Toronto FC will play in its first title match 9 years after being in the league
The Toronto Football Club (Toronto FC) will host the MLS Cup (Major League Soccer) title game. Toronto FC, the Eastern Conference Champions, will face the Seattle Sounders, the Western Conference Champions.
Soccer fans in Toronto will have a dream come true if Toronto FC wins the title match which is scheduled for kick off at 8 pm, at BMO Field.
Toronto Football Club commonly referred to as Toronto FC or simply TFC, is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. The club plays its home matches at BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place on Toronto’s shoreline.
Another international spotlight will be turned on Toronto and soccer in general. The TFC has grown tremendously since they entered the league in 2007.
The team has struggled up until 2015. Until this year it has never won a playoff game or had a winning record.
In 2015 the team acquired three players who made a significant difference. Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, and Michael Bradley have propelled the team to the Championship game.
Greg Vanney was named the ninth head coach in club history on August 31, 2014. The change in the team’s coach and the the stellar performances of the overall team has been a welcome change for the team’s ownership—Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd—who also own and operate the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Marlies, along with sports ventures like Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GolTV Canada.
“We were told that if we could turn the franchise around we’d be amazed by the support we’d get and that’s what we saw,” TFC coach Greg Vanney, said in reference to the team’s fans on Thursday. “They’re ready to explode and get behind our group and help get us across the finish line on Saturday night.” (http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/12/10/toronto-fc-brings-soccer-fans-across-diverse-city-together)
Toronto FC is five-time winners of the Canadian Championship, League semi-finalists, and 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference champions.
Will they celebrate with the Cup tonight?
By Karl A. Haughton