As one of the sporting capitals of Canada, it’s no surprise to find Toronto as the standard-bearer for the nation’s soccer culture in the MLS. Regular domestic success in the Canadian Championship, a solid fan base – with gates of over 20,000 – and a roster packed with talent all feed into the ‘big club’ status enjoyed by the Reds, which in turn has helped keep them in Conference contention. It all adds up to an exciting matchday experience for their devoted fans. So whether you’re a diehard supporter or a first-time visitor, search StubHub for the latest Toronto FC Tickets and fixtures.
Toronto FC – flying the flag for Canadian soccer
From the beginning, Toronto FC have tapped into a passionate and knowledgeable fan base – this is the city where the great Portuguese striker Eusebio once played. The club also boasts one of the league’s most atmospheric stadium, BMO Field. Refurbished and expanded in 2016, complete with maple-leaf design on the grandstand seats, it has raised the potential crowd to over 30,000. And with a thriving academy and Toronto FC II reserve roster, the club has its playing infrastructure on a firm footing. Supporter groups include Kings in the North, U-sector and the Original 109, who generate a big part of the matchday atmosphere from their positions in the South End.
Success hasn’t always come easily for TFC – not helped by turbulence in their management. In 2011 and 2012, fans saw the Reds' captain (and native Ontarian) traded, Dutch legend Aron Winter’s attempts to emulate an Ajax style, a two-legg win over the LA Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League, and a worst-ever start to the following regular season
TFC pride themselves on their attacking firepower, contributed by a number of star signings. England striker Jermain Defoe was scarcely missed when the Reds secured Italian international forward Sebastian Giovinco, nicknamed ‘The Atomic Ant’, and the prolific US target man Jozy Altidore.
Memorable moments with Toronto FC
However, those international stars are balanced by Canadian grassroots talent. In 2016, TFC recorded a 4-2 victory against arch-rivals Montreal in the 401 Derby. The win was made all the sweeter by two goals apiece for Jonathan Osorio and Jordan Hamilton, both products of the Toronto Academy system.
Although frequently in contention until late in the season, TFC had a famously bad run of luck in postseason play. The breakthrough came in October 2016. The first-ever playoff win was scrappy, but the Reds didn’t care. “Every guy on the field came through”, commented midfielder Michael Bradley. “I could not have been more proud.”