The FIFA 18 demo is out and hey, Toronto FC are on it!
It’s slightly surprising given EA Sports’ FIFA studios are in Vancouver, but we’ll take it and the early glimpse at what the Reds will look like on the latest release.
The answer to which is: pretty, pretty good - and not just Giovinco.
You can get a look at what those faces look like in action through the many videos now popping up on YouTube:
This video has every player face included, albeit somewhat stretched:
We can also get a full look at Toronto’s player ratings.
We knew Sebastian Giovinco (82), Michael Bradley (78), Jozy Altidore (76) and Victor Vazquez’s (76) numbers as they all rank in the top 25 players in MLS, but here are the rest:
Goalkeepers: Alex Bono (67), Clint Irwin (68), Mark Pais (57)
Defenders: Nick Hagglund (69), Jason Hernandez (66), Chris Mavinga (70), Drew Moor (71), Eriq Zavaleta (69), Steven Beitashour (69), Justin Morrow (71), Ashtone Morgan (64), Brandon Aubrey (60), Oyvind Alseth (61)
Midfielders: Jonathan Osorio (67), Michael Bradley (78), Victor Vazquez (76), Marky Delgado (67), Benoit Cheyrou (69), Raheem Edwards (67), Armando Cooper (67), Tsubasa Endoh (66), Jay Chapman (65), Sergio Camargo (60), Nicolas Hasler (62)
Forwards: Sebastian Giovinco (82), Jozy Altidore (76), Jordan Hamilton (65), Tosaint Ricketts (67), Ben Spencer (59)
They look pretty reasonable. I’d argue that Vazquez, Alex Bono, Marky Delgado and especially Nicolas Hasler - though he may have been rated before he made his TFC debut - deserve a bit more, but overall it’s not too bad.
As a team, Toronto have a three-and-a-half-star rating with 75 for their attack, 71 for the midfield and 69 in defence. As usual, the LA Galaxy - the other MLS team playable in the demo - are massively overrated and somehow have better midfield and defence ratings than TFC. They only trail them in the standings by 32 points, after all.
The FIFA 18 demo is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can play kick-off mode with 13 clubs - including Toronto and the Galaxy - and also get a first look at this year’s edition of The Journey, the game’s story mode.