Money raises expectations. If you have it — and especially if you spend it — there is a greater demand for success. It seems obvious, but throughout the history of sport, the richest teams are the ones that win the most. And the same goes for Major League Soccer.
That is why Toronto FC, in their most recent form, are often expected to be one of the premier teams in the league. They have money. And they are not afraid to spend it, as evidenced by the signings they have made throughout the recent years, including but very much not limited to Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Auro, all of which have cost significant fees or wages.