When Jonathan Osorio scored in the 48th minute of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Inter Miami CF, he broke his own record.
The 30-year-old midfielder has now scored in each of the 11 seasons he has spent with Toronto FC. That kind of longevity, with the same club – his hometown club, no less – is virtually unheard of in the modern game.
It was his 43rd goal in 211 MLS regular season matches, roughly one every five matches.
“Oso has a knack for scoring goals,” said Bob Bradley post-match. “He sees moments, opportunities, to get into the box. It's been part of the way he plays since the beginning – I've seen so many of those goals. It's a quality that he has. Really good player.”
A lot of forwards would love to be that productive, let alone out of the midfield.
Asked about scoring in an 11th-straight campaign, Osorio shifted the focus: “It means a lot to be a part of this club.”
“The goals in 11 seasons, it's my job. It's what I'm here to do, so that's whatever,” he continued. “But being here for this club, for that long... everybody knows how much that means to me, how much I care for this club.”
POSTGAME SOUND | Jonathan Osorio - March 18, 2023
“Every game I go out there and I give 1000%, I leave it all on the pitch along with my teammates,” Osorio added. “I’m just looking forward to bringing this club back to where it belongs.”
Eleven years of watching Osorio score goals in red, where has the time gone.
The goal on Saturday was just the latest. His first, on March 30, 2013 against the LA Galaxy, also came at BMO Field.
It is a moment he remembers fondly.
“Yeah, of course. You never forget your first one,” Osorio smiled. “My first game at BMO, ever. Amazing. Yeah, I scored against the Galaxy.”
The gamble to get into the box, the deft redirection of Luis Silva's ball, the peeling run to celebrate in front of the South End. The smile, the point to a familiar face in the stands. His second against the New York Red Bulls a few weeks later wasn’t too shabby either.
Every TFC fan will have an Osorio moment they hold closely. Here’s to many more.
“I remember a lot of moments here,” reflected Osorio. “It's something I don't take for granted. Each game that I play here is special. It’s always special.”
“Every game I get to play in front of my family, friends, and my people, my people of Toronto,” he continued. “It’s a great blessing.”