MLS awarded Toronto a team in 2005. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) paid $10 million for the franchise. The name of the team was announced on May 11, 2006.
MLS Cup 2017 was the 22nd edition of the MLS Cup, the championship of Major League Soccer (MLS), contested between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC on December 9, 2017. The match was hosted at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada, for the second consecutive year and third time overall. Both teams made their second appearance in the MLS Cup, in a rematch of the 2016 edition.
After a goalless first half, Toronto FC took the lead in the 67th minute through a Jozy Altidore goal. Toronto’s 2–0 win over Seattle was capped by a 94th-minute counterattack that resulted in a goal by Víctor Vázquez. Toronto FC became the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup and the first MLS team to complete a domestic treble.
Toronto FC competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home matches at BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place on Toronto’s shoreline. Toronto FC joined MLS in 2007 as an expansion team and was the first Canadian-based franchise in the league.
The first team is coached by Greg Vanney and operated by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which also operates the USL League One affiliate team Toronto FC II and most other professional sports franchises in the city.
2007 – Present / Major League Soccer
2007 – Present / Toronto FC
Toronto FC – The announcement followed an online consultation in which the public was invited to vote on the name during a limited period. The voting options were “Toronto Northmen”, “Inter Toronto FC”, “Toronto Reds”, and “Toronto FC”. MLSE’s strategy in choosing “Toronto FC” following this process was based on two reasons. Firstly, over 40 percent of the online vote supported the simple Toronto FC name during the consultation; secondly, MLSE hoped that the fairly generic name would help the new club earn a more organic nickname from the Toronto fans rather than having one imposed upon the team. The team has been called “TFC” and “the Reds” by the media and the team. The “FC” in the club’s name became the conventional initialism for football teams.
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2007 – Present / BMO Field
2006 – Present / Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
*Blue is this team’s history