After a dismal 2023 season with only four victories and finishing at the bottom of their conference, Toronto FC is gearing up for a potential resurgence in the upcoming 2024 season. As preseason activities kick-off, fans are optimistic about witnessing a stronger and more competitive team on the field.
In an interview with TFC Republic, retired player Steven Beitashour, a key figure in the iconic 2017 Toronto FC squad, shared insights into the team's mindset during their heyday. Reflecting on that period, Beitashour emphatically stated, "We just knew how to win," a sentiment starkly different from the current state of the team.
Selected in the second round (30th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes, Beitashour later clinched a Supporters' Shield with his hometown club. Despite playing for various teams like the Vancouver Whitecaps, LAFC, and the Colorado Rapids, his most significant achievements came during his time in Toronto. There, he secured an MLS Cup, a Supporters' Shield, and two Canadian Championships.
Beitashour joined Toronto through a trade with Vancouver before the 2016 season, playing a pivotal role in transforming the Reds from MLS Cup contenders to the best team in the league. Unfortunately, a pay dispute with club management following the 2017 campaign led to his premature exit.
As Toronto FC strives for redemption, the echoes of their past glory resonate in the aspirations of both the team and its fervent fanbase. The 2024 season holds the promise of a fresh start, and the experiences shared by veterans like Beitashour serve as a reminder of the heights the team once reached and aims to reclaim.