TORONTO, CANADA—Get ready folks, things are starting to pick up!
Toronto FC will depart the city and head down to Orlando on Wednesday where the team will set up shop in preparation for their Round of 16 CONCACAF Champions League match with Club Leon on April 7, with a return leg slated for April 14.
In the meantime, after returning to training last week following a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this month, TFC will have approximately two-and-a-half weeks to get into peak physical condition in order to match Leon, who are the middle of their Liga MX campaign.
As such, the club has planned out a condensed preseason schedule, which will include a couple of two-a-day training sessions, intrasquad scrimmages, as well as friendlies against other MLS opponents. According to Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas, here is how the Reds’ preseason fixture schedule is shaping up:
•March 24 team arrives in Orlando
•March 27 vs. Inter Miami CF (USL team/reserves)
•April 1 vs. Columbus Crew SC
•April 7 @ Club Leon (CONCACAF)
•April 11 vs. Inter Miami CF (first team)
•April 14 vs. Club Leon (CONCACAF)
The expectation is that all of these matches will be played behind closed doors, however, it is unclear at this time whether or not they will be televised (with the exception of the CONCACAF Champions League.) We’ll have updates on this, likely later in the week.
Armas says that he expects Toronto FC to likely treat the match against Inter Miami on April 11—sandwiched between their two CONCACAF Champions League matches—as more of a training session and opportunity to give a look to some of the lesser-played members of the squad a solid run out.
Toronto FC kicks off the MLS regular season on April 17 down in Florida, where they’ll take on CF Montreal before locking horns with the Vancouver Whitecaps in their ‘home opener’ one week later.