• Saturday Dec 23, 2017

    SCCL View: Toronto FC

    Toronto FC players (pictured) celebrate while lifting the 2017 Canadian Championship trophy. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)

    In the fourth of a series of articles taking a closer look at each of the 16 teams in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), CONCACAF.com goes in-depth on Toronto FC.

    TORONTO FC/CANADA

    By The Numbers

    2017 Regular Season Record: W20 D9 L1 GF74 GA37

    Final Position (Regular Season): First Place, MLS Eastern Conference

    Final Position (Playoffs): Champion, MLS Cup (2-0 win v Seattle Sounders FC in single-game final)

    Top Scorer (Regular Season): Sebastian Giovinco, 16 goals

    Season Summary

    Although Toronto FC won the MLS Cup for the first-ever time in 2017, it qualified for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League by virtue of capturing both the 2016 and 2017 Canadian Championship titles, avoiding a possible playoff for the nation’s lone berth.  In the 2017 final, Toronto FC topped the Montreal Impact (agg: 3-2) thanks a 2-1 home victory in the second leg, after the series opener ended in a 1-1 draw.  In addition to that success, the Reds claimed the MLS Supporters’ Shield as the team with the best regular-season record and – in a rematch of the 2016 decider -- defeated Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS Cup final, 2-0.

    Season Highlight

    TFC ran away with the MLS Supporters’ Shield with a remarkable 11-game unbeaten streak, going 8W-3D-0L from July 5-September 16

    Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco

    The Italian scored 16 goals in 25 regular-season appearances, with six coming on free kicks, a new MLS record.  He also holds the mark for most goals off direct free kicks in a career with 13 in just three MLS seasons.

    Player to Watch in 2018: Jordan Hamilton

    A product of the Toronto FC youth academy, the 21-year-old Canada international made the most out of limited minutes by scoring twice in eight appearances as a substitute in 2017.

    Fabulous Facts

    Toronto FC set an MLS record with 69 regular-season points, surpassing the previous mark of 68 set by the LA Galaxy in 1998.

    SCCL Round of 16 Outlook

    It will be a quick turnaround for TFC, which faces the Colorado Rapids in the Round of 16 only two-and-a-half months after lifting the MLS Cup.  While the teams are no strangers in MLS play, they have never met in the SCCL.  The last time Toronto FC faced an MLS team in the SCCL, it split a pair of group-stage matches with FC Dallas in 2011/12 (0-1 home loss, 3-0 away win).

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