• Wednesday Dec 20, 2017

    Toronto FC’s Vanney on SCCL: “Our mission is to lift this trophy”

    Since being named Toronto FC head coach in August 2014, Greg Vanney (left) has won two Canadian Championship titles and one MLS Cup crown. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)

    MIAMI -- After earning three major titles in 2017, Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney has another trophy in his sights -- the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

    The Reds won the Canadian Championship, the MLS Supporters’ Shield (the team with best regular-season record in Major League Soccer) and the MLS Cup.

    "The next one that's in front of us, and our next opportunity is CONCACAF," Vanney said after Monday night's draw. "Our mission is to lift this trophy as well."

    Toronto FC will begin its pursuit against fellow MLS side Colorado Rapids in the Round of 16. The series opener will be played February 20-22, while the second leg is slated to be disputed February 27-March 1.

    "We know the Rapids a little bit," remarked Vanney, a former United States international. "They're going through a little bit of change, new coach. They'll probably have a new style and some things that we don't know about them."

    Toronto FC hasn't played at the Rapids’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park since a 1-0 loss in 2016.

    "Colorado is a difficult place to play," Vanney commented. “It's at altitude. It's going to be early in the season."

    Not flying out of North America could help, however.

    "We know about the travel, the logistics," finished the 43-year-old Vanney. “That's one benefit maybe for both our sides because any time you travel to Central America you can end up in long travel days and long distances. We know what our path looks like."

    Vanney hopes it leads to another title.

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