At the beginning of the season, Heggie felt he wouldn’t have enough time for a new field to “really dig in,” Manning said. But in June, along with Toronto’s three away games that month, Major League Soccer will also take a nine-day break thanks to the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Manning said the plan is to put down a new field for next season in December, before the worst of the winter weather hits. With a tarp bought last year, the club’s current grow lights and the expectation of more such lights to come, Manning said Heggie believes he’ll be able to fake the grass into believing it’s under sun.
“It’ll be interesting but I think that is probably where we’re going to go next year, is actually put the new field down in the winter,” Manning said. “It’s likely every year we’ll do it, a new field.”
PICKING UP TROPHIES: Toronto has a fifth trophy to go after as of Tuesday, with MLS and Liga MX announcing a new Campeones Cup, an annual match between the champions of the two leagues.
As the reigning winners, the Reds will host the inaugural game on Sept. 19 at BMO Field. Their opponent will be decided in July, after the second of the Mexican league’s two yearly tournaments — the Clausura — wraps up in May 2018. The winner of the Clausura will play the Tigres — the winner of the Mexico’s first tournament in 2017-2018, the Apertura — for a chance to face TFC.
“We’re excited about that game and it could very well be Tigres again,” Manning said. “We’re really excited about that, representing MLS. But tonight we’ve got to hopefully take care of business.”