Nous chantons les rouges allez!!
That was pretty much all I could hear on Wednesday night when I went to my first Toronto FC game, courtesy of football team-mate Brady.
None of the rumours about BMO field having the best atmosphere in the MLS were exaggerated. This was hands down the best sporting experience I’ve had in Canada by a long way. The Red Patch Boys (go to the songs section) blew away the Jays, Raptors, Argos and, I’m sad to say, the Flames in terms of passion, emotion, noise and creativity.
After 90 minutes of singing, standing and drinking $12.50 beers (!!) it was a shame the crowd couldn’t inspire the team, or the referee, to greater heights as TFC crashed to 2-1 loss thanks to two Juan Pablo Angel goals.
The ref had what we would call in the UK, a Constantino Rocca (shocker) as he made a series of non-calls, one of which led to the first Red Bulls goal, and then failed to make another series of calls which would’ve allowed TFC to gain some momentum going into the last 10 minutes.
However – great atmosphere, great experience and Toronto FC has one more fan for life!
(I’m under the flag just about where the crest is)
UPDATE – Here’s a video sample of the atmosphere.