Toronto F.C. 2019 Preview

Over the next month I will be putting out a series of previews for MLS (not The) this season. I know you are all wondering why should I care about MLS, however here are a couple facts to get you going.

  • Since 2007 the league has gone from 13 to 24 teams (and counting)
  • Last year MLS added a new team in LA owned by Will Ferrell, Magic Johnson, Nomar Garciaparra, and Mia Hamm!
  • Soccer has the longest run time of the 4 major sports in 90 minutes, however because there’s no commercials the game only lasts 2 hours.
  • Great players such as Josef Martinez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Carlos Vela, and many many more come to a tv near you every week!
  • ESPN+ has made it very easy to find each game every week.

Toronto F.C.

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Owner: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Coach: Greg Vanney

Previous Season Record: 10-18-6 9th in East

Canadian Championship 2018: Champions

Top Scorer: Sebastian Giovinco 13 Goals

Stadium: BMO Field

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2018 Recap

When Toronto signed Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley, they were clearly going for it all with a new era. With those players they made two finals and won one during the greatest MLS season in history. Giovinco became arguably the greatest player in league history doing things like this.

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Last season however, it all seemed to fall apart while they tumbled toward the bottom of the standings, and rumors of Giovinco’s exit started swirling. It really was a season to forget, mainly because of a dreadful defense and now they will go into a new season and a new era for the Reds.

Off Season Transactions

*A couple things to highlight here:

  • Losing one of the greatest players in MLS history, Sebastian Giovinco, is never ideal.
  • Laurent Ciman is a strong addition to the backline.
  • Nick Deleon will be solid up the wings.
  • Gregory Van Der Wiel is an awesome signing even though he is a veteran (aka old)

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2019 Outlook

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Giovinco is gone, thats just a fact, now Toronto will move on and try to find a new identity. Altidore and Bradley are older so this could be another down year for the Reds. They did bring in the stout veterans Laurent Ciman and Gregory Van Der Wiel to hopefully bring some balance to the defense, but they both have a lot of mileage on the tires. So who knows what they are going to get out of them and the other veterans.

They have some rising stars in Marky Delgado and Jonathan Osorio so they would like to see them develop and hopefully create some new stars for TFC. I do think they will be similar to last year and finish in the 7-9 range in the East.

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