MLS Eastern Conference Preview, Predictions

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Toronto FC

Last year’s results: 11-15-8, missed the playoffs

Head coach: Greg Vanney, who took over in the middle of last season

Big offseason additions: Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco

Depending on your point of view, TFC is either undeterred by last season’s failures, or they learned absolutely nothing. In 2014, Toronto made an offseason splash by signing Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe, only to once again miss the playoffs. In 2015, Toronto has doubled down on their big spending, bringing in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco to clean up last season’s mess.

In Altidore, TFC has a striker who is proven at the MLS level. In his last full season in the league, Altidore had nine goals in 22 games, which becomes impressive when you remember he was 17 years old. Toronto will be counting on him to at least replace the 11 goals Defoe had last year. Giovinco will serve as the genuine playmaker whom Toronto and Altidore both lacked in 2014.

The big names are all up top; did Toronto do enough to shore up what one of the league’s worst defenses? TFC can’t afford to allow another 54 goals this year, so they picked up Polish international Damien Perquis and former Chivas USA defender Eriq Zavaleta. It’s a start, but Toronto may find still themselves in a lot of high scoring games in the upcoming season.

Glass half full: I think Toronto is greatly improved from last year. The history of struggles in Toronto shouldn’t overshadow the talent on the current team. Giovinco is the best signing of the offseason, and with him in tow the Reds could go as far as MLS Cup.

Glass half empty: This is Toronto, so Murphy’s law applies. Maybe they get stuck in a rut with Bradley and Altidore at the Gold Cup. Perhaps one of their big-name stars gets hurt. Is there enough fortitude (and defense) in Toronto to withstand those first signs of trouble without falling apart like last year? We’ll find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Six teams make the Eastern Conference playoffs this year. As ridiculous as that may sound, even worse is that NYRB will not be one of them. NYCFC has a better chance.


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