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By The Numbers: The Reds were on the clock in 2019

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Remarkable achievements from Toronto FC in ‘19 and what awaits in ‘20

MLS: Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders FC
Altidore and Pozuelo should lead the charge in 2020
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Martyn Bailey’s By the Numbers returns with his latest three-piece installment looking back at last season’s numbers and comparing how they stack up historically for Toronto FC. Enjoy Part 2 of 3 below with Part 3 coming later this week. Check out Part 1: Records to Build On here.

You don’t get to your third Final in four seasons without disciplined systems and some strong individual efforts. Last year’s edition of Toronto FC had many highlights along their journey to Seattle.

Let’s look at some of the accomplishments and see what could be in store in 2020.


Jozy Altidore put a crucial Away Day rivalry on ice with a 95th minute free-kick beauty in Montreal...

Not only did it mark a sign of things to come for TFC in the summer of 2019, but it was the 11th time that Altidore had scored vs. Montreal as a Red — setting a club record.

Altidore and Jonathan Osorio also added to their personal list of teams scored upon in 2019 — passing ex-teammate Sebastian Giovinco for joint-first on that list.

With Miami, Nashville and at least one new opponent in the Voyageurs Cup (and perhaps a new foe in the Leagues Cup), both Altidore and Osorio will be looking to add to their personal pile of pelts...

Altidore’s 12 goals last season came in bunches for the club...

In fact, he managed two different four-match scoring streaks — coming just short of a club record that he already holds alongside Dwayne DeRosario (2010) and Danny Koevermans (2012). I would expect one of Toronto’s DPs this year to ink their name on this list in 2020, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s inked at the top.

Moving on, Alejandro Pozuelo’s debut in Toronto was a famous one...

He became the 12th Red to score on his debut, and just the third to find the net twice.

2019 will also be a year we remember for quick starts and dramatic finishes. Toronto FC set a record that may stand a generation with four goals in one half of extra time during their first round playoff match with DC United!

It wasn’t the first time that the clock came into play that season.

Remember this?

It was just the second goal in Toronto history scored in the first minute — a full 30 seconds quicker than the previous record.

And on the other side of the ledger, late in September, when TFC coveted valuable points in the Eastern Conference race to the playoffs...

...two points disappeared with this Carlos Vela PK — the third latest goal ever surrendered by the Reds...

Not to be outdone, Altidore’s FK vs. Montreal (from above) and Jordan Hamilton’s dramatic equalizer against Sporting Kansas City rank among the latest goals scored in TFC history...

Speaking of Mr. Hamilton, both he and Pozuelo achieved something we may never see again...

They scored two of the four fastest braces in club history — in the same game!

That was one of four braces that Pozuelo scored for Toronto last season — a feat that already has him among the club leaders...

I fully expect him to move Top-three in the first half of 2020.