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Toronto FC – MLS Team Preview 2019

Toronto FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

7 times Canadian Champions, Toronto FC had an interesting season behind them. If we go back to the 2017 season, Toronto FC finished 1st in the League, won the MLS playoffs and Canadian Championship. Last season, Toronto finished 19th in the league which meant they did not get to play in the playoffs. On the other side, they managed to win their 3rd consecutive Canadian Championship and finished as runners-up in the CONCACAF Champions League. They really seem to be all over the place.

 

Head Coach: Greg Vanney

Former professional soccer player, who played mostly in the US as a defender, Greg Vanney started his coaching career as an assistant in Chivas USA, where he stayed for a year until Toronto FC approached him in 2014 and offered him the head coach position. His biggest achievement as a coach was the domestic treble, he won with Toronto in 2017; winning the MLS Cup, Supporters Cup and the Canadian Championship.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
December 17, 2018 Auro São PauloToronto FCTransfer
January 22, 2019 Noble Okello Toronto FC IIToronto FCHomegrown player
December 14, 2018 Nick DeLeonD.C. UnitedToronto FCRe-Entry Draft
December 27, 2018 Laurent Ciman DijonToronto FCFree
February 5, 2019 Terrence Boyd SV Darmstadt 98Toronto FCTransfer
January 11, 2019 Griffin Dorsey Indiana HoosiersToronto FCSuperDraft
December 14, 2018 Clint IrwinToronto FCColorado RapidsTrade
January 23, 2019 Nick HagglundToronto FCFC CincinnatiTrade
January 26, 2019 Tosaint RickettsToronto FC SūduvaFree
January 22, 2019 Víctor VázquezToronto FC Al-ArabiTransfer
January 30, 2019 Sebastian GiovincoToronto FC Al-HilalTransfer

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

It’s hard to predict where Toronto will end up. I mean look at their last 2 seasons. They were good but then bad, but still good. I know it sounds weird, but the results were even “weirder”. If I had to predict where Toronto will end up in 2019, I’ll make a “bold” prediction and say Toronto will again miss the playoffs. The last season, which saw them finishing 19th in the MLS should reduce the Toronto morale enough for them to not step into the next season confidently. While Toronto has a team that can compete in the playoffs, they at the same time have a team that can finish below 7th spot.

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