It’s time we showed TFC some much-de­served love

Our city’s most suc­cess­ful sports team de­serves love

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - NEWS - Gil­bert ngabo Metro | Toronto

A siz­able num­ber of lo­cal sports fans may feel they’ve been left in the dust. They’d be wrong.

It was nice to see De­nis Shapo­valov make noise in the U.S. Open, but we knew the kid would even­tu­ally be bounced. The Rap­tors and Leafs are in the off­sea­son. The Arg­onauts have lost six of their past eight games. And the Blue Jays? Well, let’s not even go there.

But you know what’s not be­ing talked about enough? The red-hot Toronto FC.

They’ve been ruth­lessly pound­ing ev­ery op­po­nent — in­clud­ing, most im­por­tantly, archri­vals New York and Mon­treal. They haven’t lost a game since Canada Day, a feat that’s brought them to the cusp of mak­ing his­tory.

No Cana­dian club has ever fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son atop the Ma­jor League Soc­cer ta­ble. Toronto FC is not only set to do that, they’re on pace to fin­ish with the most wins and fewest losses ever.

You could ar­gue the team is the World Cup of soc­cer and the best rep­re­sen­ta­tion of “Toronto the Di­verse.” Ja­pan, Italy, Liecht­en­stein, France, Panama and even Al­bu­querque Toronto FC for­ward Se­bas­tian Giovinco (10) cel­e­brates his goal against the Philadel­phia Union with team­mates Jozy Alti­dore (17) and Vic­tor Vazquez (7) in Toronto last month. and Scar­bor­ough are all rep­re­sented on the ros­ter.

Plus, there’s the af­ford­abil­ity el­e­ment. Ac­cord­ing to Tick­et­mas­ter, fans can get into BMO Field for Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earth­quakes or the Mon­treal Im­pact game on Sept. 20 for any­where be­tween $32 and $158. Try that with any Rap­tors or Leafs game.

On the heels of los­ing a heartbreaker Fi­nals last sea­son, The Reds have mounted the most ro­bust cam­paign yet. With the play­offs less than a month away, it’s time the city showed some much-de­served love.

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