Manning: CPL would be foolish to compete with TFC

TORONTO, Ontario. February 18 (T90) – Toronto FC president Bill Manning believes it would be downright foolish for the Canadian Premier League (CPL) to compete with TFC.

According to Manning, the CPL would stand no chance if it were to put a team in Toronto because the league is not ‘major league’.

“Why would you want to do that to yourself? Why would you want to come into this market (and compete with Toronto FC)?” Manning told the Toronto Sun.

“This is our market. We want to be supportive of the CPL, but we don’t want to be competitive. That’s something we don’t want to do.”

If the CPL were to place a team in Toronto then that could be seen as a declaration of war against an MLS side that draws big crowds to BMO Field.

Toronto FC originally had plans of taking part with the league with the addition of TFC III – the club’s third reserve side. However, this idea was mainly met with negativity from CPL backers who want Canada’s top flight to be more than a minor league.

“If the league starts, whether we’re in it or not, we want to be supportive,” Manning added — with one caveat.

“For a team to come into Toronto and try and compete with TFC, have fun with that. You have to be major league in Toronto,” Manning finished.

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