They call it preseason for a reason, but there’s no doubt that MLS side Toronto FC will have to improve its team defense if it hopes to live up to the high expectations brought on by the arrival of Jozy Altidore to complement US national teammate Michael Bradley. That was made plain in a recent scrimmage against high school squad Montverde Academy, where the prep players scored a pair of goals on their much more established MLS opponents.
As noted by MaxPreps, the prep squad in question is no normal high school squad, to be fair. Florida’s Montverde Academy — yes, the same school that boasts hoops phenom Ben Simmons and back-to-back Dick’s National High School Invitational titles — is an absolute goliath in a sport that has a tendency to develop regional dynasties. Montverde’s boys soccer team has won an astounding 117 consecutive games, one of the nation’s longest winning streaks in any sport. The win streak will roll on into the 2015-16 campaign, as well, after the Eagles wrapped up their 2014-15 season with a final mark of 23-0-0 in late January.
Against Toronto FC, Montverde showed just how much collective willpower had to do with the program’s success. Toronto jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to watch the Eagles rampage back to knot the game at 2-2. Yes, the professionals responded by notching another brace of their own goals to pull out a 4-2 victory, but the way Montverde competed against bona fide top-flight professionals such as Robbie Findley was nothing if not a compelling moral victory.
Sure, when you’re riding a 117-game win streak there should be no such thing as a moral victory, but something tells us Montverde head soccer coach Mike Potempa might have made an exception, just this once.