For the first Canadian franchise in the MLS, the Toronto FC, has not had a very encouraging past, however, the unfolding 2016 season has the promise to be the most successful yet. The reds currently hold a 1-0-1 record after the MLS Season premiered on March 6th 2016.
The team, currently under the direction of head coach Greg Vanney, has a lot to prove after their unprecedented success late last season. Despite its many challenges in the past the TFC are holstering a team of great potential and looking toward a bright season.
The Toronto franchise will look to its 29-year-old Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco to do what he does best and put the ball beneath the crossbar. In his first season with TFC, Giovinco scored and assisted 35 points breaking Chris Wondolowski’s league record. Giovinco’s total of 22 goals and 16 assists made him the first TFC player to win the MLS golden boot.
These points ultimately helped the Toronto FC clinch a playoff spot last season, for the first time in franchise history. The team was unfortunately eliminated in the knockout round by their rivals The Montreal Impact.
The promise of the TFC lies, in part, on the incredible attacking prowess of Sebastian Giovinco, and on the shoulders of captain and consistent play maker Michael Bradley. Bradley leads the team in their diverse 4-3-3 formation variations and maintains the ability to be threatening both offensively and defensively.
The reds currently sit in second place in the Eastern conference standings only coming second to the dreaded Montreal Impact. They face their next opponent, Sporting Kansas City, also ranked second (Western Conference League) on Sunday, March 20th.
The starting line-up for the 7 pm game maintains the team’s core centre line. From Centre backs Moor and Perquis to Bradley and then Giovinco up top. The team premiering this Sunday will also present Clint Irwin as the TFC’s starting goalkeeper. Irwin comes to Toronto after 3 seasons with the Colorado Rapids and 30-39-23 record.
With this consistent and formidable base, TFC has the potential to succeed in its most lethal and responsive athletic unit.