There’s nothing like an international tournament to get the competitive juices flowing for Toronto FC.
The 2017 MLS Cup winners, who also have seven Canadian Championships to their name, are looking to add some non-league, non-domestic silverware to their trophy case with 2020 Leagues Cup.
After coming up just short two years ago in the Concacaf Champions League, they feel they have what it takes - especially after dispatching Mexican Tigres UANL and Club América en route to the final, where they fell in a penalty shootout to eventual champs Chivas de Guadalajara.
For veteran midfielder Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC are more than capable of a repeat performance at Leagues Cup.
“We’re very excited to see where we stack up against the Liga MX teams”, the club’s all-time appearance leader said.
“We had a really good experience two years ago in the Concacaf Champions League with our run that came up just a bit short.
“We ended up beating two of the biggest teams in Mexico and almost got past another really big and popular team”.
During the 2018 Concachampions, defender Omar Gonzalez was in the third of a four-year stint in Liga MX, so he knows just how important competitions like Leagues Cup are for all those involved.
“The gap is closing. Mexico still is a bit ahead of us” in terms of quality, according to Gonzalez.
“But with the addition of all the new players from their league coming into MLS, it’s going to be very interesting in how we fare.”
As for USMNT striker Jozy Altidore, it’s all about lifting trophies - regardless of the opponent.
“For us the idea is to win it, obviously. We’ve built a team, built a reputation of a team that plays for big moments on the biggest nights.
“So that’s our idea: to try to give our best and try to win the tournament.”