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Our third annual blizzard of only the hottest takes.

We’re back!

Welcome to the third annual Waking the Red end-of-season Awards where we take the time to nominate those deserving at Toronto FC for some of the most prestigious accolades in the industry.

It’s been an uncommon year, and so we felt it doubly important to keep these going, and to keep them cheeky. That being said, we did make the collective decision to omit the BMO Field specific awards this year, too painful.

So join us as we celebrate the bizarre and the profane, the 2020 Toronto FC campaign!


The Danny Dichio Seat Cushion Award Best Goal Scored

Jeffrey P. Nesker (JPN) - It’s Richie Laryea v all comers. Accept no substitute.

Martyn Bailey (MB) - Getting in early, I get to be the genius who picks Richie Laryea (Ed: He absolutely did in get earliest)

Mitchell Tierney (MT) - Yeah it’s Laryea making the MLS Cup Champions look silly, although shouts to screamers scored by Piatti (vs. Vancouver) and Akinola (vs. DC).

Isaiah Sinclair, formerly ‘Pamanci11’ (IS) - Richie Laryea’s goal versus Columbus. His dribbling was so satisfying to watch.

Aasim Hashim (AH) - Pablo Piatti’s long distance strike against Vancouver in the first match after the MLS is Back Tournament.

Benedict Rhodes (Benedict) - Ayo Akinola's third against Montreal in the MLS Is Back tournament. Bodied the defender and cleverly chipped the ball over the 'keeper.

Matthew Wilson (MW) - I’m going to follow Benedict’s lead and choose Akinola’s goal against New England where he absolutely bodies the defender and slots it home (again).

Brady Reid (Brady) - Richie following up that fancy footwork with an absolute arrow of a finish was my golazo of the season.

Michael Singh (MS) - With all due respect to Richie Laryea’s run, I’m going with my boy Aasim up there: Pablo Piatti’s first goal as a Red in his first start at BMO Field. So clean. So satisfying.

Poll

The Danny Dichio Seat Cushion Award — Best Goal Scored

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    Richie Laryea run vs. Columbus
    (169 votes)
  • 11%
    Pablo Piatti wonderstrike vs. Vancouver
    (25 votes)
  • 9%
    Ayo Akinola long-range strike vs. D.C. United
    (20 votes)
  • 3%
    Ayo Akinola’s body & chip vs. Montreal
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread.
    (0 votes)
222 votes total Vote Now

The Paul Mariner “Best Finish of the Modern Era” Award — Worst Goal Conceded

JPN - Caden Clark with the late equalizer, and Nachos.

MT - Probably the goal against Nashville in the playoffs... if only because the Reds were so close to giving us a sense of normalcy by being eliminated in PKs.

IS - Sergio Santos’ easy kick-in in our 5-0 blowout against Philadelphia.

AH - Nashville’s goal in MLS Playoffs to knock TFC out. Not only did it knock the Reds out, but it was just a horribly defended play.

Benedict - Has to be the Nashville goal.

MB - Siding with JPN on this one. Caden Clark was a reminder, that even though we were 13 scant minutes away from our SIXTH STRAIGHT LEAGUE WIN, and were runaway leaders for the the yet-to-be-erased-and-then-reinstated Supporters Shield race, a poorly placed tweet can jinx everything...

MW - Agree with JPN, it has to be Caden Clark... but not for Nacho reasons

Brady - That Brian White goal on Decision Day felt very Sunday League defending.

MS - Caden Clark’s goal was a beauty. Is everyone confusing Griffin Yow for Caden Clark? Wrong 17 year old.

Poll

The Paul Mariner "Best Finish of the Modern Era" Award — Worst Goal Conceded

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    NYRB’s Caden Clark’s 1-1 equalizer
    (94 votes)
  • 26%
    Nashville’s extra-time goal vs. TFC
    (49 votes)
  • 8%
    Sergio Santos’ goal, the fifth of a 5-0 loss vs. Phili
    (15 votes)
  • 11%
    NYRB Brian White goal on Decision Day
    (22 votes)
  • 2%
    Griffin Yow’s late equalizer for D.C. United
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (0 votes)
185 votes total Vote Now

The Victor Vazquez Flamenco Dancer Award — Best Play

JPN - Quentin Westberg robs Ola Kamara at close range.

MT - Ayo Akinola absolutely bodying Jukka Raitala to score the winner against the Montreal Impact at MLS is Back.

IS - Ayo Akinola’s hattrick over Montreal. The man is a real talent — hopefully we’ll see him play for the CANMNT!

AH - Can this be a non-TFC play? Rudy Camacho getting sent off and giving away a penalty in the process to the Whitecaps, which eventually paved the way for TFC to represent the MLS in the Voyageurs Cup. (MB upvoted this & JPN questions “Non-TFC play”)

Benedict - Pablo Piatti's rocket against the Whitecaps. This was my second choice for best goal, and a brilliant effort from the Spaniard.

MB - Josmer. For the flex alone...

MW - Jozy against Montreal, because watching TFC put the Impact in their place felt like a return to normalcy during lockdown.

Brady - Jozy’s “quiet now” banter with the 200 bodies inside Stade Saputo sent me into a fit of laughter.

MS - Alejandro Pozuelo picking up Chris Mavinga after the Frenchman conceded a first-half own goal in a come-from-behind 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew.

Poll

The Victor Vazquez Flamenco Dancer Award — Best Play

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Quentin Westberg save on Ole Kamara
    (13 votes)
  • 10%
    Ayo Akinola throws his weight around vs. Montreal
    (20 votes)
  • 9%
    Ayo Akinola hat-trick vs. Montreal
    (18 votes)
  • 25%
    Montreal Impact’s Rudy Camacho’s heroics for Toronto FC
    (49 votes)
  • 32%
    Pablo Piatti rocket vs. Vancouver
    (62 votes)
  • 8%
    Jozy Altidore Quiet Now
    (17 votes)
  • 5%
    Alejandro Pozuelo picking up Chris Mavinga
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (0 votes)
189 votes total Vote Now

The “Get Defoe Outta Here” Award — Worst Play

MLS: Montreal Impact at Toronto FC (Sokolowski/USA TODAY)

JPN - The Pozatti Special, or how I learned to stop worrying and accept shenanigans.

MT - Yeah it is still the Piatti/Pozuelo penalty. Comedy in hindsight but legitimately could have cost the team a spot in the Voyageurs Cup final.

IS - I was going to say the Piatti/Pozuelo penalty, but I’ll pick something different to spice up this section. This was not exactly a ‘play’, but I was really annoyed where Jozy returned to training unfit (so we couldn’t play him as much) despite him being the highest paid player on the team.

AH - The Piatti/Pozuelo botched penalty is for sure the right answer, but if I had to pick something else...replacing both centre backs vs D.C. United which led to the 2-2 draw at the MLS is Back Tournament.

Benedict - Can't be anything other than the Pozuelo and Piatti penalty. Could've seriously derailed the season, and it just didn't make sense, especially in such a meaningful game.

MB - Definitely the P&P Misstep Factory.

MW - Definitely Piatti/Pozuelo penalty.

Brady - That Messi/Suarez PK thingy that Poz and Piatti tried that one time.

MS - It could’ve been really good but it wasn’t. It was really bad.


The #SebaThings Award — Best Sebastian Giovinco Thing

JPN - Guesting on our sister show, Footy Talks Live.

MT - Being named one of MLS’s Best 25.

IS - Being able to watch Toronto FC play in the first place, after all that’s happened this year.

AH - Having so many great plays during his time in the MLS that they keep popping up on the MLS social channels once in a while.

Benedict - Continuing to win (sometimes comically large) trophies.

MB - Knowing that 25% of #TFCLive will still be baying for his return in 2028...

Brady - Packing Seba in my first FUT pack in FIFA 21 :)

MW - Knowing that he got to meet Drake when a certain “Bloody Big Deal” never got to

MS - This Alejandro Pozuelo quote paying tribute to the goat himself:


The D-Ro’s John Hancock Award — Best Goal Celebration

JPN - Can I say Pozatti??? For the banter?? Just kidding it’s obviously Josmer. We even made a T-Shirt!

MT - “Quiet Now” — Even during an off year Jozy Altidore still found a way to clown on the Montreal Impact.

IS - Jozy Altidore’s celebration against Montreal Impact. The same one that Mitch said.

AH - Jozy Altidore’s celebration against Montreal is the clear winner.

Benedict - Shhhhhh

BM - Glad I worked this video in above so that I can seem like a leader, instead of a follower. Always Jozy.

MW - Jozy vs. MTL

Brady - Altidore times a billion.

MS - Honourable mention to Pablo Piatti after his BMO Field stunner.


The Steven Caldwell “Quality” Award — Favourite Player

JPN - No Red gave me more pleasure to watch this year than MVPoz.

MT - TFC socials guy Eric Giacometti for his performance in the staff ball hockey games. Just needs to learn how to backcheck.

IS - Richie Laryea. He’s fast, got skills to the pay the bills, and is an aggressive full back. I love watching him play.

AH - Jonathan Osorio. He did everything he was asked to do this year, including stepping in for Michael Bradley and captained the side admirably.

Benedict - Can’t really pick a favourite, but following (and writing about) the emergence of Ayo Akinola has been a really cool part of this season.

MB - Future CANMNT International Ayo Akinola with his ridiculous 0.76 goals per 90 minutes.

MW - Ralph Priso - of all the young players who got an opportunity this year, he was the most consistent and looked ready to play in the MLS.

Brady - Unbiased member of the media who doesn’t have “favourites”, but loved watching the emergence of Laryea from super-sub to sure thing starter.

MS - For everything he accomplished off the field, my favourite Toronto FC player in 2020 was Justin Morrow.

Poll

The Steven Caldwell "Quality" Award — Favourite Player

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    MVPoz
    (77 votes)
  • 13%
    Eric G
    (24 votes)
  • 7%
    Richie Laryea
    (13 votes)
  • 10%
    Jonathan Osorio
    (20 votes)
  • 1%
    Justin Morrow
    (3 votes)
  • 19%
    Ayo Akinola
    (35 votes)
  • 3%
    Ralph Priso
    (6 votes)
  • 3%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (6 votes)
184 votes total Vote Now

The Danny Koeverman’s Award — Favourite Opposing Player

JPN - Lucas Zelarayán, man’s a baller.

MT - Still, and forever, Sam Piette.

IS - Romell Quito. He gets all these chances against TFC and is terrible at putting them away.

AH - Carlos Vela. Fun to watch and as an Arsenal fan, reminds me of the days the Gunners scored for fun.

Benedict - Chris Wondolowski. That guy will never stop scoring goals, and I was over the moon to hear that the league’s record goalscorer will be back for another season with the Earthquakes.

MB - Rudy Camacho. And it’s not particularly close.

Brady - Cristian Pavon was an absolute baller on an absolutely terrible LA Galaxy team.

MW - Tajon Buchanan, because...

MS - Diego Rossi. He won’t be around for us to enjoy much longer. What a talent.

Poll

The Danny Koeverman’s Award — Favourite Opposing Player

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Lucas Zelarayan
    (44 votes)
  • 11%
    Samuel Piette
    (19 votes)
  • 11%
    Carlos Vela
    (19 votes)
  • 1%
    Romell Quito
    (3 votes)
  • 6%
    Chris Wondolowski
    (10 votes)
  • 9%
    Rudy Camacho
    (15 votes)
  • 16%
    Christian Pavon
    (27 votes)
  • 5%
    Tajon Buchanan
    (9 votes)
  • 9%
    Diego Rossi
    (15 votes)
  • 1%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (2 votes)
163 votes total Vote Now

The Stefan Frei Award — Favourite Opposing GK

JPN - Sean Johnson, forever living rent-free in his head.

MT - Dayne St. Clair will be Canada number one sooner rather than later.

IS - I don’t really have too many strong opinions on this one. Joe Willis has done pretty well for himself while playing for Nashville, so I’ll go with him.

AH - No real opinion, but if I had to pick... Andre Blake.

Benedict - Mitch brought up one Canadian goalkeeper, so I’ll go for another in Thomas Hasal. He looked brilliant for the Whitecaps at times, and is surely on John Herdman’s radar for one of the tournaments in 2021.

MB - Not to be too meta on this, but Stefan Frei?

Brady - St. Clair for sure, potential CanMNT starter for the future and a fantastic head of hair.

MS - !mute @MB.


The Maxi Urruti Award — Most Underrated TFC Player

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

JPN - Gonna have to rename this one the Marky Delgado Award eventually.

MT - Liam Fraser should have been given a much bigger chance this season.

IS - Chris Mavinga always seems to be saving the team from whatever defensive mistake someone else makes and never gets enough credit for it.

AH - In the limited minutes Liam Fraser did get, he looked to have the right skillset to be an effective midfielder but was often out of favour with Greg Vanney.

Benedict - #FreeLiam

MB - Alex Bono (please form an orderly line so that I can fight you all one at a time).

MW - Forget eventually, I’m starting the petition to rename it “The Marky Delgado Award” right now.

Brady - Shaffelburg started on opening day and ended up playing 125 minutes collectively all season. Release the Shaffelbeast in 2021.

MS - Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty. We got a taste with his one appearance, but there’s soooooo much more to see.

Poll

The Maxi Urruti Award — Most Underatted TFC Player

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Marky Delgado
    (61 votes)
  • 12%
    Liam Fraser
    (21 votes)
  • 21%
    Chris Mavinga
    (37 votes)
  • 7%
    Alex Bono
    (13 votes)
  • 4%
    Jacob Shaffelburg
    (7 votes)
  • 17%
    Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty
    (30 votes)
  • 1%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (2 votes)
171 votes total Vote Now

The “All For Me” Award — Most Overrated TFC Player

JPN - Rhymes with ‘Erickson Gallardo”

MT- Question for the class... can you be overrated if you never play?

IS - Omar Gonzalez is a good defender, but I find he’s constantly 2 strides behind whoever is trying to get a shot in on Westberg. Also Marky Delgado has been average in midfield for a few years now, we should play Ralph Priso-Mbongue instead since he is better then Delgado.

AH - Omar Gonzalez. It may have been a consequence of COVID, but Gonzalez didn’t look like the same consistent player he was when the Reds first acquired him.

Benedict - I plead the fifth.

MB - Still Rudy Camacho.

MW - Laurent Ciman

MS - Can we still can Jozy overrated at this point? Still can’t believe he started over Ayo Akinola, the league-leader in goals per 90, in a win-or-go-home playoff game.

Poll

The "All For Me" Award — Most Overrated TFC Player

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Erickson Gallardo
    (25 votes)
  • 44%
    Omar Gonzalez
    (62 votes)
  • 8%
    Marky Delgado
    (12 votes)
  • 7%
    Laurent Ciman
    (11 votes)
  • 16%
    Jozy Altidore
    (23 votes)
  • 3%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (5 votes)
138 votes total Vote Now

The Torsten Frings Award — Best Player Playing in an Unnatural Position

JPN - Jonathan Osorio, number 6, with a shout out to Auro Jr. at LB, and endless respect to Nick DeLeon, who can play anywhere and scores screamers.

MT - We found out this year that Richie Laryea can play anywhere on the field and still be a defenders’ worst nightmare.

IS - Richie Laryea performed really well while playing in left back even though he traditionally has played on the right side.

AH - Jonathan Osorio stepping in for the injured Michael Bradley and controlling TFC’s midfield.

Benedict - Both Auro and Richie Laryea were forced to play left back at times, and performed well. Definitely shouldn't be a long-term plan to have one of them on the left, but useful in a moment of need.

MB - Alex Bono as a backup. Bones only got three matches this year and pitched a shutout in all three of them. I’m glad Q is our starter, but boy howdy, young Alex deserves more than 270 minutes a year at this point in his career.

Brady - Good shout from Martyn actually. Backup Bono also being unbeatable Bono makes his second-string status feel “unnatural”

MS - All of the above are great shouts, but let’s not forget Pablo Piatti spent the majority of his career as a left midfielder before moving to Toronto where he established himself on the right.

Poll

The Torsten Frings Award — Best Player Playing in an Unnatural Position

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Jonathan Osorio
    (68 votes)
  • 33%
    Auro Jr.
    (56 votes)
  • 17%
    Richie Laryea
    (29 votes)
  • 4%
    Alex Bono
    (8 votes)
  • 3%
    Pablo Piatti
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (0 votes)
167 votes total Vote Now

The “Hey Mista Mista” Award — Newcomer of the Year

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Toronto FC David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

JPN - Pablo Piatti, we hardly knew ya!

MT - Piatti fit into the team incredibly well both on and off the field by all accounts. Just didn't have enough of a finished product in front of goal for a team that was desperately craving just that.

IS - Ralph Priso-Mbongue was one of my favourite players to watch when he was on the pitch. He moves the ball forward fast with great positional awareness. I think we need to start more next season.

AH - Pablo Piatti. There were lots of questions when he was signed, but Piatti ended up being a very important piece of the Reds offence.

Benedict - It’s a shame he almost certainly isn’t coming back, but I thought Tony Gallacher was brilliant at times for TFC. He’s a brilliant crosser of the ball, and was defensively solid for the most part. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for him.

MB - Ifunanyachi Achara. Rather excited to see his return.

MW - Thought Achara was showing great promise before his injury.

Brady - Piatti brought a different dynamic to TFC’s attack. When he and Poz were on, that duo was a delight to watch.

MS - PP had the greatest impact this season, but the arrival of the Class of 2020 will have the greatest impact moving forward.


The Downsview to Downtown Award — Best Canadian Player

MLS: MLS Cup Playoffs-Round One-D.C. United at Toronto FC Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

JPN - Oso, for all the reasons.

MT - Jonathan Osorio proved this year just how vital he has become to the Toronto FC midfield. His ability to play every position in that third of the field will make him a critical asset to the team for many years to come. The armband could well be his sooner rather than later as well.

IS - Richie Laryea provided so much energy as a full back. I think he’s really reaching the level Justin Morrow was at in 2017. I would even go as far to say he’s one of my favourite players to watch at the moment.

AH - Jonathan Osorio. Effective all over the field and continues to grow as a leader.

Benedict - Jonathan Osorio gets my vote for a third year in a row. He somehow keeps getting better, and more versatile.

MB - Ayo Akinola (sending this into the universe and hoping the good hope).

MW - Osorio. Laryea probably had better performances (and goals), but Osorio’s leadership when TFC was suffering injuries was critical to their season.

Brady - Feels an injustice to Laryea but I’ll go with Oso. The guy is just so consistent.

MS - Jonathan Osorio had himself an outstanding year, maturing both as a player and a leader.

Poll

The Downsview to Downtown Award — Best Canadian Player

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Jonathan Osorio
    (65 votes)
  • 54%
    Richie Laryea
    (90 votes)
  • 6%
    Ayo Akinola
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (0 votes)
165 votes total Vote Now

The Trillium Cup Award — Best Rivalry

JPN - Looking forward to the next Nashville tie.

MT- Jeff and the Supporters’ Shield Foundation

IS - We played Montreal Impact 4 times this year, so I’m going to say that.

AH - Montreal Impact...it’s always going to be Montreal.

Benedict - Has to be the rivalry with the Montreal Football Club Impact. Those games are never boring.

MB - The terms “Canadian Classique” vs “Cold Firm”.

MW - The Cold Firm derby

MS - It’s Montreal, but those games vs. D.C. always seem to be entertaining...


The “Meadowlands Massacre” Award — Worst Game

JPN - When we got DOOP’ed.

MT - Honestly, the playoff game against Nashville. It really should have been so much uglier than it was.

IS - Our 5-0 trashing from at the hands of Philadelphia. You have to remember that was really when we lost out on the Supporters’ Shield and when our form really took a tumble coming into the playoffs.

AH - The absolute no show in Philadelphia with the Supporters’ Shield on the line.

Benedict - The 3-1 loss to New York City FC at the MLS Is Back tournament was a disappointing loss for The Reds, especially with so much uncertainty about when their next game might be after that.

MB - The first #1 v #2 match in our club’s history, and we got a 0-5. All the air seemed to leave the balloon that night.

MW - 5-0 against Philadelphia

Brady - Playoffs against Nashville was one of the more one-sided 1-0 extra rime matches I can recall seeing.

MS - It’s Phili. Everyone else is trying to be hipster.


The “Miracle in Montreal” Award — Best Game

JPN - The back and forth track-meet with L’impact at the Covid Cup. Ayo Hattie, anyone?

MT - Toronto FC 3 - Columbus Crew 1. When we got a rare glimpse of how good Toronto FC can really be when they are firing on all cylinders, something we hopefully see more in 2021.

IS - Our 3 - 1 win vs Columbus. We played pretty bad in the first half, and did a complete turnaround for the second half where we went from looking like it wasn’t our night to having possibly the best night of the season.

AH - The seven goal thriller in Orlando against the Montreal Impact.

Benedict - The other obvious answers have been said already, so I’ll go for the 3-0 win at BMO Field against the Whitecaps in August. I enjoyed the mini “Canadian Championship” stage of the season, and goals from Pablo Piatti and Nick DeLeon secured what would turn out to be an important win to begin that run of games.

MB - For absolute watchability (and sheer jackassery) the match that saw us clinch a Voyageurs Cup Final appearance...

MW - Akinola’s hat-trick against the Impact in MLS is Back tourney.

Brady - Deffo that 4-3 win over Montreal back in July.

MS - The last time fans were back at BMO Field will always be special: Toronto FC’s 1-0 win over NYCFC in their home opener—the Achara show.

Poll

The "Miracle in Montreal" Award — Best Game

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Toronto FC vs. Montreal— 4-3 W at MLS is Back
    (27 votes)
  • 51%
    Toronto FC vs Columbus— 3-1 W on Sept. 28
    (58 votes)
  • 10%
    Toronto FC vs. Vancouver— 3-0 W in August
    (12 votes)
  • 12%
    Vancouver vs. Montreal— Can Champ
    (14 votes)
  • 1%
    Toronto FC vs. NYCFC— 1-0 W on Mar. 7
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Other - Tell us in the comments thread
    (0 votes)
113 votes total Vote Now

The Tom Anselmi Award — Best Front Office Achievement

SOCCER: JAN 11 MLS SuperDraft

JPN - The Brass Bonanza.

MT - Being able to get everyone through this season without a positive Covid case. The club caught some flack in the early part of MLS is Back for travelling to the tournament late and not showing up for games on time. But at the end of the day, they made player health the priority and should be commended for that.

IS - Negotiating Michael Bradley’s salary down to a max TAM contract. Michael playstyle relies a lot on his physical skills which have really diminished over the past year or so. He is still a solid player, but is definitely a worth a lot less then the contract he was on before. I have great respect for Michael in taking the pay cut so that TFC’s front office could sign Pablo Piatti.

AH - Non-soccer related and it’s probably more MLSE than TFC but, in a crazy year, the Reds using BMO field facilities to help serve meals to families.

Benedict - Getting through the season safely was a huge achievement, and the players and staff should be incredibly proud. The sacrifices they made to play away from home for so many months is certainly appreciated, especially by us here at WTR. Also, Brass Bonanza in Hartford.

MB - With MT on this one. To all the support staff that travelled endlessly with the club and spent months away from their beds and families, getting through all of that with sanity and health is a wonderful gift to those of us dying from content back home.

MW - Whoever decided to play Brass Bonanza in Hartford. On a more serious note, all the TFC staff and players who spent time away from their friends and family in Hartford so we could watch the matches and all the great behind the scenes content.

Brady - With no TFC II season, the club did a good job loaning out some of their young players to avoid a year on the shelf at an important time in their development. Now, maybe in 2021 they’ll play the kids and my answer for next year will be made for me.

MS - Toronto FC’s commitment to diversity and overcoming racial inequality, once again establishing themselves as leaders around MLS. Many clubs sent out tweets in 2020, and that was it. From hires to initiatives, Toronto FC and MLSE put action into word.


The “All For One More Dollar” Award — Worst Front Office Achievement

JPN - Spikeball is the devil

MT - Letting NHL Players play spikeball on the BMO Field grass because of how much Jeff was always yelling at me about it.

IS - I don’t think the front office did too bad with signings this year. However it would’ve been nicer to get a young designated player instead of Pablo Piatti so that we could have the player for longer, with greater resale value.

AH - Bill Manning having a glass of wine with Greg Vanney, but ultimately not getting Vanney’s signature (I know, I know, it was Vanney’s decision, but still).

Benedict - I don’t think they made any major mistakes this year, and even if they had done, a year like 2020 isn’t the one to complain about sporting decisions with everything happening in the world.

MB - Depriving me of my life’s goal - watching Toronto FC compete for, and ultimately raise the Leagues Cup. For shame.

MW - Allowing fans and selling tickets for games at Rentschler Field in November in the middle of wave 2.

MS - I have to agree with IS. In hindsight, they could have done better than Pablo Piatti as a DP, and I think their decision not to exercise the team option on his deal shows that they agree. A DP should either sell shirts or take the league by storm, and while he had a solid season, I don’t think the Argentine did either of those things in 2020.