Fresh off its 2-1 home win over Nashville SC in MLS, Toronto FC kicks off its 2021 Canadian Championship campaign this week when it hosts York United FC in the quarter-finals.
This contest marks the first time that TFC has ever played a team from the Canadian Premier League, and even though the Reds compete in a division with a higher standard of play, and blow away their opponents in terms of quality and depth when you compare their rosters, they can’t take York for granted.
“I was born in Toronto, and growing up in Newmarket, I was a TFC fan,” York midfielder Max Ferrari said. “So it’ll be cool to play against these top players — obviously Michael Bradley, Richie Laryea, great players.”
With Toronto all-but-eliminated from playoff contention in MLS, the Canadian Championship represents its last chance to win a trophy. The winner of the Canadian Championship also qualifies for the 2022 Concacaf Champions League, so there's extra incentive for TFC to put their best foot forward.