Toronto FC targets MLS Cup repeat at victory parade
Toronto FC set its sights on repeating as MLS Cup champions while celebrating its first title with a parade through the city in front of thousands of fans on Monday.
Two days after becoming the first Canadian club to win the trophy, Toronto FC carried it on a double-decker bus through about six blocks to Nathan Phillips Square, where players and staff gathered on the steps to speak at a rally before the crowd.
"We started on a mission here a couple years ago with our guys, and everybody behind me joined this because we wanted to do something for this city," coach Greg Vanney said.
"We had a motto and that motto is, 'They'll remember how you make them feel.' So I just have one question: How do you feel?"
After a round of cheers, Vanney added: "Well likewise, we'll never forget this moment, we're glad to bring it to you, and let's do it again next year, how about that."
The last time a Toronto team won a major North American sports league was in 1993 -- when the Blue Jays won their second consecutive World Series, and captain Michael Bradley cited the baseball team for inspiring him to pursue the title again next season.
"The Blue Jays in '92 and '93 -- they won, but they won again the next year," he said. "So we're going to enjoy this for a little bit longer and then we're going to dust ourselves off and get back to work so we can be lifting that trophy again next year."
Bradley won a league title for the first time in a career that has included stops in Netherlands, Germany, England and Italy, and though he may also be the captain of the United States national team, he said his time in Canada has been second to none.
"To be able to lift that trophy in this city in front of our fans, to be able to give everybody a day like this, this is why every single one of us are here," Bradley said. "This is the best sports city in the world, this is the best city in the world."
He then doubled down at that claim, adding: "You don't find this many places. I'm from New York, I've lived in Rome. I've live all across Europe, I've been a lot of places. To be in a city where the relationship between the team and the fans and the city is like it is here, it's so special. We don't take if for granted, it's a huge privilege."
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