As far as Richie Laryea is concerned, it’s mental toughness that has Toronto FC on the verge of history.
Laryea’s goal early in the match was all Toronto FC needed in a dominant 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday night at BMO Field. The victory stretched TFC’s regular-season unbeaten streak to 17 games.
“I think it just comes down to being a very resilient group. This group fights to the end,” said Laryea. “This is a very big club in this league so guys want to compete for trophies every single year.”
Toronto’s streak is the fifth-longest in Major League Soccer history and is two away from tying the 2004-05 Columbus Crew and 2010 Dallas FC for the record. Toronto ended last year’s regular season on a 10-game unbeaten streak and has gone 4-0-3 this year.
“I think we’ve done well, but we’ve done well both individually and collectively,” said Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, who made one save for a clean sheet. “We’ve been playing together for a while now and we’ve really established a good identity.” (CBC)