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Toronto FC

May 2, 2011

Toronto FC was the first in a new era of MLS expansion teams to come into the league with a large, passionate fanbase. The club played at BMO Field from Day 1 (albeit on turf) and filled a void of top-flight soccer in Canada. However, Toronto hasn’t been able to match its off-the-field sucess with wins on the pitch. High ticket prices despite mediocre results have turned off some fans. The club has yet to make the MLS playoffs.

KEY PLAYER:
Julian De Guzman arrived in Toronto to much fanfare. Toronto was bringing home a Canadian national teamer; one expected to make an impact as a designated player. Things haven’t worked out so well for the former Deportivo La Coruna man. De Guzman has struggled with injuries since joining MLS in late 2009, and he also had trouble meshing with former manager Preki’s system. Perhaps things will be different under new head coach Aron Winter.

STADIUM SITUATION:
“The Reds” have defended BMO Field (capacity: 23,000) since joining MLS. After multiple seasons on turf, the organization replaced the field with natural grass. The stadium presents tremendous views of the Toronto skyline and features a maple leaf design painted into the stands.

MAJOR TROPHIES WON:
None.

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