5 New Year's Resolutions for the Toronto FC Fan

Here’s a list of five things Toronto FC fans should resolve to do in 2013
by Sonja Missio   |   Monday, December 31, 2012

Red Dawn Rising - column on Toronto FC (TFC) & the Toronto Ontario soccer scene

Happy New Year's Eve Toronto FC fans, MLS enthusiasts and family/friends I force to read my column.

As 2012 comes to a close, we are all looking forward to a good 2013 and what better way to close off a year (and start a new one) than with some helpful advice from me?

The following are some resolutions – or “fan-solutions” if you will – to make Toronto FC’s seventh season the best season yet.

5. Tell Your Friends!

There has been a large amount of friends, family, coworkers, strangers, etc, that I have brought (re: bribed) to games; none of them being TFC fans prior to kickoff.

It all starts off the same way: They say they don’t want to go and I plead. They continue to refuse and I cry. They say “under no circumstance am I going!” and I show up at their house on game day with an extra shirt and scarf.

After about 20 more minutes of beseeching and the promise (re: bribe) of free tickets, food and drinks (fun fact: “two hours of my company” is apparently not good enough), we finally get to the game; they settle in to watch, all the while complaining how they don’t like Toronto FC, soccer, being outside and me.

However, somewhere after the Danny Dichio song and before the goal given up in the 87th minute, they fall in love with the game. After the final whistle, I’m always told that they had fun, they enjoyed the atmosphere, it was entertaining and, while they still don’t really care for soccer, they’re glad they came. On the rare occasion, I’m even sometimes thanked.

While I am not sure if I have created any new “TFC fans” per se, I have managed to make a few more people interested in the team. And that’s what we should all continue to do: help spread the love for the team around as much as possible.

Even if sometimes it involves a little bribery.

4. Make a Solid Effort to Understand MLS

I probably should not willingly admit this, but sometimes I don’t really understand MLS. I have never understood how the draft works, or the point of the Mickey Mouse Cup, or which international clubs are eligible to play in CONCACAF Champions League, to name a few things.

This ignorance may only apply to me, but I have a sneaky suspicion that others may be just as lost as well; they don’t want to admit it.

This year, I plan to make a solid effort to expand my knowledge and understanding of MLS as well as try to watch as many non-Toronto FC league games as I possibly can.

In other words, yes, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to watch more soccer.

3. Give Something Back  

Season Ticket Holders: Have you ever not been able to make it to a game and no one wanted your tickets? Instead of just letting them go to waste, I propose a different option: the MLSE Team Up Foundation’s Give-A-Kid-A-Game Program.

Basically, you can donate your tickets to a child who would not have the opportunity to attend a game otherwise. A charitable tax receipt from MLSE Team Up Foundation can be issued for your donations, but more importantly, you’ll be giving kids a chance to watch a match. For more information, click here.

2. Use the #TFCLive hashtag more

I’ll be honest: half the fun (and sometimes all of it) of away games is following along on Twitter. Personally, I love reading people’s opinions, play-by-plays and non sequiturs on the game being played. Following the #TFCLive hashtag is one of the best ways to connect to other Toronto FC fans.

Plus, you can follow along with my mini panic attacks. It mostly involves button mashing and swearing.

I also strongly recommend you use the #TFCPuns hashtag as well, especially when you have a great, non-Payne related pun to share.

1. Come Early, Stay Late

I am horribly guilty of never making it in time to the stadium for kickoff. The best I seem to manage is awkwardly standing on the steps up to Section 113 as the national anthems play. This year, I would like to try and make kickoff every game. And so should you.

Seeing empty bucket seats for the first – and last – part of a match is horribly depressing. It makes the entire stadium seem lackluster and monotonous and our fans seem lethargic and dull. However, if everyone could be in the stands properly for the entire game, BMO Field would look – and sound – marvelous! Remember, we’re there to give our boys support and motivation, let’s just try to do it for the whole 90 minutes (plus stoppage).

Bonus: An extra resolution to all you soccer writers out there.

Writers: be good to your editors. They’re wonderful people who have to put up with your lack of basic understanding of grammar and, misuse of, commas. Plus, they’re all right people who can be forgiving and understanding. Especially when every other email to them begins with, “I’m sooooooo sorry!”  

Well, that’s all from me for this year. See you in 2013. Or, tonight, if we’re at the same party.

Salute! Cin cin! Prost! And mabuhay! Happy New Year!


Univ. of Guelph, Univ. of W. Ontario, Brock University
Club Domestic:
Toronto FC
Club Foreign:
Supported Udinese since birth, TFC was her own stupid decision; writing on her masochistic relationship with soccer started after. Doomed as a Canadian - Friulano - Swiss - Filipina. Searching for Juventini actually from Turin and running for FIFA Prez.