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Footy Talks: Can Toronto FC find an identity just in time for playoffs?

How does the next month dictate the club’s future?

MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Identity is a term you are likely to hear a lot in Canadian soccer discussions over the next week.

With a potential playoff berth on the horizon, Toronto FC are looking to lock down a consistent identity for the first time this season. Can what appears to finally be a defined shape and system bring with it results at this critical juncture of the season?

If one can’t be established in time for the playoffs, or if Toronto don’t get there at all, what is the fallout? These couple of months could be a last chance opportunity for Greg Vanney and several of his players.

Meanwhile, the Canadian men’s national team enter camp this week with a lot of questions to answer after a disappointing showing at this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup. With some new blood injected into the group, the team will look to build towards two critical matches against the United States next month.

Joshua Kloke of The Athletic joined Mitchell Tierney on this week’s Footy Talks podcast to discuss both Toronto FC and the Canadian men’s national team at length. They also chat about his recent trip to Germany where he saw Alphonso Davies play, and score, live.

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