2007 Toronto FC season

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Toronto FC
2007 season
Manager Mo Johnston
Major League Soccer 7th (East)
13th (overall)
Carolina Challenge Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer Danny Dichio (6)
Home colours
Away colours

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
Brennan, JimJim Brennan Canada 27 27 1
Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson Wales 26 26 2
Edu, MauriceMaurice Edu United States 25 25 4
Boyens, AndrewAndrew Boyens New Zealand 23 21 1
Wynne, MarvellMarvell Wynne United States 22 21 0
Pozniak, ChrisChris Pozniak Canada 19 13 0
Samuel, CollinCollin Samuel Trinidad and Tobago 18 18 3
Dunivant, ToddTodd Dunivant United States 18 18 0
Welsh, AndyAndy Welsh Scotland 18 15 1
Dichio, DannyDanny Dichio England 17 14 6
Marshall, TyroneTyrone Marshall Jamaica 16 16 0
Cunningham, JeffJeff Cunningham United States 16 13 3
Lombardo, AndreaAndrea Lombardo Canada 16 6 0
O'Brien, RonnieRonnie O'Brien Republic of Ireland 13 13 0
Braz, AdamAdam Braz Canada 13 9 0
Stamatopoulos, KennyKenny Stamatopoulos Canada 12 12 2
Cañizalez, MiguelMiguel Cañizalez Canada 12 5 1
Buddle, EdsonEdson Buddle United States 9 5 0
Sutton, GregGreg Sutton Canada 8 8 1
Djekanovic, SrdjanSrdjan Djekanovic Canada 8 7 1
Reda, MarcoMarco Reda Canada 8 7 0
Goldthwaite, KevinKevin Goldthwaite United States 7 7 1
Eskandarian, AleckoAlecko Eskandarian United States 5 5 1
Gala, GabeGabe Gala Canada 5 3 0
Melo, JoeyJoey Melo Canada 5 0 0
Nagamura, PauloPaulo Nagamura Brazil 3 3 0
Reynolds, SamSam Reynolds United States 2 2 0
Hemming, TylerTyler Hemming Canada 4 2 0
Mulrooney, RichardRichard Mulrooney United States 2 2 0
Casey, ConorConor Casey United States 2 0 0
Monsalve, DavidDavid Monsalve Canada 1 1 0
Ibrahim, AbbeAbbe Ibrahim Togo 1 0 0

Goals[edit]

# Name Nation MLS Goals
1 Dichio, DannyDanny Dichio England 6
2 Edu, MauriceMaurice Edu United States 4
3 Cunningham, JeffJeff Cunningham United States 3
3 Samuel, CollinCollin Samuel Trinidad and Tobago 3
5 Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson Wales 2
6 Boyens, AndrewAndrew Boyens New Zealand 1
6 Brennan, JimJim Brennan Canada 1
6 Cañizalez, MiguelMiguel Cañizalez Canada 1
6 Eskandarian, AleckoAlecko Eskandarian United States 1
6 Goldthwaite, KevinKevin Goldthwaite United States 1
6 Welsh, AndyAndy 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 Guzman, DavidDavid Guzman Canada 11 11 2
2 Nuñez, CristianCristian Nuñez Canada 11 11 0
3 Melo, JoeyJoey Melo Canada 10 10 0
4 Lumley, StephenStephen Lumley Canada 10 8 0
5 Gala, GabeGabe Gala Canada 9 9 1
6 Djekanovic, SrdjanSrdjan Djekanovic Canada 9 6 4
7 Cañizalez, MiguelMiguel Cañizalez Canada 8 8 3
8 Hemming, TylerTyler Hemming Canada 8 8 1
9 Attakora-Gyan, NanaNana Attakora-Gyan Canada 6 6 0
10 Lombardo, AndreaAndrea Lombardo Canada 6 5 3
Braz, AdamAdam Braz Canada 5 5 1
Reda, MarcoMarco Reda Canada 4 3 1
Milward, EvanEvan Milward Canada 4 3 0
Monsalve, DavidDavid Monsalve Canada 3 3 0
Humphries, DesmondDesmond Humphries Canada 3 2 0
Ibrahim, AbbeAbbe Ibrahim Togo 3 2 0
Jeffers, KayinKayin Jeffers Canada 3 2 0
Gray, A. J.A. J. Gray Canada 3 1 0
Fante, RyanRyan Fante Canada 3 1 0
Budalić, NikolaNikola Budalić Canada 2 2 1
Asante, RichardRichard Asante Canada 2 2 0
Pozniak, ChrisChris Pozniak Canada 2 2 0
Chencinski, TomerTomer Chencinski Canada 2 2 0
Dethomasis, JasonJason Dethomasis Canada 2 0 1
Boyens, AndrewAndrew Boyens New Zealand 1 1 0
Medwin, CameronCameron Medwin Canada 1 1 0
Buddle, EdsonEdson Buddle United States 1 1 0
Casey, ConorConor Casey United States 1 1 0
Bengard, AlexAlex Bengard United States 1 1 0
Boyce, JasonJason Boyce Canada 1 1 0
Lammie, ShaneShane Lammie Canada 1 0 0
Bruno, FrankFrank Bruno Canada 1 0 0
Adams, DavidDavid Adams  ? 1 0 0
Kohlschriber, NickNick Kohlschriber United States 1 0 0
Reynolds, SamSam Reynolds United States 1 0 0

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