Since the club’s debut MLS season in 2007, a number of stars from both Canada and across the world have been a part of Toronto FC’s diverse set of rosters.
To this day, players from 50 different nationalities have donned the iconic red jersey, and some were also given the opportunity to represent their country on both the continental and world stages during their time in Toronto.
With four footballers from TFC (five if you include Liam Fraser) heading to the 2021 Gold Cup quarter-finals, it’s time for a trip down memory lane to see which players have gone to a major international competition while being contracted to the Reds.
Here’s a look at the countries that the 31 different current and former TFC players have flown the flag for:
New Zealand: 2
El Salvador: 1
Now, let’s dive right into which tournaments the players have gone to and how exactly each individual and their nation fared:
2007 Gold Cup:
- Canada: Greg Sutton, Adam Braz, Marco Reda, Chris Pozniak
TFC’s first set of major tournament call-ups were all from the Canadian men’s national team as Greg Sutton, Adam Braz, Marco Reda and Chris Pozniak were all included in Les Rouges’ 23-man squad.
Canada reached the semifinals of the competition, but were defeated 2-1 by the US to narrowly miss out on a place in the final. The Reds finished ahead of Costa Rica, Guadeloupe and Haiti in the group stage, and comfortably beat Guatemala 3-0 in the quarter-finals.
As for Toronto’s representatives, Sutton played one match, the 2-1 defeat to Guadeloupe in the group stage, while Chris Pozniak made one start, against Haiti, and two substitute appearances in the defeat to Guadeloupe and in the quarter-final win over Guatemala.
Reda and Braz were both unused during the entirety of the tournament.
2007 Copa America:
- USA: Marvell Wynne
The United States took part in the 2007 Copa America, and Marvell Wynne became the first non-Canadian TFC player to head to an international tournament.
Wynne featured in one of the US’s three group games, starting and playing the full 90 in their opening 4-1 defeat to Argentina. The full-back was an unused substitute in the final two matches against Paraguay and Colombia as The Stars and Stripes bowed out of the competition in the group stage following three defeats from three.
2008 OFC Nations Cup
- New Zealand: Andrew Boyens, Jarrod Smith
Andrew Boyens and Jarrod Smith became the first non-CONCACAF TFC players to play in an international tournament.
The OFC Nations Cup doubled as both Oceania’s continental championship and qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Boyens played in New Zealand’s first three games of the competition, starting all of them as the Kiwis recorded a win over Fiji and consecutive triumphs over Vanuatu. Smith made two appearances in two different games as he started both of New Zealand’s victories over New Caledonia.
The Kiwis took home the OFC Nations Cup for the fourth time and advanced to the inter-confederation playoffs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they beat Bahrain to book their ticket to South Africa.
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
- USA: Marvell Wynne
The States made an inspiring run to the 2009 Confederations Cup final, which notably featured a 2-0 win over European champions Spain in the semi-final.
Wynne was included in the US’s 23-man squad, but he failed to make a single appearance throughout the competition.
2009 Gold Cup
- Canada: Ali Gerba
- USA: Sam Cronin
In Canada’s run to the 2009 Gold Cup quarter-finals, Ali Gerba scored two goals in four appearances (three starts), bagging the winners against Jamaica and El Salvador in the group stage.
Sam Cronin was a part of the US’s squad as they reached a second consecutive major tournament final following the Confederations Cup. The midfielder started his side’s 2-2 draw with Haiti in the final match of the group stage before making a substitute appearance in the 5-0 defeat to Mexico in the final.
2011 Gold Cup
- Canada: Julian De Guzman
- Jamaica: Dicoy Williams
The 2011 Gold Cup was one to forget for Julian De Guzman and Canada as Les Rouges were eliminated in the group stage. De Guzman played in two of Canada’s three games, starting the 1-0 win over Guadeloupe and then the 1-1 draw with Panama.
Jamaica made it one step further than Canada, and TFC’s Dicoy Williams was a part of the Reggae Boyz side that reached the last eight. Williams started Jamaica’s opening two group stage wins over Grenada and Guatemala, but was unused in the final group game against Honduras and in their quarter-final loss to the US.
2013 Gold Cup
- Canada: Ashtone Morgan, Kyle Bekker, Doneil Henry, Jonathan Osorio
Four of TFC’s Canadians headed to the 2013 Gold Cup, but Les Rouges endured another disappointing tournament after finishing fourth in their group following one draw and two defeats.
Doneil Henry started and played the full 90 in each of Canada’s three games. Jonathan Osorio also played three times, starting twice and coming off the bench once.
Kyle Bekker was in the eleven for Canada’s second and third games against Mexico and Panama, while Ashtone Morgan only featured once, starting the Reds’ final game of the competition.
2014 FIFA World Cup
- USA: Michael Bradley
- Brazil: Júlio César
For the first time ever, a TFC player was heading to represent their country on the biggest stage in international soccer. Not one, but two Reds got on a plane to Brazil to compete for soccer’s most coveted prize.
Having signed for Toronto just a few months prior, Michael Bradley and the United States reached the round of 16 and were heartbreakingly eliminated by Belgium in extra-time. TFC’s captain did not see a minute of rest as he played all 390 minutes of his nation’s matches. Bradley picked up an assist too, supplying the over-the-top through ball for Julian Green to slot home against Belgium.
Despite being contracted to QPR at the time, Júlio César was still on loan at TFC when the 2014 World Cup took place. From matchday one of the group stage to the third-place playoff game against the Netherlands, the esteemed shot stopper played in all seven of Brazil’s matches as the hosts finished fourth in the tournament.
2015 Gold Cup
- Canada: Ashtone Morgan, Jonathan Osorio, Quillan Roberts
- USA: Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore
Canada co-hosted the 2015 Gold Cup with the US, but Les Rouges failed to make an impression on home soil as they suffered a third straight group stage exit. Jonathan Osorio made two appearances, coming off the bench in the opening 0-0 draw with El Savlador before starting Canada’s final game against Costa Rica, which also ended goalless.
Ashtone Morgan and substitute goalkeeper Quillan Roberts were unused in all three matches.
Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and the United States finished in a disappointing fourth place after losing their semi-final clash with Jamaica and the third-place playoff to Panama on penalties.
Just like in the World Cup, Bradley started and played the full 90 in all of his side’s matches. Bradley also grabbed two goals, scoring against Panama in the group stage and Jamaica in the semi-final.
Altidore was struggling with a hamstring injury during the tournament and after playing in the first two group games against Honduras and Haiti, the forward was dropped from the squad ahead of the knockout stages.
2016 Copa America Centenario
- USA: Michael Bradley
In the first Copa America hosted outside of South America, Bradley captained the USMNT once again as his side reached the semi-finals.
For the third consecutive major tournament, Bradley started all of The States’ games, but unlike the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Gold Cup, he did not play every single minute as he was subbed off in the US’s third-place playoff defeat to Colombia.
2017 Gold Cup
- Canada: Tosaint Ricketts, Jonathan Osorio, Raheem Edwards
- USA: Justin Morrow, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore
- Panama: Armando Cooper
To this day, no international tournament has featured more TFC players than the 2017 Gold Cup. As well, Justin Morrow, Bradley and Altidore became the first TFC players to win the Gold Cup while being signed to the club.
Morrow featured once in the group stage, starting and playing the full match against Martinique. Bradley and Altidore did not play in their country’s opening three games as they were only added to the squad for the knockout round.
The trio all started the quarter-final win over El Salvador, with each of them also playing the full 90. Bradley and Altidore retained their places in the eleven for the semi-final against Costa Rica, where TFC’s second all-time top scorer broke the deadlock to put the US ahead with 18 minutes remaining. Against Jamaica in the final, Bradley and Altidore remained starters, and it was that man Jozy who opened the scoring once again, this time via a free-kick just before halftime.
Canada were able to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009, but TFC’s representatives did not feature prominently. Osorio and Tosaint Ricketts only made one substitute appearance each during the group stage, while Raheem Edwards did not play a single minute.
Panama also reached the quarter-finals, and Armando Cooper was a part of that squad. The central midfielder played in each of his country’s four matches, coming off the bench in the first two group games against the US and Nicaragua, and then starting the final group game against Martinique as well as the quarter-final defeat to Costa Rica.
2019 Gold Cup
- Canada: Ashtone Morgan, Noble Okello, Jonathan Osorio
- USA: Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Omar Gonzalez
The 2019 Gold Cup saw Canada reach the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year, but the shock defeat to Haiti in the last eight still leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many Canadians soccer fans.
Osorio made three starts and one substitute appearance over the course of the tournament, while Morgan came off the bench during the group stage win over Cuba and the quarter-final clash with Haiti. Noble Okello, the youngest player in Canada’s 23-man squad, was an unused substitute in each of Les Rouges’ four matches.
On the US’s way to the final, Bradley played in all but one of his nation’s six games as he was rested for the final group stage match against Panama. Altidore made four appearances, three of which were starts. He scored the winner against Panama in the group stage and was in the eleven for both the semi-final and final against Jamaica and Mexico respectively.
Omar Gonzalez, who had agreed to join TFC from Pachuca before the tournament started, played just twice. The centre-back started against Panama in the group stage, and in the quarter-final victory over Curaçao, he made a cameo appearance seconds before the final whistle.
2021 Copa America
- Venezuela: Yeferson Soteldo
In spite of being injured upon selection, Yeferson Soteldo travelled with his compatriots to Brazil for the 2021 Copa America. He was ruled out for their opening three games, but made his first and only appearance of the tournament as a substitute in Venezuela’s 1-0 defeat to Peru.
Soteldo and co. were eliminated in the group stage after recording just two points from their four matches.
2021 Gold Cup
- Canada: Richie Laryea, Jonathan Osorio, Ayo Akinola, Liam Fraser
- El Salvador: Eriq Zavaleta
- Jamaica: Kemar Lawrence
With the group stage now done and dusted, all six of TFC’s representatives will head to the last eight as their quest for international glory continues.
Canada, who will now face Costa Rica in the quarter-finals on Sunday, finished second in their group behind the US after two wins and a defeat. In his fifth Gold Cup for Canada, Jonathan Osorio made two starts and one substitute appearance in the group stage, scoring once against Martinique in Les Rouges’ tournament opener.
Like Osorio, Richie Laryea made two starts and one appearance off the bench. Canada and TFC’s No. 22 notably won a penalty against Haiti, which Cyle Larin comfortably converted.
Sadly, Ayo Akinola’s tournament ended early after he tore his ACL against the US in matchday three. Having switched his international allegiance almost a month ago, Akinola made his debut for Canada in the 4-1 victory over Haiti, winning a penalty on his first touch, before being included in the eleven for the final group game against The States.
TFC loanee Liam Fraser played in two of Canada’s three group games, coming off the bench in the 4-1 win over Martinique, and then starting the match against the US.
As for TFC’s non-Canadians, Eriq Zavaleta and El Salvador will go up against Qatar in the last eight. Zavaleta started all three group matches against Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico, helping his side keep two clean sheets and secure second place in Group A.
After not playing in Jamaica’s opening win over Suriname, Kemar Lawrence made his first appearance of the tournament off the bench against Guadeloupe. He then started the defeat to Costa Rica, but was withdrawn due to an apparent injury in the second half. The Reggae Boyz will next meet the US in the quarter-finals.
As the competition’s climax approaches, will one (or more in Canada’s case) of TFC’s stars get their hands on the Gold Cup in less than two weeks time? Stay tuned...