27th June 2017; Amway Canadian Championship winners.
30th September 2017; Supporters’ Shield winners.
Then, on a cold but clear 9th December night, on the shores of Lake Ontario, history was made…
2017 MLS Cup champions.
The first-ever team in Major League Soccer history to win the domestic treble.
The first-ever Canadian team to win the prestigious MLS trophy.
Which team, you ask? None other than Toronto Football Club, ladies and gentlemen. The club who’ve just etched their name in MLS history, after yet another stellar season.
Following last year’s heartbreaking MLS Cup Final penalty shoot-out defeat against Seattle Sounders, a strong and resilient Toronto F.C. side were determined to turn the tables on the same opponents, this time around. And boy did they do just that!
From the very beginning of last night’s final match, The Reds showed no mercy whatsoever towards The Rave Greens, with repeated waves of attack. None of Toronto’s shots on target were converted to goals, though, and it was thanks to some glorious goalkeeping heroics from Seattle Sounders’ Stefan Frei that the first half ended scoreless. The Reds, however, continued to dominate the second set of 45 minutes, and surely enough, it was Jozy Altidore’s opener in the 67th minute that put Toronto in the lead. At that point, the TFC faithful went absolutely wild. A cacophony of cheers, chants, and claps. Pure joy and jubilation. I honestly thought it would be the only goal of the night. But it was Toronto’s number 7, Victor Vazquez, who netted the second – and ultimately sealed The Reds’ glorious victory – in the dying seconds of the match.
A well-deserved win! And what an unforgettable evening!
All of you football fans out there, remember this day.
The day Toronto F.C. painted the town (and entire country) red.
I look forward to seeing that first star on the crest emblazoned on the team’s shirts, next year.
The True North strong and free! Go Toronto! 🇨🇦 💓
– Preston Carbonaro