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Report: Toronto FC to play remainder of home games in Connecticut

The Reds and the two other Canadian teams will travel down South for the next three games.

Toronto FC v Montreal Impact
Toronto FC celebrate their victory against the Montreal Impact during the MLS game at Saputo Stadium on September 9, 2020
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TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC announced plans today to play their next MLS home game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. And according to Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press, TFC will also play the remainder of their home games at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.

Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, the home to the University of Connecticut’s NCAA Division I football team, has hosted a number of United States Men’s and Women’s National team games through the years. The pitch is Kentucky Blue Grass with dimensions of 115 by 75 yards.

Both Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley have played at Rentschler Field before, representing the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Landon Donovan farewell match. USA Vs Ecuador, Rentschler Field, Hartford, Connecticut. USA.
Landon Donovan, USA, is hugged by team mate Jozy Altidore after his substitution during his farewell match during the USA Vs Ecuador International match at Rentschler Field, Hartford, Connecticut. USA.
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The league also announced the next portion (three games) of the MLS regular season schedule.

The Reds will pick things back up on Saturday September 19 when they meet D.C. United at Audi Field. TFC will play their second game at Red Bull Arena against New York City FC on Wednesday, September 23 and then host Columbus Crew SC on Sunday, September 27 in East Hartford.

“While we continue to work with government officials on our travel protocols, it is important to the club to have our own home away from home during this next phase,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “The state of Connecticut opened their arms for us and my compliments to David Lehman and Governor Lamont for their leadership here. Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field is a great venue. They’ve hosted a number of international games and we’re excited to play there.”

MLS announced the next three games for each club as the league continues to finalize travel protocols. Pending further developments regarding travel, the next set of regular season matches will be announced.

“We felt that it was important to have a surrogate home field that had similarities to BMO Field, in dimension, surface characteristics, and field quality,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “Also, from a competitive standpoint, a priority was to have our own home field. While playing at BMO Field is always our preferred and ideal option, we think the East Hartford location is the best available option for this next phase.”

Toronto FC’s next three matches:

  • Saturday Sept. 19 at D.C. United (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • Wednesday Sept 23 at NYCFC (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • Saturday Sept. 27 vs. Columbus Crew SC (7:30 p.m. EST)