The defending English Premier League champions, Manchester City, will be coming to Toronto in May to play a friendly against Toronto FC. Mid-season friendlies have become an annual occurrence for Major League Soccer clubs, with Toronto playing Roma and Tottenham Hotspur respectively in the last two years.
The match is being promoted as "Our City vs. Man City", and sure makes the Toronto FC players look a lot like some kind of gang. It comes complete with Italian mafioso Sebastian Giovinco punching his hand as a threat to his Manchester City opponents.
Waking the Red has learned that this is the first of two friendlies that Toronto FC will play this summer against English Premier League opposition. The site was told that the first friendly, presumably Manchester City, would "sell out". The source was told the second was expected to draw around 22 thousand supporters.
Here is the poster for the event, featuring players who will likely play a combined 20 minutes in the match.
The scheduling of this match is particularly precarious for Toronto, as it will come between a May 23 game against the Portland Timbers, and a May 30 game against the San Jose Earthquakes. Considering how important the month of May is to Toronto's season, as it is the month where they will finally be playing matches at BMO Field.
Then again there is never really a good time for these matches, which provide meaningless distractions between important fixtures. This is especially true should a second friendly match be played, which as aforementioned would come against a lesser EPL opposition.
Tickets will go on sale for the public on April 16.