Toronto FC receive a reminder of what they’re playing for

Earlier this week, Toronto FC took some time away from their struggles in the league, to receive their championship rings.

It’s been a tough start to the MLS season for Toronto FC. Even the conclusion of a (mostly) successful CONCACAF Champions League campaign hasn’t turned their form around in the league.

Through 11 games, TFC have already lost seven times. As a result, they currently find themselves nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

In addition, the Reds have scored just 14 goals so far this season; tied for third-fewest in MLS. This is a far cry from the team which blazed a trail through their opponents last year, with a league-leading 74 goals.

Talking of last season, TFC were given a timely reminder of their achievements earlier this week. As reported by the Canadian Press, via Sportsnet, TFC received their championship rings, to commemorate a record-breaking 2017 campaign.

The Reds set a MLS record for points in a season last year, with 69. And their rings reflected this, as MLSE spared no expense:

TFC team president Bill Manning shared his satisfaction with how the rings turned out. As reported by the Canadian Press, Manning said:

“We’re really happy with them. I think it’s brought an MLS ring to a new level. It was something we wanted the players to be proud of.”

The rings were made by Baron Championship Rings of Tecumseh, Ontario. They have previously created rings for the likes of the Toronto Argonauts, Raptors 905 and Hockey Canada.

As per the Canadian Press, the rings include more than 170 diamonds, spread on white and yellow gold, with a string of individual touches. The diamonds came from Houston-based Uptown Diamond.

No doubt, TFC fans will be hoping the sparkly reminder will prove to be the motivation needed, to turn the team’s fortunes around in league play. Certainly it can’t hurt, in what has been an inconsistent, injury-hit year so far.

Next up on Saturday is a crucial game away to Columbus Crew SC, who beat the Reds 2-0 on opening day at BMO Field. However, the hosts will still be looking for more revenge, after TFC knocked them out at the Eastern Conference stage last season.

What kind of response do you expect to see from Toronto FC, after receiving their championship rings? Do you now expect them to perform better and return to a playoff spot? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.