To say something special is happening at BMO field this year is an understatement. Rather than whine and complain about the media solely focusing on how bad the Blue Jays continue to be, it would be nice and refreshing for them to have more on the historical significance behind what Toronto FC are doing. But before getting to that, one sad note to pass on. Dan Ricci of Sportsnet Fan590 is packing up his bags and taking a position in Vancouver. Ricci is one of the few stalwarts in this city that actually discussed MLS and TFC on a regular basis and it will be very sad to see him go. We wish him all the best on the West Coast and pray to the powers that be that some semblance of soccer coverage will still remain.
On to the wonderful season that the Reds are having then and why the city should jump on this bandwagon yet again. It’s funny actually how this special season started with TFC only winning 1 of its first 6 games. Mind you, they only lost 1 of those 6 games as well, but that normally doesn’t signify the start of a great season. Now great may be an often used word, so some form of comparison is necessary. Let’s therefore compare it to last years TFC team which had the best regular season record as well as the best postseason performance to date. 2016 saw Toronto FC get 53 points in 34 games. This year however, in just 27 games the Reds have already surpassed that mark and are at 56 points. Come to think of it, great isn’t worthy enough of what is being accomplished here. That ladies and gentleman, is the point that is trying to be made.
This is the best season in franchise history. Let’s be fair for a moment though, with only 2 playoff berths within that 11 history, this is not a “storied” franchise. To put this in better perspective then, this TFC season is fast becoming one of the best in the entire history of the MLS and still has time to be the best. The Los Angeles Galaxy currently sit in the top two spots. In 1998 they had 68 points with a 32 game schedule while in 2011, they had 67 points in 34 games.
Therefore to have the best season in MLS history, Toronto FC will need to earn 13 points in their remaining 7 games. Technically, if they want to match the 1998 Galaxy, they will have to do it in five. Winning 5 games in a row is never an easy feat, not after you haven’t lost in the last 2 months, but it becomes increasingly difficult as the pressure of the record and the pressure of resting players for the playoffs clash. There is some room to be optimistic though as many of the remaining games are against non-playoff teams. But everyone recalls the dramatic accomplishment of the 2016 Golden State Warriors that earned them the best regular season record in NBA history only to have it leave a bitter taste in their mouths when they lost in the Finals that same year.
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Toronto FC are also having that type of incredible, memorable season and it would be fantastic for them to cap it off by having the words “best ever” associated with them. But they are already familiar with bitterness of a defeat in the finals. The entire city knows that taste after the team lost in penalty shots after not even allowing a single shot on net. So if they choose to rest Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and/or Jozy Altidore, so be it. There are other goals they are striving to get. They have already won the Canadian Championship and are on the way to winning the Supporters Shield for the first time in history. After that is the MLS Cup and exorcising the ghosts from last year.
If they are able to accomplish all that and also have the most points in MLS history isn’t really that important. What is however, is that the city get behind them once again. Let’s cheer them on to victory as we battle the media for more coverage a winning Toronto team.
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