The Toronto FC is a professional Canadian soccer club situated in Toronto, Ontario. The team competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) and is the 14th expansion franchise in the league. The Toronto FC’s home venue is the soccer-specific BMO Field based in the Exhibition Place in-line with the Western part of the Toronto Lake shore.
Established in the year 2005, the city of Toronto was granted an MLS expansion franchise under the ownership of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd (MLSE). Upon joining the Major League Soccer (MLS), the MLSE was requested to pay $10 million for the team’s expansion fee.
On May 11, 2006, the team’s name was officially launched with the initials “FC”, which stands for Football Club. After the announcement, an online survey was made in which the public was encouraged to vote for the club’s name. At that time, the listed options were Toronto Northmen, Inter Toronto FC, Toronto Reds and Toronto FC.
The Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd had decided to pick the name “Toronto FC” for some reasons, first, 40 percent of the online voters agreed to simplify the name as Toronto FC and secondly, the MLSE was thinking that it would help the new club to earn more unique nicknames from its fan base.
Although the club started its MLS career a little late compared with the other teams, the Toronto FC was still able to quickly establish their own name with a significant fan support. The club’s first victory happened on May 12, 2007, which was held at the BMO Field with a sold out crowd.
In the year 2008, the Toronto FC hosted the MLS All-Star Game of which they ended with a record of 9-13-8. During the same year, the club had also played in the 2007 Canadian Championship against the Voyageurs Cup.
The following year, the club was swept off by the New York Red Bulls with a losing record of 5-0. At the time of the 2009 Canadian Championship, the club required a total of four victory goals from the Montreal Impact during the final game to invalidate the place of the Vancouver Whitecaps with a plus 4 goal differentials. The Toronto FC finished the long game with a victory after defeating the closest rival Vancouver Whitecaps, the fans and media aired the success which they termed as “Miracle in Montreal”.
In their Major League Soccer (MLS) history, the club’s most notable victories were the 2009-2012 Canadian Championship victories and the success the during 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
The club is coached by Greg Vanney under the same ownership. The Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment also operates the National Hockey League (NHL) club Toronto Maple Leafs, the NBA team Toronto Raptors and the AHL’S Toronto Marlies.
In addition, the company is also engaged in real estate and property management, which owns a number of sport venues such as the Air Canada Centre. The President and CEO of the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is Tim Leiweke.