It’s been a tough couple of years for Toronto FC.

Only FC Cincinnati propped up the Reds in the overall standings in 2021 and their misery was compounded with a Canadian Championship final defeat to arch-rivals CF Montreal. Head coach Chris Armas lasted just 15 games before being let go in July.

The start of the current campaign under Bob Bradley hasn’t been ideal either, with Toronto winning only four of their 14 MLS matches so far. There’s a creeping feeling that the 2017 champions are merely limping through until Lorenzo Insigne makes his historic summer move.

But Toronto received some respite on Saturday, beating CanPL side Forge FC in the long-awaited, re-arranged Canadian Championship final.

It may have taken a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw across 120 minutes, but bringing home some silverware and coming through adversity to win a final still represented a ‘good step’ for TFC, according to team captain Michael Bradley.

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