Toronto FC 2007
2007 Club by Club
Toronto FC became Canada’s first ever MLS side on Apr. 7 2007, kicking-off against Chivas USA in LA. It took them a while to find their feet in MLS, as Mo Johnston’s side struggled to find the back of the net early on.
However Englishman Danny Dichio scored the club’s first ever MLS goal on May 12 to spark crazy scenes as plastic seat covers were thrown onto the pitch, in the side’s first ever MLS win [a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire] and proved a cult hero with his clinical finishing throughout the club’s inaugural season. Three of Dichio’s six goals were voted goal of the week, as the former West Brom, Sunderland and QPR striker wowed the Canadian fans with his goal-scoring exploits.
Another success story to come out of the 2007 MLS season was midfielder Maurice Edu, as the former University of Maryland star was voted MLS Rookie of the Year.
However TFC’s record was decidedly below par overall, as the Reds posted a record of 6-17-7 in their first campaign, finishing last overall with just 25 points gained in 30 matches. The main problem for the Canadian side was scoring, as they found the back of the net just 25 times all season.
However for what their team lacked in success, the TFC fans certainly took the MLS by storm in the opening season of MLS action in Canada’s largest city. They set a league record in season ticket sales, with 14,000 sold for the 2007 season. TFC also had the third largest average attendance in MLS, just behind LA and D.C. United, with 20,130 fans turning up on average to watch the Reds.
Former Rangers, Celtic and Everton player Johnston had proved to be somewhat unsuccessful in his first season in charge of TFC, and left the manager’s job, becoming Director of Soccer instead for the Reds.