Toronto’s soccer team took the Major League Soccer Championship by storm Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders in a redemption rematch of last year. This weekend’s win makes Toronto the first Canadian team ever to win the MLS Cup. The TFC’s hopes were dashed last year when they lost the championship to Seattle in overtime penalty shots. A devastating way to go, but that apparently didn’t get this team down. They had a record-setting 2017 season, breaking the record for most points scored during the regular season and winning not only the Cup, but the Supporters’ Shield (for best regular season record) and the Voyageur’s Cup (awarded to Canada’s best team).
— Toronto FC (@torontofc) December 10, 2017
Forward Jozy Altidore was awarded MVP of the championship, making the first point for the team in the 67th minute (boy, those games go on forever). He told TSN afterwards that the win was for the TFC fans.
“This is the greatest city in the world,” he said, “This is for you guys, we love you guys.”
And Toronto loves them right back. The more than 30,000 fans at BMO Field and others watching on television were all about that red, including Mayor John Tory — who declared Dec. 11 Reds Day — Justin Trudeau and other Toronto sports teams.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) December 11, 2017
— John Tory (@JohnTory) December 10, 2017
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 9, 2017
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 10, 2017
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 9, 2017
Speaking of the mayor, it looks like Tory can expect a little gift basket in the mail from Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan any day now. The two municipal leaders made a bet over Saturday’s game so we should be seeing Durkan in a Reds scarf today and Seattle’s city hall sign lit up in the TFC’s honour. The terms of the deal will also require Tory to donate $200 to the Daily Bread Food Bank for the two points his team scored.
The whole city of Toronto is certainly celebrating the historic win too. The TFC did the ceremonial puck drop at the Leafs game on Sunday and Monday’s Reds Day will feature a victory parade throughout the city. And yes, it features a float with giant soccer players on it. Because why not?
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 11, 2017
— Dennis Marciniak (@denMAR) December 11, 2017
— Holiday Fair (@HolidayFairTO) December 11, 2017
Enjoy your parade, TFC. After that historic season, you sure deserve it.