Recap RPB 2020 & 2021 & 2022
The 2020 Toronto FC Home Opener on Saturday, March 7th was a smash success! TFC won 1-0 over New York City FC. A week later, all matches were halted due to the global pandemic.
Toronto FC resumed play on July 13th, 2020 for a 5-week ‘MLS is Back’ Tournament in Florida. The match scores counted toward regular season standings as well as knockout rounds. After the tournament, the 2020 season continued with a revised schedule with our home stadium in Connecticut into playoffs as pandemic cross-border restrictions took place. Red Patch Boys members were relieved to watch these matches from home and while attended RPB virtual watch parties. We applauded Vanney for 7 glorious years with our club and started with Armas for 2021.
In 2021, with continued pandemic cross-border restrictions, TFC played their matches (home and away) in Orlando, Florida. Armas was out and Pérez continued on as head coach for the remainder of the season. On July 17, 2021, Toronto FC finally played on home field at BMO against Orlando City SC with 7K in attendance and a mix of frontline healthcare workers, first responders and season ticket holders. The following match against New York Red Bulls on July 21st’s attendance was 15K. RPB members who were able to attend, cheered on the Reds and continued our chants in the Supporter’s Section and beyond. With all of the restrictions near and far, RPB members still made the best of the season.
By 2022, Bob Bradley had taken over as head coach. Supporters gathered in our home stadium to chant for TFC as they found their feet again from a whirlwind season. With promise of a seasoned Italian player to bring excitement into the stands, we welcomed Insigne by the summer with Bernardeschi and Criscito to round out the Italian experience for the rest of the season. We did not come out on top this past season but with great hope for 2023.