2007 Toronto FC season

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Toronto FC
2007 season
Manager Mo Johnston
Stadium BMO Field
MLS Conference: 7th
Overall: 13th
Carolina Challenge Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer Danny Dichio (6)
Home colours
Away colours
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 against Chicago Fire in the franchise's first ever win, a 3–1 victory. Although they did not make the MLS 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.

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 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]

2007 Major League Soccer season[edit]

Mid-season friendlies[edit]

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]