Toronto Lynx key moments from 1996 to 2006

Toronto Lynx were the city's top soccer team for nearly a decade

June 24th, 1996
The expansion rights to the team are announced at a media conference at Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant in downtown Toronto.

November 1st, 1996
A media conference at the International Plaza Hotel is held to announce the team name, the “Toronto Lynx” and the decision to play at Varsity Stadium

April 12th, 1997
The Lynx play their first A-League game in Jacksonville, Florida.

May 2nd, 1997
The Lynx earns it first victory, a 3-1 win over Worcester Wildfire.

May 19th, 1997
The Toronto Lynx open their home season at Varsity Stadium, with a 3-2 victory vs. Rochester Raging Rhinos.

June 27th, 1997
The Lynx set a season and A-league record of ten straight wins.

January 1998
Lynx sell rights of Canadian born Paul Stalteri to First Division Werder Bremen of the German League.

September 7th , 1998
The Lynx upset the First Division championship Iranian team Persepolis at Varsity Stadium 2-0. Persepolis fielded 5 of their National Team players, which upset the United States at the World Cup.

June 5, 1999
The Toronto Lynx put up a fight to the finish but went down, 2-1, to newly-promoted Portuguese First Division side Santa Clara before 5,500 fans at Varsity Stadium. This was one of just two games being played in North America by the team from Ponta Del Gada in the Azores.

June 18, 1999
The first of three games televised by CTV Sportsnet as a result of an A-League television deal for the United States and Canada. On this day, the Lynx game was televised from Rochester, to be followed by a June 26 telecast from Long Island and a July 25 game with Rochester at Varsity Stadium.

September 4, 1999
When the Toronto Lynx shutout Staten Island Vipers, 2-0, at Varsity Stadium in the season finale on Saturday, September 4 before 4,544 fans.  The Season’s total home attendance rose to 38,422 for a remarkable 52 per cent increase over the previous year’s 25,204. This was one of the biggest increases in the 30-team A-League for 1999.

June 1, 2000
Highest attendance record of 6,012 at a regular Season Lynx home game, Connecticut Wolves @ Toronto.

June 1, 2000
Toronto Lynx lead in the North East Division for the first time.

June 6, 2000
Toronto Lynx host Italian Serie A Club, Reggina at Varsity Stadium, Toronto 0 – Reggina 2. A total of 6,737 fans attend the game.

September 24, 2000
Toronto Lynx strongest playoff run-Eastern Conference Final, Lynx @ Rochester , Rochester 1-Toronto 0, Rochester advances on total goals aggregate.

August 16, 2001
Toronto Lynx transfer midfielder Chris Pozniak to Division 1 Swedish Club Orebro SK.

May 20, 2002
Toronto Lynx defeat German Bundesliga side TSV 1860 Munich 1-0 in a friendly at University of York Stadium.

Toronto Lynx finish 10th in the USL First Division. This was their last season in the USL as MLSE were awarded a Toronto MLS expansion franchise. 2007 saw the Toronto Lynx drop down a level and play in the PDL.