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Who could be playing for Toronto FC at the end of the next decade?

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One-club men, a father-son combo and... CanWNT players?

A lot of different people have suited up for Toronto FC over the past 10 years.

Of those who have worn the beloved red at BMO Field, only one player has been involved with TFC in some capacity for the entire decade: Ashtone Morgan, who has been with the academy since 2008 and made his debut for the first team in 2011.

Jonathan Osorio (2013), Justin Morrow (2014), and Michael Bradley (2014) are the only other players who have been with the club since the first half of the 2010s (2010-2014), as has Liam Fraser if you include that he was with the academy from 2013.

However, since the second half of the past decade, Toronto FC have established an identity. They’re no longer looking for the answer, they’re looking for a way to keep that answer.

So with that in mind, let’s look at some players who could be around at the end of the next decade.

The Bradley Family

If there’s anything we’ve learned over Michael Bradley’s first six seasons in MLS, it’s that he doesn’t like missing games. The skipper has played 200 matches for TFC since joining in 2014, and when his contract ran out at the end of this past season, he signed a three-year contract, taking a significant pay cut to stay in Toronto.

Playing until he’s in his early 40s certainly won’t be an easy thing to do, but if anyone’s going to do it in Toronto, it’ll be the captain.

Michael’s son Luca (now seven years old, who would be 17 at this time in 2029) also appears to be on the right track to following in his dad’s footsteps if he wants to. Could we see the first father-son combo in Toronto FC history?

Alternatively, I can see Michael coaching in some capacity with Toronto FC. A Michael vs. Bob Bradley coaching matchup would be pretty tasty, especially with third-generation Luca suiting up for the Reds to continue the family business.

Michael Bradley warms up before the second leg of Toronto FC’s tie against Independiente
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Ashtone Morgan

I think it’s fair to say that if Ashtone Morgan wants to spend the rest of his career at Toronto FC, he’ll be allowed to do so. Consistent on the pitch, and a great team representative off of it, Morgan has pretty much been involved with the club since the beginning, as he joined the academy in 2008.

He’s only ever played for TFC and TFC II, making 168 appearances for the Reds, leaving him tied for fourth all-time with Marky Delgado.

He’s yet to sign for 2020, but the club said when they announced their year-end roster moves that were trying to bring him back. He would be 38 at the end of the 2029 season, which is longer than many players play, but if Mr. TFC wants to play until then, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be in Toronto.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Liam Fraser

The 21-year-old Canadian midfielder is off to a good start in his MLS career, and has already established himself as a player capable of starting regularly for both club and country. The only thing preventing Fraser from doing that is the crowded midfields at both club and country, but over the next couple of years, the young Canadian could force his way into being one of the first names on the teamsheet. He has many good years ahead of him.

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Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

This might not be a name known to a lot of Toronto FC fans now, but in a couple of years, it very well could be.

The youngest homegrown signing in Toronto FC history (14 years old when he put pen to paper), Marshall-Rutty, now 15, has already spent time in a professional environment, and made three brief substitute appearances for Toronto FC II in 2019.

The future looks bright for the forward, and the crazy thing is that he’ll be just 25 at the end of the 2029 season. If the opportunity’s there, and if wants to stay with Toronto FC, this is probably the most realistic option of all the extremely unlikely options in this article.

Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty makes his professional debut against Forward Madison FC
Toronto FC II

Jonathan David

The Canadian teenage forward, who grew up in Ottawa, is likely a long way away from playing in MLS, as the budding superstar’s career is just getting started. In 10-15 years, after banging in goals for fun on a top team in Europe, David might opt to return home and play for Toronto FC.

The same could be said about a number of young Canadian men’s players, but after winning Canadian Player of the Year last week, David is flying high right now.

Canada v Cuba: Group A - 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Canadian Women’s National Team Players

Toronto FC fans have been asking about the possibility of a women’s team for a while now.

With calls for a women's division of the Canadian Premier League, and the NWSL’s potential interest in expanding into Canada, Toronto seems like an obvious contender for a team.

It would be wise for Toronto FC to at least inquire about the possibility of adding a women’s team, as the Canadian women’s national team always gets great attendances in Toronto, and a lot of the roster could be made up of those players

The 2020s would be a good time to get going on that if Toronto FC are interested, as women’s football is on the rise both at home and internationally, and a lot of women’s national team players are from Toronto and the GTA, including 2019 Canadian Player of the Year Ashley Lawrence and Rebecca Quinn, both 24.

Holland v Canada -World Cup Women Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images

Who would you like to see playing for The Reds in 2030? Give us some realistic and dream players in the comment section below!