Wednesday’s game versus Orlando marks a special occasion for Greg Vanney, with him reaching the century mark in all competitions as head coach of Toronto FC.
When Greg Vanney first took over as Toronto FC head coach, many fans were left underwhelmed. However, it is fair to assume that sentiment has virtually been erased, as he prepares to reach a special landmark.
Wednesday night’s MLS clash with Orlando City SC will double as Vanney’s 100th game in charge of the Reds. This number can’t be underestimated, for a variety of reasons.
The first is simply reaching the century mark as head coach, with the 42-year old being the first man to accomplish this feat in franchise history. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg.
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This isn’t just about racking up games. At 41-36-22, Vanney also has the best winning percentage among all Toronto FC head coaches. (The 41 wins are also the most ever for a TFC head coach.)
The list goes on, with a variety of single season records; most points, most total goals scored, least goals conceded, total wins and home wins.
Of course, all this would mean nothing without any postseason success. Even here, the Virginia native has worked his magic, helping Toronto FC make their first ever playoff appearances, including last season’s inaugural trip to the MLS Cup final.
And even though TFC feel short in the most frustrating and heartbreaking of fashions, you get the confident feeling there is a lot more to come. Speaking to The Toronto Star‘s Laura Armstrong, Vanney said:
“I think since the culture has started to really take shape, I think the future — the next 100 games — is even brighter in so many ways.”
Certainly, there is every reason to believe Vanney will still be around for another 100 games after Wednesday night. So settle in – this ride is only just getting warmed up.
Were you among those who were not particularly thrilled when Vanney was first appointed, or have you always been in his corner? Either way, what is your opinion of his time in charge of TFC? Share your thoughts in the comments section.