TFC Talk: Can the Reds keep exceeding expectations?

MLS Season Pass commentator Sacha Kljestan offers his views on TFC and Jesse Marsch comparing him to Jonathan Osorio.

TFC Talk: Can the Reds keep exceeding expectations?
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Is Toronto FC for real? 

TFC have looked revitalized under John Herdman this year after coming off their worst season in franchise history and are within touching distance of the top four in the Eastern Conference at the halfway point of the 2024 MLS campaign. 

The Reds' strong start to the season caught a lot of pundits and fans by surprise, and now they're wondering if Herdman's side can reach that next level by establishing themselves as one of the league's top contenders. 

TFC Republic spoke to former U.S. international Sacha Kljestan, currently working as a commentator for MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, about Toronto FC's season so far. We also asked Kljestan about what it was like playing under Jesse Marsch at the New York Red Bulls, and his thoughts on Marsch's recent comments comparing him to TFC captain Jonathan Osorio

Listen to the full audio clip below: 

TFC Republic interview with Sacha Kljestan


  • 00:05 – Kljestan's view on the state of TFC at the halfway point of the season
  • 01:39 – Can Toronto FC be considered an MLS Cup contender?
  • 02:35 – Newcomer Deybi Flores has added bite to the Reds' midfield
  • 03:15 – John Herdman and GM Jason Hernandez deserve a lot of credit
  • 04:32 – Kljestan's memories of playing under Jesse Marsch in MLS
  • 06:01 – Marsch's comparison between Kljestan and Jonathan Osorio
  • 08:35 – What it was like for Kljestan to play against Osorio in MLS
  • 09:27 – Why March's appointment as Canadian coach is so interesting
  • 11:07 – Being mentored by Marsch during his playing career
  • 12:17 – Playing under Bob Bradley in MLS and the U.S. national team

(Top photo courtesy of Lucas Kschischang/Toronto FC)

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