TFC: 2017 MLS Cup Champions

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Jamally

Great game!

Prediction time. Which Toronto team is next?

Most will say the Leafs but I have a feeling the Raptors somehow will figure it all out first.

December 9, 2017 @ 6:35 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Jamally

Leafs are next!

December 9, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

Urooj Islam

Great moment for the city, happy for all those fans who stuck through the first 7 or 8 years of this franchise which were an absolute disaster before the turnaround.

TFC could be a huge force in this city for years judging by the ethnic makeup of this city, youth participation in soccer along with the team now being a winner.

December 9, 2017 @ 6:57 PM

andrew

Glad that TFC won even though not a soccer fan but watched some of the game.
A lot of people criticized the Argos for their attendance & TRUE TFC fans have followed them since their inception being the worst team in MLS for 6-7 years.
Where was everybody during the regular season promoting TFC & the Argos. TO wins 2 championships within 2 weeks & all of a sudden everyone on both teams bandwagon. True fans follow their teams through bad times also not just when winning. This is the Cheryl approach with the Habs - a TRUE fan, not a bandwagon jumper.

December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

The Voice of Reason

I am happy that Giovinco covered and completed the match.

@Mike

No way the Leafs win the Stanley Cup in the near future, they are not built for the playoffs.

December 10, 2017 @ 7:30 AM

H.o.E.

I've never seen so many police standing along Atlantic Avenue carefully watching everyone go past on their way to the game.
That was fun. The last Toronto championship in the NASL (equivalent of MLS at the time) was in 1976, when they beat Minnesota in the neutral-site Soccer Bowl at the Kingdome in Seattle.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UznrBFufqDM
They made it to the final (as the Blizzard) but lost in 1983 and 1984, which turned out to be the last two years before the league folded, which was unfortunate as Toronto was one of the few places where the league was still thriving. I still have a Blizzard shirt from back then, though it's kind of a tight fit on me now.

December 10, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

James Edgar

Congrats TFC I couldn't watch not having cable but followed it on twitter and the sprortsnet app.

December 10, 2017 @ 9:32 AM

Anonymous

I am so happy about this championship, I am a day one'er and followed this team after losing season after losing season, changing managers and GM every year, DP players in and out every year and entire roster change.

The big change happened in in the last three years, with stability of a coach (here since 2014) and smart moves of getting YOUNG DP players who all three were signed when they were still in their 20s and avoiding the pricey big name who's on their last leg to sell tickets.

We should remember a couple of men that this might not have happened if it wasn't for them. First David Miller, who was really a big supporter of soccer in this city right from the beginning. Secondly Tim Leiweke, who changed the entire culture of all MLSE teams and his short time here put them all in a path to winning.

As for @Jamally question, I think the LEAFS have the best chance, young team plus I think there's just much more parity than the other sports where smart management you can compete on par with anybody. Second would be RAPTORS, they have a good consistent team, but NBA playoffs is always about the superstars, unless they bottom out and draft two or three I think there will be always other teams that will grab those superstars. Last would be BLUE JAYS even though they had a couple of good years, I have no confidence this ownership or management to get back to this any time soon

December 10, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

Tron

Opps forgot to put my name on that one. Now to decide, should I go to the parade or watch it on TV.? BTW do we all love MLSE now? lol. How things change overall in the sports market in just a few years.

December 10, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

jj

YAY! I don't watch footy, but good on the team and the fans- always exciting to reach the ultimate goal!!!

@Tron - go to the parade :D - you deserve it.

Also, no Toronto team is winning anything for a while, but if I had to guess it'd be the Leafs.

December 10, 2017 @ 12:37 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Tron

I feel the exact same way.

The young Leafs are getting better every year, and should/could win the cup at some point over the next five years. Heck, they could win it this year, but I wouldn't bet on it.f

The Raptors are a very good team, but they'd have to get by the Cavs in the East and then beat the Warriors. Highly unlikely.

And the Jays look like it's time for a rebuild. I don't expect them to make the playoffs anytime soon.

December 10, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

Al The Royal Pain

Great game! Great win! I think the Leafs have the best chance to continue the parade of...parades. But whatever...right now every team is winning (minus this past season's Jays). It's a good time to be a sports fan in Toronto.

December 10, 2017 @ 1:43 PM

H.o.E.

They won it in Toronto in a stadium full of 30,000 people. Having a parade two days later is kind of redundant.

December 10, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

Urooj Islam

I'm leaning towards the @jj line of thought.

I know it's unfair to expect fans to be logical but I don't think most people realize how difficult it is for a team to win a championship, especially in a well developed league with 20-30 teams.

I wouldn't bet on any Toronto team to do so in the near future but that doesn't mean they won't all be very competitive and entertaining.

December 10, 2017 @ 3:19 PM

Ben V

I was there last night. It was incredible. When Altidore scored that first goal it wad pandamonium in the stands.

Great to see 30k plus people out for the love of the game.

An old blogger should eat crow. He predicted TFC and MLS would come and go within 5 years. 11 years and still going strong, dont see them leaving anytime soon either.

December 10, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@H.o.E.

Some us of couldn't get tickets to the game but will be at the parade.

December 10, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

WCI

Correct me if I'm wrong, didn't Fred P once say this team would be gone in 5 years (about 5 years ago). #FingerOnThePulse

December 10, 2017 @ 10:26 PM

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@WCI

He actually said that 10 years ago.

December 10, 2017 @ 10:31 PM

jj

H.o.E. - don't all cities do a championship parade, regardless of whether it's won on home ground or not? every Raptors 905 had one out in Mississauga...

We deserve a public holiday if the Raptors and Leafs win in the same year (a girl can dream)

Bring on the parade!

December 11, 2017 @ 8:18 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Yes, it doesn't matter where you win your championship, if you win one you get a parade or march or rally or whatever makes sense for the size of the fanbase.

Argos had a rally at NPS. TFC will have their parade along Bay to NPS and have a rally there this afternoon. Jays, Raptors and Leafs would be a whole different level - Yonge Street would fill up after the victory and then there'd be the parade and rally a day or two later.

December 11, 2017 @ 8:21 AM

H.o.E.

http://twitter.com/torontomike/status/940014010090397696
If he did write that in August 2007 as it's dated, it was already a dumb thing to say by then. Because of past history, a lot of people were saying skeptical things like that in 2006 when announcements were being made about the team. But by some point early in 2007 before they started playing games, it had become obvious that it would be different this time, as they had capped season ticket sales and had a waiting list. And by August 2007, it was four months into the season and they had been filling the stadium for every home game.

Just for the sake of accuracy, if there was 50,000 at a Blizzard game it would have been one of those international friendly games against some visiting European team. As far as I remember, the average Blizzard home attendance was steadily at about 10,000 and had not decreased noticeably in 1984, before the NASL folded in early 1985 with the Blizzard being one of the few teams that had wanted to continue.

December 11, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@H.o.E.

That was written August 12, 2007. FP hates TFC with great passion.

December 11, 2017 @ 10:13 AM

WCI

Toronto is a perfect city for a football/soccer league. It has a high ratio of European & South American immigrants. It's interesting that Toronto can embrace the whole MLS league but not the CFL. MLS = a "secondary" league versus most of the product coming out of Europe or South America.

Regardless, good on them. Isn't Toronto ironic. The darling team (Leafs) don't do well normally but every other team seems to do well. And they all have robust support without the big marketing machine.

December 11, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@WCI

Here's the difference IMHO.

MLS is the best soccer league Torontonians can drive to but in the view of most Torontonians, CFL is not the best football league they can drive to.

December 11, 2017 @ 10:29 AM

Markham photographer

Toronto just completely outclassed Seattle. I’ve never seen any MLS team go hard for a full 90 minutes like that. I am so glad Toronto are the MLS Cup Champions. Well deserved.

December 11, 2017 @ 1:33 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I biked to the parade today and it was bananas.

December 11, 2017 @ 3:28 PM

WCI

@TM

It's a long drive to Detroit to see the NFL lol unless you're a hardened Bills fan with a Jim Kelly tattoo. I think the reality is American football is seen as a low life degenerate game so Toronto snuffs it's nose. Soccer, on the other hand, is a cultural game and viewed as very European. Same reason Toronto has never had a successful country music radio station. It doesn't fit the cities image of itself (though Rob Ford's success proved that is wavering)

December 11, 2017 @ 3:50 PM


Tron

I am a bit of a pessimist at heart, I didn't expect that many people to show up at the parade. It filled up pretty good, great to see.

December 11, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

elvis

I still can't believe it. I can't wait for the first game of 2018.

December 12, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

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