Analysis: Toronto FC plays at BMO Field this month

Toronto FC player Ifunanyachi Achara dribbles the ball against New York City FC

Toronto FC  will play two home games at BMO Field according to MLS Soccer. The first home game this year in Canada for TFC will happen this Saturday against Orlando City SC.

Toronto FC will play two home games at BMO Field this month

Toronto FC will be playing their home games at BMO Field for the first time this year. The last time TFC played at BMO Field was on September 1, 2020. On that date, TFC played in Toronto and lost 0-1 against then the Montreal Impact (now rebranded as CF Montréal). Also, the last time an American MLS team played at BMO Field was New York City FC. In fact, NYCFC faced TFC last year on March 7. Toronto won that game 1-0 thanks to an Ifunanyachi Achara goal.

Analysis of Toronto FC Playing in Toronto and Potential Problems

Toronto FC playing at BMO Field will help the team perform better in the 2021 MLS season. Fans and families mean a lot to TFC’s players, coaches, and staff. Not playing in a team’s home market has also affected a team’s performance. This can be seen with the 2020-21 Toronto Raptors and most recently this year with the Toronto Arrows. Both the Arrows and the Raptors failed to make the playoffs this year. What this shows is that not playing in one’s home markets has taken a toll on these player’s mental health and performance. TFC defender Chris Mavinga talked briefly about the difficulties Toronto players have been experiencing this year.

It is important to note though that two players from TFC are currently not fully vaccinated. According to Jeff Carlisle, soccer columnist for ESPN, players who are unvaccinated cannot play in cross-border matches at this time. It is unknown who these two players for TFC currently are. Of course, the same rule applies to American MLS teams travelling to Canada.

There will be 7,000 fans at BMO Field on Saturday against Orlando City SC according to Steve Buffery of the Windsor Star. This includes frontline healthcare workers, first responders, and season seat members at the stadium. There have been two confirmed matches that will be hosted at BMO Field this month. The first game will be against Orlando at 7:30 p.m. ET. The second game will be against the New York Red Bulls on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Canadians can watch both games, which will be shown nationally on TSN. Both games can also be watched on ESPN+.

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