|Full name||Toronto FC|
|Executives||Kevin Payne (president)
as members of MLSE
|Head Coach||Ryan Nelsen|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2012||Eastern Conference: 10th
|Website||Club home page|
Toronto FC (TFC) is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Toronto became MLS's fourteenth team in the league, and first Canadian team, upon their expansion in 2007. The team plays their home matches at the soccer-specific BMO Field, located in Exhibition Place along the Toronto lake shore. The team is coached by Ryan Nelsen and operated by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which also operates the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, the AHL's Toronto Marlies, and the NBA's Toronto Raptors.
The club are the current Canadian Champions, having won the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship, the team's fourth consecutive Canadian title.
Mo Johnston Era (2007–2010) 
Despite a long scoreless streak to start the team's history, Toronto FC quickly began to establish itself as a club with significant fan support. The club's first win on May 12 at BMO Field saw Danny Dichio score in the 24th minute, which prompted the sellout crowd to toss promotional plastic seat cushions onto the field in celebration. Though TFC would slip to the bottom of the MLS standings with a record of 6–17–7, the club built a foundation as the first Canadian team in MLS.
In their second season in 2008, Toronto hosted the 2008 MLS All-Star Game. However, the team finished the season in last place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 9–13–8. The stands at BMO Field, however, were packed on a regular basis as Toronto F.C. continued to enjoy an enthusiastic fan base.
In order 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 lost it to the Montreal Impact.
2009 was another missed opportunity for the Reds. Toronto was on the cusp of making the playoffs, but they ultimately missed out by a single point following a crushing 5-0 defeat at the hands of last place New York in the final regular season game of the campaign. Despite bringing in some high profile talent, the Reds just couldn’t seem to field a consistent side. Top Players: For TFC fans to witness success in 2010, Dwayne De Rosario continued to put up gaudy numbers. The homegrown star scored 11 goals in 2009. But, he ended the season with the most offside penalties (43). Amado Guevara was a strong playmaker and established MLS veteran, but the Honduran's future at the Canadian club seemed murky with looming 2010 World Cup duties. Rookie goalkeeper Stefan Frei quickly replaced Greg Sutton as a regular starter and immediately became a fan favourite. TFC looked good in the first half, but tired and couldn’t finish in the second half. They only scored 2 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.
The second year of the Canadian Championship in 2009, TFC on the final game of the championship needed to beat Montreal by 4 goals in order to win because Vancouver had a goal differential of +4 and anything less would result in Vancouver winning the championship. TFC was up to the task and beat an under strength Montreal Impact 6–1 on the back of a hat-trick by Dwayne De Rosario. TFC was down 1–0 in the first half but DeRosario scored three straight times with Amado Guevara scoring 2, in the 69th and 92nd mins and Chad Barrett scoring the goal, in the 82nd min, that gave Toronto the lead over Vancouver. The unlikely victory was dubbed by fans and the media the Miracle in Montreal.
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 Preki and made wholesale changes to the roster to reflect the US 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. But the World Cup break seemed to break the momentum as the team struggled post-Cup. A heavy schedule – combined with injuries, suspensions, a lack of depth and poor finishing – took their toll sending the club down the MLS standings. Sensing problems in the locker room, and to try to salvage the season, MLSE dismissed both Johnston and Preki on September 14 and named Earl Cochrane interim director of soccer and Nick Dasovic interim coach. The players responded to Dasovic's more open, flexible style, but it wasn't 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 in which management promised to turn things around.
Toronto FC played C.D. Motagua in the preliminary round of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. Toronto 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 won their first ever group stage match 2–1 against Cruz Azul on August 17, 2010. However the team failed to qualify for the championship round after finishing in 3rd place behind group winners Real Salt Lake and 2nd place Cruz Azul.
Winter/de Klerk/Mariner Era (2011–2012) 
On November 3, 2010, MLSE formally announced the hiring of former German international and coach Jürgen Klinsmann, and his California-based company, SoccerSolutions, to fix the club's on-field product. Over the next six months, Klinsmann assessed the club, identifying a playing style and recommended a candidate for the director of soccer position. 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. 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 Dwayne De Rosario. 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 2 losses in their last 12 games, TFC missed the MLS playoffs for the fifth straight year. TFC did however advance to the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, becoming the first Canadian team to do so.
On June 7, 2012 Aron Winter resigned from the club after refusing to be reassigned from his head coaching role. He was replaced by Paul Mariner. The club had started the season with a nine-game losing streak, setting an MLS record for worst start to a season. Under Winter in 2012, the club's league record was 1-9-0 and in all other competitions was 3-1-4 including a fourth-straight Canadian Championship.
Toronto continued to struggle under Mariner, who finished with a 4-12-8 record in league play. Toronto 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 just 5 wins and 23 points (both franchise lows).
Kevin Payne Era (2013–present) 
Colours and badge 
The official team colours are red (jerseys, shorts and socks) with white trim, and white jerseys with matching white shorts and socks. In the first three seasons, Toronto FC's away kit colours were light and dark grey.
- BMO Field; Toronto, Ontario (2007–present)
- Rogers Centre; Toronto, Ontario (2012) [marquee-game venue]
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. On September 20, 2006, MLS's official website announced that BMO Financial Group had officially purchased the naming rights for the new stadium. 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.
As the National Soccer Stadium, it served as a major venue for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, including hosting the opening and final matches. In 2008, it played host to the 2008 MLS All-Star Game. BMO Field has also hosted various high profile teams in international friendlies such as Real Madrid in 2009. It was chosen as a neutral venue to host the 2010 MLS Cup in November 2010.
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.
Although not expected in the near future, Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has indicated a second level could be added to the east side stands and extra rows added to the south side stands which would add an additional 8,000 seats for approximately $15 million.
In 2012, TFC played its first-ever match in the Rogers Centre, hosting the Los Angeles Galaxy in the home leg of the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Championship Round. The retractable-roof stadium was also the venue for a July friendly against Liverpool of the English Premier League.
Club culture 
Toronto FC are operated by 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. The company is also involved in real estate and property management, owning such sports venues such as the Air Canada Centre and being a partner in the development of Maple Leaf Square. Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and COO of MLSE, has overall responsibility for the team and is an Alternate Governor of MLS. Paul Beirne currently serves as Director of Business Operations.
After Toronto's expansion was announced in 2005, the name of the club was officially announced on May 11, 2006 by the team's owner, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE). The "FC" in the team's name is the conventional initialism for Football Club.
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 simplified 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 club. The team has been called "TFC" and "the Reds" by the media and the club.
Before the start of the 2007 season, Richard Peddie, the CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., stated that he and the ownership would be content with between 13,000–15,000 fans per game at Toronto FC home games. However, this range has been exceeded. The club sold out season tickets its first three years, capping season tickets at 16,000 for the 2009 season.
The fans have been called enthusiastic and their passion unsurpassed in MLS. After celebrations in which seat cushions were thrown on the field after its first ever goal in a victory at home to the Chicago Fire, the Toronto FC front office sent an email to season ticket holders reminding fans to refrain from throwing objects or running onto the field. The fans are also known for their travelling support, at one time sending large contingents of fans to Columbus in the opening matches of the 2008 and 2009 Trillium Cup.
Being a young club, Toronto FC has few club rivalries against MLS teams. Columbus Crew and Toronto FC compete for the Trillium Cup. Although Toronto had not defeated Columbus until their fifth season, 2011, the large number of Toronto fans who typically travelled to Columbus in their early years helped spark a rivalry between the clubs' supporters.
Toronto FC's biggest rival joined MLS in 2012. The Montreal Impact emerged as a fierce rival and won the inaugural Canadian Championship and seventh Voyageurs Cup. The proximity of the two cities and the fact that Toronto and Montreal have traditionally been rivals in ice hockey adds to the rivalry. Toronto FC have also created a budding, bitter rivalry with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, fuelled by both clubs being Canadian and by Toronto's consistent and unusual victories over Vancouver in Voyageur's Cup Canadian Championship and MLS play. On March 16, 2013, Toronto away fans set an MLS record for away support sending 3200 away fans to Montreal eclipsing their own record of 2400 who saw Columbus play in 2008.
TFC Academy 
TFC Academy is the youth academy and development system of Toronto FC that was established in 2008. The academy consists of a Senior, Junior, U16, U14 and U12 team. The Senior team competed in the Canadian Soccer League, the third tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid until 2012.
Toronto FC games are exclusively broadcast by either the TSN or Sportsnet families of channels. Games that are not covered under national broadcast contracts with MLS or other competition organizers are 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.
- TSN holds the national broadcast contract with MLS from 2011 to 2016, including rights 30 games per season involving Canadian teams, of which (in 2013) 12 feature Toronto FC. It also holds 11 of the team's 22 "regional" MLS broadcasts. In both cases, games may air either on TSN's main channel or TSN2, and are usually called by Luke Wileman (play-by-play) and Jason de Vos (colour).
- Sportsnet has broadcast rights to Toronto FC's remaining 11 MLS games; it also owns the rights to both the Canadian Championship, in which TFC participates annually, and the CONCACAF Champions League, in which TFC may compete depending on the results of that year's Canadian Championship. Such games may air either on Sportsnet's regional channels or Sportsnet One. Games on Sportsnet involving TFC are generally called by Gerry Dobson (play-by-play) and Craig Forrest (colour).
GolTV Canada, acquired by MLSE in 2009, carried several live Toronto FC games each season from 2009 to 2012, normally commentated by Wileman. The channel continues to carry repeats of TFC games and other ancillary coverage of the team. Other previous broadcasters for the 2007 to 2010 seasons included The Score and CBC Sports (through CBC Television and Bold).
Players and staff 
Current roster 
Reserve team players 
|34||Midfielder||Manny Aparicio (TFC Academy)||Canada|
|38||Defender||Daniel Fabrizi (TFC Academy)||Canada|
|—||Midfielder||Mark Anthony Kaye (TFC Academy)||Canada|
|35||Midfielder||Chris Manella (TFC Academy)||Canada|
|39||Midfielder||Dylan Sacremento (TFC Academy)||Canada|
|28||Defender||Gleison Santos (Trialist)||Brazil|
Notable former players 
This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.
Current staff 
Head coaches 
- As of Jan 7, 2012
|Mo Johnston||Scotland||August 22, 2006||February 1, 2008||30||6||17||7||20.00|
|John Carver||England||February 1, 2008||April 25, 2009||36||11||15||10||30.56|
|Chris Cummins||England||April 29, 2009||October 24, 2009||31||12||11||8||38.71|
|Preki||United States||November 19, 2009||September 14, 2010||32||11||11||10||34.38|
|Nick Dasovic||Canada||September 14, 2010||January 6, 2011||10||3||4||3||30.00|
|Aron Winter||Netherlands||January 6, 2011||June 7, 2012||64||18||25||21||28.13|
|Paul Mariner||England||June 7, 2012||January 7, 2013||28||6||14||8||21.43|
|Ryan Nelsen||New Zealand||January 7, 2013||present||12||2||6||4||16.67|
|Year||Regular Season||Playoffs||Canadian Championship||CONCACAF Champions League|
|2007||13th||Did not qualify||(Began in 2008)||(Began in 2008)|
|2008||12th||Did not qualify||2nd||Did not qualify|
|2009||12th||Did not qualify||Champion||Preliminary round|
|2010||11th||Did not qualify||Champion||Group Stage|
|2011||16th||Did not qualify||Champion||Semifinals|
|2012||19th||Did not qualify||Champion||Group Stage|
|2013||Semifinals||Did not qualify|
Team records 
Most goals 
|1||Dwayne De Rosario||Canada||2009–11||32||75|
|2||Chad Barrett||United States||2008–10||21||78|
|9||Luis Silva||United States||2012–||7||48|
|10=||Alan Gordon||United States||2011||6||10|
|10=||Jeff Cunningham||United States||2007–08||6||36|
|10=||Maurice Edu||United States||2007–08||6||41|
Last Update: May 9, 2013.
Most appearances 
|2=||Julian de Guzman||Canada||2009–12||93||3|
|6||Chad Barrett||United States||2008–10||78||21|
|7=||Dwayne De Rosario||Canada||2009–11||75||32|
|7=||Marvell Wynne||United States||2007–10||75||2|
Last Update: May 2, 2013.
Club captains 
|2010–11||Dwayne De Rosario||Canada|
International results 
Average attendance 
The largest attendance for a Toronto FC game at their home stadium, BMO Field, was on April 13, 2011, when they hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of 22,453. 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.
See also 
- Canadian Championship
- Canadian Men's National Team
- Canadian Soccer Association
- Canadian Soccer League
- Toronto Lynx
- Toronto Blizzard (1971–1984)
- Toronto Blizzard (1986–93)
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