2009 Club by Club
Kansas City Wizards
New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
The 2009 season was a leap in the right direction, but ultimately it was once again punctuated by a lack of goals for TFC as they fell at the final hurdle to make the MLS playoffs. That said, Dwayne De Rosario had an outstanding year, scoring 14 goals in all competitions as the Canadian international helped the Reds to a fifth placed finish in the East and 12th overall.
It wasn’t all bad news though, as the Reds captured the Canadian Championship for the first time in their history under the stewardship of English boss Chris Cummins.
However the main story to come from the year was the monumental collapse that occurred on the final day of the regular season. Knowing a win would put them in the playoffs, TFC had a firm goal in sight against the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 24. Yet their goal would not been to have lost 5-0, which they ultimately did after being undone by some superb attacking play from New York.
Despite this disappointment, De Rosario an Amado Guevara added much needed creativity and panache, as they ease TFC’s former Achilles heel in the goal-scoring charts. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei also rose to stardom as he proved that what he lacked in experience, he certainly made up for in talent as he posted an impressive 1.49 goals against average.
TFC certainly started the season off in great form, however especially as games wore on they became more and more vulnerable. They scored just two goals in the final 15 minutes of games all season long, which was last in MLS. Coincidentally they also gave up 16 goals in the last 15 minutes as they threw several points away.
Yet their first Canadian Championship was an extremely positive note compared to the disappointment of missing the playoffs. Going into their final game against the Montreal Impact, TFC knew nothing less than a 4-0 win would secure them the trophy. They did so in emphatic fashion, winning 6-1 courtesy of a Dwayne De Rosario hat-trick and Guevara grabbing two goals. Subsequently Toronto participated in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League, but lost in the preliminary round to the Puerto Rico Islanders.