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Official: Toronto FC to start 2021 MLS season in Florida

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The Reds will begin the 2021 season in Orlando and could also play games in Tampa.

Inter Miami CF v Toronto FC
Toronto FC huddle at the start of the Major League Soccer match against Inter Miami CF in Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on November 01, 2020 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
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TORONTO, Canada—As Waking the Red reported last month, the Reds are heading South ... for the spring?

Toronto FC officially announced Friday afternoon that the club will start the 2021 Major League Soccer season out of Florida.

“We are unable to make BMO Field in Toronto our home for the start of the MLS Season,” said TFC general manager Ali Curtis in a press release. “But we will continue to work with local and federal officials to monitor the situation back home and return as soon as possible.”

Toronto will use the facilities at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando for training and depending on the MLS schedule dates, could play their home matches in both Orlando and Tampa.

Toronto FC held training camp at the Omni Resort last season.

According to the club, the length of TFC’s stay in Florida will be contingent upon health and safety regulations as borders re-open in Canada.

TFC are currently in the midst of preseason in Toronto. The club will spend the duration of training camp North of the border preparing for the Canadian Championship that will take place later this month.

The 2021 MLS season kicks off on April 17. The full 2021 Major League Soccer schedule will be announced at a later date.