Published: February 10, 7:15 p.m. ET
Updated: February 12, 7:59 a.m. ET
Toronto FC took to the pitch for the latest game of their pre-season efforts on Saturday afternoon against the Columbus Crew in Santa Barbara, California. We know they played, but we had to piece together clues to find out the actual score.
The club told the media that it “cannot share results from today,” leaving fans in the dark about how their team’s preparations are going ahead of the 2024 MLS season, which they open on February 25 on the road against FC Cincinnati.
TFC did, however, promote the matchday on their social media platforms ahead of kickoff. In their pre-match post on X, formerly known as Twitter, the club only posted four photos, one or two appearing to show celebrations but with no details of goalscorers or a final result.
Thankfully, The Athletic’s MLS insider Tom Bogert stepped up to tell us it ended 4-2 to the Crew.
On Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after the game, TFC finally uploaded a match report which confirmed several details that had previously been unavailable: the teams actually played a standard 90-minute match plus 30 minutes of extra time (contrary to reports that had suggested the match would feature two 60-minute halves), Ayo Akinola and Alonso Coello scored, and John Herdman was pleased with the attacking play on show.
A video posted by TFC showed Akinola and Coello’s goals, at least. An absolute belter from the young midfielder!
Farcically, the TFC report did not confirm the full-time score of the game. It’s pretty weak, really.
But there was video proof that Columbus scored four times.
We also don’t know if any of the “multiple trialists” currently in camp played any part, although Herdman did say that “the last 30 minutes, we changed our lineups around, made sure we gave a lot of opportunities to players.”
Earlier in the preseason, TFC held a camp in Palm Beach, Florida, beating Nashville, SC, before briefly returning to Toronto for another block of training prior to making their way to California.
As part of their California trip, the club will also face Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles FC before returning home to Toronto to put the final touches on the team ahead of MLS kickoff.