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Toronto FC 2024 Season Preview

By on February 25, 2024 0 674 Views

At long last, Toronto FC’s MLS campaign will kick off tomorrow away at TQL Stadium, with the Reds going up against FC Cincinnati.

After a very long off-season, all eyes will be on the Reds as the club looks to bounce back after suffering their worst season ever, with Toronto’s club finishing in last place of the Eastern Conference. Last season was also the third year in a row the Reds have failed to make it playoffs.

With head coach John Herdman, the Reds will look to significantly improve from the 4-10-20- finish in the eastern conference. Coach Herdman will look to turn the ship around with recent team additions after TFC said goodbye to a couple of players in the off-season: Adama Diomande, Victor Vazquez, Cristian Gutierrez, Franco Ibarra, Themi Antonoglou, CJ Sapong, and Tomas Romero have all departed, with team captain Michael Bradley retiring at the season’s end.

The team additions consist of defender Kevin Long (Birmingham City, England), defender Richie Laryea (Nottingham Forest, England), defender Nicksoen Gomis (Sheffield United, England), Deybi Flores (Fehervar FC, Hungary), and homegrown defender Adam Pearlman (Toronto FC II, Canada).

Following the retirement of Michael Bradley, Toronto FC appointed midfielder Jonathan Osorio as the clubs eighth captain in team history ahead of the upcoming 2024 season.

In other off-season moves, Toronto FC made a total of four selections in the MLS SuperDraft. With the first overall pick the club selected winger Tyrese Spicer from Lipscomb University. The club also got in the second round of the draft with the 30th pick defender Joey Maher from Indiana University. In the third round 59th overall pick Midfielder Patrick McDonald from Indiana University, and lastly midfielder Fletcher Bank from Standford University was selected by TFC as the 85th overall pick.

Toronto FC Lorenzo Insigne
Photo Credit: Josh Kim / Northern Tribune

More importantly, Toronto FC and all its supporters will search for answers in their last season’s acquisition of two Italian DPs Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi. The two high-profile Italians both scored five goals apiece in all competitions in 2023. Coach Herdman will look to produce a strong offensive unit with the Italian DPS at the middle of the attack playing, with the duo supposedly ‘buying in’ on what the new coach has envisioned for the team,

While it is clear that many moving pieces are needed for Herdman to succeed and turn things around at TFC, especially with his history of generating miracles with the women’s and men’s Canada national teams. Herdman will look to generate some build-off for the season set to take place, and after 2023 it’s something TFC absolutely needs.

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