On an evening just a couple of weeks out of Halloween, Toronto FC recorded which, at the time, was the club’s biggest win in its history. The 3-0 shellacking of FC Dallas ensured that TFC would go on to the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Champions League.
On that October evening, TFC fans feted Joao Plata, the diminutive rookie who set up the first goal and added two more. But, on that evening, we saw the emergence of a player whose long-term future may mean more to the club than any other Red who was on the field that night.
On that night, Doneil Henry was inserted as an emergency right back, and was asked to contend with Brek Shea’s runs down the left channel of FCD’s attack. Henry was very much TFC’s unsung hero on that night — and we can point to that evening as the moment when Henry transferred his status from “prospect” to “player.”
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