblink 2010 in Review: Best & worst of Toronto FC | Major League Soccer,, November 23, 2010, February 23, 2011, On January 6, 2011, the new management team for Toronto FC was announced. Aron Winter was hired as head coach with his compatriot Bob de Klerk named first assistant coach.NEWS,weblink TFC names Aron Winter new coach, Toronto Sun, January 6, 2011, November 14, 2014, Paul Mariner was named as director of soccer. Winter was selected to bring the Ajax culture, possession and 4–3–3 system to Toronto FC. Management made wholesale changes to the roster before and during the 2011 season, trading numerous players and eventually their captain and Toronto native De Rosario.WEB,weblink Latest News,, April 23, 2011, May 5, 2011, Toronto FC used its remaining two designated player slots on two notable European players, signing Torsten Frings and Danny Koevermans to 2.5-year contracts. The team went on to set a record for most players used in a MLS season with 39. Despite a strong finish to the season with only two losses in their last 12 games, TFC missed the MLS playoffs for a fifth straight year. Nonetheless, they earned a win in their final group stage match of 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League visiting the FC Dallas, securing a berth in the knockout stage versus LA Galaxy. After a 2–2 draw in Toronto before 47,658 fans at the Rogers Centre,NEWS,weblink Toronto FC vs. LA Galaxy 2–2, soccerway, March 7, 2012, November 14, 2014, Toronto FC defeated the Galaxy 2–1 in Los Angeles to reach the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, the first Canadian team to do so.NEWS,weblink March 15, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink March 15, 2012, yes, Toronto FC reaches Champions League semifinals with win over Galaxy, National Post, November 14, 2014, They were defeated by Mexican side Santos Laguna in the semifinals 7–3 on aggregate.WEB,weblink Archived copy, November 15, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 11, 2012, WEB,weblink Archived copy, November 15, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 11, 2012, On June 7, 2012, Aron Winter resigned from the team upon refusing to be reassigned from his head coaching role after the team started the season with a nine-game losing streak, setting an MLS record for worst start to a season.WEB,weblink The 10 Worst Teams in MLS History, Under Winter in 2012, the team's league record was 1–9–0 and in all other competitions was 3–1–4, including a fourth-straight Canadian Championship. He was replaced by Paul Mariner, but TFC continued to struggle finishing with a 4–12–8 record in league play under him.NEWS,weblink Toronto FC parts ways with head coach Aron Winter, hands job to Paul Mariner, Toronto Star, June 7, 2012, November 14, 2014, Toronto FC also failed to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League, finishing second in its group with a 2–2–0 record. Overall, they finished the MLS season on a 14-game winless streak and ended up in last place, with five wins and 23 points.

Building a foundation (2013–2014)

It was announced Kevin Payne would be leaving D.C. United for the general manager position at Toronto FC on November 27, 2012.NEWS,weblink Exclusive: Kevin Payne leaving D.C. United, The Washington Post, November 27, 2012, November 28, 2012, First-time coach Ryan Nelsen replaced Mariner as of January 7, 2013.NEWS, The Canadian Press,weblink Toronto FC to name Ryan Nelsen head coach, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, January 8, 2013, On April 25, 2013, Payne signed the first young designated player in MLS, Matías Laba.NEWS, Reds Sign Midfielder Matías Laba,weblink October 11, 2013, Toronto FC, April 25, 2013, On July 9, Payne controversially traded Luis Silva to D.C. United for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.NEWS, Toronto FC trades Luis Silva to D.C. United,weblink October 11, 2013, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, July 9, 2013, The Canadian Press, The team fired Payne on September 4.NEWS,weblink Struggling Toronto FC fires president, GM Kevin Payne: report, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, September 5, 2013, September 5, 2013, The Canadian Press, NEWS, Cathal Kelly,weblink Toronto FC parts ways with president/GM Kevin Payne, Toronto Star, September 4, 2013, September 4, 2013, Following the removal of Payne, recently appointed MLSE president Tim LeiwekeNEWS,weblink MLSE hires Tim Leiweke as president, CEO, The Globe and Mail, April 26, 2013, October 30, 2013, Toronto, reasoned that there were philosophical differences between them as to how Toronto FC should move forward.NEWS,weblink MLSE's Leiweke confirms firing of TFC president, gives manager a vote of confidence, The Globe and Mail, September 5, 2013, October 30, 2013, Toronto, Leiweke, who brought David Beckham to the LA Galaxy in early 2007, quickly revealed that he intended to make TFC more competitive with similarly ambitious, blockbuster signings.NEWS, TSN,weblink Leiweke plans to bring two world class strikers to TFC, The Sports Network, September 28, 2013, October 30, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink November 1, 2013, yes, On September 20, Toronto FC announced that the vacant general manager position had been filled by Tim Bezbatchenko.NEWS, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,weblink Tim Bezbatchenko named Toronto FC GM, September 20, 2013, October 30, 2013, Under Bezbatchenko, Toronto FC made several high-profile moves during the 2013–14 off season. Among the transfers were MLS veterans Justin Morrow and Jackson; Brasileiro star Gilberto, United States international Michael Bradley of A.S. Roma, and the return of Toronto FC leading goal scorer De Rosario.NEWS,weblink Dwayne De Rosario calls it a career, Toronto FC, June 1, 2015, August 28, 2015, NEWS,weblink Toronto FC completes Defoe transfer: report – CBC Sports – Soccer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, January 10, 2014, On January 10, 2014, Tottenham Hotspur announced they had agreed a deal with the team over the transfer of England international Jermain Defoe for a reported fee of £6 million, and an Advertising Rights Agreement with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.WEB,weblink Jermain Defoe moves to MLS – Toronto FC 10 January 2014, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., January 10, 2014, Defoe would earn a reported £90,000 a week, making him the highest earner in MLS.NEWS, The Daily Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.,weblink Jermain Defoe on brink of £6m move from Tottenham Hotspur to MLS side Toronto FC, January 8, 2014, January 10, 2014, London, These moves required the trade of Matias Laba to Vancouver to comply with MLS's maximum of three designated players per team. On February 7, 2014, Brazil national team keeper Júlio César joined on loan from Queens Park Rangers.WEB,weblink Toronto Acquires Julio Cesar on Loan | Toronto FC,, February 14, 2014, April 8, 2014, The team started the year with promise, but much like 2010, they floundered after the World Cup break. On August 31, Nelsen was fired by Bezbatchenko a day after a 0–3 defeat to the New England Revolution at BMO field, where Nelsen criticized Bezbatchenko in his post-match press conference for putting the players under needless pressure in the media. The head coaching position was filled by former American international and Chivas USA assistant, Greg Vanney.NEWS,weblink Toronto FC fires coaches, Jermain Defoe might go, Toronto Star, August 31, 2014, November 8, 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink September 1, 2014, Although the team won the most games in its history, it failed to reach the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year. After completing only 11 months of his four-year contract with TFC, Defoe joined Premier League club Sunderland on January 16, 2015. On the same day, Toronto received Jozy Altidore from Sunderland to complete the other half of the player swap.NEWS, Sunderland sign England striker from Toronto,weblink BBC Sport, January 16, 2015, January 16, 2015, NEWS,weblink Altidore joins Toronto FC from Sunderland in swap deal with Defoe, January 16, 2015, Sky Sports, Three days later, the team signed Italian international Sebastian Giovinco from Juventus on an annual salary of $7 million.WEB,weblink Italy attacker Sebastian Giovinco to join Toronto FC in July, January 19, 2015, January 19, 2015, ESPN,

Contenders in the league and domestic treble (2015–2017)

File:Giovinco_230515.jpg|thumb|upright|Sebastian GiovincoSebastian GiovincoOn September 26, 2015, Giovinco scored and assisted in a 3–2 win over Chicago, putting him on 35 points for the season, breaking Chris Wondolowski's league record.WEB,weblink Sebastian Giovinco sets single-season record for combined goals & assists – Armchair Analyst, MLS Soccer, Matthew Doyle, September 26, 2015, September 27, 2015, Giovinco's totals of 22 goals and 16 assists, for 38 total points, made him the first TFC player to win the MLS Golden Boot,NEWS, Sebastian Giovinco wins MLS Golden Boot award as top goal-scorer,weblink October 26, 2015, The Canadian Press, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, October 25, 2015, MLS MVPWEB,weblink Sebastian Giovinco: 2015 MLS MVP | Toronto FC,, January 27, 2016, December 19, 2016, and MLS Newcomer of the Year Award.WEB,weblink Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco named Major League Soccer newcomer of the year, Kurt, Larson, Toronto, Sun, December 19, 2016, He was named to the MLS All-Star Game and the MLS Best XI and became the first player in MLS history to lead the league in both goals and assists in a single season.WEB,weblink Sebastian Giovinco wins Golden Boot, is first to lead MLS in goals, assists, Sports Illustrated, October 26, 2015, December 14, 2016, Toronto FC clinched a playoff berth on October 14, for the first time in franchise history.NEWS, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,weblink Toronto FC qualifies for playoffs, October 14, 2015, October 15, 2015, The team were eliminated in the knockout round of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs by a 3–0 loss at Canadian Classique rivals Montreal Impact.NEWS, Beacon, Bill, Montreal Impact oust Toronto FC from MLS playoffs,weblink October 31, 2015, The Canadian Press, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, October 30, 2015, On June 29, 2016, Toronto FC won its fifth Canadian Championship against Vancouver 2–2 on aggregate, winning on away goals.WEB,weblink TFC loses to Whitecaps, but wins Voyageurs Cup,, June 30, 2016, June 30, 2016, Giovinco scored a hat-trick against D.C. United, on July 23, 2016, in a 4–1 home win, surpassing De Rosario's previous all-time record as Toronto FC's top scorer by two goals to 35 goals.WEB,weblink Giovinco's masterclass performance lifts Toronto FC past D.C. United,, JOHN MOLINARO, July 23, 2016, July 23, 2016, In October 2016, Toronto FC clinched a playoff spot for the second straight season. The team proceeded to defeat the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round to record their first-ever playoff winNEWS,weblink Toronto FC beat Philadelphia for first-ever playoff win, The Globe and Mail, David Shoalts, October 26, 2016, October 28, 2016, and to secure entry into the first Eastern Conference Semifinal in franchise history. Toronto FC defeated New York City FC 7–0 on aggregate to reach an all-Canadian Eastern Conference Finals derby against Montreal Impact.NEWS,weblink Giovinco propels TFC to all-Canadian Eastern final, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, November 6, 2016, November 6, 2016, Montreal won the first leg of the Conference Championship, 3–2 at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on November 22. Toronto beat Montreal 5–2 in extra time in the return leg at BMO Field in Toronto on November 30, winning on an aggregated score of 7–5, making Toronto FC the first Canadian team to compete in an MLS Cup Final.WEB,weblink Toronto FC 5, Montreal Impact 2 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Recap,, November 30, 2016, November 30, 2016, On December 10, Toronto lost the final at home to the Seattle Sounders 5–4 in penalty shoot-out following a goalless draw after extra-time.WEB,weblink Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC on penalties to win 2016 MLS Cup, ESPN FC, December 10, 2016, December 11, 2016, On June 27, 2017, Toronto FC won their sixth Canadian Championship 3–2 on aggregate over Montreal, earning them a spot in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.WEB,weblink Toronto FC repeat as Canadian Champions; earn berth in CONCACAF Champions League,, June 27, 2017, June 27, 2017, On September 30, Toronto FC won their first Supporters' Shield with a 4–2 home win over New York Red Bulls to clinch top of the league with the most points that season. By doing so, they also became the first Canadian team to win the Supporters' Shield.WEB,weblink Kings of the League: Toronto FC win first Supporters' Shield,, September 30, 2017, On October 22, the final day of the season, they played to a 2–2 away result against Atlanta United FC, where Toronto FC set a new MLS regular season points record with 69, eclipsing the 1998 LA Galaxy by one point.WEB,weblink TFC breaks MLS record for points in a season with draw against Atlanta,, October 22, 2017, On November 29, 2017, Toronto FC won the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in a row, with a 1–0 aggregate win over Columbus Crew, also entering the MLS Cup Final for the second time in a row.WEB,weblink Toronto FC 1, Columbus Crew SC 0,, November 29, 2017, On December 9, 2017, at home, Toronto FC defeated Seattle 2–0 in the MLS Cup, which was a rematch of the previous year's MLS Cup.WEB, December 9, 2017, Recap: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders,weblink, December 9, 2017, Toronto FC became the first MLS team to complete a domestic treble with their win, as well as the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup.

Post–MLS Cup win (2018–present)

Toronto FC started the 2018 season with a 2–0 away win over the Colorado Rapids in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 on February 20.WEB,weblink Colorado Rapids 0, Toronto FC 2 – CCL Round of 16 Recap,, Charles Boehm, February 20, 2018, February 21, 2018, After a goalless draw in the return leg against Colorado on February 27, TFC were matched up with Mexican side Tigres UANL for the quarterfinals, where they won the first leg 2–1 at home.WEB,weblink Sublime moments of skill could be difference for TFC vs. Tigres, Sportsnet, John Molinaro, March 12, 2018, March 14, 2018, In the return leg on March 13 in Mexico, TFC lost the match 3–2, however progressed to the semifinals for the second time in its history since the 2011–12 Champions League, on away goals, following a 4–4 draw on aggregate.WEB,weblink Tigres UANL 3, Toronto FC 2 – 2018 CCL Quarterfinals Recap, MLS Soccer, Phil West, March 13, 2018, March 14, 2018, On April 10, TFC drew 1–1 to Club América at the Estadio Azteca in the second leg of the semifinal after a 3–1 home win on April 3 in the first leg, to advance 4–2 on aggregate to the finals for the first time in their history.WEB,weblink Toronto FC advances to CONCACAF Champions League final with 1–1 draw against Club America,, April 11, 2018, After a 2–1 home loss to Guadalajara on April 17 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final, TFC would win the return away leg 2–1 on April 25, leading to a draw on aggregate, but lost 4–2 in the penalty shootout.WEB,weblink CD Guadalajara 1, Toronto FC 2 {{!, 2018 Concacaf Champions League Recap||accessdate=April 25, 2018}} Later in the season, on September 19, Toronto FC played against Tigres UANL in the inaugural Campeones Cup, losing the match 3–1 at home.WEB,weblink Mexico’s Tigres get a little payback, defeat Toronto FC in Campeones Cup,, September 19, 2018, They failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 2–1 home loss against Vancouver on October 6, 2018, with three games left to play in the season.WEB,weblink Toronto FC eliminated from MLS playoff contention,, October 6, 2018, During the 2018–19 off-season, on January 4, 2019, Toronto FC announced the appointment of Ali Curtis as general manager after the departure of Bezbatchenko.WEB,weblink Ali Curtis Named Toronto FC General Manager, January 3, 2019,, After failing to reach a contract agreement with the club, on January 30, 2019, Toronto FC sold Giovinco to Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal for an undisclosed fee.WEB,weblink Sebastian Giovinco sold to Al-Hilal FC,, January 30, 2019, On March 4, 2019, Spaniard Alejandro Pozuelo signed with Toronto FC as a designated playerWEB,weblink Toronto FC signs Alejandro Pozuelo as Designated Player, Toronto FC, March 4, 2019, March 4, 2019, to help fill the void left by the recently departed Sebastian Giovinco and compatriot Víctor Vázquez in the creative midfield role.NEWS, Davidson, Neil, Toronto FC newcomer Pozuelo to help fill void left by Vazquez, Giovinco,weblink 30 June 2019, CBC Sports, The Canadian Press, 4 March 2019, Pozuelo inherited the number ten shirt, which had previously been worn by the Italian.NEWS,weblink Meet Toronto FC’s newest player, Alejandro Pozuelo, The Toronto Star, Davidson, Neil, March 25, 2019, March 30, 2019, On June 26, 2019, Tsubasa Endoh scoring the fastest goal in TFC history, only 29 seconds into the game against Atlanta United FC.NEWS, Buffery, Steve, Shaffelburg's dazzling debut lifts TFC to a wild win over red-hot Atlanta,weblink 29 June 2019, Toronto Sun, 26 June 2019, NEWS, Wharnsby, Tim, Toronto FC over Atlanta in a wild ride of late penalty kicks and record fast goals,weblink 29 June 2019, The Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, 26 June 2019, Toronto,


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BMO Field in July 2007, pre-expansion, during the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup
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  • BMO Field; Toronto, Ontario (2007–present)
Before the 2007 Major League Soccer season, construction was completed on a new stadium at Exhibition Place in Toronto at a cost of $62.5 million.WEB,weblink, Construction Updates, February 22, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink November 21, 2008, WEB,weblink BMO Field,, February 22, 2009, On September 20, 2006, MLS's official website announced that BMO Financial Group had purchased the naming rights for the new stadium.WEB,weblink BMO Field,, February 22, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 18, 2007, It is the largest soccer-specific stadium in Canada. It is owned by the City of Toronto, while MLSE, the team's owner, operates it.NEWS,weblink Expansion of city-owned BMO Field considered, The Globe and Mail, February 22, 2009, Toronto, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 16, 2009, WEB,weblink About Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment,, February 22, 2009, Following criticism of BMO Field's use of FieldTurf and its rapid deterioration, MLSE agreed to a deal with the city to replace it with a natural grass surface in time for the 2010 MLS Season. Along with the grass, a heating and drainage system was also installed at a cost of $3.5 million to MLSE.In March 2012, TFC played its first-ever match in the Rogers Centre, the 49,982-capacity home of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and former home of the Argonauts, hosting the LA Galaxy in the home leg of the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Championship Round.NEWS, Girald, Daniel, Toronto FC ties Los Angeles Galaxy before 47,658 at Rogers Centre,weblink November 17, 2014, The Star, March 8, 2012, The retractable roof stadium was also the venue for a friendly against Liverpool of the English Premier League in July of that year.NEWS, Bascombe, Charles, Toronto 1 Liverpool 1: match report,weblink November 17, 2014, The Daily Telegraph, July 21, 2012,


Expansion to the north end that cost $2 million, added 1,249 seats and was completed for the start of the 2010 MLS Season.WEB,weblinknews/team_news.jsp?ymd=20100318&content_id=8828982&vkey=news_t280&fext=.jsp&team=t280, North End Expansion of BMO Field,, March 18, 2010, {{dead link|date=December 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} A $120 million renovation to the stadium was officially announced September 23, 2014. It includes a second tier of seating that would add 8,400 seats, raising the capacity of the stadium to 30,991. New suites, washrooms, concourse and a roof would also be added. Construction began in September 2014 and would be divided into two phases; the completion of the project was set for May 2016.WEB,, Toronto FC, BMO Field Expansion, November 13, 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink November 26, 2014, The expansion would accommodate a Canadian football field with artificial turf end-zones when the Toronto Argonauts move to BMO Field in 2016,WEB,weblink MLSE: City pushing to move Argos to BMO Field, March 7, 2014, Toronto Star, December 12, 2015, WEB,weblink MLSE wants $10 million from Toronto for BMO Field makeover, March 14, 2014, Toronto Star, December 12, 2015, along with hosting the Grey Cup that year.

Club culture


File:TorontoFCFans.jpg|thumb|Fans celebrate at a Toronto FC match]]Toronto FC's initial seasons saw TFC fans set the standard for MLS fan support,NEWS,weblink Toronto FC looks to improve fan experience – CBC Sports – Soccer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, January 31, 2014, selling out its first three seasons. Referred to as the model franchise off the field by MLS commissioner Don Garber, the team was credited for starting "MLS 2.0" for their embrace of supporters' culture.WEB,weblink The Throw-In: Remember "MLS 2.0"? This is a crucial period for the next upgrade – Yahoo Sports, Yahoo!, July 25, 2013, January 31, 2014, WEB,weblink MLS commissioner Garber says Toronto FC deserves credit despite on-field results, CP24, November 13, 2014, Lack of on-field success caused frustration among the fanbase, spurring fan protests against ownership.NEWS, 31 January 2014 1:21 am EST Facebook Twitter RSS,weblink Toronto FC's season in the bag, even though there are a couple games left., Toronto Star, October 6, 2012, January 31, 2014, In response, MLSE acknowledged the lack of quality on the on-field product, lowering ticket prices in 2013 to 2007 levels.NEWS, January 31, 2014 Facebook Twitter RSS,weblink Toronto FC drops ticket prices by as much as 40 per cent, Toronto Star, October 19, 2012, January 31, 2014, Following a resurgence of interest in the team due to the major signings of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley, the team capped season tickets at 17,000 for the 2014 season.NEWS,weblink Toronto FC fans snap up tickets in wake of major signings – CBC Sports – Soccer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, January 31, 2014, Toronto FC's recognized supporters' groups are the Red Patch Boys, U-Sector, Kings in the North, Tribal Rhythm Nation and Original 109.WEB, SouthEnd Supporters,weblink, May 5, 2015, On August 23, 2018, Toronto FC permanently terminated Inebriatti's supporter status for a fire they started at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa during their match-up with Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship earlier that year on July 18.WEB,weblink TFC terminates Inebriatti’s supporters group status,, August 23, 2018,


Bitchy the Hawk is a female Harris's hawk employed by BMO Field falconry staff to sit perched atop the field to ward off seagulls.WEB,weblink The BMO Field Guardian, bot: unknown,weblink April 4, 2016, Originally brought to work in 2007 to prevent seagulls from attacking patrons, the hawk has become a fixture of BMO Field. She has also been employed at Budweiser Stage in Ontario Place to the south to prevent seagulls from attacking concert-goers since the 1990s.WEB,weblink Bitchy the hawk: The most famous working bird in the GTA, Rachel Mendleson, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink June 21, 2015, While no official word has come from the club about her status, she has been called the official mascot of the team.WEB,weblink Meet 'Bitchy the Hawk,' Toronto FC Mascot Who Scares off Seagulls, Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink July 1, 2017,


Toronto FC's biggest rival, Montreal Impact, joined MLS in 2012. In the years leading up to this, they emerged as fierce rivals during the Canadian Championship. The proximity of the two cities and the fact that Toronto and Montreal are long-standing rivals in the National Hockey League (NHL) contributes to these meetings being combative. Since both teams have joined MLS, the rivalry has intensified and the matches have become a Canadian soccer classic, nicknamed the 401 Derby after Ontario Highway 401, which links the two cities.WEB, Borg, Simon, Circle your calendars: 2014 MLS Canadian rivalry matches that will be showcased on national TV,weblink April 25, 2014, The rivalry is also known as the Canadian Classique.WEB, Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact,weblink Major League Soccer, August 26, 2018, NEWS, TFC's Sebastian Giovinco continues to torment Impact in Canadian Classique,weblink Major League Soccer, August 25, 2018, NEWS, Molinaro, John, Giovinco nets brace, Toronto FC tops rival Impact in Canadian Classique,weblink Sportsnet, August 25, 2018, On March 16, 2013, Toronto FC fans set an MLS record for travelling support with 3,200 away fans in Montreal to watch TFC lose 2–1, eclipsing their own record of 2,400 at Columbus Crew in 2008.NEWS, Bottjer, Steve, Tremblay, Olivier, March 12, 2013, How big is Montreal vs. Toronto? A new supporters record will be set Saturday,weblink, December 5, 2017, The 2016 MLS Cup Eastern Conference Finals were part of the 401 Derby as well, with Toronto FC winning the series 7–5 on aggregate.Columbus Crew and Toronto FC have competed for the Trillium Cup since 2008. Although a manufactured rivalry, albeit linked by the fact that the official flower of both Ontario and Ohio is the white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), the meetings have since sparked bitterness. On March 28, 2009, approximately 1,700 Toronto FC supporters travelled to Columbus Crew Stadium and witnessed a 1–1 draw, during which they lit a number of flares and allegedly committed vandalism.NEWS,weblink Angry TFC fans boycott Columbus, Toronto Star, July 24, 2009, January 15, 2014, Following the game, some altercations broke out between the two supporter groups. Overwhelmed security called police who ended the melees and made arrests, at which time a TFC fan was tasered while being subdued. The first rematch back in Columbus Crew Stadium following the incident was boycotted by Toronto FC supporters in wake of restrictions imposed on them by Crew officials.The 2017 MLS Cup Eastern Conference Finals were part of the Trillium Cup as well, with Toronto FC winning the series 1–0 on aggregate.WEB,weblink Columbus Crew SC 0, Toronto FC 0 – MLS Cup Playoffs Recap, MatchCenter, November 23, 2017, Toronto FC also have a rivalry with the other Canadian team: Vancouver Whitecaps FC.WEB,weblink Whitecaps FC renew Canadian rivalry with Toronto FC on Wednesday, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, November 9, 2015, WEB,weblink "It's a big rivalry..." Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, November 9, 2015, WEB,weblink Rivalry renewed: 'They're coming into our place now', Vancouver Whitecaps FC, November 9, 2015, WEB,weblink Tangle on the Turf: Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Preview, Michaelvee, Waking The Red, November 9, 2015, WEB,weblink HIGHLIGHTS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC – March 7, 2015,, November 9, 2015,

Colours and sponsorship

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Toronto FC are operated by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which also operates the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs, the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies, the National Basketball Association's Toronto Raptors (and the NBA G League's Raptors 905 by extension) and the USL League One's Toronto FC II. MLSE also own and operate sports ventures like Leafs Nation Network, NBA TV Canada and GolTV Canada.NEWS,weblink ACC, BMO Field plan upgrade, leaving Rogers Centre behind, The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2014, November 15, 2014, The company is also involved in real estate and property management, owning such sports venues such as the Scotiabank Arena and being a partner in the development of Maple Leaf Square. The partners of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment are Larry Tanenbaum and rival media outlets Rogers Communications and Bell Media; Rogers and Bell own each of the primary sports television outlets in Canada (Sportsnet and TSN respectively), while Tanenbaum and Bell share ownership of the Toronto Argonauts, who share BMO Field with Toronto FC beginning in 2016. In January 2018, MLSE acquired the Argonauts.NEWS,weblink MLSE strikes deal to buy Toronto Argos, The Canadian Press, December 13, 2017,

Players and staff

{{for|details on former players|List of Toronto FC players}}

Current roster

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Out on loan

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Current staff

{{updated|February 2019|WEB,weblink Management Team | Toronto FC,, January 11, 2015, WEB,weblink First Team Staff | Toronto FC,, April 6, 2010, August 31, 2014, }}{|class="wikitable"! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col" colspan="2"|Executive{{Fb cs staff |bg= |p=President |s= Bill Manning}}{{Fb cs staff |bg=y |p=General manager |s= Ali Curtis}}! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col" colspan="2"|Coaching staff{{Fb cs staff |bg= |p=Head coach |s= Greg Vanney}}{{Fb cs staff |bg=y |p=Assistant coach |s= Dan Calichman}}{{Fb cs staff |bg= |p=Assistant coach |s= Robin Fraser}}{{Fb cs staff |bg=y |p=Assistant coach |s= Nick Theslof}}{{Fb cs staff |bg= |p=Assistant coach |s= Jason Bent}}{{Fb cs staff |bg=y |p=Goalkeeper coach |s= Jon Conway}}

Head coaches

{{updated|January 24, 2019}}{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:left"!style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col" rowspan="2"|Coach!style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col" rowspan="2"|Nation!style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col" rowspan="2"|Tenure!style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col" colspan="6"|Record{{ref|a|1}}!G!!W!!L!!T!!Win %| Mo JohnstonScotland}}| August 22, 2006 – February 1, 2008{{WDL|30|6|17|7}}John Carver (footballer)>John CarverEngland}}| February 1, 2008 – April 25, 2009{{WDL|36|11|15|10}}Chris Cummins (football manager)>Chris Cummins (interim)England}}| April 29, 2009 – October 24, 2009{{WDL|31|12|11|8}}| PrekiUnited States}}| November 19, 2009 – September 14, 2010{{WDL|32|11|11|10}}| Nick Dasovic (interim)Canada}}| September 14, 2010 – January 6, 2011{{WDL|10|3|4|3}}| Aron WinterNetherlands}}| January 6, 2011 – June 7, 2012{{WDL|64|18|25|21}}| Paul MarinerEngland}}| June 7, 2012 – January 7, 2013{{WDL|28|6|14|8}}| Ryan NelsenNew Zealand}}| January 7, 2013 – August 31, 2014{{WLD|64|17|29|18}}| Greg VanneyUnited States}}| August 31, 2014 – present{{WLD|176|78|60|38}}

General managers

{{updated|January 30, 2019}}{| class="wikitable" align=center bgcolor=#AC162C style="color:white; border:2px #333E48 solid;"|Name|Nation|Tenure| Mo JohnstonScotland}}| 2008–2010| Earl Cochrane (interim)Canada}}| 2010–2011Kevin Payne (soccer)>Kevin PayneUnited States}}| 2012–2013| Tim BezbatchenkoUnited States}}| 2013–2019| Ali CurtisUnited States}}| 2019–present

Youth development

Toronto FC II

Toronto FC II was established in November 2014 and is the farm team of Toronto FC. Toronto FC II competes in the USL League One, the third division of the American and Canadian soccer league system. The team serves as a reserve team for TFC and a bridge between the Academy and first team.WEB,weblink Toronto FC announces USL PRO team, Toronto FC, November 20, 2014, November 20, 2014, The team began play in March 2015. Their home stadium was the then-newly constructed 3,500-seat stadium at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, just north-northwest of Toronto.WEB,weblink Toronto FC Unveils USL PRO Details, January 21, 2015, January 21, 2015, USL Pro, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 22, 2015, WEB,weblink OSA, Toronto FC and Vaughan partner in new stadium, January 21, 2015, January 21, 2015, Ontario Soccer Association, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 22, 2015, Jason Bent is the team's first head coach.Toronto FC had previously had a one-year partnership with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL in 2014.WEB,weblink Toronto FC Partners With Wilmington | Toronto FC,, January 22, 2014, April 8, 2014, WEB,weblink Toronto FC (MLS) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads FC (USL-PRO) Friendly- Livestream, YouTube, November 13, 2014, WEB,weblink Friendly finishes 2–1, Toronto FC, November 13, 2014, For the 2018 season, TFC II moved its home games to BMO Field and Lamport Stadium.WEB,weblink TFC II leaving Vaughan for Toronto after 3-season run; stadium size at issue, Tim, Kelly, August 29, 2017, September 5, 2017, Vaughan Citizen, On July 2, 2018, the team announced they would move down from the United Soccer League to USL League One for the league's first season in 2019.WEB,weblink Toronto FC II joins USL Division III as Founding Member, July 2, 2018, July 8, 2018, Toronto FC, With their drop to division 3, the team moved their home games to BMO Training Ground.WEB,weblink Toronto FC II 2019 USL League One Regular Season Schedule Announced, December 10, 2018, January 6, 2019, Toronto FC,

TFC Academy

File:Kia training ground.jpg|thumb|Toronto FC's BMO Training Ground (then known as Kia Training Ground) and academy in Downsview Park in 2013.]]TFC Academy is the youth academy and development system of Toronto FC that was established in 2008.WEB,weblink Toronto FC Finalizes Technical Staff For TFC Academy,, February 22, 2009, WEB,weblink TFC Academy,, February 22, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 3, 2009, The academy consists of multiple teams spanning different age groups, from U12 to U20. Starting September 2018, the senior academy squad (known as Toronto FC III) plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.WEB,weblink DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY EXPANSION WELCOMES 16 NEW CLUBS FOR 2018–2019 SEASON, March 9, 2018, WEB,weblink Joining USSDA provides a high level of competition for the Academy, August 31, 2018, In June 2012, TFC academy moved to their new practice facility originally named Kia Training Ground, but subsequently renamed BMO Training Ground as the former's naming rights expired at the end of 2017, located in Downsview ParkWEB,weblink TFC high on new facility | Sports, Toronto Sun, May 29, 2012, May 3, 2013, in North York. Built at a cost of $21 million to MLSE, the facility has seven pitches: three full-sized grass pitches and four artificial turfs with two capable of being bubbled for year-round use. The {{convert|36000|sqft|adj=on}} facility also contains first team facilities, gym, kitchen, and offices.NEWS, Daniel Girard,weblink New TFC facility by the numbers, Toronto Star, May 30, 2012, January 31, 2014,

TFC Juniors

The Toronto FC Juniors, also known as the TFC Juniors, is part of the youth academy and development system of Toronto FC. The program holds camps regionally and has held camps in Toronto, Pickering, Vaughan, Stoney Creek in Hamilton, Oakville, and Markham. The Toronto FC Juniors program is one of Toronto FC Academy's main sources for prospects alongside their network of scouts.


As of 2017, Toronto FC games are exclusively broadcast by TSN, with certain games (typically against other Canadian MLS franchises) also shown on CTV. Prior to 2017, Toronto FC games were broadcast exclusively by TSN and Sportsnet. Games that were not covered under national broadcast contracts with MLS or other competition organizers were divided evenly between the two broadcasters, pursuant to agreements between their parent companies (Bell Canada and Rogers Communications, respectively) in connection to their joint 2011 purchase of MLSE.NEWS,weblink Why Rogers and Bell bundled together for MLSE, Tim, Wharnsby, CBC Sports,, December 9, 2011, March 3, 2013, In order to come together on this venture, Rogers and Bell agreed on how to divide the content for its sports stations. For the most part, it will be a 50–50 split., Radio broadcasts are divided between TSN 1050 and Sportsnet 590.WEB,weblink TFC, TSN, WEB,weblink TFC Pitchside –,,


{| class="wikitable"! colspan="3"|NationalWEB,weblink Canada - Toronto FC - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway,, ! style="width:260px"|Competitions! style="width:80px"|Titles! style="width:380px"|Seasons! style="text-align:center"| MLS Cup! 1 2017! style="text-align:center"| Supporters' Shield! 1 2017! style="text-align:center"| Canadian Championship! 7 2009 Canadian Championship, 2010 Canadian Championship>2010, 2011 Canadian Championship, 2012 Canadian Championship>2012, 2016 Canadian Championship, 2017 Canadian Championship>2017, 2018



{{further|List of Toronto FC seasons}}{{further|List of Toronto FC records and statistics}}{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;"! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Season! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|East position! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|League position! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Reg. season record! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|MLS Playoffs! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Canadian Championship! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|CONCACAF Champions League2007 Toronto FC season>2007| 7th | 13th w=6d=7}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2007 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2007 ACCESSDATE=NOVEMBER 18, 2014, Did not qualify| Not held| Not held2008| 7th | 12th w=9d=8}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2008 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2008 ACCESSDATE=NOVEMBER 18, 2014, Runners-up| Did not qualify2009| 5th | 12th w=10d=9}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2009 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2009 ACCESSDATE=NOVEMBER 18, 2014, Champions2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round>Preliminary round2010| 5th | 11th w=9d=8}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2010 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2010 ACCESSDATE=NOVEMBER 18, 2014, Champions2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage>Group stage2011| 8th | 16th w=6d=15}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2011 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2011 ACCESSDATE=NOVEMBER 18, 2014, Champions2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Championship Round>Semifinals2012|10th | 19th w=5d=8}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2012 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2012 ACCESSDATE=NOVEMBER 18, 2014, Champions2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League group stage>Group stage2013|9th | 17th w=6d=11}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2013 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2013 ACCESSDATE=NOVEMBER 18, 2014, 2013 Canadian Championship>SemifinalsDid not qualify2014| 7th | 13th w=11d=8}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2014 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2014 ACCESSDATE=NOVEMBER 18, 2014, Runners-up2015| 6th | 12th w=15d=4}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2015 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2015 ACCESSDATE=OCTOBER 26, 2015, 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs>Knockout round2015 Canadian Championship>Semifinals2016| 3th | 5th w=14d=11}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2016 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2016, Major League Soccer, Runners-upChampions2017| 1st1stw=20d=9}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2017 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2017, Major League Soccer, WinnersChampionsNot held2018| 9th | 19thw=10d=6}})HTTP://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/STANDINGS/2018 >TITLE=STANDINGS 2018, Major League Soccer, | Did not qualifyChampions Runners-up2019| | | | 2019 Canadian Championship>TBD2019 CONCACAF Champions League>Round of 16

CONCACAF Champions League

{{more|Canadian soccer clubs in international competitions}}Toronto has qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League six times and reached the finals once in 2018.WEB, Giacometti, Eric, CONCACAF Champions League 101: What you need to know,weblink Toronto FC, February 10, 2018,
Scores and results list Toronto's goal tally first.

Individual awards


MLS Golden Boot{| class"wikitable"

! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Player! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Season! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|GoalsITA}} Sebastian GiovincoHTTP://WWW.SPORTSNET.CA/SOCCER/TORONTO-FCS-GIOVINCO-WINS-2015-GOLDEN-BOOT/>TITLE=TORONTO FC'S GIOVINCO WINS 2015 GOLDEN BOOT – SPORTSNET.CA, |2015|22

MLS MVP{| class"wikitable"

! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Player! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|SeasonITA}} Sebastian GiovincoHTTPS://WWW.SI.COM/PLANET-FUTBOL/2015/12/02/SEBASTIAN-GIOVINCO-MLS-MVP-TORONTO-FC>TITLE=SEBASTIAN GIOVINCO NAMED MLS MVPLAST=WIREACCESSDATE=SEPTEMBER 18, 2017, |2015

MLS Newcomer of the Year{| class"wikitable"

! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Player! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|SeasonITA}} Sebastian GiovincoHTTPS://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/POST/2015/11/23/MLS-NEWCOMER-YEAR-SEBASTIAN-GIOVINCO>TITLE=MLS NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – SEBASTIAN GIOVINCOACCESSDATE=SEPTEMBER 18, 2017, |2015">

MLS Coach of the Year{| class"wikitable"

! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Player! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|SeasonUSA}} Greg VanneyHTTPS://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/POST/2017/11/27/TORONTO-FCS-GREG-VANNEY-NAMED-2017-MLS-COACH-YEAR>TITLE=TORONTO FC’S GREG VANNEY NAMES 2017 MLS COACH OF THE YEARDATE=NOVEMBER 27, 2017, |2017">

MLS Cup MVP{| class"wikitable"

! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Player! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|SeasonUSA}} Jozy AltidoreHTTPS://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/POST/2017/12/09/TORONTO-FCS-JOZY-ALTIDORE-NAMED-2017-MLS-CUP-MOST-VALUABLE-PLAYER>TITLE=TORONTO FC'S JOZY ALTIDORE NAMED 2017 MLS CUP MOST VALUABLE PLAYERWORK=MLSSOCCER.COMLANGUAGE=EN, | 2017">

CONCACAF Champions League Golden Ball{| class"wikitable"

! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Player! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|SeasonITA}} Sebastian GiovincoHTTPS://WWW.MLSSOCCER.COM/POST/2018/04/26/TORONTO-FCS-GIOVINCO-WINS-CCL-GOLDEN-BALL-AWARD-OSORIO-WINS-GOLDEN-BOOT>TITLE=TORONTO FC'S GIOVINCO WINS CCL GOLDEN BALL AWARD; OSORIO WINS GOLDEN BOOTDATE=APRIL 26, 2018, | 2018">

CONCACAF Champions League Golden Boot{| class"wikitable"

! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Player! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|SeasonCAN}} Jonathan Osorio| 2018


Average attendance
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center;"! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Season! style="background:#AC162C; color:white;" scope="col"|Reg. season2007 Toronto FC season>2007 20,1342008 Toronto FC season>2008 20,1082009 Toronto FC season>2009 20,3442010 Toronto FC season>2010 20,4532011 Toronto FC season>2011 20,2672012 Toronto FC season>2012 18,6812013 Toronto FC season>2013 18,1312014 Toronto FC season>2014 22,0862015 Toronto FC season>2015 23,4512016 Toronto FC season>2016 26,5832017 Toronto FC season>2017 27,6472018 Toronto FC season>2018 26,628Attendance for Toronto FC dipped during 2012 and 2013 due to continued poor results by the team. Attendance bounced back in 2014 and in following years due in large part to the major signings of players such as Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Sebastian Giovinco.WEB,weblink Toronto FC sign Giovinco, September 18, 2017, The largest attendance for a Toronto FC game at the team's home stadium, BMO Field, was on December 10, 2016, when they hosted the Seattle Sounders in the 2016 MLS Cup Final in front of 36,045 fans; the stadium was expanded beyond its capacity to accommodate that year's Grey Cup.WEB,weblink Toronto FC 0 (4), Seattle Sounders 0 (5) 2016 MLS Cup Final Recap,, December 10, 2016, December 11, 2016, The highest overall attendance for a home game was on March 7, 2012, when they hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals at the Rogers Centre in front of 47,658.WEB,weblink 2012-03-07-TOR-v-LA,, March 7, 2012, April 11, 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 14, 2012,

See also



External links

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