Toronto FC's Mark Bloom returns to Kansas City, where he made debut with MLS team last year

Toronto FC's Mark Bloom (right) in action against Vancouver (USA Today)

Toronto FC's Mark Bloom (right) in action against Vancouver (USA Today)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 PM ET

TORONTO - The Blue Hell is where it all began for Toronto FC’s Mark Bloom.

It’s a small, boisterous 20,000-seat stadium situated west of Kansas City’s downtown core.

When Bloom pulled up in a cab outside Kansas City’s Sporting Park last July, he was in awe.

In his proudest moment, despite being signed from the Atlanta Silverbacks a day earlier, the Toronto FC defender was informed he couldn’t enter the venue.

“I had to go to the stadium earlier than all the guys because I had to get a physical,” Bloom told me ahead of Friday night’s match against Sporting KC, the 26-year-old’s first return to the stadium he first wore an MLS kit in.

“So we got dropped off in front of the stadium and had to go through security. We couldn’t get in. They wouldn’t believe who we were.”

Who could blame stadium officials? Most TFC fans didn’t know who Bloom was. His name wasn’t yet on the roster.


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