BIG READ | Young and Eager: A look at TFC II’s roster in 2021

BIG READ | Young and Eager: A look at TFC II’s roster in 2021

With a bevy of young talent, the Young Reds fit their nickname heading into their season opener on Saturday vs North Texas.

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TORONTO, ON- When Toronto FC II kick off their 2021 USL League 1 campaign against North Texas Rising SC on May 22, it will be the first time that the Young Reds have played a competitive match in nearly two years.

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595 days after playing to a 1-1 draw with the Chatanooga Red Wolves, TFC II looks a lot different. While many players have re-signed, most of the group has either graduated to the MLS side or moved on to other chapters in their lives.

The 2021 USL League 1 season will also be extremely different from past USL campaigns, as no matches will occur in the GTA; instead, TFC II will make their home Casa Grande, AZ and Kissimmee FL.

While new players will try to establish themselves within the club, Head Coach Mike Munoz will also debut with TFC’s second team. Ali Curtis and TFC staff appointed Munoz to the position in , but the 37-year-old has yet to walk the sidelines in match action.

Meanwhile, former TFC II head coach Michael Rabasca, who initially moved onto become TFC’s director of high performance, is back with the LA Galaxy as their director of cognitive performance.

Before joining Toronto, Munoz spent six years with the Galaxy, where he amassed coaching experience with the U14s, U16s, U18s, LA’s USL side and served as the Galaxy Academy Director. With several years of experience managing young players and learning the intricacies of working in an MLS club, Munoz is a good fit for a young and raw TFC II roster.

With the new coach also comes new players. Continue reading