Toronto FC joined MLS in 2007 as an expansion team and was the first Canadian-based franchise in the league. Read on to find out more about the Toronto FC top scorers of all time.
Toronto Football Club, abbreviated Toronto FC, is a Canadian professional football club. The club is based in Toronto, Ontario and participates in the MLS as a member of the Eastern Conference.
Toronto FC home games are played at BMO Field. Toronto FC joined MLS in 2007 and was the first Canadian club in the league.
In 2017,Toronto FC
won the domestic treble with the MLS Cup, the Shield of Supporters and the Canadian Championship. They have won the Canadian Cup seven times so far, and were also runners-up in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League, as well as the 2016 and 2019MLS
In 2019, the estimated value of club was US$395 million, the highest player payroll in Major League Soccer.
In the following article, we will briefly review the history of Toronto FC, then provide a list of the
Toronto FC top scorers of all time
, and then share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these Toronto FC top goal scorers ever.
Before we get into the list of Toronto FC highest goal scorers of all time, let's take a look at the history, founding and records of Toronto FC.
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MLS awarded a team to Toronto in 2005. An online poll was conducted to determine the name of the club, in which the public could cast their ballots within the allotted time. The possible names present in this poll were "Toronto Northmen", "Inter Toronto FC", "Toronto Reds", and in the end, the name "Toronto FC" was chosen with more than 40% of the popular vote.
Toronto FC is a Canadian-based football team that has been competing in the American Major League Soccer known as "MLS", as a member of the Eastern Conference. The club was founded in 2005, and became the first Canadian-located team in MLS, when they joined the league in 2007.
Toronto FC has won 7 Canadian championships, 1 Supporters' Shield and 1 MLS Cup, including winning the domestic treble, by winning all of the mentioned trophies in 2017. Moreover, they have been runner-ups of the CONCACAF Champions league in 2018, as well as the MLS Cup in 2016 and 2019.
To achieve 9 major trophies and reaching the final match of the continental cup within 16 years from their foundation seems an astonishing achievement for the Reds which would not have been feasible without the amazing performances of the players who have represented them.
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Similar to all of the teams in the world that strikers- and more precisely goal scorers- play one of the most vital roles in claiming every title, as they bring the victory to the team in the single matches, the goal scorer have been a key factor for Toronto FC to win the mentioned titles as well.
Full name: Justin Morrow
Date of birth: October 4, 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 1.758 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s): Full Back
, born October 4, 1987, is an American professional soccer player who plays as a full-back, most recently for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.
Morrow is an American versatile defender, who is capable of playing as a left back, left wingback and center back, joined the club in 2014 and has been playing for them ever since. He is the club's second-most capped player with 229 games played, and stands 10th in the list of
Toronto FC highest goal scorers of all time
with 17 goals.
However, he is very likely to ascend in the list as the players above him have scored 18, 19 and 21 goals, and they are no longer playing for Toronto. He has won the 2017 MLS Cup, the Supporters' shield in 2017 and 3 Canadian Championships with the Reds.
Moreover, Morrow was a part of the squads that became the runner-ups of the 2016 and 2019 MLS Cup, and the 2018 Champions League. Furthermore, he was named in the 2017 MLS Best XI after winning a stunning domestic treble with the club.
In addition, Morrow has earned 4 caps for the United States national team, and was a part of the team that won the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He had played for the club "San Jose Earthquakes" for 3 years before joining Toronto FC, won the 2012 Supporters' shield, was named to the All-Star game in the very same year and was called up to the national team for the first time while playing for them.
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Full name: Víctor Vázquez Solsona
Date of birth: 20 January 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s): Attacking midfielder
Víctor Vázquez Solsona (born 20 January 1987) is a Spanish footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder.Vazquez is one of the products of Barcelona youth Academy "Lamasia" that could not persuade coaches to stay at the first team.
However, he played forBarcelona
in the group stages of the 2009 and 2011 Champions league, the titles that were both won by the Catalan side, thus Vazquez is considered a two-time Champions League winner.
The Spanish attacking midfielder joined Toronto FC in 2017, and went on to make 65 appearances for the Canadian club during his 2-year stay. Moreover, The creative player has scored 18 goals and provided more than 25 assists, and helped the club secure 2 Canadian Championships, 1 MLS Cup and 1 Supporters' Shield, as well as reaching the final match of the CONCACAF Champions league.
Not only is Vazquez regarded as one of the
Toronto FC top scorers of all time
, but he is also remembered as one of the best players that have ever worn their shirt due to his outstanding vision, superb ability to distribute the ball, excellent technique and admirable chance-creating capabilities.
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Date of birth: 26 November 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Height: 1.85 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s): Forward
, born 26 November 1984, is a Jamaican footballer who plays as a forward. Johnson was a Jamaican football player who played for FC Toronto for 2 years, and entered the list of the
highest goal scorers in Toronto FC of all time
by scoring 18 goals in 63 appearances.
Moreover, he achieved the only achievement of his professional career with Toronto, by winning the Canadian Championship in 2012, and was awarded the "George Gross Memorial Trophy" as the best and most valuable player of the 2012 Canadian Championship as well as being his team's second-highest goal scorer.
His goals for the Reds have been mostly decisive ones, including one stunning goal against theSeattle Sounders
that won the goal of the week award. However, he had a 3-year spell withSan Jose Earthquakes
, where he was named the MVP of the team as the club's top scorer of the 2009 MLS season.
Besides playing for American clubs, Johnson has also played for the Swedish clubOsters IF
, the Chinese side HN Jianye and the Korean clubSeoul E-Land
Johnson has also played in 36 games for Jamaica national team and has scored 8 goals, including taking part in a 2011Gold Cup and a 2013 Caribbean cup tournament.
Date of birth: 1 November 1978 (age 43)
Place of birth: Schiedam, Netherlands
Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position(s): Striker
Danny Koevermans, born 1 November 1978, is a Dutch former footballer who currently works as a coach forSparta Rotterdam
The Dutch striker stands in the 7th place in the list of Toronto FC Top scorers of all time with 19 goals. He joined the club in 2011, went on to wear their shirt in 41 matches, alongside helping the team Canadian Championship in 2012.
One of the most memorable acts of his career happened when he said that the club was "setting a record as the worst team in the world", after losing their 9th defeat in the start of the 2012 season. Koevermans had played for Sparta Rotterdam,AZ Alkmar
before joining Toronto FC.
He won an Eredivisie (Dutch League) title with PSV Eindhoven, the club for which he scored 49 goals in 131 appearances.
Moreover, he has scored 1 goal in a total of 4 appearances for Dutch national team. Koevermans was a physically powerful with adeptness in the air that was very dangerous in front of the goal.
These features stem for his astonishing record of 0.46 goals per match for the Canadian side, which puts his in the list of the
all-time top goal scorers in Toronto FC History
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Full name: Chad Randall Barrett
Date of birth: April 30, 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth: San Diego, California, United States
Height: 1.80 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s): Forward
Chad Randall Barrett, born April 30, 1985, is a retired American soccer player who last played as a forward.
Barrett joined Toronto FC from Chicago Fire in 2008 and played for the Reds until 2010. The American center forward scored a total of 22 goals in 78 appearances for the Canadian club.
Moreover, he helped his club secure 2 Canadian championships in 2009 and 2010. He joined the American clubLA Galaxy
in January 2011, and won two MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012, alongside 1 Supporters' shield with the prominent club in 2011.
However, he was loaned out to the Norwegian clubValerenga
in 2012. After a short spell with the club "New England Revolution" he joined Seattle Sounders, where he won a further Supporters' shield in 2014.
Barrett has also played for San Jose Earthquakes andReal Salt Lake
before he hung his boots in 2018. In addition to the mentioned major titles, Barrett claimed 1 U.S. Open Cup withChicago Fire
in 2006, and further one with Seattle Sounders in 2014.
Even though he had been a vital player in the youth United States' national team and played for the U-20 team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005, he has only played once for his senior national team.
Barrett has scored a total of 58 goals and provided 27 assists in 278 appearances in the MLS. He is the 6th player in the list of the
Toronto FC top scorers of all time
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Full name: Alejandro Pozuelo Melero
Date of birth: 20 September 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth: Seville, Spain
Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position (s): Attacking midfielder
, born 20 September 1991, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Canadian club Toronto FC as an attacking midfielder.
Alejandro Pozuelo is a 30-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder who is currently playing for Toronto FC. Pozuelo joined the Canadian club in 2019 and quickly became a vital player in their squad.
The creative player has scored 23 goals and provided 19 goals in 61 appearances for the Reds. Pozuelo scored 12 goals and provided 12 assists in his first regular season of MLS, thus he was named to the MLS Best XI, as one of the best 11 players of the tournament.
His second season was even more luminous for the versatile midfielder, not only because of his 9 goals and 10 assists, but because he was named in the MLS Best XI, and most remarkably, Pozuelo won the London Donovan MVP award as the best player of the Season in MLS.
He is currently the 4th-most valuable player of the League, and the most valuable player of Toronto FC with 12 Million Euros. Pozeulo is a product of the Spanish Club Real Betis's academy that has played forReal Betis
in his homeland.
Moreover, he had a short spell at England withSwansea
. Pozuelo joined the Belgian clubGenk
in 2015 and stayed there for 5 seasons, where he later became their captain and made 177 appearances for the club, as well as scoring 25 goals and providing 60 assists.
Provided that Pozuelo stays with the Canadian side, he is supposedly going to improve his position on the list of the
top scorers in Toronto FC of all time
, due to the fact that he is only 29 and the in a very good form as the last MVP.
He is renowned for his vision, great technique with the ball as well as having an eye for goal as a midfielder. He is also very good at providing assists, moving the ball and creating chances with his both feet.
Full name: Dwayne Anthony De Rosario
Date of birth: May 15, 1978 (age 43)
Place of birth: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s): Attacking midfielder, forward
Dwayne Anthony De Rosario OOnt, born May 15, 1978, is a Canadian former professional soccer player, who played as a forward or as an attacking midfielder.
Dwayne De Rosario is the 4th in the list of Toronto FC top goal scorers ever. The Canadian player played for the Reds in 2 spells, one from 2009 to 2011 and another short one in 2014.
In his first spell, he helped the club win 2 consecutive Canadian championships in 2009 and 2010, and won the George Gross Memorial Trophy as the best player of the Canadian championship in both years. Moreover, he was named in the MLS All-star team and MLS Best XI of both seasons.
He was also named the captain of the team in 2010. De Rosario has scored 33 goals within 97 appearances for Toronto FC. He played for several clubs and won a number of team and individual titles before and after playing for Toronto FC.
De Rosario played for San Jose Earthquakes from 2001 to 2006, and claimed 2 MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003, as well as a Supporters' shield cup in 2005. Later in 2006, he joinedHouston Dynamo
where he won 2 further MLS Cups.
Furthermore, after a short spell atNew York Red Bulls
, he joined D.C United in 2011, where he became the MLS Top scorer of the 2011 season with 16 goals, and also was named the MVP as the best Player of the season. Of those 16 goals, 13 have been for D.C United and 3 for NY Red Bulls.
Moreover, he helped the club secure the U.S. Open Cup in 2013. He returned to Toronto FC in 2014 for a few months, and later played for the Canadian club Mississauga MetroStars before his retirement in 2019.
Speaking of his honors, besides being the 4th highest goal scorer among Toronto FC top scorers of all time, he is the 9th all-time top scorer of MLS with 104 goals, and he is the highest goal scorer of the Canadian national team with 22 goals in 81 appearances.
In addition, he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with Canadian national team in 2000 De Rosario has been named in MLS All-Star for 7 consecutive years from 2006 to 2012. Moreover, he has been voted in MLS Best XI on 6 occasions, and has won the award of the MLS best goal of the year twice in 2004 and 2005.
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Full name: Jonathan Osorio
Date of birth: June 12, 1992 (age 29)
Place of birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s): Midfielder
, born June 12, 1992, is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club Toronto FC and the Canadian national team. He holds the Toronto FC club record for most appearances.
Osorio is one of the most notable players in the history of Toronto FC, not only because he stands in the 3rd place in the list of the
Toronto FC highest goal scorers ever
, but because he is the most capped player in the history of the club with 263 appearances.
Osorio made his debut for Toronto FC in 2013 and never looked back. The Canadian midfielder has helped his club secure 3 Canadian championships, 1 MLS Cup and 1 Supporters' shield.
He won the George Gross memorial trophy of the 2018 Canadian championship as the best player of the tournament.
Moreover, Osorio finished the 2018 CONCACAF Champions league as the top scorer with 4 goals, and was named in the Best XI of the tournament, although Toronto FC lost the final match against the Mexican sideGuadalajara
Furthermore, Osorio made his debut for Canadian national team at the age of 21 in 2013, and has taken part in 4 CONCACAF Gold Cups so far. In addition, he has represented his national team on 34 occasions and has scored 5 goals.
Full name: Josmer Volmy Altidore
Date of birth: November 6, 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth: Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s): Striker
, born November 6, 1989, is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC and the United States national team.
Altidore is an American forward who is currently playing for Toronto FC, and is the 2nd player on the list of the
Toronto FC top scorers of all time
by scoring 74 goals in 154 appearances. He joined the club in 2015, and has helped the Reds secure 2 Canadian championships, 1 MLS Cup in 2017 and 1 Supporters shield ever since.
Moreover, he was named in the MLS All-star in 2015 and 2017, as well as winning the 2017 MVP award as the best player of the league as a Toronto player.
Altidore has played for New York Red Bulls, the Spanish Clubs Villareal and Xerez, the English Club Hull City, and the Turkish ClubBursaspor
before joining AZ Alkmar in 2011, where he won the Dutch cup in 2013 while being the best scorer of the tournament with 8 goals, and was named Netherland player of the very same year.
After that he joined the English club Sunderland and stayed there for 2 years until he moved to Canada to play for the Reds. Furthermore, Altidore won the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the year in 2006, as well as U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2013 and 2016, with the latter one while being Toronto's player.
Altidore has made 142 appearances for the United States' national team, including taking part in 2 World Cups. He has scored a total of 42 goals for his national team, making him the 2nd all-time goal scorer of the U.S. National team after Clint Dempsey.
Furthermore, he won the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was runner-ups of the 2011 and 2019 of the said tournament. Moreover, he was a part of the team that reaches the final match of the 2009 FIFA Confederations cup, where they lose to Brazil.
He stands the chance of reaching the first place in the list of highest goal scorers in Toronto FC of all time, since Sebastian Giovinco is no longer playing for the Reds, and the difference is only 9 goals.
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Full name: Sebastian Giovinco
Date of birth: 26 January 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth: Turin, Italy
Height: 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Playing position(s): Forward, attacking midfielder
, born 26 January 1987, is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Saudi Arabian clubAl Hilal
and theItaly national team
. He is definitely one of the all-time top goal scorers in Toronto FC history.
Giovinco began his career withJuventus
and played for Parma and Empoli in his country before he moved to Toronto FC in 2015, where he became the all-time top scorer of the club in less than 4 years.
Giovinvo has scored 83 goals and provided 51 assists in 142 appearances for the Canadian club. He won 3 consecutive Canadian championships, and won the George Gross Memorial trophy as the best player of the mentioned tournament in 2017, while being the top scorer of the tournament.
As one of the highest goal scorers in Toronto FC of all time, Giovinco won the MLS Cup and Supporters' shield in 2017. Giovinvo won the MLS Golden boot as the top scorer with 22 goals, as well as the MVP award as the best player of the season in 2015 as a Toronto FC player. Moreover, he has been named in the MLS All-star for 4 times, and has been listed in the MLS Best XI 3 times during his spell in the Canadian team.
To shine even more in his first season, Giovinco was also the best assist provider of MLS in 2015, and earned the award of MLS New Comer of the Year award as well. Moreover, he won the Golden Ball of the 2018 CONCACAF champions League as the best player of the tournament, even though Toronto FC was beaten in the Final match by the Mexican side Guadalajara.
As one of the
Toronto FC top goal scorers ever
, he broke a number of records when he was playing for Toronto FC; He is the first MLS player to lead both in goals and assists in one season (2015), he is MLS all-time leading goal scorer from free kicks in one single regular-season (6), all of regular-seasons(13) and in total (14), fastest player to reach 100 combined goals and assists (58 goals and 42 assists in 98 appearances), Toronto FC all-time leading goal scorer in total (83), in the MLS (68), in the Canadian championship (6), in one single season (23) as well as and many other individual records.
Not only does Giovinco stand in the 1st place in the list of the top scorers in Toronto FC of all time, he is the greatest player in the clubs' history with so many written and unwritten records.
Giovinco had won 3 Serie A titles, 2 Italian Super Cups, 1 Coppa Italia and 1 Serie B title with Juventus before joining Toronto and rewriting their history. He has been playing for the Saudian Club Al-Hilal since 2019 and 1 Saudian League title, 1 Saudian Cup as well as the 2019 AFC Champions League title, where he was named in the tournament's Best Fans' XI.
Looking at the list of the Toronto FC highest goal scorers ever, we find that the number of goals scored by the club's top scorers is not comparable to the other clubs top scorers, and it is not surprising, because it is not long since Toronto FC has been founded and started its career in MLS, and therefore, the club is still in its infancy.
In addition, given that the total number of goals scored by these players is very close to each other, and in some cases equal, holding even one game can be associated with a goal by one of these top scorers and cause to change the position of the players in the list of the Toronto FC top scorers of all time.
However, the important point is that this young and novice club has a lot of fans and fanatics, which is a great start for a newly established club in a city that does not have a long football record.
This club is currently one of the proudest football clubs in Canada, and it is certain that with the holding of the next seasons of the competition, the records of this club will be even better and the list of the top scorers in Toronto FC of all time will be upgraded.