The MLS regular season kicks off on Saturday March 3, and SiriusXM Canada Talks 167 is proud to bring you select matches featuring Canada’s MLS clubs, Toronto FC, the Montréal Impact, and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Toronto FC are coming off a 2017 historic season in which they were the first team in history to win an MLS Treble (that means winning the league’s top three honours, the MLS Cup, the Supporters’ Shield, and the Canadian Championship Voyageurs Cup in one season), and they set the record for most points earned in an MLS season. In 2018, the Reds have their sights on winning the same three trophies, plus adding one more: the CONCACAF Champions League trophy for top soccer club in North America.
Toronto FC will have to face some of Mexico’s top clubs to earn Champions League glory all while facing the challenges of a tough MLS season with a target on their back. This season will be a tough one for TFC, but Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco and the rest of the squad say they’re up for the challenge.
Head east on Highway 401/Autoroute 20 and you’ll find the Montreal Impact. Last season was a disappointing one for the Impact, as they finished outside of the MLS Cup Playoffs. In the off-season, the Impact parted ways with Montreal-born head coach Mauro Biello and much of his staff, and added Remi Garde, former player and manager with Lyon in France. Playmaker Blerim Dzemaili has returned to Europe to play for Bologna FC, but Algerian international Saphir Taider has joined the Impact as a Designated Player, and The Bleu-Blanc-et Noir are hoping he can add some creativity to their midfield. The Impact have also added Canadian International Michael Petrasso, who spent four years as part of QPR’s organization in England to their squad, where he’ll be expected to provide leadership alongside Canadian International Samuel Piette.
Out west, the Vancouver Whitecaps are also looking to improve upon their 2017 result. While they did finish in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference last year and made the playoffs, their semifinals exit at the hands of their Cascadia rivals the Seattle Sounders, in which the Whitecaps didn’t score a goal over two legs, did not satisfy head coach Carl Robinson or the Whitecaps’ fans. In the off-season, Vancouver added veteran MLS scoring threat Kei Kamara and Mexican International midfielder Efrain Juarez. As well, last year’s backup goalkeeper, New Zealand International Stefan Marinovic, has been promoted to #1 keeper, and Canadian International defender Doneil Henry has returned to Canada after 3 years in Europe. Rumblings out of Vancouver say that Carl Robinson wants his squad to be more of an offensive threat this year, so we’ll see how that plays out.
Whether you support Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, or Vancouver Whitecaps, SiriusXM Canada Talks 167 has you covered. You can hear me cover Canadian soccer each week on Canada FC, Fridays at 7pm ET, Saturdays at 9am ET, or any time on SiriusXM On Demand. We’re proud to bring you select live MLS matches featuring Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver all season long.