The Toronto Football Club is continuing to display their dominance after losing the MLS Championship last season. The 2020 Pre-Season has seen TFC compete against their first notable organizations, winning the slated matches. The winning streak began against the Colorado Rapids, who lost by four points to nothing in California. Featuring two sixty-minute halves, this game was longer than usual and tested these athletes to their full capabilities. Notable players like Jonathon Osorio, Jozy Altidore and Erickson Gallardo acquired the first three points. It was the younger Jacob Shaffelburg from Newfoundland that earned the 4th goal, which is his first of the pre-season.
This marks the first during the 2020 Pre-Season that the Colorado Rapids were defeated. Fans shouldn’t be concerned about the Rapids though, as their next matches are against college programs in the United States. Colorado’s football team has competed in multiple pre-season competitions, with this marking Toronto’s first of the year. It shows the overwhelming dominance of Toronto, with the only organization able to defeat them in recent memory being the Seattle Sounders. Toronto FC will compete against the Los Angeles Football Club on February 12th, with the Colorado Rapids competing in their next MLS pre-season match against the New England Revolution. Both organizations will compete in minor training sessions before their respective events.
Montreal Impact Defeated by Orlando City
The Montreal Impact faced their first pre-season loss in 2020, with Orlando City dominating over the Canadian-based football club. This followed after Luis Nani, and Pedro Gallese performed at heightened levels. Located at Exploria Stadium, both organizations displayed formidable defence that forced delayed reactions with shots-on-net. However, a free-kick from Luis Nani allowed Orlando to acquire a singular point.
Pedro Gallese is being praised for the two points he saved minutes after the 39th-minute goal from Nani. Considering that the Orlando City football club couldn’t acquire championship contention last season, losing to them causes significant concerns for supports of the Montreal Impact. They’ll shortly be competing in CONCACAF and with these skills, will quickly be eliminated after February 20th.