Toronto FC holds the distinction of being the very first Canadian professional soccer club to join Major League Soccer. It’s been a member of the league’s Eastern Conference since 2007 and is currently one of three Canadian clubs, alongside Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Based in the city of Toronto, the club uses BMO Field (named after the Bank of Montreal) as its home base. This stadium, which was designed specifically with soccer in mind, has a capacity of 30,000 for soccer matches, though this can be increased to as many as 40,000. While Toronto FC has been using the stadium since 2007, it’s also currently used by the Canadian Football League team Toronto Nationals and the Canada men’s national soccer team.
Toronto FC has experienced quite significant success in major national and international tournaments. The club won the MLS Cup in 2017 and finished as runner-up both in 2016 and 2019. It’s won the Canadian Championship seven times, more than any other club, and has placed as runner-up three times. Thanks to the club’s ongoing successes and popularity, it’s one of the most valuable in MLS, with an approximate worth of $400 million. It’s also known to spend more on players’ salaries than any other club in the league.
Toronto FC Roster
The Toronto FC roster currently includes 32 players. These players collectively represent 10 nationalities; as well as Canada and the USA, countries such as France, Japan, Spain and Brazil are represented by club members. Even though the club is Canadian, there are 14 players from the USA currently on the roster, yet only nine from Canada.
Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio has put in 244 appearances for the club, which is more than any other player. He started his career with the club back in 2013 and remains the third best goal scorer, with 41 goals to his name so far. The only two players who have scored more goals are American forward Jozy Altidore with 72 and former player Sebastian Giovinco, who racked up 83 goals in his time with the club from 2015-18. In 2017, Jozy Altidore won the MLS Cup Most Valuable Player award in recognition of his performance in the league’s matches that helped Toronto FC go on to win the whole tournament. He also won Player of the Week twice that year. Should he keep performing well, he could end up topping Sebastian Giovinco’s record of 83 goals scored for the club.
Another player who did particularly well in 2017 was American defender Justin Morrow, who like Jozy Altidore won Player of the Week twice. He also made it onto the MLS Best XI, a list compiled to recognise the 11 strongest players across the whole league. Since joining in 2013, he’s become the club’s ninth top goal scorer, with 17 scored so far; with 214 matches played so far, he’s put in the second highest number of appearances for the club, behind only Jonathan Osorio.
Justin Morrow and Jozy Altidore hold the joint record for most goals scored in a single game with three. They share this record with two former players: Dwayne De Rosario and the club’s top goal scorer Sebastian Giovinco.
The club’s current captain is American midfielder Michael Bradley, who’s been in the role since 2015. He’s one of three players who made it into the club thanks to the Designated Player Rule. This is a special allowance that lets MLS teams sign a maximum of three players that are considered to be outside of their usual salary range. The other two players signed this way are Josy Altidore and the Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo. Eight players in total have been able to become members because of the Homegrown Player Rule, which lets MLS teams directly sign players who have come through their own training academies.
Toronto FC Jersey
The current Toronto FC jersey is the seventh one that’s been used since the club started playing. The kit’s manufactured by Adidas and sponsored by the Bank of Montreal. The current sponsorship deal with the bank is worth $4 million per year and is set to last until 2026. The main colour of the home kit is red, with white, grey and black used throughout as secondary colours. For the away kit, however, it’s white that’s the predominant colour.
To purchase the jersey, simply visit the official MLS online store. Here you’ll find a wide range of branded merchandise covering hats, sweatshirts, T-shirts, flags, cups, home accessories and more. Clothing items are available for men, women and children and come in many different sizes to cater for as many fans of the club as possible. The store has regular sales and discounts available that are worth taking advantage of.