Optimism is just one of the buzzwords that has been regularly bandied about by Toronto FC players and coach Bob Bradley during this pre-season.
A massive overhauling of the roster has led to a genuine sense of hope and rejuvenation within the squad at training camp ahead of the start of the 2022 regular season. The off-season retooling was massive, and featured the departures of two of the three Designated Players on the team in Jozy Altidore and Yeferson Soteldo. Also gone are Mark Delgado, Richie Laryea and Justin Morrow.
In response to conceding a franchise-worst 66 goals, Toronto bid adieu to Omar Gonzalez, Auro Jr., and Eriq Zavaleta, and rebuilt its back line around new DP Carlos Salcedo, who is expected to act as the team’s defensive quarterback. In total, only 14 players from 2021 are back in the squad this year, so this wasn’t Bradley merely slapping a new coat of paint on the wall, but rather him trying to fix the big cracks and address its crumbling foundation.