CF MONTREAL 4, TORONTO FC 2

CF MONTRÉAL (4) – TORONTO FC (2) POST GAME SUMMARY 

SCORING SUMMARY 

MTL – Mason Toye 3’ (Zachary Brault-Guillard) 

MTL – Romell Quioto 24’ (Joel Waterman) 

TFC – Mark Delgado 44’ (PK) 

MTL – Victor Wanyama 54’ (Mustafa Kizza) 

MTL – Djordje Mihailovic 71’ (Erik Hurtado) 

TFC – Richie Laryea 88’ (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty) 

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY 

TFC – Michael Bradley 18’ (caution) 

TFC – Ralph Priso 45’+1 (caution) 

MTL – Victor Wanyama 67’ (caution) 

RECORDS 

Toronto FC       0-1-0    0 points 

CF Montréal      1-0-0    3 points 

LINEUPS 

TORONTO FC – Alex Bono; Richie Laryea, Omar González, Luke Singh, Auro Jr.; Michael Bradley (C), Ralph Priso (Liam Fraser 59’), Mark Delgado (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty 76’), Noble Okello (Nick DeLeon HT), Jacob Shaffelburg (Justin Morrow 59’); Patrick Mullins (Jordan Perruzza HT) 

Substitutes Not Used: Quentin Westberg, Eriq Zavaleta, Griffin Dorsey, Tsubasa Endoh 

CF MONTRÉAL – Clément Diop; Joel Waterman, Rudy Camacho, Kamal Miller; Zachary Brault-Guillard, Samuel Piette (C), Victor Wanyama, Mustafa Kizza (Aljaž Struna 79’), Djordje Mihailovic (Amar Sejdič 79’); Romell Quioto (Bjørn Johnsen 69’), Mason Toye (Erik Hurtado 57’) 

Substitutes Not Used: James Pantemis, Zorhan Bassong, Clément Bayiha, Emanuel Maciel, Joaquín Torres 

MEDIA NOTES: 

  • Luke Singh made his MLS debut and first MLS start for Toronto FC. 
  • Noble Okello made his first MLS start for Toronto FC. 
  • Jordan Perruzza made his MLS debut for Toronto FC. 
  • Richie Laryea scored a goal in the team’s MLS season opener for the second consecutive season (February 29, 2020, against San Jose Earthquakes) 
  • Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty registered his first assist for Toronto FC. 

CHRIS ARMAS – HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC 

Q. I wonder if you can give us your thoughts on the team’s performance today, and I guess in particular, about the goals that were conceded.  

Well, look, I would say that our team has experienced in just a few days, maybe the highest and the lowest. It quiet in that locker room, much different from a few nights ago and, yeah, in some ways it will be good for our team to feel what that’s like and for all of our players to understand that it’s not just about showing up because you’re Toronto FC, and it comes easy, just because.  

Look, when you look at the game, I think the starting point is we just finished second all day long. Start with the coaching, the tools, tackles, coming in second all day long. You know, in moments we look like we are out here for a pass, right, just not good enough. And when you’re not good enough against a team that can hurt you in transition, that’s what it looks like, right. We knew that. We knew that no matter which structure we played, transition would be their thing and with some speed and we played into their hands. I think you could see that in three of the goals, you know, its transition moments, some bad giveaways, losing the race down the field and the set piece. We clawed our way back in, 2-1, made a push and fell short. But on the day, not good enough.  

Q. We know you don’t like to make excuses, but do you think fatigue came into play at all in the match, how you played on we had night, hot again, that kind of thing?  

No. I think we just weren’t ready for the match. We’re not ready for the match. We knew that we could push guys certain minutes, we knew we had reserves, we could go to them quicker, but on nights like this or days like this, what was stalked about is — is although we can play with 90 minutes intensity physically, that we have the intensity in our minds. The times we can be intense physically, we do it and other moments, with the ball, without the ball, we can have recharging periods and still the intensity at our minds could be at a high level.  

So, no, I’m sure, I’m sure Montréal was tired, too, today, in moments. We’re not accepting that as the reason.  

Q. What did Montréal do right, do you think? How did they sort of get at it today and sort of make life difficult for you guys?  

I think they took their chances well. I think they were dangerous in transition. They forced some mistakes and with the ball they moved us around a bit and we chased too many back passes which is something that as we grow as a team and we want to be a pressing team, we have resetting moments and moments where it’s not time to go. 

But they opened us up at times and we expended a lot of energy chasing in moment that is we shouldn’t have and overall, they executed without the ball and with the ball especially in transition. 

Q. Tough matchup, but is there any silver lining you can take from a loss like this? 

There’s always information. That’s the silver lining, you find out where we’re at, and you know, on our way to becoming a great team. We’re on our way to understand days like, this how to show up and as you are fatigued and like that, all the things that become important against a team like that, right.  

It’s a derby match. It’s opening day. We understood where they could be dangerous, and yeah, we gathered information. It’s especially valuable for young players that are out there to understand these types of games, right. When things are tougher or different types of stock positions.  

So, there’s certainly value, and I think on the inside, that I think the silver lining may be as a coach and even for a team, as we see Ayo stick to it. We had a play early on that gets away from him but he’s the one sliding and running back 60, 70 yards to put out a fire, Omar Gonzalez, Michael, still pushing late.  

So, we are a team that understands we don’t get too high, and we don’t get too hoe. One thing for sure, we don’t give in. We don’t quit. We don’t give in and the third goal is there, and we had a couple of big chances, and it could have got interesting on a day when our good stuff didn’t show up. But we don’t quit. We learned that today for sure.  

Q. A couple of valuable minutes at the end for Jahkeele, picks up his first assist. Maybe did he do enough to warrant some more minutes from you next time and what did you see from the young man? 

We saw today and what we’ve seen in training, he’s clever and tidy and in interior spots, he’s very shifty and elegant with the ball. He helped build some promising attacks, and yeah, I thought it was important to get him out there and not just for the experience.  

I know I wasn’t the only crazy one thinking we are going to score the first one and next ones are going to follow. I think he had a good relationship with Richie out there, and with Richie overlapping, he had some really good moments.  

But Jahkeele, he’s shown some good moments in training. He earned those minutes today.  

Q. You’re missing some important pieces like Pozuelo, Mavinga, Altidore. Will you have them back for the next game? 

It looks like we’ll have a few of our reinforcements, if you will, back for the next game. And that will be good for those players, good for our team, and each day, it seems like every few days we are getting healthier, we’re getting stronger, yeah. We’ll get back to full strength real soon.  

Q. Luke Singh, big occasion for him, especially coming off the Champions League sort of on display in mid-week in his MLS debut tonight. What did you make of his performance overall? Are there still learnings there and growth to be made? 

I think we know, yeah, there’s so much — our veteran players will still learn and grow. Imagine a player like Luke, we’ve thrown a lot at him. We discussed not starting him today because it could be a lot for a young player early on, but we wanted to expose him to this type of game, and he held up in many ways, he did. It’s just a big challenge on the day as we had to put out a lot of fires in transition. So, with two strikers, with good moments, with quickness that he’s dealing with all year long, I think he’s growing quickly.  

So, it’s a couple of really difficult games, you know, that he’s had to face, but I think it will pay dividends for him moving forward.  

Q. Three different games in short order, a lot of valuable information for you to go over. What do you do with that as you look ahead to the next match? 

Like always, this is when we played a USL team in preseason, and now that we play our opener and even Leon, we look hard at ourselves. We look at video. We just assess individual performances, collective performances, keep implementing. It’s still early for us. It’s still early for us. We need time to all get on the same page and understand what it takes to be a team, what it takes to play a certain way, to understand all the details and nuances of when you have the ball and you don’t, when you lose the ball, when you win it, yeah, so what does the next week look like, we get home, we take some rest, it’s been a tough stretch, we take some rest and we look hard and we put it right back to work. That’s what this team is about. When we get right back to work in a real way, and it requires taking a hard look.  

But that one’s passed us. It’s passed us. We’ll be looking forward after a few days of rest.  

MICHAEL BRADLEY – MIDFIELDER, TORONTO FC 

Q. Obviously a tough day, tough result. Wanted to get your thoughts on the performance, what you thought of the effort from the team.  

Yeah, I mean, look, it’s a frustrating day. We never really gave ourselves a chance with the way we started the game. I mean, obviously we spoke a lot before the game about understanding that — we knew we would be playing a team that’s motivated for their first game this season. Obviously, the fact that we have played two Champions League games means that, yeah, in some ways, we have a little bit of match rhythm under our belt. But that doesn’t count for something when the whistle blows today.  

Like I said, it’s a frustrating day because for me, you know, we never really gave ourselves a chance in the game, and on a day like this, you know, with all the — with all the factors that go into it where, you know, you find yourselves behind 1-0, a hundred seconds into the game and from there, you’re chasing.  

Q. I’m not sure any of those four goals — happy to be conceded. If you could sum up what went wrong in general? 

Oh, we are not happy to concede any goals. So obviously, yeah, the frustration to give away four is big. Yeah, obviously, it’s nothing new but you have to understand that when you play teams on certain days, they are going to be looking to take advantage of the fact that we want to play in their half and we want to be aggressive in how we play and also how we — how we, you know, close down our ability to be good with the ball and to not — to not give battles away. But then our ability to be — our ability to put out fires and our ability to react and counter press quickly, all these things get put under the microscope. Obviously on a day like today, we are just not good enough. That’s as simple a way to say it as there is.  

Q. A lot has been thrown at Luke Singh in the last couple of weeks. What can you say about the young man and how he’s risen to the challenge? 

He’s done really well, really well. They have all continued to grow. They continue to come in every day with the right mentality. They continue to push themselves and listen. Yeah, listen to the — listen to the coaching staff, listen to their teammates. They have personality, they are not afraid and so I think they have all taken big steps forward in the last, you know — in the last few weeks, but really, the entire preseason and many of them going into the end of last season.  

So you know, we are going to continue to push these guys and move them forward, and obviously Luke has done a really good job in the last few days being ready when he was called on, you know, and now for all of them, it’s continuing to use the experiences in training, in games and continue to push themselves forward.  

But we are really, really happy.  

Q. Jahkeele picks up his first assist as a professional if I’m not mistaken tonight on Richie’s late goal there. As a player who has been linked with some pretty big name clubs, what’s your message to a guy like that and what have you seen from him in this preseason? 

Well, continuing with what I just said, all of these guys are doing a really good job. They have to just continue to come every day ready to work, ready to — ready to commit to what we are doing, enjoy the — enjoy the part about just being ready to go for it every single day. You know, to push themselves with how they train, to listen, to take in information, to not be afraid when they get their chances to show their personality.  

So, you know, whether it’s Jahkeele or Ralph or Noble, Luke, Jacob, Liam, go down the line, the message and encouragement for all of them is the same in that regard.  

Q. An off-field question if I may. As you know, things are not going very well up here with COVID-19. I’m wondering if you’ve been able to get your family down to Florida, and if more of your teammates are looking to bring their loved ones down given what’s happening north of the border? 

Yes, my family got down two days ago as I mentioned. Everybody’s plan was slightly different. Had schools stayed open and had things been relatively normal there, the idea for my wife and kids was to be around there and to, you know, let the kids enjoy being in school every day, be with their friends, activities.  

But obviously with the way things have played out over the last few weeks, we wanted to just, you know, use the opportunity to be together as a family again. So they were able to get down in the last day or two. And I think, again, everybody’s situation is slightly different, but you know, when all said and done, I think a good number of guys will try to get their families down here at one point or another.  

-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-

TORONTO FC 2, CLUB LEON 1

TORONTO FC (2) – CLUB LEÓN (1) POST GAME SUMMARY

2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 – Second Leg

SCORING SUMMARY

TFC – Patrick Mullins 55’ (Jacob Shaffelburg)

TFC – Justin Morrow 71’

LEO – Fernando Navarro 80’ (Yairo Moreno)

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TFC – Marky Delgado 44’ (caution)

LEO – Yairo Moreno 70’ (caution)

TFC – Richie Laryea 72’ (caution)

TFC – Ralph Priso 74’ (caution)

AGGREGATE

CLUBFIRST LEGSECOND LEGTOTAL
TORONTO FC123
CLUB LEÓN112


MEDIA NOTES:

  • Luke Singh made his first start for Toronto FC.
  • Jordan Perruzza made his Toronto FC debut.
  • Dating back to the 2018 tournament, TFC have now eliminated three of the last four Liga MX teams they have met in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
  • Toronto FC advance to the quarterfinals of the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League where the team will face Mexican side Cruz Azul over two legs.

LINEUPS

TORONTO FC – Alex Bono; Richie Laryea, Omar González, Luke Singh, Auro Jr.; Michael Bradley (C), Ralph Priso (Griffin Dorsey 76’), Marky Delgado, Noble Okello (Justin Morrow 66’), Jacob Shaffelburg (Nick DeLeon 60’); Patrick Mullins (Jordan Perruzza 60’)
Substitutes Not Used: Quentin Westberg, Liam Fraser, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

CLUB LEÓN – Rodolfo Cota; José Ramírez, Jaine Barreiro, Osvaldo Rodríguez (Yairo Moreno HT), William Tesillo; Santiago Colombatto (Nicolás Sosa 76’), Fernando Navarro, Jean Meneses; Ángel Mena (Jesús Godínez 75’), Víctor Dávila (Emmanuel Gigliotti HT), Luis Montes (C)
Substitutes Not Used: Alfonso Blanco, Andrés Mosquera, Fernando González

CHRIS ARMAS – HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC

Q. A famous victory given the circumstances. Can you give us your thoughts on your team’s play tonight, and I know it’s a small sample size, but what do you think this bodes for the rest of the season, given the performance?

Well, the locker room right now is electric because there’s a lot of belief that the players gain from experiences like that. If you were inside of the locker room, you’d see all the veteran players, Pozuelo, Jozy, rallying around the young guys that stepped up in a big way tonight.

Listen, how it bodes for the rest of the year, I can only say what I have said, that there’s a togetherness, there’s a playing style that players are sticking to, that they’re believing in, they’re experiencing some success, and I think it’s empowering that we can be dangerous when we have the ball and when we don’t have the ball.

Obviously, we’re just getting started, but there’s also a no-excuse mentality in that locker room. It would have been easy to go to México and start making excuses about this, that and the other, but just really proud of the team tonight and to be part of this organization, and yeah, what an effort tonight. Whether we took it to them, what an effort.

Q. Big performance from a lot of players for you guys tonight. Alex Bono was a guy that didn’t see a ton of minutes last year. What did you see from him, and in particular that big save late?

Well, I think it was clear. He made some big saves, took care of all the moments he should have taken care of, and then makes a couple of big ones. But he looked really sure of himself in distribution, in crosses and all the handling. Just a real mature, solid performance, and you love when your goalkeeper can help the team and reward himself with some really big saves late. He was a big presence in there, did a nice job. I’m happy for him.

Q. Playing competitive matches as opposed to preseason friendlies is obviously going to the team in much better shape, playing meaningful games. Do you feel this is going to give you a little competitive advantage now at the start of the season? I guess you won’t know until you hit the pitch, but is that what you’re thinking just from what you’ve seen from the guys, that they’re a different level from what some of the other teams might be?

Yeah, I think it’s a good question, but you think about having to prepare for these types of matches early on, there’s positives and negatives, right? We’re forced to push the envelope, right? We’re representing Canada in this tournament. We have that privilege, and we have to go to México with difficult circumstances. There’re certain things that are working against us.

But as we’ve tried to push the intensity of training each day and each week, we’ve had some injuries along the way, right, so it just — as much as you get this playoff-type mentality early on, which is a big plus, we’ve taken some hits, too, along the way. But we’ve made no qualms about we’re going after it, so we were going to push. I think we prepared the team, and the guys deserve that credit. What an effort.

But yes, either way, we internally, from Bill Manning, Ali Curtis, we said we’re going to go after this tournament, but as the head coach I’m in on that and driving that messaging and pushing it every day, I was expecting momentum after this, win, lose, the momentum that would carry into the MLS season, especially getting young players valuable minutes, this is going to help us moving forward.

PATRICK MULLINS – FORWARD, TORONTO FC

Q. Big win for the side tonight. Can you take us through your thoughts on the match and what the emotions of the celebration we got a little glimpse of there? How are you feeling?

Sure, yeah, we left León last week, and I think that’s when this match started up. It was halftime, and we had an amazing week of preparation where we really focused on us and how we could be dangerous. I think we also wanted to be really tough to play against, and I think that’s what we saw tonight.

We came out in the first half against a team that we knew was talented and created chances, and we wanted to really put them under pressure and do that in a synchronized way where we’re all together and causing turnovers and trying to be dangerous once we do get the possession level.

I think you saw that throughout the first half and I think even into the second half it became even more difficult for them to deal with and dangerous, which you saw how it led up to our goals.

My goal, just — things happened very quickly in that goal. Jacob is a player who I feel like we’ve trained similar movements like that all the time off of starting attacks, and then once the ball was in the net, a lot of things hit me. But then I heard Michael come over and say, “That’s for the Mullins family.” Then things really came down to earth to me. I had lost my grandmother this past week, so I had very much had a heavy heart in this game, and I think the team supported me so much through that loss of my family.

Once again, in that moment, in that goal, in a big game, that meant a lot to me, and then just to see how we continued on the last 20 to 25 minutes, even when it got close there at the end, I think once again, it just shows where our group is at now and kind of a little taste of what we can do when we put it all together and as we move forward now with the MLS season starting this weekend, and now of course we’ll be into the next round here.

Q. A lot of the young players, the young talent really put their hand up tonight and also in León last week. Can you just tell us a little bit about what you saw from these youngsters the last two games?

I saw a group of players that not only stepped up in this moment, they embraced it. They shined in that moment.

We’ve been seeing their qualities ever since they’ve been with us in training in this preseason, and I think we all had belief in what we could do as a group when they were all on the pitch, so we saw what Ralph does tonight and covering ground and turning balls over and being kind of the start of our attacks, and then Luke Singh anchoring us down in the back, making plays, blocking crosses. I already talked about Jacob Shaffelburg, some of the success he has, and Noble, when he’s on the ball and he’s getting touches, I think it excites our team.

So I think we saw in their performances from the guys who started and the guys who came in, too, that we have quality players, and I think we have hungry players that are just wanting to get started and keep showing what they can do on these types of stages.

Q. Sort of building off what you said there about Luke Singh, can you take us into the locker room before the match? Was there any sort of advice anyone was giving him, and how commendable was his story tonight making his first career start?

Well, we were all just so happy for him because, as I said before, we had been seeing these types of levels that he’s been hitting in training, and I think we all had a lot of belief in him to step up into the lineup tonight. I think he started the game well, and that continued on throughout the rest of the night.

Everything that I saw from him in the buildup to this game I think is a great credit to him to be ready for his moment and to take it, and he absolutely did. I think everyone was just so happy to congratulate him on his first start, and obviously he made the appearance last week in León. It must be an amazing feeling for him tonight.

-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-

CLUB LEÓN 1 – TORONTO FC 1 POST GAME SUMMARY

2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 – First Leg 

SCORING SUMMARY 

LEO – Fernando Navarro 25’ (Jean Meneses) 

TFC – Andrés Mosquera 51’ (OG)  

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY 

TFC – Richie Laryea 53’ (caution) 

LEO – Santiago Colombatto 56’ (caution) 

TFC – Michael Bradley 61’ (caution) 

LEO – José Ramírez 78’ (caution) 

LEO – Jaine Barreiro 78’ (caution) 

LEO – Fernando Navarro 90’+5 (caution) 

AGGREGATE 

CLUB FIRST LEG SECOND LEG TOTAL 
CLUB LEÓN April 14 TBD 
TORONTO FC 

LINEUPS 

TORONTO FC – Alex Bono; Richie Laryea, Omar González, Eriq Zavaleta, Auro Jr.; Ralph Priso (Patrick Mullins 64’), Michael Bradley (C), Marky Delgado, Noble Okello (Erickson Gallardo HT; Griffin Dorsey 75’), Jacob Shaffelburg (Luke Singh 87’); Jozy Altidore (Liam Fraser 75’) 

Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Silva, Jordan Perruzza 

CLUB LEÓN – Rodolfo Cota; José Ramírez, Jaine Barreiro, Andrés Mosquera (Yairo Moreno 64’), William Tesillo; Santiago Colombatto (Jesús Godínez 90’+1), Fernando Navarro (C), Jean Meneses; Ángel Mena, Víctor Dávila (Emanuel Gigliotti 63’), Joel Campbell 

Substitutes Not Used: Alfonso Blanco, Pedro Hernández, Osvaldo Rodríguez, Fernando González  

MEDIA NOTES: 

  • Andrés Mosquera’s own goal marks Toronto FC’s first goal in competitive action under head coach Chris Armas. 
  • Luke Singh made his Toronto FC debut. 
  • Toronto FC have now gone unbeaten (1 win, 2 draws) in their last three Concacaf Champions League games played on Mexican soil dating back to 2018. 

CLUB LEÓN (1) – TORONTO FC (1) POST GAME SUMMARY 

2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 – First Leg 

SCORING SUMMARY 

LEO – Fernando Navarro 25’ (Jean Meneses) 

TFC – Andrés Mosquera 51’ (OG)  

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY 

TFC – Richie Laryea 53’ (caution) 

LEO – Santiago Colombatto 56’ (caution) 

TFC – Michael Bradley 61’ (caution) 

LEO – José Ramírez 78’ (caution) 

LEO – Jaine Barreiro 78’ (caution) 

LEO – Fernando Navarro 90’+5 (caution) 

AGGREGATE 

CLUB FIRST LEG SECOND LEG TOTAL 
CLUB LEÓN April 14 TBD 
TORONTO FC 

LINEUPS 

TORONTO FC – Alex Bono; Richie Laryea, Omar González, Eriq Zavaleta, Auro Jr.; Ralph Priso (Patrick Mullins 64’), Michael Bradley (C), Marky Delgado, Noble Okello (Erickson Gallardo HT; Griffin Dorsey 75’), Jacob Shaffelburg (Luke Singh 87’); Jozy Altidore (Liam Fraser 75’) 

Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Silva, Jordan Perruzza 

CLUB LEÓN – Rodolfo Cota; José Ramírez, Jaine Barreiro, Andrés Mosquera (Yairo Moreno 64’), William Tesillo; Santiago Colombatto (Jesús Godínez 90’+1), Fernando Navarro (C), Jean Meneses; Ángel Mena, Víctor Dávila (Emanuel Gigliotti 63’), Joel Campbell 

Substitutes Not Used: Alfonso Blanco, Pedro Hernández, Osvaldo Rodríguez, Fernando González  

MEDIA NOTES: 

  • Andrés Mosquera’s own goal marks Toronto FC’s first goal in competitive action under head coach Chris Armas. 
  • Luke Singh made his Toronto FC debut. 
  • Toronto FC have gone unbeaten (1 win, 2 draws) in their last three Concacaf Champions League games played on Mexican soil dating to 2018. 

TFC OPENS SEASON ON APRIL 17

TORONTO FC ANNOUNCE 2021 MLS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

            Toronto FC’s complete 2021 Major League Soccer regular season schedule was released Wednesday by MLS ahead of the upcoming season.

           The Reds will open the 15th season in club history on Saturday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the away team in a match against 401 Derby rivals Club de Foot Montreal. TFC will play what will be considered their first home match a week later at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida, when they play Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 3:00 p.m.

During the 2021 season, Toronto FC is slated to play 34 regular season matches, with 19 on Saturdays, eight on Wednesdays, one on Friday and four on Sunday. All of Toronto FC’s regular season MLS matches will be televised across Canada on TSN. Additionally, four Saturday afternoon matches will be televised nationally by CTV.

As the MLS season begins, the league’s three Canadian teams will begin play in surrogate cities in the United States, with Toronto playing its home matches in Florida. Venues for home matches are subject to change, based on the Covid-19 situation in Canada and the US. 

For the complete 2020 MLS Regular Season schedule visit mlssoccer.com.

DATEOPPONENTVENUETIME (ET)BROADCAST
Saturday, April 17 Club de Foot MontrealFort Lauderdale2:00 PMTSN, CTV, TVA, TVAS
Saturday, April 24 Vancouver WhitecapsOrlando3:00 PMTSN, CTV 
Saturday, May 8 New York Red BullsRBNY1:00 PMTSN
Wednesday, May 12Columbus Crew SCOrlando7:00 PMTSN
Saturday, May 15 New York City FCNew York1:00 PMTSN, CTV
Saturday, May 22 Orlando CityOrlando7:00 PMTSN
Saturday, May 29 Columbus Crew SCColumbus3:00 PMTSN, CTV
Saturday, June 19 Orlando CityTBD7:30 PMTSN
Wednesday, June 23 Nashville SCNashville8:30 PMTSN
Saturday, June 26 FC CincinnatiTBD7:00 PMTSN
Saturday, July 3D.C. UnitedDC5:30 PMTSN
Wednesday, July 7 New England RevolutionNew England7:00 PMTSN
Saturday, July 17 Orlando CityTBD7:30 PMTSN
Wednesday, July 21 New York Red BullsTBD7:30 PMTSN
Saturday, July 24 Chicago Fire FCChicago8:00 PMTSN
Sunday, August 1 Nashville SCTBD7:30 PMTSN
Wednesday, August 4 Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia7:30 PMTSN
Saturday, August 7 New York City FCTBD8:00 PMTSN
Saturday, August 14 New England RevolutionTBD8:00 PMTSN
Wednesday, August 18 Atlanta United FCAtlanta7:00 PMTSN
Saturday, August 21 Inter Miami FCMiamiTBDTSN
Friday, August 27 Club de Foot MontrealTBD7:30 PMTSN, TVAS
Saturday, September 11 FC CincinnatiCincinnati8:00 PMTSN
Tuesday, September 14 Inter Miami FCTBD7:30 PMTSN
Saturday, September 18 Nashville SCTBD7:30 PMTSN
Saturday, September 25 Colorado RapidsColorado8:00 PMTSN
Wednesday, September 29 FC CincinnatiTBD7:00 PMTSN
Sunday, October 3 Chicago Fire FCTBD4:00 PMTSN
Saturday, October 16 Atlanta United FCTBD7:30 PMTSN
Wednesday, October 20 Inter Miami FCMiamiTBDTSN
Saturday, October 23 Club de Foot MontrealTBDTBDTSN, TVAS
Wednesday, October 27 Philadelphia UnionTBD7:30 PMTSN
Saturday, October 30 Atlanta United FCAtlanta6:00 PMTSN
Sunday, November 7 D.C. UnitedTBD3:30 PMTSN

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MLSE signs Manning to extension

MLSE SIGNS BILL MANNING TO EXTENSION AS PRESIDENT OF TORONTO FC AND TORONTO ARGONAUTS

Manning to lead TFC and Argos through 2025 MLS and CFL seasons

Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) announced today that Bill Manning, President of Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts, has been signed to a five-year extension through the 2025 Major League Soccer and Canadian Football League seasons.

“MLSE’s ownership is extremely proud of the strength of the organization’s leadership at all levels, but that is especially true within our teams where we have some of the strongest leaders in our respective leagues,” said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of MLSE. “Bill has brought invaluable experience to MLSE as President of TFC and the Argos, but more importantly, he has had an important hand in creating a company culture focused on winning and giving back to our community.”

“MLSE’s teams have important voices in each of their respective leagues and an important voice in our organization as we work together to deliver championships to our city and our fans,” said Michael Friisdahl, President & CEO of MLSE. “As President of Toronto FC and the Argonauts, Bill’s wealth of experience and many accomplishments have helped shape our leagues for the better and his impact within our company is just as important. Both teams are well positioned for the future and we look forward to continued success for TFC and the Argos under Bill’s leadership.”

A 55-year old native of Massapequa, New York, Manning first joined MLSE in October 2015. Since then, TFC have advanced to three MLS Cups (2016, 2017 and 2019) while winning the MLS Cup and the Supporters’ Shield in 2017 and winning three consecutive Canadian Championships (2016, 2017 and 2018). In January 2018, Manning also later added the responsibilities of President of the Toronto Argonauts when the Canadian Football League franchise was acquired by MLSE.

“When I joined MLSE six years ago as TFC President, I stressed the importance of stability and continuity to achieve our goal of a championship, and we achieved that goal in 2017,” said Manning. “Today I am thankful to MLSE and our ownership group for their belief in me and I am so appreciative of all the talented staff members and great players who have worked with me here in Toronto. We will continue to fill the TFC trophy case, and I look forward to lifting the Grey Cup soon with Michael Clemons and Ryan Dinwiddie. I’m grateful to the fans of both TFC and the Argos for welcoming me and my family to this special city and for all of their support.”

Manning, a two-time MLS Executive of the Year, is one of the most successful executives in MLS history. His teams have achieved great success over the past dozen years, first as President of Real Salt Lake and now with Toronto FC. Manning’s teams have raised the MLS Cup twice, with RSL winning in 2009 and TFC winning in 2017, to go along with TFC’s Supporters’ Shield that season.  During his time with RSL and TFC, his teams have advanced to two Concacaf  Champions League Finals (2011, 2018), five MLS Cups (2009, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019) and seven MLS Conference Finals (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019) plus three Canadian Championships (2016, 2017, 2018) and a U.S. Open Cup Finals (2013).  

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TFC SIGNS GM CURTIS TO EXTENSION

GENERAL MANAGER ALI CURTIS SIGNED TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

Toronto FC announced today that general manager Ali Curtis has been signed to a multi-year contract extension.

“We are thrilled to have Ali signed to a new contract,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “I’m a big believer in stability and Ali has proved during his two seasons with the club that he’s a talented executive and a tireless worker. We have a great working relationship and I look forward to continuing our work to improve TFC in every way.”

During Curtis’ two seasons with TFC, the club has won an Eastern Conference title (2019) and finished second in the Supporters’ Shield race (2020). Included in his body of work, Curtis was instrumental in the signing of Designated Player Alejandro Pozuelo, the 2020 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player, and has overseen the signing of numerous TFC Academy players to first team contracts. He has also been a leading voice within Major League Soccer in its efforts towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“I am happy about extending my contract with Toronto FC,” Curtis said. “It’s a great club that resides in an incredible community. I am both honoured and appreciative of the support from ownership and MLSE Leadership and I can’t thank Bill Manning enough for his belief in me. I am excited about all of the work we have in front of us, in order to achieve our collective goals.”

Curtis joined Toronto FC after serving as sporting director for the New York Red Bulls. During his time with the Red Bulls, he oversaw the club win the 2015 MLS Supporters’ Shield and finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2016. Curtis also helped establish NYRB II the club’s USL team to continue the development of players from the academy through to the first team. In the club’s second season, NYRB II captured both the Regular Season Title and the 2016 USL Cup.

Prior to joining the Red Bulls, Curtis worked in the MLS league office for eight years and held the position of senior director of player relations and competition. From 2004 to 2007, Curtis worked for JP Morgan as an analyst in its Chicago and Los Angeles offices. As a player, Curtis was awarded the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as the top male collegiate soccer player in the United States in 1999. He also won the M.A.C. Player of the Year in 2000 and remains Duke University’s all-time leader in goals scored with 53. Curtis was drafted second overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft, where he played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, D.C. United and Dallas through 2004.

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TFC PAUSES TRAINING AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 TESTS

TORONTO FC STATEMENT

“During mandatory testing as part of preseason training, multiple members of the Toronto FC team delegation tested positive for COVID-19. As a precaution, club personnel are currently isolating and TFC has discontinued training until contact tracing and follow-up testing has been conducted. The club will continue to follow, and strictly enforce, all health and safety protocols, and is working with Toronto Public Health to ensure the players return to training as soon as is safely possible. Toronto FC will provide further updates later in the week as additional information becomes available.” 

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TFC RE-SIGNS ZAVAETA

ERIQ ZAVALETA RE-SIGNS WITH TORONTO FC

Toronto FC announced today that defender Eriq Zavaleta has been re-signed to a new contract through 2021 with an option for the 2022 season.

“Eriq is another veteran who’s given a lot to the club,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “This is a big year for Eriq. He comes to the training ground every day ready to work and is a great role model as an all-around professional for our young players.”

Zavaleta, 28, is entering his seventh season with Toronto FC and ninth in Major League Soccer (MLS). He was originally acquired in a trade with Seattle Sounders FC on January 26, 2015. Zavaleta has made 136 combined appearances, with two goals and two assists over six seasons for the Reds. Zavaleta is one of 12 players to have made 100 appearances or more and currently ranks eighth all-time in club history on that list. Zavaleta was part of the Reds 2017 Treble winning season (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship), and has been part of two additional Canadian Championship winning teams (2016, 2018) with TFC.

TRANSACTION: Toronto FC re-sign defender Eriq Zavaleta to a new contract.

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MORROW RE-SIGNS WITH TFC

JUSTIN MORROW RE-SIGNS WITH TORONTO FC

Toronto FC announced today that defender Justin Morrow has been re-signed to a new contract through the 2021 season.

“Justin has been a fixture with TFC and it’s great to have him signed,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “His versatility on the field, veteran presence in the locker room and overall leadership on and off the field have been critical for the club for a long time and we’re thrilled that will continue.”

Morrow, 33, is entering his eighth season with Toronto FC and 12th in Major League Soccer (MLS). Morrow has made 229 combined appearances, scoring 17 goals and 19 assists for Toronto FC. Morrow currently ranks second in all-time club appearances and is one of three players to have made 200 appearances or more for the club (Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley). Morrow was part of the Reds 2017 Treble winning season (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship), and has been part of two additional Canadian Championship winning teams (2016, 2018) with TFC. In 2017, Morrow was named to the MLS Best XI, where he scored a career-high eight goals in league play that season, including the first hat-trick of his career on September 30 in a 4-2 win over the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field. For his career, Morrow has made 275 combined appearances (MLS regular season and MLS Cup playoffs) scoring 19 goals and 27 assists with Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes. Morrow was originally acquired in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes on December 16, 2013.

Morrow was named executive director of Black Players for Change (BPC) following the organization’s launch on June 19, 2020. BPC were named the 2020 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year award winners in December.

TRANSACTION: Toronto FC re-sign defender Justin Morrow to a new contract.

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TFC HIRES BARRIEU AS HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

TORONTO FC HIRE BARRIEU AS DIRECTOR OF HIGH PERFORMANCE

Toronto FC announced today that Pierre Barrieu has been named the club’s Director of High Performance.

“Pierre brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our club having worked at the highest levels of the game,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “Excited about the positive impact he will have on our team’s overall health, fitness and conditioning.”

Barrieu, the former strength and conditioning coach for the United States Men’s National Team, most recently worked with the LA Galaxy as their director of high performance. Barrieu began his coaching career at the University of Virginia in 1999, holding a dual role as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach with the men’s soccer program. He then joined US Soccer as head fitness coach for the National Team, Olympic team and U-20 team in 2002 and remained until 2007. After one season at New York Red Bulls, Barrieu re-joined the U.S. National Team in 2008 and remained through 2011. During this time with the National Team, Barrieu was part of the staff at three FIFA World Cup’s (2002, 2006, 2010), five Concacaf Gold Cups (2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011), two U-20 World Cups (2003, 2005) and two FIFA Confederations Cup’s (2003, 2009). He then joined the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) Football Association as the head fitness coach for the Men’s National Team then as an assistant coach with the U-19 team. In 2014, Barrieu held the position of director of high performance for English side, Sheffield Wednesday F.C. and later joined Norwegian club, Stabaek Fotball as a senior consultant. From there, he joined French club, Le Havre AC as the director of high performance (2015-16) and then as head fitness coach for Swansea City A.F.C. (2016-17). Following his time in Europe, Barrieu joined the LA Galaxy in 2017.

“I think that joining TFC is a great opportunity. The organization is known to be one of the very best in MLS and I am looking forward to keep building a winning culture, optimizing the performance structure while taking advantage of the wealth of resources MLSE provide,” said Toronto FC Director of High Performance Pierre Barrieu.

In addition to his extensive experience at the club and national team level, Barrieu also serves as a High Performance Expert and instructor with FIFA since 2014. He holds two “A” coaching licences from UEFA (FFF) and the U.S. Soccer Federation.

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Armas to coach TFC

CHRIS ARMAS NAMED TORONTO FC HEAD COACH

Toronto FC announced today that Chris Armas has been named the 10th head coach in club history.

“I could not be more excited to join a club with Toronto FC’s level of excellence and winning tradition and I will work tirelessly to uphold those standards,” said Toronto FC Head Coach Chris Armas. “I’m grateful to Mr. Tanenbaum and to Bill Manning and Ali Curtis for their belief in me and for giving me this opportunity. As an opposing coach I felt the passion the fans and supporters bring to BMO Field. It is next level. I can’t wait to put a team on the field that will not only make them proud with the way we play, but also with the way we run, battle and compete every minute of every game.”

Armas, 48, joins Toronto FC after most recently serving as the head coach of the New York Red Bulls. Armas took over the Red Bulls on July 6, 2018 and finished that season with a record of 12-3-3, leading the Red Bulls to the 2018 Supporters’ Shield and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. He departed the Red Bulls on September 4, 2020 with a record of 33-27-11 in all competitions while his teams averaged 1.61 points per game, (7th best all-time, minimum 50 MLS games managed). Armas originally served as an assistant coach under Jesse Marsch from 2015 until he took over head coaching duties following Marsch’s departure. In Marsch and Armas’ first season with the Red Bulls, the club won the 2015 Supporters’ Shield.

“Chris has an excellent winning pedigree and is a fiery, competitive guy who wants his teams to play on the front foot. He is the right fit to build upon the foundation that’s been established at TFC,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “Our fans are going to love his intensity and how that’s going to translate into our team’s style of play for years to come.”

As a player, Armas is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS history. He played 12 years in the league, two with the LA Galaxy and 10 with the Chicago Fire. With the expansion Fire in 1998, Armas was a linchpin as Chicago won the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup double in their first season. During his decade long run in Chicago, Armas was a part of teams that won an MLS Cup (1998), the 2003 Supporters’ Shield and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006).

Armas is one of only five players in league history to have been named to the MLS Best XI five times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003). He was a six-time MLS All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and was named the 2003 MLS Comeback Player of the Year. Armas earned 66 caps for the U.S. National Team and won two Concacaf Gold Cups (2002, 2005). He was named U.S. Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2000.

“During my career, I have been fortunate to have had the experience of interacting with football professionals both domestic and abroad. The integrity, authenticity, and professionalism that Chris possesses is unmatched when I think of professionals in the game. Having gone through this process before, I know that Chris will be an excellent coach for the club. While I have known Chris over the years, during the interview process, he conveyed perspective, vision, and coaching qualities, which solidified our belief in him as the top candidate,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “I am excited about his intensity, passion, tactics, and way of teaching. The resources and support that we will provide to Chris will be different than his previous roles, which we know will be beneficial to his vision and our success. There has never been a moment in the history of sports like we are in now. We are a team that strives to win championships, and Chris is the ideal coach to lead us now, and in the future.”

Armas’ coaching staff will be announced at a later date.

TFC: POZUELO WINS MVP

ALEJANDRO POZUELO NAMED 2020 LANDON DONOVAN MLS MVP

Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today that Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo has been named the 2020 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player.

“I am honoured to be named MLS MVP,” said Pozuelo. “I want to thank my teammates and our coaching staff as this individual award shows we had a very good season. I am happy to be able to celebrate this award with my wife, my kids and all my friends here in Spain.”

Pozuelo, 29, becomes the second player in Toronto FC history to be named the league’s MVP, following Sebastian Giovinco who won the award in 2015. This season, Pozuelo scored 9 goals and added 10 assists, leading the league in combined goals and assists. He also led MLS in chances created (70) and game-winning goals (5) while becoming the first player in TFC history to start in every regular season match in a season. Toronto FC posted a record of 9-1-4 when Pozuelo scored and/or had an assist this season.

“Congratulations to Alejandro on being awarded the highest of honours in MLS,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “Since joining our club in 2019 Alejandro’s contributions on the field and in the locker room have been incredible. This year he emerged as one of our leaders and was the chief catalyst as our team finished with the second-highest points per game in the league. This is a well-deserved MVP award for Alejandro.”

Pozuelo was named the MLS Player of the Month for September, as he scored four goals and added two assists across six matches. In addition, Pozuelo was named to the MLS Team of the Week on five occasions (MLS is Back Round 1, Round 2, Week 6, Week 7 & 8 combined, Week 15). Last month, Pozuelo was named to his second consecutive MLS Best XI (2019, 2020), becoming the third player in club history to be named to the Best XI on multiple occasions.

“Poz had a great season, and we are very happy that he is receiving this award,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “We also believe that while the MVP is given to one, it is an award that is reflective of the group. This year was challenging in so many ways, but Poz is a competitor, he’s passionate about the game, and he is more than deserving of this award.”

Signed as a Designated Player on March 4, 2019, Pozuelo has made 61 appearances for Toronto FC, scoring 23 goals and 25 assists, in all competitions. In addition, Pozuelo converted 11 of 12 penalty kicks over the course of the past two seasons.

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