Canadians Love Soccer

So far this season I have been really impressed with MLS’ newest expansion team, Toronto FC. TFC hasn’t experienced a lot of success in the early part of the season (2W, 5L, 0T), but the team’s lack of success hasn’t affected the fans. In each of the team’s four home games the 20,000 seat BMO field has been sold out, and the fans have come out in full force to support their Canadian squad. The fans sing, chant, wave flags, throw streamers, and display their scarves during the games, and the atmosphere is reminiscent of European matches. I love the way the stadium is set up, and the team has done a great job of filling the seats and creating an intimidating atmosphere. Additionally, BMO field has a great view of Toronto’s beautiful skyline.

Unfortunately the fans haven’t had much to cheer about because TFC hadn’t scored a goal or won a game until their May 12th match against the Chicago Fire ( a 3-1 Win). Dan Dichio scored Toronto’s first goal against the Fire on “seat cushion day,” and after the goal you can see the crowd launch the seat cushions onto the field. Although MLS was “disappointed” with the behavior of the fans, I thought that it was a beautiful sight and a good sign for the league.


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