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Toronto FC 2023 Preseason Tracker

Stay up to date with all of Toronto’s preseason action

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Toronto FC is set to play in four preseason friendlies before the squad kicks off the 2023 Major League Soccer campaign away to D.C. United on February 25.

The team will take part in three matches as part of the 2023 Coachella Valley Invitational held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. No, Frank Ocean is not expected to perform during halftime at any point.

TFC will then wrap up its preseason in Carson where they will visit LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park.

MLS preseason fixtures are protected like nuclear codes for some reason. There are no streams, just the occasional match highlight and Twitter update.

Here we will share Toronto’s 2023 preseason roster, scorelines, reported lineups, as well as any footage we come across.

2023 Preseason Schedule

Wednesday, February 8 - Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (4:00 pm ET)

Saturday, February 11 - Toronto FC vs. Los Angeles FC (2:00 pm ET)

Wednesday, February 15 - Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers (5:00 pm ET)

Saturday, February 18 - Toronto FC vs. LA Galaxy (9:30 pm ET)

2023 Preseason Roster

Toronto FC

TFC dropped the preseason roster just prior to the opening match against the ‘Caps. The list included 23 first-team regulars, five TFCII players, one un-signed draft pick, and two trialists.

Sigurd Rosted, the club’s newest signing, is available for action. Deandre Kerr is a surprise omission. There has been no word on the status of the winger, but more details should come out soon.

TFCII players Adisa De Rosario, Kobe Franklin, Adam Pearlman, Markus Cimermancic and Alonso Coello Camarero are taking part in preseason activities in California.

2023 SuperDraft pick Jalen Ellis-Watson, as well as two trialists in Hafiz Ibrahim and Alhassan Benny also makeup the 31-man roster. Ibrahim and Benny both come from the Attram De Visser Soccer Academy in Ghana. Bob Bradley’s former club, Los Angeles FC, set up a formal partnership with the Accra-based academy.

Toronto FC 0-3 Vancouver Whitecaps


Toronto FC: Johnson; Petretta, Rosted, Hedges, Laryea; Kaye, Bradley, Osorio; Insigne, Jimenez, Bernardeschi

Vancouver Whitecaps: Boehmer; Raposo, Blackmon, Veselinovic, Laborda; Gressel, Cubas, Schopf; Vite, Gauld; White

Scoring summary

67’ - Cristian Dajome (PEN)

75’ - Javain Brown

77’ - Cristian Dajome

Match notes

15’ - Vancouver’s Ryan Gauld “almost” finds the opening goal. Sean Johnson makes a routine save.

41’ - Federico Bernardeschi misses a first-half penalty kick. Shake it off Fede!

HT - We are scoreless at the half.

46’ - Bob Bradley changes things up at halftime.

53’ - Gauld has another go but he misses the target.

67’ - Penalty awarded to Vancouver. TFCII midfielder Alonso Coello Camarero is called for the foul on Cristian Dajome.

67’ - GOAL VANCOUVER WHITECAPS. The Whitecaps open the scoring from the game’s second penalty. Dajome puts it past Tomas Romero to make it 1-0 Vancouver.

75’ - GOAL VANCOUVER WHITECAPS. Vancouver makes it 2-0 after a set piece delivery from Luis Martins. Javain Brown heads it in.

77’ - GOAL VANCOUVER WHITECAPS. Dajome nets a brace, it is now 3-0 Vancouver.

FT - That’s all she wrote.


Toronto FC 1-2 Los Angeles FC


Toronto FC: Johnson; Petretta, Rosted, Hedges, Laryea; Bradley; Insigne, Vazquez, Bernardeschi; Jimenez, Diomande

LAFC: McCarthy; Palacios, Chiellini, Murillo, Hollingshead; Sanchez, Acosta, Cifuentes, Bouanga; Vela, Opoku

Match Notes

LAFC’s opener:

The equalizer from VV:

A first half substitution for the Reds as VV exits for Markus Cimermancic.

45’ - All square at the break.

46’ - Just one change to start the second half, with Akinola replacing Diomande.

Some more changes:

And we’ve got a substitution between the sticks.

Well, LAFC has re-established their lead...

FT - And that’s the game. LAFC condemns the Reds to their second straight preseason loss.

Toronto FC 2-2 Portland Timbers


Toronto FC: Johnson; Petretta, Rosted, Hedges, Laryea; Kaye, Bradley, Osorio; Insigne, Diomande, Bernardeschi

Portland Timbers: Sulte; Bonilla, Mabiala, McGraw, Bravo; Pelayo, Caliskan, Paredes, McCartney; Niezgoda, Gutierrez

Scoring summary

2’ - Federico Bernardeschi (PEN)

34’ - Jonathan Osorio

68’ - Nathan Fogaca

76’ - Evander

Match notes

2’ - GOAL TORONTO FC! Bernardeschi converts from the spot early on!

20’ - TFC still holds the lead 20 minutes in.

Bob Bradley makes some first half adjustments.

34’ - GOAL TORONTO FC! Insigne slides it to Osorio who doubles the lead just past the half-hour mark!

HT - Sitting pretty after 45 minutes.

46’ - More changes as the second half gets underway.

68’ - GOAL PORTLAND TIMBERS. Nathan Fogaca makes it a 2-1 game.

76’ - GOAL PORTLAND TIMBERS. Evander comes off the bench to make it 2-2.

FT - That’s that from the Coachella Valley.

LA Galaxy vs. Toronto FC


LA Galaxy: Bond; Edwards, Mavinga, Neal, Leerdam; Delgado, Brugman, Puig; Rodriguez, Joveljic, Alvarez

Toronto FC: Johnson; Petretta, Rosted, Hedges, Laryea; Kaye, Bradley, Osorio; Insigne, Diomande, Bernardeschi

Scoring summary

27’ - Efrain Alvarez

52’ - Mark Delgado

89’ - Ayo Akinola

Match notes

27’ - GOAL LA GALAXY. Alvarez dribbles his way around the entire TFC defence and then finds the opener.

52’ - GOAL LA GALAXY. Delgado strikes one from way out against his former club.

89’ - GOAL TORONTO FC! Akinola pulls one back late!

FT - Bring on the regular season!