How big a deal would a TFC title be?

Toronto FC’s devastation of NYCFC in the MLS Eastern Conference semi-final was one of the most impressive playoff performances by any Toronto sports team in recent memory – yes, Blue Jays included.  tfc2-logoTo beat the highest-scoring team in the league 7-0 on aggregate with a lineup loaded with world class (albeit past-prime) talent like David Villa, Pirlo and Frank Lampard is nothing to sneeze at.  The ball control and possession displayed by the Reds was truly clinical.  Now they face their nemesis Montreal, who knocked TFC out of the playoffs last year.  I have more confidence in TFC winning the MLS title than I did the Blue Jays winning the pennant this year, they look that good.  Regardless, a Canadian team will vie for the MLS Cup on December 10 for the first time in its 21-year history.  The atmosphere for both games could be unlike MLS has ever seen — perhaps up to 60,000 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, and the mad house that is BMo Field will be stuffed to the rafters.  Hopefully in a broader context it will have a positive impact on Canadian soccer at the grassroots level that will be seen years from now.  An MLS Cup win would be Toronto’s first significant sporting title since the Argos 2012 Grey Cup win (yes, I still consider Grey Cups significant) and a milestone for the current upswing on Toronto’s sports scene.