Two years removed from the domestic treble and currently running on a three-year streak as the champions of Canada, Toronto FC appears to be a team searching for its identity.
Gone from last season’s ninth-place finish, of course, are Sebastian Giovinco (68 goals in 114 league appearances) and Victor Vasquez (16 goals in 52 appearances), two players who made the onion bag burp plenty of times for the Reds. So it leads to the question: just who will it be that’ll handle the scoring for TFC in 2019?
For Revolution fans, their hope is that the answer doesn’t come this weekend, as New England heads to the shores of Lake Ontario Sunday night (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston).
Toronto is interesting in the way it plays its football; while I noted in Monday’s film review that TFC played Philadelphia in a 3-4-3, Waking The Red’s Charlie O’Connor-Clarke said in this morning’s On The Beat that “It’s very hard to tell exactly how TFC want to play.” From what we saw, Toronto did not hesitate to sink two and sometimes even three players from the midfield — to be fair, Auro, Jr and Justin Morrow are wingbacks, and they can be used as right and left backs, respectively, in any other side — to help supplement the defending.