The Vocal Minority Final Countdown: 2018 Edition

Time for everyone’s favourite end of season exercise!  That’s right, it’s time for the VMP Final Countdown, when we rank every Toronto FC player that set foot on the pitch across all competitions.  It doesn’t matter how long they played, or what they did once they were in there game – if they played, they get ranked.  Unlike last year where everyone agonized over the top players and you had throw a dart to rank your favourites, this season presents a different problem – without the heady highs of the treble, no need to brush confetti out of your hair, or wait until you’ve recovered from the parade – no this year you’ve got to sort out the mushy middle, and that middle is going to be a lot of players after you get past the few standouts.  It’s all part of the retro feel we had to this season (*cough* 2012 *cough*), these countdowns started in the bad old days – anyone feeling nostalgic?  But I’ve got faith in you, you’ve done it before and you can do it again!

This year you’ve got 33 players to rank, that’s six more than last year which is what happens when you field your entire academy team for parts of the season.  I’m sure that there will be a number of players that have you scratching your heads and saying ‘who?’, but I assure you that they all played for the first team this year – would I lie to you?  Whether you’re new to participating in the Final Countdown, or you’re a vet of our annual exercise, the most important part of your participation are the comments; be they silly, serious, sarcastic or s0-so, we want your thoughts!  We all have our favourites, we all have our goats, and we want to hear about them all!

So you all know the drill, get in touch via email, twitter DM, Facebook or just in the comments below and I’ll send you this year’s ranking spreadsheet.  Since TFC have an actual off-season this year (can’t win ’em all), you’ve got a bit more time to mull over your choices – but that doesn’t mean you get all year!  Get those forms back to me by no later than December 7th (the day before the MLS Cup Final), and once I’ve tabulated all of your votes we’ll start posting.  So press play on the official soundtrack below and get ranking!

Thanks as always to everyone that participates!

Author: Kristin Knowles

Raised on basketball and baseball, Kristin soon saw the error of her ways when enrolled in a local football league as a child. Geography dictated she choose TFC as her team and ten years later she's still yet to flee the city. Cynically optimistic, she now channels her inner hooligan by singing random pop songs and making poor puns in the stands. May contain adult content. Find me on the internet machine @kzknowles

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  1. Count(down) me in! Da-na-na-naaa, da-na-na-na-naaa…

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  2. Please send me the spreadsheet.

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