The previous record was held by the Los Angeles of 1998 which amounted an incredible 68 points, and now lie Toronto FC next to this feat.
Toronto tied this feat thanks to a Jozy Altidore goal in the 16th minute, but a bigger surprise in this game was Sebastian Giovinco’s penalty miss, not once, but twice.
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Today, Toronto FC have their redemption. On Decision Day, a late Jozy Altidore goal put this team in the history books by reaching 69 points in a season. The team had already clinched the 2017 Supporters’ Shield.
The record is a fantastic achievement, although the teams now play two more games in a season than the Galaxy did in 1998. The record may be broken again soon as the league expands.
TFC head coach Greg Vanney said “[Beating LA’s record would be] a nice feather in the cap for a group of guys who have worked very hard this year. They’ve set out goals in front of them and they keep attaining them and pushing forward.”
Vanney played down the significance of this record, which he help set out as a player of the 1998 LA team. He added that “they also have their eyes focused on the playoffs and lifting the MLS Cup. That’s the next goal in front of them.”
After their 1-0 win against the Montreal Impact, Toronto were awarded the Supporters’ Shield. The Supporters’ Shield is awarded to the team that finishes with the most points from both the East and the West conferences.
Ironically, they actually clinched the Supporters’ Shield at Red Bull Arena against the New York Red Bulls that had won the shield in 2015.
Captain Michael Bradley had this to say “For so many of [the fans], who have been here from the beginning, to see the way the club has grown, to see the way the city has completely embraced the team and the club – there were some dark days, that’s for sure – so for all the people in the stadium who have been here since the beginning, today is for them. It’s a special day,”