2014 MLS Season Review: Toronto FC

Eastern Conference Final Position: 7th


Collapse. A season that looked so promising from the off ended with disappointment yet again as the Reds failed to make the playoffs for the eighth straight year. After building what looked like an incredibly strong side before the start of the new season, many expected big things from Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and co. but they never managed to find a good run of form.

The club is up in the air now the season is over, Ryan Nelsen was dismissed midway through the season, and head coach Greg Vanney hasn’t had enough time to work with the players. Players who could soon be offloaded as Defoe looks likely to leave, while Doneil Henry had already been sold months ago, it was revealed last week.

Things haven’t gone according to plan, and extreme caution must now be taken to ensure things don’t implode in Toronto.

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Best Moment

The 2-1 win in Seattle to open the season filled fans with hope, and from that point failure was not an option. That was one of the rare moments of the season when things were really looking up, but it never really kicked on.

Worst Moment

Hard to pinpoint one moment, but the 1-0 loss at home to Houston Dynamo at the start of October ended many fans hopes of making the playoffs. The Reds needed to win that game, and things may have been different. However, they lost and then failed to win in their last three games either.

Player of the Year

Jermain Defoe was the most influential despite going missing in the second half of the season. He scored 11 goals and picked up two assists in his first season in MLS, and was a key part of the side until he picked up a groin injury that limited his availability. Toronto never lost a game in which he scored, and if he is to leave they will have a huge hole to fill.

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Biggest Win

Toronto 3-0 Chivas USA (September 21 2014)

Biggest Defeat

Sporting Kansas City 4-1 Toronto FC (August 17 2014)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

Endless things must be improved. Club stability, the defence, the attack, and general running of the club. Keeping Doneil Henry’s sale a secret was a big mistake and hopefully they will learn from that. The Reds must be transparent with supporters to build a successful soccer team.

Toronto conceded 54 goals this season. That’s not good enough and must be addressed. They did win the highest number of games in a single season, but never found a solid run of form and that is also something which needs to be looked at. Stability is needed for the Reds to rebuild and make a serious charge towards the playoffs next season.

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