Toronto FC defender in full Bloom

TFC defender Mark Bloom (left) had a supporters' group of roughly 50 fans to watch him play against...

TFC defender Mark Bloom (left) had a supporters' group of roughly 50 fans to watch him play against Dallas on Saturday. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

A hoard of Toronto FC supporters set up shop at Toyota Stadium in Dallas on Saturday.

They were mostly American, numbering 50 or so, wearing red and white while dropping the blue — the colour Dallas wore in a 2-1 defeat of the Reds.

They weren’t in north Texas to see Michael Bradley or Jermain Defoe — two of the league’s highest-paid players.

They weren’t at a Major League Soccer match to see any other recognizable names, either.

The U.S.-based TFC supporters — mostly family members — had another last name etched on their backs: No. 28, Mark Bloom.

If you’re not a TFC supporter, you’re likely saying, “Who?”

“Bloom’s Army,” they call themselves, a kind of cult following that has added to the intrigue surrounding one of TFC’s unsung heroes — a guy whose entry-level budget number doesn’t reflect his role on a team that’s desperate to finally break into the post-season less than a year after the 26-year-old finally broke into the league.


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