2007 Toronto FC season

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Toronto FC
2007 season
ManagerMo Johnston
StadiumBMO Field
MLSConference: 7th
Overall: 13th
Carolina Challenge CupRunners-up
Top goalscorerDanny Dichio (6)
2008 →

Toronto FC began play in Major League Soccer in 2007, and the club's first regular season match was on April 7, 2007 at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles away to Chivas USA. Toronto FC suffered a 2–0 loss. Toronto's first home match was on April 28, 2007 at BMO Field against Kansas City Wizards. The home side lost 1–0 on an 81st-minute goal by Eddie Johnson.

Danny Dichio scored the first goal ever for Toronto FC on May 12, 2007 in the 24th minute against Chicago Fire in the franchise's first ever win, a 3–1 victory. Despite finishing last in the Eastern Conference and not making the MLS Cup Playoffs, Toronto FC was a success in its inaugural season, selling out every home game at BMO Field and capturing significant media attention in Toronto and in other MLS markets.[citation needed]

Dichio was also the first ever Toronto FC player red-carded, being ejected in the 44th minute of the same game as his historic goal. That strike had ended the second longest opening scoreless streak for a new club in MLS after Real Salt Lake. Toronto won the game 3–1, with additional goals by Maurice Edu and Kevin Goldthwaite. Game play was delayed several minutes as many fans threw seat cushions onto the field in celebration. The cushions had been a free gift to ticket-holders to commemorate the club's official opening weekend. Now, Toronto FC fans sing Dichio's name in the 24th minute of every match. On May 26, 2007 Dichio scored the team's first-ever goal on the road, and he scored the last goal of Toronto's first season, in the 91st minute of the final game against the New England Revolution.

At the 6th minute of Toronto FC's loss to D.C. United on August 26, Toronto FC broke the Major League Soccer record of minutes without a goal at 558 minutes. The record was previously held by Real Salt Lake. On September 22, Toronto FC ended their streak, scoring at the two-minute mark of their match against the Columbus Crew on a goal by Miguel Cañizalez, setting a league record at 824 minutes. Cañizalez's goal was also the first goal by a Canadian during MLS play at BMO Field.

In their inaugural season, Toronto FC's average attendance was 20,130, the third highest in the league behind Los Angeles Galaxy (24,252) and D.C. United (20,967).

Matches[edit]

2007 Carolina Challenge Cup[edit]

March 24, 2007 Toronto FC0 – 2Houston DynamoCharleston, South Carolina
(Report) Cochrane Goal 16'
Wondolowski Goal 73'
Stadium: Blackbaud Stadium
Attendance: 3,183

2007 Major League Soccer season[edit]

April 7, 2007 Chivas USA2 – 0Toronto FCCarson, California, USA
Ante Razov Goal 35'
Alex Zotinca Yellow card 84'
Sacha Kljestan Goal 88'
(report) Miguel Canizalez Yellow card 61'
Paulo Nagamura Yellow card 77'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 14,351
Referee: Terry Vaughn
April 14, 2007 New England Revolution4 – 0Toronto FCFoxborough, Massachusetts, USA
Taylor Twellman Goal 12'
Taylor Twellman Goal 18'
Shalrie Joseph Goal 60' (pen.)
Andy Dorman Goal 72'
Avery John Yellow card 79'
(report) Edson Buddle Yellow card 13'
Andrew Boyens Yellow card 45'
Paulo Nagamura Yellow card 60'
Jim Brennan Yellow card 72'
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Attendance: 18,184
Referee: Mark Geiger
April 25, 2007 Kansas City Wizards3 – 0Toronto FCKansas City, Missouri, USA
Eddie Johnson Goal 5'
Eddie Johnson Yellow card 5'
Jack Jewsbury Yellow card 49'
Kerry Zavagnin Goal 55'
Carlos Marinelli Yellow card 66'
Yura Movsisyan Goal 70'
(report) Alecko Eskandarian Yellow card 28'
Paulo Nagamura Yellow card 34'
Andy Welsh Yellow card 68'
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Attendance: 7,438
Referee: Andrew Chapin
April 28, 2007 Toronto FC0 – 1Kansas City WizardsToronto
Andrew Boyens Yellow card 3'
Danny Dichio Yellow card 23'
(report) Jose Burciaga Jr. Yellow card 44'
Kerry Zavagnin Yellow card 70'
Davy Arnaud Yellow card 73'
Eddie Johnson Goal 81'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,148
Referee: Mauricio Navarro
May 12, 2007 Toronto FC3 – 1Chicago FireToronto
Danny Dichio Goal 24'
Maurice Edu Yellow card 30'
Marvell Wynne Yellow card 38'
Danny Dichio Red card 44'
Kevin Goldthwaite Goal 51'
Maurice Edu Goal 75'
(report) Thiago Yellow card 27'
Chris Rolfe Goal 36'
Diego Gutiérrez Red card 45'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,041
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
May 16, 2007 Toronto FC1 – 0Houston DynamoToronto
Andy Welsh Goal 25'
Jim Brennan Yellow card 43'
Alecko Eskandarian Yellow card 54'
Chris Pozniak Yellow card 86'
(report) Eddie Robinson Yellow card 76' Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 19,123
Referee: Terry Vaughn
May 19, 2007 Toronto FC1 – 2D.C. UnitedToronto
Alecko Eskandarian Yellow card 17'
Maurice Edu Yellow card 30'
Kevin Goldthwaite Yellow card 36'
Alecko Eskandarian Goal 44'
Jim Brennan Yellow card 81'
(report) Facundo Erpen Yellow card 35'
Bryan Namoff Yellow card 40'
Kevin Goldthwaite Goal 53' (o.g.)
Jaime Moreno Goal 79' (pen.)
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,183
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
May 26, 2007 Columbus Crew2 – 2Toronto FCColumbus, Ohio, USA
Andy Herron Goal 2'
Andy Herron Yellow card 3'
Andy Herron Goal 36'
Guillermo Barros Schelotto Yellow card 78'
(report) Danny Dichio Goal 27'
Jim Brennan Goal 49'
Jim Brennan Yellow card 89'
Stadium: Columbus Crew Stadium
Attendance: 11,755
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
June 2, 2007 Toronto FC2 – 1Colorado RapidsToronto
Danny Dichio Goal 9'
Danny Dichio Yellow card 19'
Andrew Boyens Goal 28'
Kevin Goldthwaite Red card 81'
Srdjan Djekanovic Yellow card 93+'
(report) Herculez Gomez Goal 32'
Herculez Gomez Yellow card 75'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,195
Referee: Steven DePiero
June 6, 2007 Toronto FC1 – 2New York Red BullsToronto
Jeff Cunningham Goal 23' (report) Markus Schopp Yellow card 33'
Juan Pablo Angel Goal 69'
Juan Pablo Angel Goal 71'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,113
Referee: Tim Weyland
June 17, 2007 Toronto FC4 – 0FC DallasToronto
Maurice Edu Goal 22'
Maurice Edu Yellow card 23'
Danny Dichio Goal 25'
Jeff Cunningham Yellow card 39'
Carl Robinson Goal 65'
Jeff Cunningham Goal 92+'
(report) Marcelo Saragosa Yellow card 46+'
Dominic Oduro Yellow card 53'
Carlos Ruiz Yellow card 54'
Chris Gbandi Yellow card 60'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,156
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
June 23, 2007 New England Revolution3 – 0Toronto FCFoxborough, Massachusetts, USA
Andy Dorman Goal 13'
Pat Noonan Goal 33'
Andy Dorman Goal 81'
Khano Smith Yellow card 83'
(report) Kevin Goldthwaite Yellow card 21'
Srdjan Djekanovic Yellow card 50'
Danny Dichio Yellow card 70'
Marvell Wynne Yellow card 91+'
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Attendance: 10,114
Referee: Alex Prus
July 1, 2007 Kansas City Wizards1 – 1Toronto FCKansas City, Missouri, USA
Michael Harrington Goal 18'
Jose Burciaga Jr. Yellow card 40'
Davy Arnaud Yellow card 85'
(report) Danny Dichio Goal 46'
Andrew Boyens Yellow card 48' Yellow-red card 76'
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Attendance: 9,485
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
July 4, 2007 Real Salt Lake1 – 2Toronto FCSalt Lake City, Utah, USA
Alecko Eskandarian Goal 45' (pen.)
Ritchie Kotschau Yellow card 63'
Atiba Harris Yellow card 75'
(report) Jeff Cunningham Goal 19'
Chris Pozniak Yellow card 44'
Jeff Cunningham Yellow card 46+'
Colin Samuel Goal 79' (pen.)
Srdjan Djekanovic Yellow card 88'
Ronnie O'Brien Yellow card 90'
Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium
Attendance: 20,751
Referee: Jair Marrufo
July 7, 2007 Chicago Fire1 – 1Toronto FCBridgeview, Illinois, USA
C.J. Brown Yellow card 31'
Chad Barrett Goal 70' (pen.)
(report) Maurice Edu Yellow card 34'
Jim Brennan Yellow card 69'
Chris Pozniak Yellow card 76'
Maurice Edu Goal 78'
Stadium: Toyota Park
Attendance: 13,080
Referee: Mark Geiger
July 15, 2007 Houston Dynamo0 – 0Toronto FCHouston, Texas, USA
Eddie Robinson Yellow card 66' (report) Maurice Edu Red card 42'
Carl Robinson Yellow card 53'
Stadium: Robertson Stadium
Attendance: 11,114
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
July 22, 2007 Columbus Crew2 – 0Toronto FCColumbus, Ohio, USA
Guillermo Barros Schelotto Goal 50'
Guillermo Barros Schelotto Goal 56'
(report) Tyrone Marshall Yellow card 46+' Stadium: Columbus Crew Stadium
Attendance: 13,479
Referee: Michael Kennedy
July 29, 2007 Toronto FC0 – 3Chicago FireToronto
Andy Welsh Yellow card 10'
Collin Samuel Yellow card 42'
(report) Calen Carr Yellow card 13'
Ivan Guerrero Goal 37'
Chad Barrett Yellow card 44'
Calen Carr Goal 58'
Floyd Franks Goal 75'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,322
Referee: Jair Marrufo
August 5, 2007 Toronto FC0 – 0Los Angeles GalaxyToronto
Carl Robinson Yellow card 32'
Maurice Edu Yellow card 82'
(report) Kelly Gray Yellow card 24'
Kevin Harmse Yellow card 50'
Ante Jazic Yellow card 72'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,522
Referee: Mauricio Navarro
August 12, 2007 New York Red Bulls3 – 0Toronto FCEast Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Juan Pablo Angel Goal 24'
Jozy Altidore Goal 50'
Jozy Altidore Goal 63'
(report) Collin Samuel Yellow card 11'
Chris Pozniak Red card 65'
Stadium: Giants Stadium
Attendance: 12,103
Referee: Alex Prus
August 18, 2007 Toronto FC0 – 2Chivas USAToronto
(report) Maykel Galindo Goal 57'
Sacha Kljestan Goal 89'
Jason Hernandez Yellow card 81'
Brad Guzan Yellow card 92+'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,178
Referee: Brian Hall
August 25, 2007 Toronto FC0 – 1D.C. UnitedToronto
Todd Dunivant Yellow card 55'
Adam Braz Yellow card 64'
Carl Robinson Yellow card 89'
(report) Fred Goal 8'
Rod Dyachenko Yellow card 39'
Brian Carroll Yellow card 56'
Jaime Moreno Yellow card 63'
Christian Gomez Yellow card 84'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,093
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
September 8, 2007 FC Dallas2 – 0Toronto FCFrisco, Texas, USA
Aaron Pitchkolan Yellow card 11'
Denilson Goal 36' (pen.)
Denilson Yellow card 70'
Abe Thompson Goal 87' (pen.)
(report) Tyrone Marshall Yellow card 33'
Andrea Lombardo Yellow card 34'
Joey Melo Yellow card 86'
Stadium: Pizza Hut Park
Attendance: 16,790
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
September 15, 2007 Toronto FC0 – 0Real Salt LakeToronto
Tyrone Marshall Yellow card 22'
Andrew Boyens Yellow card 31'
Adam Braz Yellow card 67'
(report) Javier Morales Yellow card 17'
Fabian Espindola Red card 35'
Alecko Eskandarian Yellow card 48'
Matias Mantilla Yellow card 93+'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,098
Referee: Tim Weyland
September 22, 2007 Toronto FC1 – 2Columbus CrewToronto
Miguel Canizalez Goal 2' (report) Jason Garey Goal 61'
Jacob Thomas Goal 83'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,127
Referee: Steven DePiero
September 29, 2007 D.C. United4 – 1Toronto FCWashington, D.C., USA
Bobby Boswell Yellow card 25'
Devon McTavish Yellow card 40'
Marc Burch Goal 52'
Fred Goal 57'
Jaime Moreno Goal 66'
Luciano Emilio Goal 70'
Ben Olsen Yellow card 84'
(report) Tyrone Marshall Yellow card 11'
Carl Robinson Goal 14'
Adam Braz Yellow card 45'
Stadium: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 25,174
Referee: Ramón Hernández
October 4, 2007 Toronto FC2 – 1New York Red BullsToronto
Maurice Edu Goal 18'
Jim Brennan Yellow card 20'
Maurice Edu Yellow card 40'
Carl Robinson Yellow card 46'
Chris Leitch Goal 66' (o.g.)
Andrew Boyens Red card 67'
(report) Dema Kovalenko Yellow card 17'
Joe Vide Yellow card 23' Yellow-red card 64'
Jozy Altidore Yellow card 57'
Dane Richards Goal 75'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,274
Referee: Mauricio Navarro
October 7, 2007 Colorado Rapids1 – 0Toronto FCCommerce City, Colorado, USA
Pablo Mastroeni Yellow card 17' Yellow-red card 88'
Mehdi Ballouchy Red card 36'
Jovan Kirovski Goal 44' (pen.)
(report) Adam Braz Yellow card 27'
Carl Robinson Yellow card 85'
Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Attendance: 10,832
Referee: Kevin Stott
October 13, 2007 Los Angeles Galaxy2 – 1Toronto FCCarson, California, USA
Landon Donovan Goal 56' (pen.)
Edson Buddle Goal 78'
(report) Adam Braz Yellow card 35'
Marco Reda Red card 54'
Colin Samuel Goal 68'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Terry Vaughn
October 20, 2007 Toronto FC2 – 2New England RevolutionToronto
Andrea Lombardo Yellow card 7'
Carl Robinson Yellow card 43'
Colin Samuel Goal 59'
Danny Dichio Goal 92+'
(report) Michael Parkhurst Goal 47+'
Wells Thompson Yellow card 42'
Taylor Twellman Goal 47'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,374
Referee: Steven DePiero

Mid-season friendlies[edit]

May 23, 2007 Toronto FC Canada0 – 0Portugal BenficaToronto
Andrea Lombardo Yellow card 36' (report) David Luiz Yellow card 58' Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 18,730
July 25, 2007 Toronto FC Canada2 – 4England Aston VillaToronto
Todd Dunivant Goal 50'
Andrea Lombardo Goal 62'
(report) Luke Moore Goal 11'
Luke Moore Goal 18'
John Carew Goal 82'
Luke Moore Goal 92+'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,147
October 28, 2007 Portland Timbers United States4 – 1Canada Toronto FCPortland, Oregon USA
Jordan Goal 19'20'
Guante Goal 43'
Olum Goal 77'
(report) Goal 25' Pozniak Stadium: PGE Park
Attendance: 6,614
Referee: Jorge Oconitrillo (USA)

Appearances[edit]

Competitive matches only.

Name Nation MLS 2007 season
Appearances Games started Goals Shutouts
Jim Brennan Canada 27 27 1
Carl Robinson Wales 26 26 2
Maurice Edu United States 25 25 4
Andrew Boyens New Zealand 23 21 1
Marvell Wynne United States 22 21 0
Chris Pozniak Canada 19 13 0
Collin Samuel Trinidad and Tobago 18 18 3
Todd Dunivant United States 18 18 0
Andy Welsh Scotland 18 15 1
Danny Dichio England 17 14 6
Tyrone Marshall Jamaica 16 16 0
Jeff Cunningham United States 16 13 3
Andrea Lombardo Canada 16 6 0
Ronnie O'Brien Republic of Ireland 13 13 0
Adam Braz Canada 13 9 0
Kenny Stamatopoulos Canada 12 12 2
Miguel Cañizalez Canada 12 5 1
Edson Buddle United States 9 5 0
Greg Sutton Canada 8 8 1
Srdjan Djekanovic Canada 8 7 1
Marco Reda Canada 8 7 0
Kevin Goldthwaite United States 7 7 1
Alecko Eskandarian United States 5 5 1
Gabe Gala Canada 5 3 0
Joey Melo Canada 5 0 0
Paulo Nagamura Brazil 3 3 0
Sam Reynolds United States 2 2 0
Tyler Hemming Canada 4 2 0
Richard Mulrooney United States 2 2 0
Conor Casey United States 2 0 0
David Monsalve Canada 1 1 0
Abbe Ibrahim Togo 1 0 0

Goals[edit]

# Name Nation MLS Goals
1 Danny Dichio England 6
2 Maurice Edu United States 4
3 Jeff Cunningham United States 3
3 Collin Samuel Trinidad and Tobago 3
5 Carl Robinson Wales 2
6 Andrew Boyens New Zealand 1
6 Jim Brennan Canada 1
6 Miguel Cañizalez Canada 1
6 Alecko Eskandarian United States 1
6 Kevin Goldthwaite United States 1
6 Andy Welsh Scotland 1

Reserve appearances[edit]

MLS reserve matches only.

Note: missing statistics from the following reserve matches:

# Name Nation MLS Reserve Division 2007
Appearances Games started Goals Shutouts
1 David Guzman Canada 11 11 2
2 Cristian Nuñez Canada 11 11 0
3 Joey Melo Canada 10 10 0
4 Stephen Lumley Canada 10 8 0
5 Gabe Gala Canada 9 9 1
6 Srdjan Djekanovic Canada 9 6 4
7 Miguel Cañizalez Canada 8 8 3
8 Tyler Hemming Canada 8 8 1
9 Nana Attakora-Gyan Canada 6 6 0
10 Andrea Lombardo Canada 6 5 3
Adam Braz Canada 5 5 1
Marco Reda Canada 4 3 1
Evan Milward Canada 4 3 0
David Monsalve Canada 3 3 0
Desmond Humphries Canada 3 2 0
Abbe Ibrahim Togo 3 2 0
Kayin Jeffers Canada 3 2 0
A. J. Gray Canada 3 1 0
Ryan Fante Canada 3 1 0
Nikola Budalić Canada 2 2 1
Richard Asante Canada 2 2 0
Chris Pozniak Canada 2 2 0
Tomer Chencinski Canada 2 2 0
Jason Dethomasis Canada 2 0 1
Andrew Boyens New Zealand 1 1 0
Cameron Medwin Canada 1 1 0
Edson Buddle United States 1 1 0
Conor Casey United States 1 1 0
Alex Bengard United States 1 1 0
Jason Boyce Canada 1 1 0
Shane Lammie Canada 1 0 0
Frank Bruno Canada 1 0 0
David Adams ? 1 0 0
Nick Kohlschriber United States 1 0 0
Sam Reynolds United States 1 0 0

See also[edit]