The Toronto FC training session near Orlando had an uninvited guest when a huge alligator invaded the grounds of ChampionsGate Resort.
In a video posted by the club on Twitter, several Toronto players run towards the alligator to get a better view before a resort staff member in a golf cart chases the animal away.
“All I can tell you is there was a massive alligator,” Toronto coach Chris Armas told The Canadian Press on Monday. “My players are running towards the alligator while I went the other way. Look, we’re talking (being) fearless and aggressive here, but I thought we wouldn’t think about it then.
Toronto, who moved to Florida for the MLS regular season due to travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, later joked about the incident.
“Toronto FC have agreed to terms with Ale Gator for a short-term loan,” the club tweeted.
Last week, American golfer Wyndham Clark earned bragging rights after risking a possible alligator encounter to get a shot at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.
Playing alongside South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen in the two-man team event, the 27-year-old took off his shoes and pulled his pants up on par-16 to retrieve his ball at the edge of a lake where TV experts confirmed two of the alligators had been spotted in round three.