Toronto FC Caps Off Best Season In MLS History
After 11 years in the MLS, Toronto FC have started from the bottom – and now they’re here. And boy, what a road they took to get there. A pile of garbage for their first seven seasons, things only started to change when they convinced Michael Bradley to leave Roma in Italy to join their bottom-dwelling club. They added Jermain Defoe and Gilberto, but that experiment was a disaster and they fired their head coach mid-way through the season. But when Defoe and Gilberto left the following year, in came Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, and magic happened, turning around a franchise to become the best team in MLS history.
Giovinco became MLS MVP and took TFC to the playoffs, but didn’t get past the Knockout Round thanks to Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact. Last year, they made it to the finals only to taste disappointment via a shootout to the Seattle Sounders. That it seemed, was the straw that broke the camel’s back and an obsession to win – and to do it right – was born.
Their 2017 campaign went on to become a record-breaking one as they finished the season with a MLS all-time record with 69 points, tied the single season win mark of 20 with the 2014 Seattle Sounders, their 74 goals in the regular season was tied for second all-time, their +37 goal differential was good for second all-time, and their 2.03 points per game was good for third all-time. In June, the squad won 3–2 on aggregate over Montreal to win the Canadian Championship. They defeated the New York Red Bulls to become the first Canadian team to win the Supporters’ Shield. When they defeated Seattle in a rematch of the 2016 Championship game, TFC became the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup and also the first team in MLS history to complete the domestic treble.
What a season!