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5 Bold Predictions for Toronto FC’s 2014 MLS Season

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5 Bold Predictions for Toronto FC's 2014 MLS Season

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2014 MLS season quickly approaching, it’s time to take a look at many of the teams who struggled last season that will be able to take the next step and compete for a berth in the MLS playoffs. One of these teams is from Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, Toronto FC.

Toronto finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference last season, 12 points behind the No. 8 team the Columbus Crew. TFC won only six games all season long. Let me repeat that; Toronto won only six games out of 34 games. That’s an absolutely horrid 17.5 percent win percentage. However, they tied eleven games and, although their record was dismal, it hows that their defense wasn’t as bad as it seemed.

The good news is that Toronto is going to be a lot better on offense this season. TFC has brought in two players that I believe will make immediate impacts as soon as they step onto the pitch. Former Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe as well as current backbone of the U.S. Men’s National Team Michael Bradley are going to be the key to whether or not they succeed in the Eastern Conference. These players won’t disappoint, as both should be top MLS players by the end of the season.

Toronto isn’t going to have it easy. The teams that were good last year in MLS’s Eastern Conference are good this year, and the average teams have gotten better. TFC is going to have to fight hard to make it to the playoffs. Here are five bold predictions for Toronto’s upcoming 2014 MLS season.

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No. 5 Jermaine Defoe Finishes Season Leading Toronto in Goals Scored

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has signed with Toronto, but his addition has been swallowed up by the team signing Michael Bradley. Expect big things from Defoe in MLS.

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No. 4 Toronto FC is a Dark Horse for No. 1 Seed in the Eastern Conference

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TFC is going to be dangerous this season with all of their offseason moves. The East is a very difficult conference, but Toronto definitely has the talent to finish on top.

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No. 3 Michael Bradley Shines

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There isn’t a player in all of MLS that will be under more scrutiny than Toronto’s new player from the USMNT, Michael Bradley. I think he’ll step up and prove his naysayers wrong.

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No. 2 TFC Wins At Least One Playoff Game

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The good news for Toronto is that, although the top Eastern Conference teams got better, they’re all still going to beat up on the lower part of the conference. A first round game against a tough opponent could lead them to a deep run for the MLS Cup.

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No. 1 Toronto Is the Best Team from Canada

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

This is definitely my most bold prediction. With talented teams like the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact hailing from Canada, TFC is going to have to win a lot of games if they are to stick with those two. However, this may be the year that Toronto starts catching up to their fellow Canadian teams.