Toronto FC can rightly claim that they are the best team in MLS history. The are the first club to win the treble, having captured the Canadian Championship, Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup all in the same year. They also set a record for the most points in a season with 69.
Taking a look back, here are the five biggest moments of their 2017 campaign.
Some measure of payback
It was no MLS Cup, but Toronto were able to exact a small amount of revenge against the Seattle Sounders on May 6 when they traveled to the Pacific Northwest and beat the hosts 1-0. They did so with an undermanned squad, with Sebastian Giovinco, Steven Beitashour and Drew Moor all out as they had just played midweek against Orlando City. Toronto conceded just two shots on target against the full-strength Sounders, and collected their fourth straight win on their way to six in a row.
The first of three
They captured the 2016 Canadian Championship after some heroics from Will Johnson, but in 2017 Toronto turned to their star forward to lead them to their first trophy of this season. They dispatched Ottawa in the semifinals before facing off against the Montreal Impact in the finals. After a 1-1 draw in Montreal, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla managed to give the Impact the lead at BMO Field in the second leg before Giovinco took over the match. The Italian scored two in the second half, including the series winner in the 95th minute, as Toronto collected their first hardware of 2017.
Dominating the competition
The Chicago Fire, New York City FC and Toronto were jockeying for the top spot in the standings for much of the start of the season, but by midsummer, it became clear who should be considered the best. In the middle of an 11-game unbeaten run, Toronto dismantled NYCFC 4-0 at BMO Field on July 30. Giovinco scored the first two for the home side as TFC cruised to an emphatic win before the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.
Lifting the Shield
Not only did Toronto oust their rivals from Quebec in the Canadian Championship, but they got to lift the Supporters' Shield in front of Montreal on October 15. They had already clinched the trophy, but enjoyed a hearty celebration before their 1-0 victory over the Impact. Jozy Altidore provided the lone goal in the match as TFC won their second straight after two surprising losses.
Capping it in style
Their dream season wouldn't be complete without an MLS Cup, and Greg Vanney's team left little doubt on Saturday night. They put on a dominating display to exact ultimate revenge against a Seattle Sounders side that had celebrated in their stadium 364 days before.