The Toronto FC are a Canadian professional club that plays for the Major League Soccer (MLS). They are located in Toronto, Ontario.
After Toronto's expansion was announced in 2005, the name of the club was officially announced on May 11, 2006 by the team's owner, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE). The "FC" in the team's name is the conventional initialism for Football Club, but in official media and documents, the team has only been referred to as Toronto FC.
The announcement followed an online consultation in which the public was invited to vote on the name during a limited period. The voting options were "Toronto Northmen," "Inter Toronto FC," "Toronto Reds," and "Toronto FC." MLSE's strategy in choosing "Toronto FC" following this process was based on two reasons. Firstly, over 40 percent of the online vote supported the simplified Toronto FC name during the consultation; secondly, MLSE hoped that the fairly generic name would help the new club earn a more organic nickname from the Toronto fans rather than having one imposed upon the club. The team has been called "TFC" and "the Reds" by the media and the club. The official team colours are red (jerseys, shorts and socks) with white trim, and white jerseys with matching white shorts and socks.
MLS expansion in CanadaEdit
While Toronto FC was the first Canadian team to join the previously all-American MLS, it will not be the last. Due to Toronto's popular success, MLS has sought out other cities in Canada for expansion, most recently awarding franchises to Vancouver (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Montreal, with these teams joining the league in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Ottawa has also been cited as a potential player in future MLS expansion.
Being such a young soccer club, Toronto FC has few true rivalries against many MLS teams. Columbus Crew and Toronto FC compete for the Trillium Cup. Although Toronto has yet to win a game against Columbus in the past four years, the large number of Toronto fans which typically travel to Columbus has helped spark a fierce rivalry between both clubs' supporters.
Toronto FC's biggest rival (arguably) will not play in MLS until 2012. The Montreal Impact, a successful side currently in the D2 Pro League, has emerged as a fierce rival and won the inaugural Canadian Championship and seventh Voyageurs Cup. The proximity of the two cities, the fact that Toronto and Montreal have traditionally been rivals, particularly in hockey and the fact that these two franchises are slated to play each other twice a year in the Canadian Championship only adds fuel to this rivalry.
With an expansion MLS franchise in Vancouver, Toronto FC will have a second Canadian team to compete against in MLS play beginning in 2011. It remains to be seen whether a true rivalry develops between the two franchises. But with Montreal joining the league in 2012, the already deep sports rivalry between the two cities will have a new venue to expand to.
Current Roster Edit
MF-Junlian De Guzman
MF-Dwayne De Rosario
MF-Carl Robinson(Vice Captian)