Toronto FC don't do 'quiet' off-seasons.
In the past, the club has signed marquee players (from Jermain Defoe to Sebastian Giovinco), picked new team captains, hired new coaches and fired general managers in the short months building up to a new MLS campaign.
This latest off-season was no exception, with the biggest development being the hiring of coach Chris Armas following Greg Vanney's surprising departure. TFC also enters the new MLS season without a third Designated player, as it attempts to win its first MLS Cup since 2017.
Where does that leave the club as it prepares to kick things off in MLS this weekend, while also gearing up for the quarter-finals of the Concacaf Champions League?
Toronto FC president Bill Manning chatted 1-on-1 with TFC Republic about a variety of topics, including the changes that Armas has made, finding a third DP, if the team will play at BMO Field this year, why Vanney left, if the team's youngsters will get a chance to play in 2021, and more.