After a disappointing 2023 season that saw Toronto FC finish with a dismal record of 4-20-10, Coach John Herdman is leading the team into the 2024 campaign with a sense of determination and a hunger for redemption.
Herdman, who took over as the head coach on October 1, had to witness a tough season-ending loss to Orlando City SC on October 21. The team ended the season in the MLS basement, prompting the need for a fresh start.
Expressing his confidence in the players, Herdman emphasized their motivation for redemption. Addressing reporters during MLS's media day in Miami, he acknowledged that the squad is ready to bounce back from what they consider their worst-ever season, setting the stage for an exciting and challenging season ahead.
At Toronto FC, Herdman is assembling a team of experienced professionals, including Eric Tenllado, Simon Eaddy, Robyn Gayle, Alex Dodgshon, and Cesar Meylan, forming a cohesive and knowledgeable coaching crew.
Reflecting on the end of the previous season, Herdman engaged in honest conversations with the players, emphasizing a collective commitment to enjoy the game again, compete for the city, and reconnect with the fans. This commitment serves as the starting point for Toronto FC's journey to redemption.
As Toronto players gear up for medicals and the first phase of training camp in Florida, anticipation builds for the regular season kickoff on February 25 against FC Cincinnati, followed by the home opener on March 9 against Charlotte FC.