TORONTO, ON — Toronto Mayor David Miller and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman have agreed to a friendly wager over this Saturday’s season opener between their respective Major League Soccer teams, Toronto FC and Columbus Crew.
“Toronto FC has spent the off-season re-focusing and I have every confidence Coach John Carver and the Reds will come out on top,” Mayor Miller said. “And with 2,500 TFC fans making the trip to Columbus, the Crew aren’t going to know what hit them.”
The stakes of the wager are simple; the losing mayor will don the jersey of the winning team for a public photo opportunity.
“Toronto FC has the best fans in Major League Soccer and we look forward to their full support again this season,” said Toronto FC Manager and Director of Soccer Mo Johnston. “We’re excited that our fan base has grown outside of Canada too. We will ensure that Mayor Coleman is properly outfitted with a Toronto FC jersey and merchandise as he helps promote our team in his city.”
Johnston also extended an invitation to Columbus’ Mayor to attend a future Toronto FC home game with Mayor Miller and watch the game from the team’s supporter section.
Mayor Miller, a TFC season ticket holder since day one, will not be able to attend the game due to prior commitments this weekend, but will be present in spirit.
“I regret I won’t be there to witness the Red Patch Boys and U-Sector throwing The TFC Massive across the south end of Crew Stadium or that I won’t be able to partake in the 24th-minute anthem for Danny Dichio,” Miller added, “but I know our travelling supporters will be the 12th man the team needs.”
Now in its second season, Toronto FC is the main tenant of the City-owned BMO Field and set new standards for Major League Soccer with sell-out crowds and fan enthusiasm that is tops in the league. The success of the inaugural season lead to the stadium turning a $900,000 profit that was spilt between the City and TFC owners, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.
Reported by: Stuart Green, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7119, firstname.lastname@example.org
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