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Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« Reply #465 on: November 01, 2017, 03:18:04 AM »
The Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bull 2-1 Sunday in New Jersey, in the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

The win came with a price.  The TFC lost the services of Victor Vasquez and Drew Moor, both down with injuries and questionable for next weekend's second leg at BMO Field.

Moor with a rolling ankle injury, and Vasquez (groin injury) aren't exactly replaceable.  Perhaps for Moor, coach Vanney may opt to insert Nick Hagglund.  Vasquez?  That's the big question.  The Spaniard has been such an integral part of the TFC's strategy that not having him in the lineup at a crucial time can spell disaster for Toronto.

The Red Bull dominated the TFC in possessions and passing.  It was Vasquez and Giovinco who got the goals for Toronto.  Giovinco, the free kick maestro,  along with Vasquez, Bradley, Altidore,  and goalkeeper Alex Bono, were among some of the TFC's best on the field.

Best of luck to the TFC in next Sunday's (Nov.5) Semi.

GO TFC GO!

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https://tipofthetower.com/2017/10/31/toronto-fc-earn-crucial-first-leg-win-in-new-york/
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Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« Reply #466 on: November 06, 2017, 07:27:08 AM »
The Toronto FC advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Columbus Crew...but not before...

....two red cards, a tunnel melee, a drink thrown at the referee from the stands, six yellow cards, two disallowed goals, a red welt on Drew Moor's neck, a wild, crazy, intensely physical game with plenty of nonsense  that would have kept many an NHL linesmen & referee busy.  Yes, it was a soccer game.

Bad blood between the TFC's Jozey Altidore that culminated in the tunnel melee, and several shoves particularly to Giovinco that incensed him enough in earning his second yellow card and an automatic one game suspension, for arguing with the referee. 

The sellout crowd at BMO Field certainly was incensed by referee Chris Penso not seeming to have the the game under control plus having disallowed the TFC goal by Osorio and disqualifying Vasquez's free kick.  Both were waved off  on technicalities -- Osorio's on account of a shove (foul) and Vasquez not being given the go-ahead to kick.  Perhaps what prompted whoever it was to throw a drink at the referee was his penchant to not give the Red Bulls their dues worth considering that they were the aggressors.

The TFC lost 1-0 but advanced due to away goals advantage.  It was only the TFC's third home loss of the season. 

Suspensions will  most certainly be given to Altidore, which means the TFC will be without the services of both Giovinco & Altidore in their opener against the Crew.

No one said this series was going to be easy, but surely no one expected it to disintegrate to the level it did.  Not TFC coach Greg Vanney:

Vanney accused the visitors of trying to antagonize and create chaos on the field. And while he said the officials' control was "lacking a little bit," he also acknowledged his players needed to keep their cool.

"The game just became a little bit about soccer and a lot about nonsense," he said. "And that's irritating for, I'm sure, spectators, it's irritating for coaches, players and it's irritating for just what our league's supposed to be about."


TFC Captain Michael Bradley added:

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"We showed real balls tonight, plain and simple," he said. "Any other team finds a way to lose the series. They did nothing. They score a deflected goal, which makes the last 30 or 35 minutes tight. But we kept our nerve. We made big plays when we needed to make big plays and we found a way to go through. Every guy should feel really good and really proud about what went into tonight."

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http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/soccer/mls/mls-toronto-fc-new-york-red-bulls-playoffs-1.4388301
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Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« Reply #467 on: November 11, 2017, 04:14:50 AM »
Tim Bezbatchenko, Toronto FC GM, honoured as Canadian Sports Executive of the Year.  And with good reason, as Bezbatchenko was instrumental in signing players such as Michael Bradley, Jozey Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, and soon thereafter, Victor Vasquez, Chris Mavinga, and Nicholas Hassler.

Before Bezbatchenko became the TFC GM in 2013, he spent time in another management capacity with MLS in familiarizing himself with player relations, salary caps, etc., the minute details needed to run and manage a team.

The players Bezbatchenko eventually signed as GM for the TFC was all done while being under the salary cap.  Many of these players, such as Vasquez, came from other leagues and were dissatisfied with their playing time.  Bezbatchenko, with an astute eye recognized some of these players for their uniqueness of skill.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The last crowning glory is for the Toronto FC to finally win the MLS Cup.  Nothing less will do.


https://theathletic.com/150978/2017/11/09/after-building-a-contender-tfc-gm-tim-bezbatchenko-honoured-as-sports-executive-of-the-year/

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Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« Reply #468 on: November 14, 2017, 09:58:28 AM »
Una catastrofia!! 

Italy fails to qualify for the 2018 World Cup for the first time in 60 years.




http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/11/13/world-reacted-italy-missing-world-cup-finals/

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/italy-fails-to-qualify-for-world-cup-after-draw-with-sweden-1.3676049/

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Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« Reply #469 on: Yesterday at 01:04:27 AM »
The Toronto FC came into Columbus' MAPFRE Stadium with one goal in mind.  The TFC vowed not to lose in their First Leg of the Eastern Conference Final by playing it safe. 

Coach Greg Vanney had sought a tactical defensive strategy, given that his team was without their two best scorers -- Sebastian Giovinco and Jozey Altidore, both out this one game due to suspensions -- and the 0-0 scoreless draw Tuesday night gave the TFC a chance to try & win it at home next week.

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"We're an entirely different team with them on the field ," said coach Greg Vanney. "I think our ability to connect off the front line, our ability to have more playmakers, goal-scorers, difference-makers, they add something entirely different."


While many were slightly offset at the TFC's lack of scoring, and this from a team that had previously scored 74 goals this season, the TFC knew what the Crew would throw at them and couldn't afford to risk an open game.

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Nobody is celebrating anything tonight in here, that's for sure," said Toronto captain Michael Bradley, who was prominent on the night. "We handled things in a good way, in a solid professional way.

"We wanted to win the game. Having said that, 0-0 is a result that still means we go back home next week and we've got 90 minutes to win a game and get ourselves back in the (MLS Cup) final."

Stephen Betashour was a workhorse on defence for Toronto, while Michael Bradley was a stalwart on the backend.

Goalkeeper Alex Bono was solid and alert in making several crucial saves, particularly late in the game when Columbus stepped up their attack.

The Crew had 14 shots (3 on target), while the TFC had 7 shots (0 on target).

Second Leg of this Eastern Conference Final is Nov. 29 @ 7:30pm at BMO in Toronto.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/tfc-holds-on-to-0-0-draw-with-columbus-crew-in-first-leg-of-eastern-final-1.3688734
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Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
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