- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 8, 2010
- 2 Comments
- Dwayne De Rosario, Jim Brennan, Mo Johnston, Preki
To some Jim Brennan was the last remaining link of the Toronto FC expansion era. Today is pretty much a new day in Toronto for the Reds. Brennan is now an assistant in the front office to Mo Johnston and Dwayne De Rosario is now the new caption of the club.
Brennan was the first guy to sign with Toronto before their inaugural season. Mo Johnston brought him in and now it will be Brennan helping Johnston out in a new way, off the pitch.
We know about the changes in Toronto. Preki came in and cleaned house, butted heads with some fan favorites and for the most part got rid of lots of familiar faces. Preki is a winner and a guy that does get the most out of nothing, we saw that with Chivas USA. He’s already making his impact on the roster with moves that are fairly puzzling on the surface but likely have more meaning behind the scenes.
Part of me thinks Toronto will be all the better for these big changes. Shedding that expansion club status and feel is a big deal for clubs. It took both Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake a couple years each to do the same and both are all the better for it. And Toronto isn’t like most MLS towns anyways, we know that. Things are done a little different up there but we know this club is capable of doing great things.
The other part of me however wonders if the expansion status is truly gone. One person still remains from the start of it all and that is Johnston. He’s built this club up in every way but it seems like his foot was taken off the pedal a bit with Preki in town. He didn’t make any moves at the SuperDraft this year like some had expected. Sure some trades have been made (mostly with Colorado) but it seems like Preki is doing more of the dealing these days than Johnston.
This new era in Toronto continues to get more interesting by the day. Seeing if these changes work out will be something to watch for as well. The biggest change may be at BMO Field with the new grass in place of the turf. Some may even say that is the one thing that removes Toronto from that expansion era. All I can say is if a new field can do wonders for New York, who’s to say it can’t do similar for Toronto.
Changes happen all the time and I think for Toronto fans, getting out of that expansion era is a welcome change.