Toronto FC is gearing up for a redemption season after a disappointing finish in Major League Soccer, marking one of their worst campaigns to date. Coach John Herdman, who assumed the role on October 1, expressed confidence in his players, emphasizing their motivation for a comeback.
Herdman, the former coach of Canada's national team, understands the challenges ahead but sees an opportunity for growth. Having successfully led the Canadian men's and women's teams to significant achievements, he aims to instill a winning culture within Toronto FC.
The team's struggles were evident last season, culminating in a 2-0 defeat to Orlando City SC. Herdman allowed interim coach Terry Dunfield to manage the side for two road games before fully taking charge, providing valuable insights into the team's dynamics.
Herdman addressed talks about Italian stars Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi potentially returning to Italy, revealing that honest conversations took place with all players at the end of the previous season. The focus is on creating a winning culture, enjoying football, and reconnecting with the fans.
As the players prepare for the upcoming season, which kicks off on February 25 against FC Cincinnati, the Toronto FC management, coaching staff, and players are united in their determination to turn the page on a challenging chapter and embark on a journey of redemption and success.