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Toronto FC has had a number international talents come and go come over the years, but exactly how many nations have been represented by TFC players?

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Since Toronto FC’s inaugural MLS season, players from 50 different nations have played for TFC at least once. Each of the six governing bodies of continental soccer has had at least one player from one of their member nations put on a TFC shirt, which highlights the international diversity that the club has and continues to foster.

Here’s the breakdown of the continental associations and how many of their representative nations have had players feature for TFC:

  • UEFA: 17
  • CONCACAF: 14
  • CAF: 10
  • AFC: 3
  • OFC: 1

The first players from each of the 50 nations include some club legends, but also some forgetful names. So without further ado, here are the 50 countries and the first players from each of them that have represented Toronto FC since 2007.

Argentina - Pablo Vitti (2009)

Colorado Rapids v Toronto FC

Vitti signed for TFC on loan from Argentinean side Independiente in 2009. He made 26 MLS appearances and scored two goals. The Argentine was also able to get his hands on some silverware during his short stint in Canada as he started and played 45 minutes in Toronto’s unforgettable 6-1 win over Montreal in the 2009 Canadian Championship final.

Belgium - Mikael Yourassowsky (2011-2012)

The defender was part of TFC’s squad for the 2011 season after signing from Croatian club Rijeka. Yourassowsky is most notably remembered for scoring the winner against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2011 Canadian Championship final. He was then waived by the club in early 2012.

Bermuda - Reggie Lambe (2011-2014)

After starting his career with Ipswich Town, Lambe signed for Toronto in December 2011. Overall, Lambe scored two goals in 54 MLS appearances before being waived in 2014.

His biggest contribution to the side was during TFC’s 2012 Canadian Championship triumph where he was the tournament’s joint top scorer with two goals. One of the two strikes was the winner in the second leg of the final against Vancouver, which wrapped up a 2-1 victory on aggregate for TFC.

Brazil - Paulo Nagamura (2007)

Nagamura was selected in the 2006 Expansion Draft, but after just four appearances for the newly founded Toronto FC, the Brazilian was traded to Chivas USA midway through the season. A disappointing first Brazilian player in anyone’s book.

Cameroon - Joseph Nane (2010)

Drafted in the fourth round of 2010 SuperDraft, Nane only made 10 appearances for TFC before being traded to the Colorado Rapids at the end of his debut season. Not very much to say here at all.

Canada - Greg Sutton (2007-2009)

The Hamilton-born goalkeeper was allocated to TFC ahead of their inaugural MLS campaign. After starting as the club’s first choice keeper, a concussion while on international duty at the 2007 Gold Cup ruled him out of action until the new year.

Despite not playing the season opener the following campaign, Sutton re-claimed his starting role and impressed during the 2008 season. As a result, the Canadian keeper was named to the 2008 Inactive All Star Roster. In June 2009, Sutton was released by the club in order to make room for the arrival of Nick Garcia.

Chile - Miguel Aceval (2012)

TFC’s first Chilean was one to forget. He along with two of his teammates were arrested in Houston and charged for public intoxication midway through the 2012 season. In July of that year, Toronto terminated Aceval’s contract after just five MLS appearances for the club.

Curaçao - Javier Martina (2011)

Martina’s time at TFC started brightly as he scored both goals during a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers in what was just his second game for the club. Yet, his those two strikes would prove to be his only two goals for Toronto, and Martina was ultimately waived following a disappointing campaign.

Democratic Republic of Congo - Chris Mavinga (2017-Present)

A fan favourite, the former PSG and Liverpool defender joined TFC in 2017 and has since made over 100 appearances for the club. He has also won six pieces of silverware in four seasons with The Reds, including the MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield in 2017.

The TFC faithful will be looking forward to Mavinga’s return from injury as he gears up for his fifth year in Toronto.

Ecuador - Joao Plata (2011-2013)

Plata was signed on loan from LDU Quito in 2011 and was able to impress during his first year in Toronto. The Ecuadorian scored eight goals, including one in the 2011 Canadian Championship final second leg, where he equalized from the penalty spot as TFC went on to win the game 2-1.

As a result of a successful campaign, TFC signed the forward permanently the following year. Plata was loaned back to Quito for the remainder of the 2012 season after just two goals in 17 games before being traded to Real Salt Lake in early 2013.

El Salvador - Efraín Burgos (2012)

The Salvadorian was signed in March 2012 by TFC, but was released three months later after making just two first team appearances.

England - Danny Dichio (2007-2009)

Kansas City Wizards v Toronto FC

To this day, Dichio remains a beloved figure at the club. The Englishman joined from Preston North End ahead of Toronto’s debut season in 2007. He scored TFC ’s first ever goal and finished the campaign as the club’s top scorer.

He hung up his boots in 2009, but has since still been at the club’s academy, where he is the Toronto FC II assistant coach. An eternal club legend, fans will be hoping to sing Dichio 24 at BMO Field very soon.

Ethiopia - Fuad Ibrahim (2008-2010)

At the time, Ibrahim became the second youngest player in MLS history to get drafted following the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. He represented the United States U20s during his time with TFC, but played his senior international soccer for Ethiopia.

Overall, Ibrahim made 26 MLS appearances for Toronto and spent three seasons at the club.

France - Laurent Robert (2008)

Having played for the likes of PSG, Newcastle and Benfica, Robert joined Toronto in April 2008 from Derby County, who were playing in the English Premier League at the time. The winger scored one goal in 17 MLS appearances and was ultimately waived after just four months in Canada.

Gambia - Emmanuel Gómez (2009-2011)

The Gambian international played 10 games for TFC in 2009, but a knee injury forced him to miss the entirety of the 2010 campaign. He was released in early 2011 and returned to Samger FC in Gambia.

Germany - Torsten Frings (2011-2012)

The arrival of the former German superstar at TFC excited many. Having featured in a World Cup Final almost 10 years before his move to Toronto, the club looked forward to the leadership and experience Frings was set to bring to the side.

Unfortunately, his time in Canada was plagued by a hip injury, which forced him to miss the majority of the 2012 season. Despite a short-lived spell in Toronto, Frings wore the captain’s armband with pride and helped improve the team whenever he was on the pitch.

Ghana - Dominic Oduro (2014-2015)

Oduro has played for many MLS clubs over the course of his career, including one season in Toronto. He was traded by the Columbus Crew in 2014 and scored two goals in 24 games during his only year at TFC.

The forward then joined Montreal in early 2015 and we all know how Toronto fans felt and still feel about the Ghanaian’s departure.

Guadeloupe - Eddy Viator (2011)

Prior to joining TFC, Viator played in France and Spain, but the defender failed to make his mark in Toronto and played just three MLS games before being waived just four months after he signed with the club.

Guatemala - Carlos Ruiz (2008-2009)

He had scored a combined 82 goals for FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy, but Ruiz simply could not replicate his goalscoring exploits at TFC. He played just five games for the club before being waived ahead of the 2009 season.

Guyana - Emery Welshman (2013-2014)

The Mississauga-born forward was the sixteenth overall pick at the 2013 SuperDraft, but after playing just one league game for Toronto, Welshman was released in 2014.

Haiti - Lesly Fellinga (2009)

A successful trial in 2009 led to Toronto signing the Haitian startlet from Eredivisie side Heerenveen. Just four MLS games later, Fellinga was released at the end of the same season.

Honduras - Amado Guevara (2008-2009)

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Guevara was a fan favourite during his two seasons with TFC. His electric runs down the flank made him a force to be reckoned with on the wing. The Honduran scored 11 goals in 53 games for Toronto and after helping his side win the 2009 Canadian Championship, he returned to his boyhood club Motagua in December of that year.

Iran - Steven Beitashour (2016-2018)

One of only a few players from the Asian Football Confederation to play for TFC, the former Iranian international played 68 games in two years for Toronto and was also a part of the squad that won the domestic treble in 2017. Beitashour started and played the full 90 minutes at right-back in the MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders.

In early 2018, the defender signed for LAFC ahead of their inaugural season.

Italy - Sebastian Giovinco (2015-2019)

Arguably the best player to ever don the TFC jersey, Giovinco is an eternal club legend who enjoyed the peak of his career while in Toronto.

The Italian scored 83 goals in 142 games for the club, won the treble in 2017, was an MLS All Star four times and picked up the MLS MVP and Golden Boot awards in the same season (2015). Need we say more?

Ivory Coast - Olivier Tébily (2008)

The Ivorian joined TFC after playing the majority of his career at Celtic and Birmingham City. A lingering ankle injury limited the veteran defender to just four total games for Toronto. He was released in July 2008 and ultimately retired after his short stint in North America.

Jamaica - Tyrone Marshall (2007-2009)

Marshall made 43 appearances in one and a half years at TFC and cemented himself as Toronto’s first choice centre-back during that time. Ahead of the 2009 season, the Jamaican star was traded to the Seattle Sounders.

Japan - Tsubasa Endoh (2016-2017, 2019-Present)

Still at the club today, Endoh’s time at TFC has been an interesting one. The Japanese forward was drafted by Toronto in 2016 and scored three goals in 29 games for the club between 2016 and 2017.

At the end of his second season, he was released by the club, but signed a contract with Toronto FC II eight months later. His performances in the USL then prompted TFC to re-sign Endoh ahead of the 2019 campaign. He holds the record for the fastest goal in Toronto’s history after opening the scoring just 29 seconds into TFC’s clash with Atlanta United in June 2019.

Latvia - Raivis Hščanovičs (2010)

Toronto and MLS’ only Lativian player ever didn’t last long in North America. Hščanovičs made just 14 league appearances in his one season at TFC, but did return to Latvia with a Canadian Championship winners medal after playing the full 90 minutes in Toronto’s final two games against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Liechtenstein - Nicolas Hasler (2017-2018)

as Toronto FC fall to the Montreal Impact 5-3

Hasler spent one and a half seasons with TFC and won the MLS Cup and the Supporters’ Shield during his debut campaign. He made 32 appearances for the club before leaving Toronto for the Chicago Fire in July 2018.

Morocco - Ahmed Kantari (2015-2016)

A 10-year career in France was then followed by a move to TFC in 2015. The Moroccan only played 12 times in the league for Toronto and was released by the club in January 2016.

Netherlands - Nick Soolsma (2011-2012)

The Dutchman won two Canadian Championships while at TFC, but alongside Aceval, had his contract terminated in July 2012 following their public intoxication charge one month prior.

New Zealand - Andrew Boyens (2007-2008)

Boyens was a first round pick in the 2007 SuperDraft and became the first Oceanic player to join TFC, but after just 23 league games in one and a half years in Toronto, the New Zealander was released by the club in April 2008.

Nigeria - Bright Dike (2013-2015)

Injuries hindered Dike from having more of a significant impact at TFC, with the Nigerian only playing 11 league games between September 2013 and April 2015. After a short loan spell with the San Antonio Scorpions in the NASL, Dike was waived by Toronto upon his return.

Norway - Øyvind Alseth (2017-2018)

A former NCAA soccer player for Syracuse University, Alseth joined TFC in 2017, but only played four times before joining Norwegian side Ranheim in 2018.

Panama - Armando Cooper (2016-2017)

Cooper was signed by TFC on loan from Árabe Unido in 2016. After helping Toronto reach the 2016 MLS Cup final, his deal was made permanent the following year and he was able to lift the coveted trophy one year after being on the losing side.

The Panamanian declined a new deal following a successful second season and signed for Universidad de Chile instead.

Philippines - Demitrius Omphroy (2011)

The American-born Filipino made just one first team appearance after getting drafted in 2011 and never saw his professional career take off after getting waived by TFC.

Poland - Damien Perquis (2015-2016)

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The Polish-French defender played 38 MLS games in one and a half years in Canada. His experience in Europe was an asset for TFC, but he decided to cut his time in North America short and join Nottingham Forest in England after mutually parting ways with Toronto in July 2016.

Puerto Rico - Marco Vélez (2008-2009)

Vélez was not only the first Puerto Rican to play for TFC, but also the first to play in MLS. He started 31 of his 38 appearances for TFC, but was released by the club midway through the 2009 season.

Republic of Ireland - Ronnie O’Brien (2007-2008)

O’Brien played over 100 league games for FC Dallas, but made just 13 appearances for TFC in the club’s inaugural campaign due to a knee injury he sustained during pre-season. In 2008, the Irishman was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Russia - Maxim Usanov (2010)

TFC’s only Russian player in history lasted just seven months at the club and made 21 appearances in all competitions in 2010. After leaving TFC in 2010, the rest of career was spent playing in Russia, Armenia and Latvia before retiring in 2015.

Scotland - Steven Caldwell (2013-2015)

The Scotsman was just one game shy of reaching 50 games for TFC, but the former club captain is remembered fondly for his contribution at TFC.

A regular starter and undoubtedly a player that many looked up to in the squad, Caldwell stayed involved with Canadian soccer after retiring in 2015 as he became the president of Oakville Blue Devils FC, assistant coach for the Canada men’s national team and as we all know, an in-game studio analyst for TSN.

Serbia - Miloš Kocić (2010-2012)

The Serbian stopper signed from D.C United in 2010 and went on to play 37 times in MLS for Toronto. After winning three Canadian Championships, Kocić was traded to the Portland Timbers in December 2012.

South Africa - Danleigh Borman (2011)

Borman was part of the trade deal that saw Dwayne De Rosario leave Toronto in 2011 and the South African made his debut for the club just one day after signing. The South African lasted just one season with TFC as the full-back decided to participate in the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft where he was ultimately selected by the New England Revolution.

Spain - Mista (2010)

The Spaniard was one of the most uninspiring signings in TFC history. Mista won La Liga the UEFA Cup with Valencia, but was severely underwhelming during his few months in Toronto. He was ultimately waived by the club after a disappointing four months in MLS.

The striker retired the following year after failing to find a new club and today, he is the current manager of Atlético Ottawa in the CPL.

Switzerland - Stefan Frei (2009-2013)

Arguably one of the best goalkeepers in recent MLS history, Frei made 99 appearances in five years for Toronto and won four Canadian Championships.

He was more successful following his trade to the Seattle Sounders, where he has won two MLS Cups. The Swiss keeper was a fan favourite in Toronto and holds the goalkeeping club record for the longest period of time without conceding a goal (386 minutes).

Togo - Abbe Ibrahim (2007)

He was scouted by Manchester United, but Ibrahim simply never made the grade as a professional player. He made just one league appearance for TFC in 2007 and was waived midway through the campaign.

Trinidad and Tobago - Collin Samuel (2007-2008)

Samuel made 150 combined appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Falkirk and Dundee United before signing for TFC in 2007. He started each of the 19 games he played in that season, but left the club in April 2008 for personal reasons.

United States of America - Maurice Edu (2007-2008)

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The number one draft pick in 2007 had a fantastic first season as a professional player as he picked up the MLS Rookie of the Year award.

Midway through his second season in Toronto, Edu was signed by Scottish side Rangers, where he enjoyed the most successful years of his career. While his time in Toronto may have been short, Edu was able to showcase how exciting of a player he was during his and TFC’s debut MLS campaign.

Venezuela - Erickson Gallardo (2019-Present)

Still just 24 years of age, Gallardo has been a TFC player since 2019, but has yet to truly make an impact at the club.

He came off the bench and played a big role in TFC’s equalizer against Club León in Toronto’s first game of the 2021 season, so let’s see what he has in store for the rest of the campaign.

Wales - Carl Robinson (2007-2010)

Yet another player who was a part of the club’s inaugural MLS season, Robinson played a total of 84 games in three seasons at TFC.

A cult hero in Toronto, Robinson was traded to the New York Red Bulls in 2010, where he played two seasons before retiring and becoming the manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2013.