On Saturday, May 21 myself and fifteen other friends and acquaintances were at BMO Field to see TFC take on Columbus. I figured it would be an even match and I wasn’t disappointed. There were close calls, a few breakaways, some silly defending decisions and late attempts to get the W. Ultimately it ended in a 0 – 0 draw, but it was fun times all around.
In 2012 when I watched TFC play for the first time, the quality was awful. No sense of possession play, no creativity, bad decision-making, no cohesiveness. I was left with a bad impression of Major League Soccer (MLS) from both teams as neither could produce smart, professional soccer. Fast forward to 2016 and things are so much better. TFC has a consistent coach, players who fit the culture of MLS and better defending. The upgrades to the stadium are also dynamite, seeing a grass soccer field of such calibre makes me giddy.
However, the thing I wish for more than anything is a National Women’s Soccer League expansion team in Toronto to complement the men’s side. It feels like it’s the right time especially considering one of the best players in the world – Christine Sinclair – is Canadian. I just want to see women’s soccer live with the same frequency and access as men’s … is that too much to ask?
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