'Shrieking': Unwanted guest crashes footy team's training

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Toronto FC player stunned as an alligator walks on the field during training.
Toronto FC players were stunned to see an alligator crash their training. (Image: TorontoFC)

Toronto FC football stars received quite a shock during training when an unexpected guest decided to stroll across the field.

The Canadian football club were in Florida for their match and were training on a sunny day when a large alligator was spotted walking towards them.

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The players became fixated on the large predator as they posed for photos and shared a laugh.

Some players were even spotted running around in hysteria as it slowly creeped closer.

Many fans couldn't help but share a laugh at the video.

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A resort staffer was forced to chase the alligator away in a golf cart before it ventured too far inland.

The players were preparing for the clash against 

"All I can tell you is this, there was a massive alligator," Toronto coach Chris Armas told The Canadian Press on Monday. 

"My players are running towards the gator as I went the other way.

"Listen, we talk about (being) fearless and aggressive around here, but I thought we wouldn't think about that at that moment."

Toronto, which has relocated to Florida for the MLS regular season because of travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, later joked about the incident.

"Toronto FC have agreed to terms with Ale Gator on a short-term loan," the club tweeted. 

"The deal was completed using our newly-acquired GAM (Gator Acquisition Money).

Golfer's encounter with alligator

Only two weeks ago, golfer Colin Morikawa lined up his chip shot at the RBC Heritage right in front of a sign that read: "Please do not feed or disturb the alligators."

And as he was practising his swing to reach the green, the camera swung a few inches to the right.

The commentators noticed an alligator just above the surface right behind the American.

“This would have me… a little twitchy,” the commentator said.

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