Special Sub-Topic: Toronto FC
|What stadium did Toronto FC call home when they joined MLS in 2006?|
BMO Field. With an expanded capacity of 20,522 (Aug. 5th, 2007), BMO Field was the largest soccer-specific stadium in Canada and home to Toronto FC. Located in Exhibition Place on Toronto's lake shore, the stadium was completed in early 2007.
|Who became the first ever head coach of Toronto FC when he signed on in August 2006?|
Mo Johnston. Former Scottish, English, and French league star Mo Johnston came to MLS in 1996 where he spent 6 seasons as a member of the Kansas City Wizards before retiring in 2001. After a brief stint as head coach of Red Bull New York in 2006, Johnston was hired as the first ever head coach of Toronto FC.
|Who was signed as the first Toronto FC player in the club's history?|
Jim Brennan. Canadian international Jim Brennan was signed September 8th 2006, by coach Mo Johnston after being released by Southampton the previous May. Adam Braz was signed shortly after Jim Brennan, Ronnie O'Brien was acquired in a trade with FC Dallas, and Maurice Edu was Toronto FC's first ever draft pick.
|Who became Toronto FC's first ever draft pick when he was selected first overall in the 2007 MLS Super Draft?|
Maurice Edu. Former University of Maryland All-American star Maurice Edu gave up his final year of NCAA eligibility in 2007 to turn professional and enter the MLS Super Draft.
|Who scored the first ever goal for Toronto FC on 12th May 2007 against the Chicago Fire in the 24th minute?|
Danny Dichio. After 384 scoreless minutes to start the season, newly acquired striker Danny Dichio notched TFCs first ever goal. Play was subsequently delayed as fans at BMO Field celebrated by throwing Frisbee-like seat cushions on to the pitch.
|Who was selected as Toronto's only starting All-Star in the 2007 MLS All-Star Game?|
Ronnie O'Brien. After no TFC players were selected by the voting process (33% fans, 33% sports media, 33% league), MLS All-Star team manager Steve Nicol hand-picked O'Brien as one of his coach's selections. Strikers Danny Dichio and Jeff Cunningham as well as Jim Brennan were later added as reserves.
|What colours were chosen for the Toronto FC crest and home/away kit in the team's inaugural 2007 season? |
Red, White and Gray. MLSE chose a classic shield/crest combination for the Toronto FC logo featuring the Red and White of Canada with a contrasting gray.
|What company became the official jersey sponsor of TFC in 2007, featuring their logo on the chest of the home/away kit?|
Bank of Montreal. Bank of Montreal also purchased the naming rights to the National Soccer Stadium built at Exhibition Place in Toronto. However, for the FIFA U20 World Cup held in Canada the summer of 2007, the field was called the National Soccer Stadium due to FIFA regulations.
|What corporation owned and operated Toronto FC in 2007?|
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. MLSE also owned and operated the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies, as well as the Air Canada Center and several digital cable channels.
|Which of the following were Toronto FC affiliated supporters clubs in the inaugural season?|
They are all TFC supporters clubs. U-Sector was founded in 2000 to support Toronto and Canadian soccer teams, taking their name from Section U of Toronto's old Varsity Stadium. The Red Patch Boys were founded by local soccer fans with the creation of Toronto FC as a group dedicated to supporting the team inside the stadium, around the Toronto area and on the road. The name is derived from a Canadian military unit that became known to axis forces in WWII as "Red Patch Devils". Tribal Rhythm Nation is a club representing the multicultural side of Toronto featuring a drum section at TFC home games.
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