Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Preseason Look: Toronto FC

Toronto enters this season after a flat 2018. Much of the talent they had in their outstanding 2017 was still there, but the motivation to climb that mountain again last year just wasn't there. Compounding that was an oft-injured Víctor Vázquez.

Vazquez appears to be moving on to Al Arabi in Qatar at the moment, so I'm removing him from the roster. With that, Toronto do not have a suitable replacement. Some believe that Jay Chapman, a 25-year-old Canadian who appears to be able to hold his own but is far from a solid starting MLS player and even farther still from Vazquez's quality.

This creates a hole for an otherwise good team. Manager Greg Vanney is not afraid to shuffle up his tactics and approach to games, therefore it is possible that he will try and cover that hole by moving Jonathan Osorio or Marky Delgado centrally and moving Nick DeLeon or even Auro in the midfield. Five in the back with two wingers is also on the table.

Player Ratings (avg)TransferMarkt Value (000)
1ATL70.965.9$ 52,497$ 6,067
2TFC70.565.7$ 25,027$ 4,315
3NYR69.764.9$ 20,192$ 3,745
4CLB69.366.2$ 24,671$ 4,180
5NER68.764.5$ 13,278$ 5,115
6PHI68.056.1$ 10,339$ 5,297
7FCC67.564.7$ 11,014$ 4,383 

As things sit right now, TFC is set up to have a fine season. So much depends on how motivated the group is. With some front office changes (namely Tim Bezbatchenko going to Columbus) and a little bit of uncertainty about the futures of Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, that motivation might be leaving the room.

MLS teams have a hard time keeping this many high paid players together for long. It's going to be a wait and see. MLSE has a bottomless pit of money, but with the team stinking up the place last year it won't be surprising to see this team look completely different come summer if things are going their way.

79Sebastian GiovincoSecond Striker798275
76Michael BradleyCentral Midfield767767
71Gregory van der WielRight-Back717466
71Drew MoorCentre-Back717267
71Jozy AltidoreCentre-Forward717766
70Laurent CimanCentre-Back707570
70Jonathan OsorioLeft Midfield677071
69Justin MorrowLeft-Back667169
68Nick HagglundCentre-Back646868
67Eriq ZavaletaCentre-Back676866
67Marky DelgadoCentral Midfield666867
67Alex BonoGoalkeeper676966
66Chris MavingaLeft-Back667366
66Jay ChapmanCentral Midfield666466
65Jordan HamiltonCentre-Forward636565
65Nick DeLeonRight-Back636570
64Ashtone MorganLeft-Back656462
63Tsubasa EndohRight Winger63066
62Jon BakeroCentre-Forward636262
61Caleb PattersonGoalkeeper61640
60Ayo AkinolaCentre-Forward556061
60Liam FraserDefensive Midfield586064
60Ryan TelferLeft Winger576065
55Julian Dunn-JohnsonCentre-Back555161
54Aidan DanielsLeft Winger545161
0Adam WilsonDefensive Midfield000
0Griffin DorseyCentre-Forward000
0Patrick Bunk AndersenCentre-Back4700

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