Chad Barrett's journey in Major League Soccer began in 2005 when he was selected in the SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. Making an impact from the start, the ex-UCLA Bruin netted 18 goals in 82 appearances during his three-and-a-half seasons with the Windy City club.
His prowess caught the attention of Toronto FC, leading to his move to the Canadian side in 2008 and later to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Upon Barrett's arrival in Toronto, then-coach John Carver expressed high expectations, stating, "I can guarantee he will be the first name on the team sheet." Carver praised Barrett's confidence and a touch of arrogance, essential qualities for a striker.
Despite his significant contributions, Barrett's legacy at TFC is tinged with the 'almost man' narrative. With 21 goals over three seasons, he secured the sixth spot on the club's all-time scoring list, surpassing notable names like Danny Koevermans and Victor Vasquez.
Barrett's goals came in crucial matches, including the CONCACAF Champions League and the memorable "Miracle in Montreal." However, Barrett became synonymous with missed opportunities and occasional struggles in front of goal. Despite being one of the top scorers, he earned a reputation as the player who almost scored more frequently than he found the back of the net.
As time passes, fans recall both the excitement and frustration that Chad Barrett brought to Toronto FC, leaving an indelible mark on the club's history.