Toronto FC Ready to Turn Their Fortunes Around?
Toronto FC has never made the playoffs in their first seven years in the MLS, but that could change as soon as 2014. During that seven-year span, Toronto FC played 222 league matches and amassed a record of 51-105-56, finishing dead last in the Eastern Conference three times. Last season, what doomed the team was a lackluster attack but that is reportedly set to change.
The addition of English star Jermain Defoe adds a lot of experience to TFC and Gilberto, a versatile Brazilian striker who signed a designated player contract, would also increase the firepower of the franchise.
The addition of USMNT international Michael Bradley in midfield adds flair and skill to the center of the pitch as well. Journeyman Dwayne De Rosario, a 35-year-old Canadian international that has been around in MLS for several years, will also return; his arrival would add some much-needed experience to the team in the attack.
Second-year head coach Ryan Nelsen, a former defender with World Cup experience for New Zealand, also decided to upgrade the defensive lines of the team. The addition of left-back Justin Morrow, a former All-Star and USMNT defender should help to improve a defensive unit that ranked 14th among 19 teams last season.
Bradley and Defoe will certainly improve the overall quality of the team, and TFC is clearly not done with the signings. They are determined to improve from their poor 2013 year and they have clearly made some good additions in that sense.