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Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 07, 2011, 03:10:27 AM
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/03/tfc_advances/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/03/tfc_advances/)



TFC advanced in the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round play with a 2-1 win over Real Esteli of Nicaragua (4-2 aggregate for TFC).  Game was played on Aug. 3/'11. in Nicaragua.  TFC now advances to the group stage, which includes Mexico's Pumas. Panama's Tauro, FC Dallas or El Salvador's Alianza.


It was TFC's first ever win on foreign turf in  CONCACAF action.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 07, 2011, 03:15:13 AM
Former TFC player Dwayne DeRosario potted three goals to help the D.C. United tie TFC 3-3, on
Saturday night, in Washington, D.C.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/03/tfc_advances/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Damian on August 07, 2011, 10:18:10 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on August 07, 2011, 03:15:13 AM
Former TFC player Dwayne DeRosario potted three goals to help the D.C. United tie TFC 3-3, on
Saturday night, in Washington, D.C.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/03/tfc_advances/

DC a man down almost the whole game and we still cant eek out a win.... some things never change
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on August 07, 2011, 12:30:29 PM
Not to thrilled with the result. Having a man advantage for 90 minutes (83 regulation + 7 stoppage) and only getting a draw is a disappointment. However, there were enough twists and turns to make this game very interesting to watch. JDG scores for TFC, his first goal for the club and even that came on a strange play which led to DC Manager Ben Olsen getting sent to the stands. I still think that the back four is the big problem with this team. Andy Iro just got whipped like a government mule on all 3 DC goals, especially the penalty.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 13, 2011, 03:49:00 AM
Looks like the TFC will be without it's top netminder, Stefan Frei, for today's match-up at home versus Real Salt Lake.  Frei is currently tending to a minor knee injury.

TFC coach Aron Winter seems quite confident in going with back-up, Milos Kocic, against one of the league's premier offensive teams.  "Winter added: "We have all the confidence in Milos".

For more, see story:  http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2011/08/12/sp-tfc.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on August 13, 2011, 11:08:25 AM
Kocic played in the 2 Champions League games. He was decent, but really mucked up late in the 1st leg and gave up a goal. Real Salt Lake have plenty of attacking options. Could be a long night at BMO.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: leafs_fan89 on August 13, 2011, 10:14:48 PM
Tfc beat real salt lake tonight 1-0 yay :)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on August 14, 2011, 01:23:17 PM
Now the schedule gets really interesting. Off to Panama for a CCL match on Thursday, then back to Chicago for a MLS game Sunday. Wednesday sees them host Dallas in the CCL and then finish the string hosting San Jose in MLS on Saturday the 27th. Counting last night's game, that's 5 games in 15 days with the travel to Panama and Chicago.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 19, 2011, 02:28:51 AM
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/18/tfc_tauro/

2-1 win for the TFC over Panama's Tauro FC, in Panama, in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.  The victory ties the TFC with FC Dallas, both with identical 1-0-0 records, as well as goal differentials of +1.



Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 24, 2011, 04:05:21 AM
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/23/tfc_dallas_cl/

Wednesday night, the TFC plays FC Dallas, at home,in the Group C CONCACAF Champions league matchup, with both clubs sporting a 1-0-0 record so far.

Prior to that, the TFC lost 2-0 to the Chicago Fire on Sunday.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 25, 2011, 02:46:34 AM
Wednesday's CONCACAF Group C Champions league matchup between the Toronto FC & Dallas FC, at BMO Field, was postponed due to inclement/stormy weather in Toronto.  Will be played Thursday night instead.

Source:  Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: ThatLeafsFan on August 25, 2011, 04:04:45 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on August 25, 2011, 02:46:34 AM
Wednesday's CONCACAF Group C Champions league matchup between the Toronto FC & Dallas FC, at BMO Field, was postponed due to inclement/stormy weather in Toronto.  Will be played Thursday night instead.

Source:  Sportsnet

Pretty cool picture from BMO Field last night I saw on twitter.

(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/296602_10150361732211265_725531264_10202512_6205120_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on August 25, 2011, 10:21:46 PM
Quote from: Leafaholic99 on August 25, 2011, 04:04:45 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on August 25, 2011, 02:46:34 AM
Wednesday's CONCACAF Group C Champions league matchup between the Toronto FC & Dallas FC, at BMO Field, was postponed due to inclement/stormy weather in Toronto.  Will be played Thursday night instead.

Source:  Sportsnet

Pretty cool picture from BMO Field last night I saw on twitter.

(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/296602_10150361732211265_725531264_10202512_6205120_n.jpg)

That was posted by CONCACAF last night, but they still didn't want to abandon the game. They did get the full 90 in this morning. Dallas won 1-0 to go top of the Group. TFC will now face San Jose in MLS play Saturday. Their next Champions League game will be September 14th against Pumas UNAM in Mexico City.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 30, 2011, 03:54:14 AM
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/27/tfc_earthquakes/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/27/tfc_earthquakes/)

TFC tied the San Jose Earthquakes, at home, Saturday,  in a MLS matchup.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: You're right on August 30, 2011, 06:47:10 AM
It is sad how the interest seems to be waning for TFC - hopefully they can get back on track and get some of the supporters back.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on August 30, 2011, 07:46:40 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on August 30, 2011, 03:54:14 AM
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/27/tfc_earthquakes/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/08/27/tfc_earthquakes/)

TFC tied the San Jose Earthquakes, at home, Saturday,  in a MLS matchup.

I was at that game after winning a Carlesberg promotion and there was no shortage of atmosphere in the stadium. Sadly, the assistant ref blew an offside call that cost TFC its 2nd goal. Then the defense fell apart on a corner kick late in the 90 and left a proven goal scorer in Wondolowski open for the tying goal. I spent the last few minutes on the field before handing out the MOTM and I'll say this, you sure get a different perspective, especially with the speed of the game, down on the field.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 11, 2011, 04:52:48 AM
TFC defeats the Columbus Crew 4-2, Saturday, with De Guzman potting the winning goal.  It was Toronto FC's first victory ever over the Crew, in Columbus.

For more, go to:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/09/10/tfc_crew/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 17, 2011, 05:13:51 AM
Mexico's Pumas UNAM defeated the TFC 4-0 in a CONCACAF group stage matchup.  The loss leaves the TFC in third place in the Group C CONCACAF standings with three points, while FC Dallas is first with seven points, Pumas UNAM second with four points, and last is Tauro with two.

For more on this story, go to:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/09/14/pumas_tfc/

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 17, 2011, 03:49:25 PM
Nice rebound this afternoon at home against the defending MLS Cup champs Colorado Rapids. A brace from Danny Koevermans brought TFC a 2-1 win. That's 2 wins in a row in MLS play. However, they do not have enough games left to get into playoff contention. Next up is a CCL home game against Tauro FC of Panama on Tuesday night.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 21, 2011, 06:41:02 AM
Danny Koevermans continues to impress, as the former Dutch star led the TFC to a 1-0 win over Panama's Tauro FC, in a Group C CONCACAF Champions league match-up.

The TFC is now in second place in the Group C standings with six points.  First place is occupied by FC Dallas.

Upcoming game for the Toronto FC is a MLS match-up with Chivas USA, in L.A., this Saturday.

For more, go to: http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/09/20/tfc_top_tauro/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 22, 2011, 08:47:50 PM
Pumas defeated Dallas 2-0 last night in Dallas. They are now tied with 7 points each. TFC has 6 points. There are 2 rounds left in the Group Phase with the top 2 advancing. TFC hosts Pumas on Tuesday after playing Chivas USA in LA on Saturday.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 25, 2011, 02:34:20 AM
An ugly 3-0 loss to Chivas USA last night for the TFC.  'Nuff said!

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/09/25/chivas_tfc/

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 25, 2011, 11:33:13 AM
Seems like most of the players were probably looking ahead to the Champions League game at BMO against Pumas on Tuesday. Very unlikely to see the MLS playoffs now as they are 9 points out with 3 to play.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 28, 2011, 11:33:50 PM
TFC drew 1-1 with Pumas last night, while in a shocker Tauro defeated FC Dallas 5-3 tonight in Panama. With 1 matchday left, Pumas lead the group on 8 points with Dallas and TFC tied at 7 points. TFC's final match will be at Dallas on Oct. 18th.

As I understand the process, the 1st tie-breaker is points in the 2 games between the tied teams, then goal difference in those games followed by away goals. Basically, TFC will need to win in Dallas and score at least 2 goals in the process, as Dallas won the 1st game 1-0.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on September 28, 2011, 11:55:47 PM
Quote from: seahawk on September 28, 2011, 11:33:50 PM
TFC drew 1-1 with Pumas last night, while in a shocker Tauro defeated FC Dallas 5-3 tonight in Panama. With 1 matchday left, Pumas lead the group on 8 points with Dallas and TFC tied at 7 points. TFC's final match will be at Dallas on Oct. 18th.

As I understand the process, the 1st tie-breaker is points in the 2 games between the tied teams, then goal difference in those games followed by away goals. Basically, TFC will need to win in Dallas and score at least 2 goals in the process, as Dallas won the 1st game 1-0.

If TFC wins 1-0, won't that put them at 10 pts and Dallas at 7 and guarantee them a birth in the next round?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 29, 2011, 12:12:48 AM
You're right, that's what happens when I'm trying to put this together and watch baseball at the same time. Maybe it's a sign that I need sleep.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 29, 2011, 03:05:36 AM
Looking forward to Oct. 18th!  At least they have a chance at something (other than a MLS playoff spot).  GO TFC!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on October 02, 2011, 09:39:23 AM
Canada is 2-0 and on top of Group D in the second round of the CONCACAF qualifiers for World Cup 2014. We are actually in a great position to move onto Round 3 of the qualifiers. It's been almost 30 years since Canada qualified for a WC <Mexico 1986>

CONCACAF 2014 Qualifiers (http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/nccamerica/standings/index.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on October 02, 2011, 09:50:48 AM
Quote from: Madferret on October 02, 2011, 09:39:23 AM
Canada is 2-0 and on top of Group D in the second round of the CONCACAF qualifiers for World Cup 2014. We are actually in a great position to move onto Round 3 of the qualifiers. It's been almost 30 years since Canada qualified for a WC <Mexico 1986>

CONCACAF 2014 Qualifiers (http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/nccamerica/standings/index.html)

And not to get cocky, but of all the groups, they get to slot into Group C if they make it to Round 3.

The difference being:

Group A - USA (#31); Jamaica (#45)
Group B - Mexico (#20); Costa Rica (#57)
Group C - Honduras (#53); Cuba (#103)

Beating Honduras or Panama (I'm assuming that they will eventually win their group) won't be easy, but I wouldn't give Canada a shot at beating the US or Mexico, so they have at least a good opportunity to win their 3rd round matchup/finish 2nd and advance to the 4th round.  That gives them a great opportunity to have a shot at qualifying.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on October 02, 2011, 10:23:45 AM
Quote from: L K on October 02, 2011, 09:50:48 AM
Quote from: Madferret on October 02, 2011, 09:39:23 AM
Canada is 2-0 and on top of Group D in the second round of the CONCACAF qualifiers for World Cup 2014. We are actually in a great position to move onto Round 3 of the qualifiers. It's been almost 30 years since Canada qualified for a WC <Mexico 1986>

CONCACAF 2014 Qualifiers (http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/nccamerica/standings/index.html)

And not to get cocky, but of all the groups, they get to slot into Group C if they make it to Round 3.

The difference being:

Group A - USA (#31); Jamaica (#45)
Group B - Mexico (#20); Costa Rica (#57)
Group C - Honduras (#53); Cuba (#103)

Beating Honduras or Panama (I'm assuming that they will eventually win their group) won't be easy, but I wouldn't give Canada a shot at beating the US or Mexico, so they have at least a good opportunity to win their 3rd round matchup/finish 2nd and advance to the 4th round.  That gives them a great opportunity to have a shot at qualifying.

Think of the shot in the arm this would give Canada Soccer if they could pull it off - what qualifying would do for the National Program....
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on October 02, 2011, 01:33:07 PM
Qualifying for Brazil would likely get a couple of players like Junior Hoilett of Blackburn Rovers off the fence and into a Canadian jersey. Canada is away to St. Lucia on Friday (Oct. 7) and then home to Puerto Rico on the following Tuesday (Oct. 11th).
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on October 14, 2011, 08:47:10 AM
Rooney suspended for all of England's group games at next summers Euro...there are no lions in England

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1B-iZl3v78
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on October 18, 2011, 11:18:01 PM
Toronto FC comes up with a huge 3-0 win in Dallas tonight. Danny Koevermans and Joao Plata with a pair while Milos Kocic posts the clean sheet. With that road win, TFC advances to the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League. There are still group matches to be played in the next 2 days so final placing as well as potential quarterfinal opponents are TBD. Group winners will be in one pot with the runners-up in the other pot. TFC will not face the other team to advance from their group. The quarterfinals will be played over 2 legs. 1st leg will be March 6-8, 2012 with the 2nd leg a week later.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 19, 2011, 12:04:59 PM
Nearly forgot all about this match-up.  Thanks for posting, seahawk.  Finally, some great news!  At least, it beats reading about a lousy MLS season, for TFC fans.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on October 20, 2011, 10:11:26 AM
TFC advances to the CCL knockout phase as the runner up in Group C after Pumas defeated Tauro 1-0 last night. 6 of the 8 places in the knockout phase are filled. The final 2 places will be filled tonight in the final 2 Group Stage games. TFC will host the 1st leg of their quarter-finals March 6-8. They can not draw Pumas in the quarters so potential opponents are Santos Laguna or defending CCL champs Monterrey of Mexico and either LA Galaxy or Alajuelense of Costa Rica.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 26, 2011, 07:19:04 AM
Saturday night's game (Oct. 22) was TFC's final regular-season game, tying the New England Revolution 2-2, on home turf.

TFC finished with a 6-13-15 record, good for 33 pts., and eighth in the MLS Eastern Conference standings, their lowest overall totals since their expansion year of 2007, and, out of the playoffs.

All is not lost for TFC fans, as the TFC has made the quarter-final round of the CONCACAF Champions League, with plenty more to come (hopefully).

For more, go to: http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/10/22/new_england_torontofc/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/10/22/new_england_torontofc/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 26, 2011, 07:21:41 AM
Interesting 'dilemma'...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/10/25/tfc-goalkeeping/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 02, 2011, 04:35:04 PM
Anyone watching match-day 4?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on November 02, 2011, 05:15:38 PM
CONCACAF has announced that the draw for the knock-out phase of the Champions League will be on November 8th. Also, MLS has set November 23rd the date for the Montreal Impact expansion draft. The Impact will select 10 players in that draft.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 02, 2011, 07:25:43 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 02, 2011, 04:35:04 PM
Anyone watching match-day 4?


Saw some hi-lites from various games.  Looks like the top
clubs -- Bayern and Real Madrid -- are riding a wave atop
their respective divisions.  Of course, not to be overlooked
are the English clubs, namely Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, Ajax & Man City.
 
I honestly think that if all keeps up,  it wouldn't come as a
surprise if the top clubs continue their winning ways.  So
far, so good.

Ah.... my Romanian friends in Romania must be wearing
paper bags over their heads what with the performances of
Chelul Galati!  A sports article referred to them as
"minnows".       :o :)
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on November 03, 2011, 10:33:27 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on November 02, 2011, 07:25:43 PM
Of course, not to be overlooked are the English clubs, namely Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, Ajax & Man City.

Ajax is from the Netherlands.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 03, 2011, 01:45:01 PM
Quote from: Deebo on November 03, 2011, 10:33:27 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on November 02, 2011, 07:25:43 PM
Of course, not to be overlooked are the English clubs, namely Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, Ajax & Man City.


Ajax is from the Netherlands.


Forgot to rectify earlier.  Yes, they are, and they aren't doing too bad either.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on November 03, 2011, 02:07:49 PM
Quote from: Deebo on November 03, 2011, 10:33:27 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on November 02, 2011, 07:25:43 PM
Of course, not to be overlooked are the English clubs, namely Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, Ajax & Man City.

Ajax is from the Netherlands.

Don't be such a stickler for the facts. To some people, that's just the east, east, east end of London.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 08, 2011, 07:47:37 PM
Tough draw for TFC - http://tsn.ca/chl/story/?id=379961
Good match-up for the fans
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 09, 2011, 04:56:58 AM
Quote from: Madferret on November 08, 2011, 07:47:37 PM
Tough draw for TFC - http://tsn.ca/chl/story/?id=379961
Good match-up for the fans


Can hardly wait for the match-up.  We TFC fans will have to wait 'till March.  The winner is to play either the Seattle Sounders or Santos Laguna in the semis.

Whether the game with the Galaxy will take place at the Rogers Centre remains to be seen.  Would be better than BMO Field, because in early March, it will still be c-o-l-d.
Who knows what they'll decide.

BTW  the Galaxy are scoreless at BMO Feuld since 2009.  This could be to the TFC's advantage.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 09, 2011, 07:48:42 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on November 09, 2011, 04:56:58 AM
Quote from: Madferret on November 08, 2011, 07:47:37 PM
Tough draw for TFC - http://tsn.ca/chl/story/?id=379961
Good match-up for the fans


Can hardly wait for the match-up.  We TFC fans will have to wait 'till March.  The winner is to play either the Seattle Sounders or Santos Laguna in the semis.

Whether the game with the Galaxy will take place at the Rogers Centre remains to be seen.  Would be better than BMO Field, because in early March, it will still be c-o-l-d.
Who knows what they'll decide.

BTW  the Galaxy are scoreless at BMO Feuld since 2009.  This could be to the TFC's advantage.

It's strange that the game itself isn't until next March - I guess they don't have eligible / ineligible rules <cup tied> for any players. It looks good for TFC now but if the Galaxy go out and spent a boatload this off-season they might not feel the same. I think this is Becks last year under contract with the Galaxy too.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 15, 2011, 06:13:11 PM
Anyone watching the Portugal vs B&H game?
Ronaldo is lights out...
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 15, 2011, 06:27:44 PM
3-2 now...great game!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 15, 2011, 06:42:51 PM
6-2 now...Portugal, Czechs, Crotia, & Northern Ireland are the last 4 teams to qualify for next summer's Euro.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on November 15, 2011, 09:07:00 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 15, 2011, 06:42:51 PM
6-2 now...Portugal, Czechs, Crotia, & Northern Ireland are the last 4 teams to qualify for next summer's Euro.
It's Ireland (victims of the Thierry Henry handball 2 years ago) not Northern Ireland who qualified. Northern Ireland finished 5th in the same group as Italy and Estonia.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 15, 2011, 09:22:44 PM
Quote from: seahawk on November 15, 2011, 09:07:00 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 15, 2011, 06:42:51 PM
6-2 now...Portugal, Czechs, Crotia, & Northern Ireland are the last 4 teams to qualify for next summer's Euro.
It's Ireland (victims of the Thierry Henry handball 2 years ago) not Northern Ireland who qualified. Northern Ireland finished 5th in the same group as Italy and Estonia.

Whoops! My bad..
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 12:09:02 PM
Canada moves on in WC qualifying...http://tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=380538
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on November 16, 2011, 08:10:03 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 12:09:02 PM
Canada moves on in WC qualifying...http://tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=380538

Canada advanced on Remembrance Day with a 0-0 draw in St. Kitts. Last night's 4-0 win was the icing on the cake. They move on to the next round starting in June where they will face Honduras, Panama, and Cuba. Top 2 teams from this group will advance to the final round.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 08:16:29 PM
Quote from: seahawk on November 16, 2011, 08:10:03 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 12:09:02 PM
Canada moves on in WC qualifying...http://tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=380538

Canada advanced on Remembrance Day with a 0-0 draw in St. Kitts. Last night's 4-0 win was the icing on the cake. They move on to the next round starting in June where they will face Honduras, Panama, and Cuba. Top 2 teams from this group will advance to the final round.

Seahawk have I done something to offend you lately?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on November 16, 2011, 08:20:16 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 08:16:29 PM
Quote from: seahawk on November 16, 2011, 08:10:03 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 12:09:02 PM
Canada moves on in WC qualifying...http://tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=380538

Canada advanced on Remembrance Day with a 0-0 draw in St. Kitts. Last night's 4-0 win was the icing on the cake. They move on to the next round starting in June where they will face Honduras, Panama, and Cuba. Top 2 teams from this group will advance to the final round.

Seahawk have I done something to offend you lately?

Nope, just wanted to add in the game before last night.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 08:21:48 PM
Quote from: seahawk on November 16, 2011, 08:20:16 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 08:16:29 PM
Quote from: seahawk on November 16, 2011, 08:10:03 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 16, 2011, 12:09:02 PM
Canada moves on in WC qualifying...http://tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=380538

Canada advanced on Remembrance Day with a 0-0 draw in St. Kitts. Last night's 4-0 win was the icing on the cake. They move on to the next round starting in June where they will face Honduras, Panama, and Cuba. Top 2 teams from this group will advance to the final round.

Seahawk have I done something to offend you lately?

Nope, just wanted to add in the game before last night.

;)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on November 16, 2011, 08:38:01 PM
Dates have been announced for the TFC/LA Galaxy CONCACAF Champion's League quarter-final. 1st leg in Toronto on March 7th with the 2nd leg in LA on March 14th. Location of the Toronto game is still to be determined.

Someone asked about the timing previously. After the MLS Cup this weekend, the league doesn't get running again until March/April. The preliminary and group stages come around as the Mexican and most of the Central American leagues get started so it balances out to some extent. Teams submit a 30 player list at the start of the prelims and can do so again when the knockout stage starts.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on November 17, 2011, 09:02:55 PM
The CSA has announced the fixture list for Round 3 of World Cup qualifying. Home dates are in bold.

8 June 2012 – Cuba v Canada
12 June 2012 – Canada v Honduras
7 September 2012 – Canada v Panama
11 September 2012 – Panama v Canada
12 October 2012 – Canada v Cuba
16 October 2012 – Honduras v Canada

Locations for the 3 home games are still TBA.

http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-books-six-new-dates-en-route-to-brazil-2014--p147928
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 21, 2011, 04:50:05 AM
The L.A. Galaxy are crowned MLS Champions, defeating the Houston Dynamo 1-0, on Landon Donovan's goal.  It's also Galaxy striker David Beckham's first-ever championship on North American soil.  The Galaxy won at home at Home Depot Centre, where they had gone undefeated throughout the entire season.

Perfect home record to a perfect championship!

For more, go to:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mls/recap;_ylt=ArdBAOcDkRVOzC50TPCz4Zg5nYcB?gid=2011112007
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on November 22, 2011, 11:26:28 PM
Bit of a surprising day in the real champions league today.

EPL leaders Manchester City are in real danger of not qualifying for the knockout round.

They must win at home to Bayern Munich and if they win, Napoli will have to lose or draw to pointless Villareal.

A Napoli win will mean City is out.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 23, 2011, 04:29:09 PM
Anyone watching Milan v Barca?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Stebro on November 23, 2011, 04:38:34 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 23, 2011, 04:29:09 PM
Anyone watching Milan v Barca?
Yes sir, but I just got home. So I only saw the last few mins of the first half.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on November 23, 2011, 04:40:31 PM
Quote from: Stebro on November 23, 2011, 04:38:34 PM
Quote from: Madferret on November 23, 2011, 04:29:09 PM
Anyone watching Milan v Barca?
Yes sir, but I just got home. So I only saw the last few mins of the first half.

If the second half is anything like the first you are in for a treat - great game so far
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 21, 2011, 04:19:51 PM
http://tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=383193

What a disgrace. Go play in Italy Suarez you'll fit right in.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Chev-boyar-sky on December 21, 2011, 06:23:54 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 21, 2011, 04:19:51 PM
http://tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=383193

What a disgrace. Go play in Italy Suarez you'll fit right in.

Or Holland.

The only country where a national cultural holiday figure can be a slave child, and they don't see anything racist about it.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: brothert on December 21, 2011, 06:37:53 PM
It's interesting in that one black man accused another black man of using a racial slur against him, particularly the point of being black.  Not really sure that the FA is actually on any moral high ground here.  That said I don't know how generalizing Italians and Dutch in the previous comments as being racists really helps enlighten the situation.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Chev-boyar-sky on December 21, 2011, 07:45:52 PM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on December 21, 2011, 06:37:53 PM
It's interesting in that one black man accused another black man of using a racial slur against him, particularly the point of being black.  Not really sure that the FA is actually on any moral high ground here.  That said I don't know how generalizing Italians and Dutch in the previous comments as being racists really helps enlighten the situation.

Schwartz Pete is a very racist character which is widely beloved in Holland.

Not sure it's a generalization to say that it's racist for it to be openly accepted.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 21, 2011, 08:09:51 PM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 21, 2011, 06:23:54 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 21, 2011, 04:19:51 PM
http://tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=383193

What a disgrace. Go play in Italy Suarez you'll fit right in.

Or Holland.

The only country where a national cultural holiday figure can be a slave child, and they don't see anything racist about it.

He didn't like the "cuisine" in Holland anymore.

:D
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 21, 2011, 08:20:13 PM
Suarez & the fascists over at Lazio seem like they are made for each other. Balotelli knows all about it.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: brothert on December 21, 2011, 08:27:44 PM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 21, 2011, 07:45:52 PM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on December 21, 2011, 06:37:53 PM
It's interesting in that one black man accused another black man of using a racial slur against him, particularly the point of being black.  Not really sure that the FA is actually on any moral high ground here.  That said I don't know how generalizing Italians and Dutch in the previous comments as being racists really helps enlighten the situation.

Schwartz Pete is a very racist character which is widely beloved in Holland.

Not sure it's a generalization to say that it's racist for it to be openly accepted.
I had a gollywog when I was 5 yrs old.  I would buy my own kid one except for the fear of him being deemed a racist.  Don't know much about Black Peter but it doesn't appear that saint nick went to africa and slapped him in irons.  More of a Batman & Robin figure in dutch christmas folklore but I can see it a Talisman that can be twisted to either side of the debate "Traditionalists" vs "Anti-Racists".  I wonder what Ritz will call their products a hundred years from now as it's clearly racially motivated (TFPIC).
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on December 21, 2011, 11:49:00 PM
TFC has announced that their CCL home game vs LA Galaxy will be played at the 'Dome.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: leafs_fan89 on December 22, 2011, 04:10:40 AM
why r the playing at the dome and not at bmo field just wondering.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 22, 2011, 07:29:14 AM
Larger attendance If I had to guess, Galaxy have a big following.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 08:59:39 AM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on December 21, 2011, 08:27:44 PM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 21, 2011, 07:45:52 PM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on December 21, 2011, 06:37:53 PM
It's interesting in that one black man accused another black man of using a racial slur against him, particularly the point of being black.  Not really sure that the FA is actually on any moral high ground here.  That said I don't know how generalizing Italians and Dutch in the previous comments as being racists really helps enlighten the situation.

Schwartz Pete is a very racist character which is widely beloved in Holland.

Not sure it's a generalization to say that it's racist for it to be openly accepted.
I had a gollywog when I was 5 yrs old.  I would buy my own kid one except for the fear of him being deemed a racist.  Don't know much about Black Peter but it doesn't appear that saint nick went to africa and slapped him in irons.  More of a Batman & Robin figure in dutch christmas folklore but I can see it a Talisman that can be twisted to either side of the debate "Traditionalists" vs "Anti-Racists".  I wonder what Ritz will call their products a hundred years from now as it's clearly racially motivated (TFPIC).

Well the true origins from the Middle Ages were that Schwartz Piet was evil.

In colonial Holland he became a mischievous black child which Sinterklaas brought back from a colony. He's often used in children's games where he answers all questions wrong appearing ignorant so other children can get the questions right. Historically he's spoken Dutch with a bad accent and been laughed at and ridiculed for it.

It is very common for white Dutch people to don "black face" in order to be Schwartz Piet. You may not think it's racist but at the very least it's massively insensitive, not unlike the Gollywog doll you mentioned. For it to be so openly accepted is also very disconcerting, IMO. Just because you grew up with something and didn't think it was racist, doesn't mean others had the same opinion. Would you be ok with a "Jewish doll" that was portrayed with a big nose? 

Here's a link to an article discussing the issue with a picture that speaks for itself:

http://www.thegrio.com/news/black-peter-racist-dutch-xmas-tradition-or-not.php
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 09:46:29 AM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 08:59:39 AM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on December 21, 2011, 08:27:44 PM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 21, 2011, 07:45:52 PM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on December 21, 2011, 06:37:53 PM
It's interesting in that one black man accused another black man of using a racial slur against him, particularly the point of being black.  Not really sure that the FA is actually on any moral high ground here.  That said I don't know how generalizing Italians and Dutch in the previous comments as being racists really helps enlighten the situation.

Schwartz Pete is a very racist character which is widely beloved in Holland.

Not sure it's a generalization to say that it's racist for it to be openly accepted.
I had a gollywog when I was 5 yrs old.  I would buy my own kid one except for the fear of him being deemed a racist.  Don't know much about Black Peter but it doesn't appear that saint nick went to africa and slapped him in irons.  More of a Batman & Robin figure in dutch christmas folklore but I can see it a Talisman that can be twisted to either side of the debate "Traditionalists" vs "Anti-Racists".  I wonder what Ritz will call their products a hundred years from now as it's clearly racially motivated (TFPIC).

Well the true origins from the Middle Ages were that Schwartz Piet was evil.

In colonial Holland he became a mischievous black child which Sinterklaas brought back from a colony. He's often used in children's games where he answers all questions wrong appearing ignorant so other children can get the questions right. Historically he's spoken Dutch with a bad accent and been laughed at and ridiculed for it.

It is very common for white Dutch people to don "black face" in order to be Schwartz Piet. You may not think it's racist but at the very least it's massively insensitive, not unlike the Gollywog doll you mentioned. For it to be so openly accepted is also very disconcerting, IMO. Just because you grew up with something and didn't think it was racist, doesn't mean others had the same opinion. Would you be ok with a "Jewish doll" that was portrayed with a big nose? 

Here's a link to an article discussing the issue with a picture that speaks for itself:

http://www.thegrio.com/news/black-peter-racist-dutch-xmas-tradition-or-not.php

What about wearing a Washington Redskins or Atlanta Braves jersey - First Nations people have long voiced their displeasure with both names / images.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: brothert on December 22, 2011, 10:03:03 AM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 08:59:39 AM
It is very common for white Dutch people to don "black face" in order to be Schwartz Piet. You may not think it's racist but at the very least it's massively insensitive, not unlike the Gollywog doll you mentioned. For it to be so openly accepted is also very disconcerting, IMO. Just because you grew up with something and didn't think it was racist, doesn't mean others had the same opinion. Would you be ok with a "Jewish doll" that was portrayed with a big nose? 
The point I am making is that if I had a doll with a big nose, and someone comes along and says that it's a Jewish doll doesn't mean that it is a Jewish doll or that I am racist. Even the article you cited stated that Black Pete was not considered to be a black man but a soot covered boy who can't wash it out.  And anyone who had an issue with my gollywog, well i guess that's their cross to bear.

Anyway Black Pete is way off topic and I can't debate it beyond the superficial level.  I think a more interesting point to discuss is whether John Terry will get anything close to what FA gave Suarez.  You know black guy gets 8 game suspension and white guy gets off on lack proof. ::)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 10:12:13 AM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on December 22, 2011, 10:03:03 AM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 08:59:39 AM
It is very common for white Dutch people to don "black face" in order to be Schwartz Piet. You may not think it's racist but at the very least it's massively insensitive, not unlike the Gollywog doll you mentioned. For it to be so openly accepted is also very disconcerting, IMO. Just because you grew up with something and didn't think it was racist, doesn't mean others had the same opinion. Would you be ok with a "Jewish doll" that was portrayed with a big nose? 
The point I am making is that if I had a doll with a big nose, and someone comes along and says that it's a Jewish doll doesn't mean that it is a Jewish doll or that I am racist. Even the article you cited stated that Black Pete was not considered to be a black man but a soot covered boy who can't wash it out.  And anyone who had an issue with my gollywog, well i guess that's their cross to bear.

Anyway Black Pete is way off topic and I can't debate it beyond the superficial level.  I think a more interesting point to discuss is whether John Terry will get anything close to what FA gave Suarez.  You know black guy gets 8 game suspension and white guy gets off on lack proof. ::)

Chev likes to bring that story up anytime I take a shot at Italian footballers / Serie A - I think he thinks I'm dutch or something.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: brothert on December 22, 2011, 10:25:01 AM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 09:46:29 AM
What about wearing a Washington Redskins or Atlanta Braves jersey - First Nations people have long voiced their displeasure with both names / images.
This topic, of how icons are changeing based on public opinion is fascinating to me. And it should probably be moved to another thread.  Your point is well taken.  What should we do.  When those names were created for those teams I believe they were created with the utmost respect intended.  Almost all sporting teams are considered a metaphor for warring armies.  The native armies were always feared for their fighting spirit (especially since they fighting guns with bows and arrows)  Their bravery was unquestion.  Another icon i've thought about was the swastika.  It conjures up such derision when we see it today but I was shocked to find it in a book of art from ancient times as a symbol of strength and it was usually well regarded.  Christmas is the kicker though....  after fighting off people to satisfy my guilt of not consuming "enough" ...  I go home to watch some crap about Christ's birth....  when I really should be going off to some burial mound or cemetary to pay respects to the dead on the solstice.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on December 22, 2011, 11:44:49 AM

Am I missing something? JohnK keeps referring to Suarez as black but he seems hispanic to me.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 12:07:49 PM
Quote from: Saint Nik on December 22, 2011, 11:44:49 AM

Am I missing something? JohnK keeps referring to Suarez as black but he seems hispanic to me.

His grandfather was black.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on December 22, 2011, 12:13:32 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 12:07:49 PM
Quote from: Saint Nik on December 22, 2011, 11:44:49 AM

Am I missing something? JohnK keeps referring to Suarez as black but he seems hispanic to me.

His grandfather was black.

Ah. Well, then, it does then seem like the slightest bit of a misnomer to simply refer to him as black as compared to Terry's "white". Unless, of course, the belief is that having a single relative of a particular race/ethnicity is enough, in which case I have very strong views on the whole Redskins/Braves issue.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 12:14:07 PM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on December 22, 2011, 10:03:03 AM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 08:59:39 AM
It is very common for white Dutch people to don "black face" in order to be Schwartz Piet. You may not think it's racist but at the very least it's massively insensitive, not unlike the Gollywog doll you mentioned. For it to be so openly accepted is also very disconcerting, IMO. Just because you grew up with something and didn't think it was racist, doesn't mean others had the same opinion. Would you be ok with a "Jewish doll" that was portrayed with a big nose? 
The point I am making is that if I had a doll with a big nose, and someone comes along and says that it's a Jewish doll doesn't mean that it is a Jewish doll or that I am racist. Even the article you cited stated that Black Pete was not considered to be a black man but a soot covered boy who can't wash it out.  And anyone who had an issue with my gollywog, well i guess that's their cross to bear.

Anyway Black Pete is way off topic and I can't debate it beyond the superficial level.  I think a more interesting point to discuss is whether John Terry will get anything close to what FA gave Suarez.  You know black guy gets 8 game suspension and white guy gets off on lack proof. ::)

No I get your point. You're allowed to be racially insensitive even if said race has a problem with it because, well, it's their cross to bear. All power to you I guess.

You seemingly missed the historical anecdotes and the "but he doesn't wash clean" part as well as the way in which he speaks Dutch (ie like a black immigrant). 

We used to have similar things in North America (mainly the States), minstrels, lil Sambo etc. yet at the urging of African Americans stopped what was a veiled (or outright) form of racism.

I would seriously hope that if someone of a minority race found a term you used or something you had in your possession at work etc. you'd at least consider their feelings before brazenly deciding you didn't care what they thought.

The Nazi Swastika is visibly different than the Hindu/Sanskrit one. As for Sports team names, I'm not sure it particularly matters if they were created with respect (I mean really you "believe" so, but have no idea). If a group has a problem with it, then they can easily be changed "with the utmost respect".
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 12:19:58 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 12:07:49 PM
Quote from: Saint Nik on December 22, 2011, 11:44:49 AM

Am I missing something? JohnK keeps referring to Suarez as black but he seems hispanic to me.

His grandfather was black.

Many Sicilians are black somewhere in their history due to the Moors as well, yet their are lots of very racist Sicilians.

Bobby Fischer was Jewish and was also extremely racist towards the Jews.

I guess that makes their racism ok.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 12:25:51 PM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 12:19:58 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 12:07:49 PM
Quote from: Saint Nik on December 22, 2011, 11:44:49 AM

Am I missing something? JohnK keeps referring to Suarez as black but he seems hispanic to me.

His grandfather was black.

Many Sicilians are black somewhere in their history due to the Moors as well, yet their are lots of very racist Sicilians.

Bobby Fischer was Jewish and was also extremely racist towards the Jews.

I guess that makes their racism ok.

Their is a Michael Jackson joke in there somewhere.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Zee on December 22, 2011, 04:55:56 PM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 12:19:58 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 12:07:49 PM
Quote from: Saint Nik on December 22, 2011, 11:44:49 AM

Am I missing something? JohnK keeps referring to Suarez as black but he seems hispanic to me.

His grandfather was black.

Many Sicilians are black somewhere in their history due to the Moors as well, yet their are lots of very racist Sicilians.


Someone watched True Romance.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on December 22, 2011, 11:20:48 PM
Quote from: leafs_fan89 on December 22, 2011, 04:10:40 AM
why r the playing at the dome and not at bmo field just wondering.

The cost and time needed to winterize BMO Field to accommodate a home game before St. Paddy's day was a bit much. Their home opener this year was a bit earlier than usual this year and there was a cold snap after the game. That dip in the weather caused almost $100k in damage.

As to the other comment about the Galaxy having a larger following, probably not. Beckham is now out of contract and all signs have him signing a new deal in France. Landon Donovan is on loan to Everton and likely won't be back before this game. As long as TFC prices and markets this game properly (big IF on both points), then they could pack the place like the Montreal Impact did for their quarter-final in the 2008-09 tournament against Santos Laguna.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 11:50:04 PM
Quote from: Zee on December 22, 2011, 04:55:56 PM
Quote from: Chev-boyar-sky on December 22, 2011, 12:19:58 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2011, 12:07:49 PM
Quote from: Saint Nik on December 22, 2011, 11:44:49 AM

Am I missing something? JohnK keeps referring to Suarez as black but he seems hispanic to me.

His grandfather was black.

Many Sicilians are black somewhere in their history due to the Moors as well, yet their are lots of very racist Sicilians.


Someone watched True Romance.

That or, you know, some people have existed and traveled on the planet in their life-times. For example I've traveled to every European country for my work in the last 10 years. Call it what you like but I speak from experience. You can speak from in front of your T.V. but don't drag me along with you.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on January 04, 2012, 01:12:40 PM
When do the fixtures normally get released? I'm going to be in Toronto in June and if there's a game on would love to go.

What are the chances of getting a ticket as well?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on January 04, 2012, 05:20:45 PM
MLS is famous for releasing its fixture list in pieces. So far they have only released the opening weekend and the rest of the home openers. The rest will probably come in February. Tickets have gotten easier to come by and can usually be had through ticketmaster leading up to the match.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on January 04, 2012, 07:42:36 PM
Beckham rejected PSG's offer for 'family reasons', but hasn't completely committed to returning to the Galaxy either. Is he waiting for an offer from an EPL team? Milan? I wonder if he has any motivation to try and play his way onto the England squad for the upcoming Euro?

Becks!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on January 04, 2012, 07:46:46 PM
Yeah I saw the opening week fixtures on the website. Thanks for that Seahawk!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on January 05, 2012, 12:12:26 AM
Quote from: Arn on January 04, 2012, 07:46:46 PM
Yeah I saw the opening week fixtures on the website. Thanks for that Seahawk!

When the fixtures come out, let us know which game you might be at.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on January 05, 2012, 12:15:31 AM
Quote from: Madferret on January 04, 2012, 07:42:36 PM
Beckham rejected PSG's offer for 'family reasons', but hasn't completely committed to returning to the Galaxy either. Is he waiting for an offer from an EPL team? Milan? I wonder if he has any motivation to try and play his way onto the England squad for the upcoming Euro?

Becks!

Thought I read somewhere that he wasn't in the plans for England at the Euro. If not the Euro, then he could be one of the 3 overage players for Team GB at the Olympics, which is for the most part a U-23 tournament.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on January 05, 2012, 05:08:35 PM
Based on some of the twitter feeds I follow, it appears that the full MLS fixture list is out.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on January 05, 2012, 06:09:55 PM
The weekend I'm going to be over seems to be a free weekend (first weekend of June). Shame. Would have loved to catch a game!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on January 07, 2012, 07:52:23 PM
TFC released ticket details on Friday for the home leg of their CCL quarter-final against the LA Galaxy. They go on general sale on January 13th with prices ranging from $12-69 + the usual ticketmaster service charges. Apparently over 70% of the seats will be $30 or less.

http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2012/01/ccl-ticket-details-released
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004823DD238F24?SREF=TWEvent
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 18, 2012, 05:50:52 AM
MLS Superdraft... The Montreal Impact (Wenger), the Vancouver Whitecaps (Mattocks), the TFC (Silva).  That's not all...

http://the11.ca/2012/01/12/superdraft-impact-chooses-defence-over-offence-whitecaps-get-mattocks-tfc-adds-to-midfield-logjam/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on February 23, 2012, 12:14:33 PM
First leg of the Round of 16 is done <home team first>...

Lyon 1 APOEL 0
Leverkusen 1 Barca 3
Zenit 3 Benfica 2
Milan 4 Arsenal 0
CSKA 1 Real Madrid 1
Napoli 3 Chelsea 1
Marseille 1 Inter 0
Basel 1 Bayern Munich 0

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000264/index.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Andy on February 23, 2012, 02:35:17 PM
Does anyone know when general tickets go on sale for MLS 2012? I haven't been able to find any information online or on TFC's website.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on February 23, 2012, 05:52:52 PM
I tweeted that same question to TFC about 2 weeks ago. The response then was likely early March. I'm guessing it will be after they face the Galaxy at the Dome. I get their emails and can post a follow up here if you want.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 23, 2012, 06:50:25 PM
Quote from: Madferret on February 23, 2012, 12:14:33 PM
First leg of the Round of 16 is done <home team first>...

Lyon 1 APOEL 0
Leverkusen 1 Barca 3
Zenit 3 Benfica 2
Milan 4 Arsenal 0
CSKA 1 Real Madrid 1
Napoli 3 Chelsea 1
Marseille 1 Inter 0
Basel 1 Bayern Munich 0

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000264/index.html (http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000264/index.html)






Surprising wins by Basel (over Bayern), and Napoli (over Chelsea).  Certainly not expected Basel's win at all!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on February 23, 2012, 06:57:13 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on February 23, 2012, 06:50:25 PM
Quote from: Madferret on February 23, 2012, 12:14:33 PM
First leg of the Round of 16 is done <home team first>...

Lyon 1 APOEL 0
Leverkusen 1 Barca 3
Zenit 3 Benfica 2
Milan 4 Arsenal 0
CSKA 1 Real Madrid 1
Napoli 3 Chelsea 1
Marseille 1 Inter 0
Basel 1 Bayern Munich 0

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000264/index.html (http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000264/index.html)






Surprising wins by Basel (over Bayern), and Napoli (over Chelsea).  Certainly not expected Basel's win at all!

Basel for sure but not much of a shocker for Chelsea - they're having a tough year + Napoli with their big 3 <Cavani / Hamsik / Lavezzi> are in great form. How about CSKA's late equalizer over Madrid!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 24, 2012, 02:46:03 AM
Quote from: Madferret on February 23, 2012, 06:57:13 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on February 23, 2012, 06:50:25 PM
Quote from: Madferret on February 23, 2012, 12:14:33 PM
First leg of the Round of 16 is done <home team first>...

Lyon 1 APOEL 0
Leverkusen 1 Barca 3
Zenit 3 Benfica 2
Milan 4 Arsenal 0
CSKA 1 Real Madrid 1
Napoli 3 Chelsea 1
Marseille 1 Inter 0
Basel 1 Bayern Munich 0

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000264/index.html (http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000264/index.html)


Surprising wins by Basel (over Bayern), and Napoli (over Chelsea).  Certainly not expected Basel's win at all!

Basel for sure but not much of a shocker for Chelsea - they're having a tough year + Napoli with their big 3 <Cavani / Hamsik / Lavezzi> are in great form. How about CSKA's late equalizer over Madrid!





CSKA over Madrid definitely ranks as totally unexpected, afterall, it was Rèal Madrid they were playing against, and not some also- ran.  Whoa!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 08, 2012, 04:48:49 AM
What a night it was at the Rogers Centre!  Over 45,000 spectators watched, sang, waved placards, irritated LA Galaxy star David Beckham, and did just about anything short of illegal at a soccer game (just kidding!),  as the TFC and the Galaxy tied at 2 apiece.

It was the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final (second leg will be in L.A. next week).  However, for the TFC to advance, they need to win or at least tie by a score of 3 in order to qualify and advance to the next round.

Well, at least, the Rogers Centre took on a 'European-esque' atmosphere similar to those great soccer-mad crowds overseas.  Great work, TFC fans!!

For more on the story, click here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/03/07/molinaro_concacaf_champions_league_tfc_la_galaxy_first_leg/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on March 08, 2012, 11:49:12 AM
Someone threw a beer a Becks....I wonder if it was a Becks
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on March 08, 2012, 01:33:42 PM
Tough goal to give up though.  Now they have win outright or tie at least 2-2 to stay alive. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 08, 2012, 04:24:19 PM
Quote from: Madferret on March 08, 2012, 11:49:12 AM
Someone threw a beer a Becks....I wonder if it was a Becks



That wasn't good 'fanmanship'.  Actually, the can was empty and missed Beckham.  Still, it wasn't right.  Stupid fan.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on March 09, 2012, 12:28:09 PM
I couldn't make the game, but watched it afterwards. It was amazing to see over 47 thousand at the 'dome. Kudos to the marketing team and the supporters groups for creating that atmosphere. As for the game itself, TFC looked to feed off that at the start and jumped into a 2 goal lead. It just frustrates me to no end that they gave up the tying goal with 2 minutes left in the 90. Kind of like the Leafs in that regard. Should the teams be tied on total goals after the 2nd leg in LA, then away goals is the tiebreaker and LA has a huge advantage on the front.

Their MLS opener is in Seattle after the trip to LA. If they advance to the CCL semis, then it could be a preview as they will face either Seattle or Santos Laguna of Mexico. TFC would host a semi between March 27th and 29th. Wonder if they would use the 'dome again or face the elements at BMO?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 09, 2012, 01:34:09 PM
Quote from: seahawk on March 09, 2012, 12:28:09 PM
I couldn't make the game, but watched it afterwards. It was amazing to see over 47 thousand at the 'dome. Kudos to the marketing team and the supporters groups for creating that atmosphere. As for the game itself, TFC looked to feed off that at the start and jumped into a 2 goal lead. It just frustrates me to no end that they gave up the tying goal with 2 minutes left in the 90. Kind of like the Leafs in that regard. Should the teams be tied on total goals after the 2nd leg in LA, then away goals is the tiebreaker and LA has a huge advantage on the front.

Their MLS opener is in Seattle after the trip to LA. If they advance to the CCL semis, then it could be a preview as they will face either Seattle or Santos Laguna of Mexico. TFC would host a semi between March 27th and 29th. Wonder if they would use the 'dome again or face the elements at BMO?



Yes, would be nice if they could use the dome again.  BMO Field is their home field but games of importance could use a larger stadium-like atmosphere.  With the proper marketing and publicity, the TFC could even play some of their regular-season games there.  Their opponents would have to be a bit known (Galaxy/Beckham), and they could probably attract some 35,000+ fans there.


Of course, if the TFC were to improve this year (put up a winning record), they wouldn't have much trouble filling out a larger segment of either of the two buildings.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 15, 2012, 03:14:19 AM
F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!

TFC advances to the CONCACAF semi-finals with a 2-1 win over the L.A. Galaxy, in California.  The TFC needed to win or tie by 2 or more goals in order to advance past L.A. and on to the semi-finals, and in what will be the first of two match-ups against Santos Laguna (Mexico) later this month, in Toronto.  The second game will be played in Mexico sometime in April.

For more on this (historic) story, go to: http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/03/14/tfc_beat_galaxy_concacaf_champions_league/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on March 15, 2012, 09:33:12 AM
Awesome result....snaked LAG!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on March 15, 2012, 03:17:38 PM
I absolutely enjoyed watching this game last night. After seeing the own goal tie things up, I was thinking that the tie was over and LA was going to go through. To its credit, TFC didn't fall apart after that goal. They kept pressing and managed the goal by Soolsma that put them through. LA had their chances, but either could not get them on target or were stoned by Kocic. They will still have to improve the back line before facing Santos Laguna. The Mexican side clobbered Seattle 6-1 last night to advance 7-3 on aggregate.

CONCACAF has already released the dates of this semi. TFC hosts the 1st leg on March 28th with the 2nd leg at Estadio Nuevo Corona in Torreon, Mexico on April 4th. I'm hearing already that the TFC leg will be played at BMO Field. Here's hoping for a nice cold breeze off the lake that night for a little home field advantage.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on March 17, 2012, 09:56:04 PM
In the English FA Cup today Fabrice Muamba of Bolton Wanderers collapsed during their game at Spurs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17417973

Medics had to resuscitate him on the pitch and he seemingly still wasn't breathing when put in the ambulance. He is stable but critically ill in hospital now. The game was, naturally, abandoned.

Here's hoping he makes it through this.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 18, 2012, 03:42:03 AM
Quote from: Arn on March 17, 2012, 09:56:04 PM
In the English FA Cup today Fabrice Muamba of Bolton Wanderers collapsed during their game at Spurs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17417973 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17417973)

Medics had to resuscitate him on the pitch and he seemingly still wasn't breathing when put in the ambulance. He is stable but critically ill in hospital now. The game was, naturally, abandoned.

Here's hoping he makes it through this.


Sounds like he suffered some sort of cardiac arrest.  They were electronically trying to revive him.  Poor guy, to have to go through something like that, and clinging for his life.


What caused this in the first place?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 18, 2012, 03:46:15 AM
Inaugural game for the Montreal Impact at the Big O in Montreal, tying the Chicago Fire 1-1, before a home-opening crowd of 58,000+, in MLS action.


In other MLS action, the Toronto FC lost 3-1 to the Seattle Sounders on the road.  The TFC's home-opener is set for March 24th against the San Jose Earthquakes.


Source: Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on March 18, 2012, 09:43:26 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 18, 2012, 03:42:03 AM
Quote from: Arn on March 17, 2012, 09:56:04 PM
In the English FA Cup today Fabrice Muamba of Bolton Wanderers collapsed during their game at Spurs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17417973 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17417973)

Medics had to resuscitate him on the pitch and he seemingly still wasn't breathing when put in the ambulance. He is stable but critically ill in hospital now. The game was, naturally, abandoned.

Here's hoping he makes it through this.


Sounds like he suffered some sort of cardiac arrest.  They were electronically trying to revive him.  Poor guy, to have to go through something like that, and clinging for his life.


What caused this in the first place?

No idea the cause. He was fine one second and collapsed the next. Received CPR for over ten minutes before they got his heart going in the ambulance after about ten minutes. He's still in hospital, critically ill.

There have been incidents similar before in soccer and I know of at least one in Gaelic games here in Ireland. There was also that New York Rangers rookie whose name escapes me.

Just seems to be a tragic case that effects certain young sports men.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on March 19, 2012, 02:07:44 PM
Quote from: Arn on March 18, 2012, 09:43:26 AM
There was also that New York Rangers rookie whose name escapes me.

Alexei Cherepanov, who unfourtunatley didn't make it.

There was also Sergei Zholtok who died due to heart failure during a game while playing in a Belarussian  league during the lockout.

Jiri Fischer of the Red Wings had a smilar scare, but he made it.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on March 19, 2012, 08:56:11 PM
Quote from: Deebo on March 19, 2012, 02:07:44 PM
Quote from: Arn on March 18, 2012, 09:43:26 AM
There was also that New York Rangers rookie whose name escapes me.

Alexei Cherepanov, who unfourtunatley didn't make it.

There was also Sergei Zholtok who died due to heart failure during a game while playing in a Belarussian  league during the lockout.

Jiri Fischer of the Red Wings had a smilar scare, but he made it.

TV has given people a very warped view of how deadly cardiac arrest is.  Depending on the study, the success rates for recovery are as low as 5 percent and can get up to 15-20% survival rate.  You see it on TV and everyone (well nearly everyone) makes it through.  There isn't much you can do when the heart has truly stopped.  I don't think the rates are all that high in the athlete population relative to the average guy/girl on the streets.  It happens from time to time in rec league/beer league hockey just like it does at home.

There are a wide number of things that can cause it (a good number of them tend to be genetic cardiomyopathies that you see in athletic individuals where they just have a weakness in their heart that leads to irregular rhythms/electrical activities).
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on March 21, 2012, 08:51:05 PM
Just to give an update on Fabrice Muamba. His heart was stopped for around 78 minutes. They shocked him 16 times before it finally restarted.

He has now regained consciousness and is now talking in both French and English to team mates and doctors etc. It seems an incredible recovery and huge credit has to go to the medical staff on the pitch and in the hospitals.

I think there is still a long way and he's still in intensive care but things seem a lot more positive. Whether he'll be able to resume his career or not who knows, but he seems to be battling well.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 25, 2012, 02:59:04 AM
Great day for the Canadian Men's national soccer team, as they defeated the U.S. By a score of 2-0, in Nashville, Tennessee, in the men's  CONCACAF region Olympic qualifying.  A boost of confidence no doubt, as Canada was led by goals by Lucas Cavallini and Doneil Henry.

Canada's men's under-23 squad has a real chance of advancing to the semi-finals Monday against a Cuban squad that remains winless.

GO CANADA GO!!


Source: Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 25, 2012, 03:09:53 AM
An awful defence is plaguing the Toronto FC (again), as the TFC lost their home-opener to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0.  Already without some of their top players such as Torsten Fringe (out 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury), as well as goalkeeper Stepan Frei (8-10 weeks with a broken leg), plus several other regulars out of the lineup, the TFC is once again struggling so early in the season.

On Tuesday (March 28), the TFC will host Santos Laguna (Mexico) at BMO Field in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-final matchup.


Source: Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 27, 2012, 02:23:06 AM
'Bye, 'bye USA!  A 3-3 draw with El Salvador eliminated any hopes the U.S. men's national team had of advancing to the semi-finals in a bid for Olympic qualifying....

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_ylt=ApgQ2k3mz46GanANqGai4eRShgM6?slug=txsocelsalvadorus (http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_ylt=ApgQ2k3mz46GanANqGai4eRShgM6?slug=txsocelsalvadorus)




....meantime in other news....


Canada advanced to the semi-finals with a disappointing 1-1 tie with lowly Cuba.  The Canadians could have finished first in their group, what with the U.S. eliminated, but, will finish second and most certainly play undefeated Mexico next.  In order to advance further, the Canadian men's national team needs a victory over Mexico and nothing less.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/03/26/canada_cuba_draw_concacaf_olympic_qualifying/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on March 27, 2012, 03:11:07 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 27, 2012, 02:23:06 AM
'Bye, 'bye USA!  A 3-3 draw with El Salvador eliminated any hopes the U.S. men's national team had of advancing to the semi-finals in a bid for Olympic qualifying....

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_ylt=ApgQ2k3mz46GanANqGai4eRShgM6?slug=txsocelsalvadorus (http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_ylt=ApgQ2k3mz46GanANqGai4eRShgM6?slug=txsocelsalvadorus)




....meantime in other news....


Canada advanced to the semi-finals with a disappointing 1-1 tie with lowly Cuba.  The Canadians could have finished first in their group, what with the U.S. eliminated, but, will finish second and most certainly play undefeated Mexico next.  In order to advance further, the Canadian men's national team needs a victory over Mexico and nothing less.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/03/26/canada_cuba_draw_concacaf_olympic_qualifying/

Great result but they can't be giving away free headers like that...played a near perfect game.

The tieing goal in the US game was terrible!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on March 27, 2012, 01:20:09 PM
Giving up that late goal was painful. The draw put Canada in 2nd place instead of 1st place in the final group standings. This means a likely semi-final date with Mexico instead of Honduras, with a trip to London on the line. Only the top 2 teams from CONCACAF will advance.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on March 29, 2012, 11:39:35 AM
Very physical game for TFC last night against Santos Laguna. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, but right at the final whistle Ashtone Morgan was on the receiving end of a headbutt from Darwin Quintero. Quintero received a red card for that. The resulting scuffle saw both benches empty and BMO Field security try to separate the sides.

Couple of down points for TFC though. The away goal will come into play should the total goals remain tied after the 2nd leg next week. They will also miss Dany Kovermans who picked up a cheap yellow card for taking a free kick before the whistle. It was his 2nd yellow of the CCL (1st was at the dome against LA) which equals a 1 game ban.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 29, 2012, 02:47:50 PM
Interesting fact...

From: http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/03/28/concacaf_champions_league_toronto_fc_santos_laguna_first_leg/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/03/28/concacaf_champions_league_toronto_fc_santos_laguna_first_leg/)

No MLS team has beaten a Mexican side in a two-game series in this competition since 2002 when it was known as the Champions' Cup. Since 2008, when the tournament was reformatted and renamed the Champions League, MLS clubs have lost 10 consecutive home-and-away series against Mexican opposition. During that same time, Mexican sides have won the championship three years in a row, and 12 of the last 16 semi-finalists have been Mexican. Only one MLS club (Real Salt Lake in 2011) has made it to the final.

The TFC and Santos Laguna meet again next week (Wednesday April 4th) in Mexico to decide the winner, which will then advance to the final against another Mexican squad.

GO TFC!!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 03, 2012, 03:58:07 AM
It's 'bye, 'bye Canada, as the men's national soccer team failed to beat Mexico in a bid for an Olympic berth, losing 3-1 to the swift Mexicans in the semi-final. Tough loss.

For more on this story, click here:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/03/31/canada_mexico_concacaf_olympic_qualifying/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 04, 2012, 12:59:11 AM
That was almost expected after the draw against Cuba in the final group stage match. Still, there are some positives to be taken away from this with them knocking the US out.

Wednesday sees the 2nd leg of the CCL semi between TFC and Santos Laguna. After the fracas at the end of the 1st leg, I'm expecting a physical contest. The Honduran referee assigned is going to have his hands full. There were some comments in the paper today that seemed to indicate that the Mexican players were promising a 'war' in the 2nd leg.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2012, 02:29:59 AM
Hope the TFC play well enough to beat Laguna.  (*keeping fingers crossed*)

GO TFC!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 04, 2012, 10:24:38 AM
It will be a challenge. MLS teams have struggled in Mexico and Santos laid a total smackdown on Seattle in their home leg in the quarters.

In other TFC news, keeper Stefan Frei is now out for 4-6 months following surgery. Pretty much done for the season. Milos Kocic will now have to carry the load.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 06, 2012, 05:09:57 AM
Santos Laguna of Mexico defeated the TFC 6-2 on Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League semi-final (Santos winning 7-3 on aggregate).

Costly errors ruined any chance the Toronto FC dreamt of having in attempting to one up the Mexican squad.  At least, the TFC can take solace in being a part of Canadian soccer history (of having reached the semi-finals here).  That feat alone stands as an excellent accomplishment.

For more on the story, click to:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/04/05/mls_toronto_fc_tfc_santios_laguna/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/04/05/mls_toronto_fc_tfc_santios_laguna/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 06, 2012, 09:18:22 AM
Semis are set in CL -
Bayern v Real
Chelsea v Barca
....looking like a possible La Liga finale
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 06, 2012, 10:20:20 AM
The Europa league semis are set with 3 Spanish teams and 1 from Portugal.

As for TFC, it seemed like the goal they have up at the end of the 1st half was the death blow. Giving up 2 PKs early in the 2nd half sealed it. They now turn their focus back to league play and a trip to the Big O to play the Impact.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: brothert on April 06, 2012, 10:55:09 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 06, 2012, 09:18:22 AM
Semis are set in CL -
Bayern v Real
Chelsea v Barca
....looking like a possible La Liga finale
It's possible but I don't think you should discount Bayern yet.  Ribery has been in great form in these elimination rounds.  The Bayern Real matchup should be better than a real-barca final should it come to that.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 06, 2012, 11:14:07 AM
Quote from: JohnK's Revenge on April 06, 2012, 10:55:09 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 06, 2012, 09:18:22 AM
Semis are set in CL -
Bayern v Real
Chelsea v Barca
....looking like a possible La Liga finale
It's possible but I don't think you should discount Bayern yet.  Ribery has been in great form in these elimination rounds.  The Bayern Real matchup should be better than a real-barca final should it come to that.

Out of the 4 teams left I dislike Bayern the least
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 07, 2012, 02:48:09 AM
I like Barça's chances.  A CL final matchup between Barcelona & Rèal Madrid would not seem too far-fetched.

Mourinho certainly has got his squad in the running again as one of the favourites.  After all, when one has a Messi, who can argue with that!

Força Barça!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 07, 2012, 10:27:02 AM
Mourinho doesn't have Messi at his disposal. He is the manager at Real. Ronaldo is his top offensive threat. We could see a preview of the final in 2 weeks as Barca and Real face each other in league play.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 07, 2012, 11:39:20 AM
Quote from: seahawk on April 07, 2012, 10:27:02 AM
Mourinho doesn't have Messi at his disposal. He is the manager at Real. Ronaldo is his top offensive threat. We could see a pre
[size=78%]view of the final in 2 weeks as Barca and Real face each other in league play. [/size]



Sorry about the mix-up.  But yes, Ronaldo vs Messi would pit two of the very best players against each other, should it ever unfold this way.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 12, 2012, 03:33:47 AM
TFC lost to the Montreal Impact last Saturday, 2-1.  Another loss (sigh).

However, there may indeed some good news forthcoming, as it has been reported that Injured TFC midfielder Torsten Frings could return for this Saturday's (April 14) game gainst ChivasUS at BMO Field.  A possibility at best.  If not for this game, then later, but soon.  For the beleaguered  TFC midfield,  at least a much-needed dosage of some positive news!

GO TFC!!

Source:  Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 12, 2012, 11:40:24 AM
Some more good news. In the reserve game yesterday, Adrian Cann went 60 minutes as he recovers from his knee injury last season. He should be ready soon and contribute to the back line. Anything that can relegate Ty Harden or Miguel Aceval to the bench has to be an improvement. Getting Frings back for Chivas on Saturday should also get things back on track.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 15, 2012, 04:37:52 AM
Yet another player collapses...and dies.  Livorno's PierMario Morisini, suffered cardiac arrest, not once, but three times in succession, as he tried to get up but collapsed again, the third time proved fatal.  Ambulance personnel desperately tried to revive him on the pitch, but, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Terrible news for fans and players alike.  Morisini, 25 years of age, was playing in a Serie B league game.

For more, click here:  http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/italian-footballer-dies-pitch-serie-matches-postponed-171123885.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 17, 2012, 07:53:47 AM
First leg of the CL semi's today <Bayern v Real> and tomorrow <Barca v Chelsea> @ 2:30
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 18, 2012, 11:39:42 AM
Bayern won 2-1, that away goal might come back to haunt them - very impressive performance non the less beating Madrid is no easy task. I suspect Barca is going to have their way with Chelsea today @ Stamford Bridge but I'm open to another stunner. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 18, 2012, 11:50:26 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 18, 2012, 11:39:42 AM
Bayern won 2-1, that away goal might come back to haunt them - very impressive performance non the less beating Madrid is no easy task. I suspect Barca is going to have their way with Chelsea today @ Stamford Bridge but I'm open to another stunner. 


This means Real Madrd is done.  They would have to beat Bayern 2-0 or 3-1 to guarantee themselves a spot in the finals.  It's possible, since the next game will be played at Bernabeu in Madrid.

Barça had better beat Chelsea.  I have my Pro-Line on the line here. 

I still have visions of an all-Spanish final with R. Madrid vs Barça.  :)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 18, 2012, 12:16:32 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 18, 2012, 11:50:26 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 18, 2012, 11:39:42 AM
Bayern won 2-1, that away goal might come back to haunt them - very impressive performance non the less beating Madrid is no easy task. I suspect Barca is going to have their way with Chelsea today @ Stamford Bridge but I'm open to another stunner. 


This means Real Madrd is done.  They would have to beat Bayern 2-0 or 3-1 to guarantee themselves a spot in the finals.  It's possible, since the next game will be played at Bernabeu in Madrid.

Barça had better beat Chelsea.  I have my Pro-Line on the line here. 

I still have visions of an all-Spanish final with R. Madrid vs Barça.  :)

Yesterday's game was in Germany - all Madrid needs to do is win 1-0 at Bernabeu!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 18, 2012, 12:28:30 PM
...cause of the away goal!  ;]
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 19, 2012, 11:14:45 AM
Great result for Chelsea - another shocker
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 19, 2012, 11:59:46 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 19, 2012, 11:14:45 AM
Great result for Chelsea - another shocker


The possession, passing and shooting stats:

http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/statszone/archive/2012/04/19/chelsea-v-barcelona-an-astonishing-statistical-story-in-screengrabs.aspx
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 19, 2012, 12:28:12 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 19, 2012, 11:59:46 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 19, 2012, 11:14:45 AM
Great result for Chelsea - another shocker


The possession, passing and shooting stats:

http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/statszone/archive/2012/04/19/chelsea-v-barcelona-an-astonishing-statistical-story-in-screengrabs.aspx

Yeah they dominated. Not sure if you play soccer vids but it was a FIFA 12 kind of game....still a big mountain between them and the finals but full credit for an ugly win
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 20, 2012, 02:16:17 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 19, 2012, 12:28:12 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 19, 2012, 11:59:46 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 19, 2012, 11:14:45 AM
Great result for Chelsea - another shocker


The possession, passing and shooting stats:

http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/statszone/archive/2012/04/19/chelsea-v-barcelona-an-astonishing-statistical-story-in-screengrabs.aspx

Yeah they dominated. Not sure if you play soccer vids but it was a FIFA 12 kind of game....still a big mountain between them and the finals but full credit for an ugly win


Those stats are ridiculous, but, my goodness... nothing's ever fair in sports!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on April 22, 2012, 02:44:45 AM
Toronto FC lost another one 3-2 and the coach and players are turning on each other.  Is the club destined to suck every single year of their existence?

Since expansion in 2007 they are 40-73-47 with a -82 goal differential.  Pretty sad.  The infighting after the game today was something else.  Winter is blaming it on the midfield and players entirely because his garbage system clearly isn't the problem. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 22, 2012, 03:29:12 AM
From: http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/04/21/toronto_fc_lose_sixth_straight/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/04/21/toronto_fc_lose_sixth_straight/)

This is beyond ridiculous.

Toronto FC has lost its first six games of the MLS season, its latest setback coming in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Fire Saturday afternoon before 19,255 spectators at BMO Field.

Not even the return of captain Torsten Frings (sidelined with a hamstring injury since the season opener) could save the day, as the Reds are now one loss away from tying the league mark for the worst start to a season. The Kansas City Wizards began the 1999 campaign 0-7.

Last-place Toronto is the only side in the 19-team league without a point..continue to leak goals at the back, having conceded 13 times in MLS play.

the man who was supposed to give this embattled club a lift was far from his best on Saturday. A midfielder by trade, Frings looked tentative in the middle of a three-man defence, perhaps the result of being played out of position.

Questions also have to be asked of Winter and why he thought a side with such well-documented defensive shortcomings could get away with employing a three-man back line against one of the fastest teams in MLS?

It was more of an issue of a lack of defensive organization and individual errors. Toronto lacks skilled players in defence, and fact underlined by Frings' deployment as a central defender.

The other problem was how easily the team was over-run in midfield.."We have to learn how to defend, to defend set pieces and transition when we lose the ball in midfield. If we don't put pressure on them in midfield, it's easy for them to pass the final ball," Kocic warned.

"It's our fault to give up three goals, especially the one off a set piece right after we scored. That's on the players. We have to be more accountable of (who we mark). These mistakes are killing us," Johnson said.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 24, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
10 man Chelsea score 2 away to take down Barca - what a game
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 24, 2012, 09:16:25 PM
It was announced today that TFC is going to face Liverpool in a friendly in July. The game will be played at the dome on grass.

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/mls/story/_/id/7850691/liverpool-visit-toronto-fc-friendly-july
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 25, 2012, 04:42:08 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 24, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
10 man Chelsea score 2 away to take down Barca - what a game


I can't imagine Barça's out!  Saw the highlights of this game and was surprised that Barcelona's near misses weren't goals instead.  Chelsea played well enough to earn the win.  They had a slight edge somehow over Barça.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 25, 2012, 01:51:24 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 24, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
10 man Chelsea score 2 away to take down Barca - what a game

The Ramires goal was a beauty, great pass from Lampard and a first touch finish.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 26, 2012, 11:36:13 AM
Both CL semi's were classics - Bayern v Chelsea...who would have called it. They need to do something about the cumulative yellow cards - both Chelsea and Bayern lost some important players 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 27, 2012, 02:19:45 AM
If not for bumbling Ronaldo to have miscued on his penalty kicks, Rèal would have had a chance in the shootouts. 

Oh well, it's going to be too close to call a winner in these finals.  Both Chelsea and Bayern are tops right now.  Maybe some luck for either will be needed, who knows.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 27, 2012, 08:25:25 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 25, 2012, 01:51:24 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 24, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
10 man Chelsea score 2 away to take down Barca - what a game

The Ramires goal was a beauty, great pass from Lampard and a first touch finish.

Yeah he dinked Valdes pretty bad there - dirty. Deebo do you play any of the FIFA games?
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 27, 2012, 11:18:37 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 27, 2012, 08:25:25 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 25, 2012, 01:51:24 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 24, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
10 man Chelsea score 2 away to take down Barca - what a game

The Ramires goal was a beauty, great pass from Lampard and a first touch finish.

Yeah he dinked Valdes pretty bad there - dirty. Deebo do you play any of the FIFA games?

I play FIFA 12 for PC, it's been a while though.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 27, 2012, 04:01:14 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 27, 2012, 11:18:37 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 27, 2012, 08:25:25 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 25, 2012, 01:51:24 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 24, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
10 man Chelsea score 2 away to take down Barca - what a game

The Ramires goal was a beauty, great pass from Lampard and a first touch finish.

Yeah he dinked Valdes pretty bad there - dirty. Deebo do you play any of the FIFA games?

I play FIFA 12 for PC, it's been a while though.

I didn't realize EA was still putting out their sports franchises on PC - how is it? Do you play online at all?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 27, 2012, 11:22:53 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 27, 2012, 04:01:14 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 27, 2012, 11:18:37 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 27, 2012, 08:25:25 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 25, 2012, 01:51:24 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 24, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
10 man Chelsea score 2 away to take down Barca - what a game

The Ramires goal was a beauty, great pass from Lampard and a first touch finish.

Yeah he dinked Valdes pretty bad there - dirty. Deebo do you play any of the FIFA games?

I play FIFA 12 for PC, it's been a while though.

I didn't realize EA was still putting out their sports franchises on PC - how is it? Do you play online at all?

Uh.. the way I acquired the game prohibits me from playing online.

I mostly play head to head with friends on the same PC.

It's pretty good, my PS3 controllers work perfectly with the computer.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 28, 2012, 03:33:50 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 27, 2012, 11:22:53 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 27, 2012, 04:01:14 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 27, 2012, 11:18:37 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 27, 2012, 08:25:25 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 25, 2012, 01:51:24 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 24, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
10 man Chelsea score 2 away to take down Barca - what a game

The Ramires goal was a beauty, great pass from Lampard and a first touch finish.

Yeah he dinked Valdes pretty bad there - dirty. Deebo do you play any of the FIFA games?

I play FIFA 12 for PC, it's been a while though.

I didn't realize EA was still putting out their sports franchises on PC - how is it? Do you play online at all?

Uh.. the way I acquired the game prohibits me from playing online.

I mostly play head to head with friends on the same PC.

It's pretty good, my PS3 controllers work perfectly with the computer.

Ha! Understood.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 29, 2012, 09:05:54 AM
Losing Frei & Frings to injury was tough but they aren't this bad are they? Come on TFC
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 29, 2012, 09:20:44 AM
Manchester derby tomorrow at 2:30PM with pretty serious implications - if United wins they'll go 6 pts clear of City with 2 games left each / if City wins they're level on points with 2 games left each.

Newcastle holding onto the 4th and final CL spot - either way looks like they'll get some games in Europe next year, that's a pretty big accomplishment for the Geordies.

LEAGUE TABLE (http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/matchday/league-table.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 29, 2012, 01:27:16 PM
The TFC tied the MLS record for futility (previously hedl by Kansas City) going winless in 7 starts (0-7), with yet another (heartbreaking) loss this time in Utah, 3-2 to Real Salt Lake.

A description of the TFC players reactions after the loss...

SANDY, Utah -- The Toronto FC players lay scattered about the field after collapsing to the ground in exasperation and stunned disappointment.

For more, go to:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/04/28/tfc_salt_lake_recap/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 11:53:51 AM
STAKES AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH FOR MANCHESTER DERBY (http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=394005)

MANCHESTER, England -- The stakes have never been so high for a Manchester derby.

Sure, Manchester United was once relegated after losing 1-0 at home to City but results elsewhere on that day in May 1974 meant the Red Devils would have gone down even without a back-heeled goal from former United striker Denis Law.

This time around, the northwest neighbours' business is being conducted at the right end of the table.

United was in control of its own destiny until Sunday's 4-4 draw against Everton tipped the balance toward City, which can now win a first championship since 1968 if it wins its three remaining games.

"We've given City the initiative; there's no question about that," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "It makes the game at the Etihad Stadium a really important game now. It makes it the title decider, really."

There is still a week and almost an entire round of Premier League action remaining before the northwest neighbours go head-to-head at City's Etihad Stadium but the game is already dominating the sports pages in the British press.

Even with two more matches for each team after next week, the encounter is more important than any of the 44 Manchester derbies Ferguson has previously been involved in.

"Definitely," Ferguson said.

United looked to have a record 20th title in the bag after overhauling City but it dropped five of the last nine available points and momentum now seems to be with City, which already mauled United 6-1 at Old Trafford this season for the worst defeat of Ferguson's 26 years in charge.

Everton's four goals means United has conceded more goals at home than in any league season since 1978-79, leaving Ferguson to emphasize spirit rather than stats.

"We make it hard for ourselves but we have to go there knowing we're capable of getting a result," Ferguson said. "We need to get a result now at the Etihad, there's no question about that. There's no reason why we can't do that."

The one thing in United's favour is the experience of the title winners in its ranks.

"It's a huge game," Nani said. "It will be a difficult game, but if you want to win the league you cannot think about the atmosphere or the opponents, we must just think about the way we play and try to win the game."

"We have to keep believing in our qualities because we still have a great opportunity to win the title."

Ferguson has been trying to suggest the pressure is on City because of its players' relative inexperience and City manager Roberto Mancini has seemed ready to embrace that diminished status despite his team's greater financial muscle and depth of squad.

Mancini pointed out that there are still two more games for each side to clinch or throw away the title.

Defending champion United hosts Swansea and finishes at Sunderland, while City is at fourth-place Newcastle before hosting Queens Park Rangers on the last day of the season.

"We have another chance but they have a bigger chance than us at this moment," Mancini said. "After the derby, the games United have left are not as difficult as the ones we have to play."


(http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/2012/4/23/manchesters1_43467.jpg)
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 30, 2012, 02:58:29 PM
I'd love to see a classic Scholes screamer in this match. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 30, 2012, 02:58:29 PM
I'd love to see a classic Scholes screamer in this match.

Did you see Walkers screamer for Spurs yesterday? Yowza
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:16:03 PM
It's really cool that City is a big fish in the EPL <again> - this derby is magic
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:17:24 PM
Bend it like Walker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD02g9wkmeA
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 30, 2012, 04:39:08 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:16:03 PM
It's really cool that City is a big fish in the EPL <again> - this derby is magic

A little one sided.

United haves been able to get much going.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:41:03 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 30, 2012, 04:39:08 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:16:03 PM
It's really cool that City is a big fish in the EPL <again> - this derby is magic

A little one sided.

United haves been able to get much going.

They've come along way since div 2
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 30, 2012, 04:46:31 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:41:03 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 30, 2012, 04:39:08 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:16:03 PM
It's really cool that City is a big fish in the EPL <again> - this derby is magic

A little one sided.

United haves been able to get much going.

They've come along way since div 2

200 million pounds will take you a long way.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 05:17:40 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 30, 2012, 04:46:31 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:41:03 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 30, 2012, 04:39:08 PM
Quote from: Madferret on April 30, 2012, 04:16:03 PM
It's really cool that City is a big fish in the EPL <again> - this derby is magic

A little one sided.

United haves been able to get much going.

They've come along way since div 2

200 million pounds will take you a long way.

Sometimes takes a while but yeah..
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 01, 2012, 11:07:58 AM
An estimated 600 million viewers world-wide took in yesterday's Madchester Derby..
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 01, 2012, 11:15:37 AM
United's last two games:
v Swansea
@ Sunderland


City's last two games:
@ Newcastle
v QPR


United has the easier schedule - things could still get <more> interesting...
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: brothert on May 01, 2012, 12:33:04 PM
Quote from: Madferret on May 01, 2012, 11:15:37 AM
United's last two games:
v Swansea
@ Sunderland


City's last two games:
@ Newcastle
v QPR


United has the easier schedule - things could still get <more> interesting...
Away to Sunderland will be a nail biter for ManU.  QPR and Swansea should be no trouble.  ManC is playing Newcastle on sunday, who are playing tomorrow and won't be as well rested.  As long as Balotelli is playing ManC are still capable of falling on their faces.
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on May 01, 2012, 12:59:34 PM
Both QPR and Newcastle have something important to play for.

Newcastle is on the cusp of champions league football and QPR will desperately want to stay in the premier league.

Swansea and Sunderland are firmly entrenched in the middle of the table,

That may have an impact on the race.
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on May 02, 2012, 04:45:43 PM
Check out the pair of strikes from Newcastle's Papiss Cissé.

Two fantastic goals against Chelsea.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 03, 2012, 12:58:36 PM
Quote from: Deebo on May 02, 2012, 04:45:43 PM
Check out the pair of strikes from Newcastle's Papiss Cissé.

Two fantastic goals against Chelsea.

The second one was my favorite - what a slice. What a year for Newcastle so far eh
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 03, 2012, 04:45:52 PM
Slice it like Cisse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YaL926DFMg
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 13, 2012, 11:57:38 AM
What a finish to the EPL - Man City are the new Champions of England
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Stebro on May 13, 2012, 12:01:22 PM
lucky ***** >:(
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Potvin29 on May 13, 2012, 12:04:43 PM
I'm not one to casually watch soccer....but I caught that, and that was nuts.
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on May 13, 2012, 12:07:59 PM
In the words of Sir Alex, "Football, bloody hell!"
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: puckhog78 on May 13, 2012, 12:24:00 PM
What a finish in the EPL. City are champions. remarkable. amazing. One of the most amazing things I have ever seen from the world of sports. spectacular
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 13, 2012, 12:36:43 PM
That was a pretty special finish
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: brothert on May 13, 2012, 12:56:01 PM
Can't help but feel the EPL dodged a bullet today.  Watching the frustration in the Man City stands, people bawling, guys breaking the seats, I figured Manchester would have been in a full riot situation by sundown.  They deserved the win but were completely lucky after coughing up two goals and being one man up for the entire second half.  How much did this title cost them in player transfers?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Stebro on May 13, 2012, 02:40:31 PM
If it wasn't for all the bad calls Man United would already have won the league. I think that the guardian or some other paper studied loads of games, and what they found out was that while United didn't get as many bad calls against as City, United did get a lot game deciding calls against them. Which is interesting considering how many other fans whine about United having advantages.

Imo City is just like Chelsea, they went at it hard, by buying anything that moves, and it wont last long term. Sir Alex said something interesting before the game, I didn't see it myself but it was something in the lines of "As long as humans are humans anything can happen".
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 14, 2012, 11:42:29 AM
Quote from: Stebro on May 13, 2012, 02:40:31 PM
If it wasn't for all the bad calls Man United would already have won the league. I think that the guardian or some other paper studied loads of games, and what they found out was that while United didn't get as many bad calls against as City, United did get a lot game deciding calls against them. Which is interesting considering how many other fans whine about United having advantages.

Imo City is just like Chelsea, they went at it hard, by buying anything that moves, and it wont last long term. Sir Alex said something interesting before the game, I didn't see it myself but it was something in the lines of "As long as humans are humans anything can happen".

United lost because City blew them out at OT at the start of the season
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Stebro on May 14, 2012, 12:06:05 PM
Quote from: Madferret on May 14, 2012, 11:42:29 AM
Quote from: Stebro on May 13, 2012, 02:40:31 PM
If it wasn't for all the bad calls Man United would already have won the league. I think that the guardian or some other paper studied loads of games, and what they found out was that while United didn't get as many bad calls against as City, United did get a lot game deciding calls against them. Which is interesting considering how many other fans whine about United having advantages.

Imo City is just like Chelsea, they went at it hard, by buying anything that moves, and it wont last long term. Sir Alex said something interesting before the game, I didn't see it myself but it was something in the lines of "As long as humans are humans anything can happen".

United lost because City blew them out at OT at the start of the season
Meh, I think that they lost it in the end when they had several points in hand and then played crappy and lost points to teams that stink. On a side note, there's a rumour going around that Zlatan Ibrahimovic might be going to City to play for his old coach Mancini. I hope that it ain't true.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on May 14, 2012, 02:54:40 PM
Quote from: Madferret on May 14, 2012, 11:42:29 AM
Quote from: Stebro on May 13, 2012, 02:40:31 PM
If it wasn't for all the bad calls Man United would already have won the league. I think that the guardian or some other paper studied loads of games, and what they found out was that while United didn't get as many bad calls against as City, United did get a lot game deciding calls against them. Which is interesting considering how many other fans whine about United having advantages.

Imo City is just like Chelsea, they went at it hard, by buying anything that moves, and it wont last long term. Sir Alex said something interesting before the game, I didn't see it myself but it was something in the lines of "As long as humans are humans anything can happen".

United lost because City blew them out at OT at the start of the season
The Everton draw cost them the title, IMO. Up 4-2 with under 10 minutes left and finished with a draw. That loss to Wigan was another costly blow.

They recovered from the blowout at Old Trafford and were sitting pretty.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 15, 2012, 03:37:51 AM
New assistant coach for the TFC --former captain Jim Brennan.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/05/14/tfc_former_captain_brennan_new_coach/

The TFC set a MLS futility record by losing to Sporting Kansas City last week, their 8th straight loss without a win.  Talk about a coaching change!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on May 15, 2012, 10:40:44 PM

It was undeniably exciting but it was sort of just another example of how screwy soccer is. People getting that worked up over a victory by means of goal differential.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 19, 2012, 06:13:44 AM
UEFA Champions League Final -- Chelsea at Bayern Munich today, 2PM on Rogers Sportsnet.

I'd give Bayern a slight advantage for the simple fact that they're on home turf.
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on May 19, 2012, 11:38:08 AM
Quote from: Nik³ on May 15, 2012, 10:40:44 PM

It was undeniably exciting but it was sort of just another example of how screwy soccer is. People getting that worked up over a victory by means of goal differential.

We'd get pretty worked up of the leafs made the playoffs on a shoot out winner that tied them on points but we made it based on having more regulation/OT wins.

I can't see how getting worked up over a clubs first title in 44 years is screwy in any way, no matter how it was achieved, especially when it was that dramatic a finish.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 20, 2012, 03:57:18 AM
Crown Chelsea UEFA soccer champions!  Didier Drogba not only scored to tie it in the 88th minute, but also scored the winner in the shootout.

Too bad Bayern couldn't win with the home turf advantage.  Job well done, Chelsea!

For the complete story, go to:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/champions_league/2012/05/19/bayern_munich_chelsea_champions_league_final/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 20, 2012, 04:00:01 AM
The TFC are now 0-9, losers 3-1 to DC United.  Ugh!  This is getting ugly!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/05/19/toronto_fc_dc_united_dwayne_de_rosario_recap/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on May 20, 2012, 04:43:25 AM
Quote from: Deebo on May 19, 2012, 11:38:08 AM
We'd get pretty worked up of the leafs made the playoffs on a shoot out winner that tied them on points but we made it based on having more regulation/OT wins.

I don't think we would. Teamsclinch playoff berths every year on the last day and people don't lose their minds over it.I realize it's been a long drought but 8th place wouldn't get parades marching.

A more apt comparison would be clinching the Presidents trophy on goal differential which doesn't carry much weight.

Quote from: Deebo on May 19, 2012, 11:38:08 AM
I can't see how getting worked up over a clubs first title in 44 years is screwy in any way, no matter how it was achieved, especially when it was that dramatic a finish.

My point is less about the fans' reaction than it is the idea that a meaningful title of any sort can be decided by goal differential.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on May 24, 2012, 12:11:41 PM

The EPL lost 566 million dollars in 2010-2011, with Manchester City losing 309 million. It seems like all of the high profile teams, with the exception of Man United, had pretty staggering losses.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/may/23/premier-league-losses-2010-11-profits (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/may/23/premier-league-losses-2010-11-profits)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 26, 2012, 06:30:07 AM
Some MLS news: The TFC lead the league in million-dollar plus salaries.  Hmm, sounds somewhat familiar.  They are not alone.  The L.A. Galaxy is the other.

That's not all.  Click here for more:


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2012/05/25/sp-toronto-fc-la-galaxy-lead-mls-salaries.html (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2012/05/25/sp-toronto-fc-la-galaxy-lead-mls-salaries.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on May 26, 2012, 06:44:49 PM
In happier MLS news, TFC defeated Philly 1-0 to record their 1st league win of the season. Danny Koevermans came off the bench to post the long goal of the match.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 27, 2012, 01:43:39 AM
Quote from: seahawk on May 26, 2012, 06:44:49 PM
In happier MLS news, TFC defeated Philly 1-0 to record their 1st league win of the season. Danny Koevermans came off the bench to post the long goal of the match.


F-i-n-a-l-l-y!!!  Long overdue!  GO TFC!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 29, 2012, 10:13:14 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/gordon-ramsey-taken-off-stretcher-getting-flattened-teddy-223435967.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 29, 2012, 11:21:58 AM
Quote from: Madferret on May 29, 2012, 10:13:14 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/gordon-ramsey-taken-off-stretcher-getting-flattened-teddy-223435967.html


That should have been a penalty!  :)   Hey, they need to learn how to bodycheck!   :D
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Zee on May 29, 2012, 12:19:21 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on May 29, 2012, 11:21:58 AM
Quote from: Madferret on May 29, 2012, 10:13:14 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/gordon-ramsey-taken-off-stretcher-getting-flattened-teddy-223435967.html


That should have been a penalty!  :)   Hey, they need to learn how to bodycheck!   :D

Let's see you cook your way out of that one Gordon!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: moon111 on May 29, 2012, 06:57:25 PM
Bribed players, fake games. Criminal syndicates can fix any match, anywhere.

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/7927946/soccer-wilson-raj-perumal-world-most-prolific-criminal-match-fixer-espn-magazine

Wasn't Mogilny targeted?  Perhaps Kulemin's family was threatened as well.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 30, 2012, 04:44:20 PM
Series A again
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 02, 2012, 03:42:38 AM
Juventus greatest player Alesandro Del Piero set to sign with the L.A. Galaxy instead of with Montreal...

http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/mls/story/?id=397366
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: BMan on June 19, 2012, 05:46:35 PM
Season keeps getting better for TFC

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/mls/story/_/id/8067725/toronto-fc-trio-miguel-aceval-nick-soolsma-luis-silva-arrested-public-intoxication

:o
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 28, 2012, 01:47:58 AM
The TFC finally won their first road game of the season, 3-0 over the Montreal Impact.

Here's the story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/06/27/toronto_fc_montreal_impact_recap/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 19, 2012, 06:58:33 AM
According to Forbes, top ten most valued franchises sees Manchester United at #1 with a worth of 2.2B, and #2 Real Madrid at 1.8B.  Barcelona and Arsenal occupy the 8th and 10th spot, respectively.

The rest of the top tens are rounded out by mostly NFL teams, with MLB's Yankees the lone exception.

Here is the list:

Forbes Top 10 teams:
1. Manchester United (soccer) - $2.23 billion
2. Real Madrid (soccer) - $1.88 billion
3. New York Yankees (MLB) - $1.85 billion
3. Dallas Cowboys (NFL) - $1.85 billion
5. Washington Redskins (NFL) - $1.56 billion
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) - $1.40 billion
6. New England Patriots (NFL) - $1.40 billion
8. Barcelona (soccer) - $1.31 billion
9. New York Giants (NFL) - $1.30 billion
10. Arsenal (soccer) - $1.29 billion
Source: TheStar.com
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 20, 2012, 03:28:04 AM
New coach, new player, new attitude, new style of play equals the TFC being on a winning roll, as the FC defeated the Colorado Rapids at home, by a 2-1 margin. Newly-acquired Andrew Weideman (from the Juan de Guzman trade) scored the decisive goal in the victory.

Toronto FC's newest player became an instant hero to the BMO Field faithful Wednesday night, scoring the decisive goal in the Reds' come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids before 18,225 fans.

Colorado took the lead in the 23rd minute, but Ryan Johnson levelled the score just after halftime and Wiedeman netted the winner in the 67th minute shortly after entering the game as a substitute.

It was only Wiedeman's second appearance for the Reds (his first at home) after arriving in Toronto last week as part of the Julian de Guzman trade. The goal was the young forward's first in Major League Soccer.

Wiedeman carried out the simple instructions of coach Paul Mariner with impeccable precision.

"He told me 'go in, work hard on defence, bring some energy and get a game winner'," Wiedeman told reporters after the game.

....there's no denying the Reds have responded to Mariner's simplified tactics and demonstrative management style.

TFC lost its first contest under Mariner but has since gone 4-2-4 under the Englishman.

What's been the key to the mini turnaround? Wiedeman...seemed to speak for all of his new teammates when he credited Mariner and his personal approach in demanding his players to constantly compete at a high level.

The Reds were dealt a major blow on Monday when leading scorer Danny Koevermans was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

With defenders Adrian Cann and Jeremy Hall still out injured, TFC's depth is mighty thin...

For more on the story, go to:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/07/18/toronto_fc_colorado_rapids/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/07/18/toronto_fc_colorado_rapids/)






Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Andy on July 24, 2012, 10:06:21 AM
Just want to give a well deserved thank you to Rogers and Organizers of the Liverpool-TFC match. Announcing the day of the game that Liverpool's top players not only wouldn't be playing, but didn't even make the trip, was just a fresh of breath air. And that they announced it the day of, by the time the majority of the tickets were sold, was just brilliant. Don't worry about the fact that you originally said those players would be in Toronto. Just keep making money and ripping your customers off; it's what Canadian business is all about.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 24, 2012, 02:09:52 PM
Quote from: Andy007 on July 24, 2012, 10:06:21 AM
Just want to give a well deserved thank you to Rogers and Organizers of the Liverpool-TFC match. Announcing the day of the game that Liverpool's top players not only wouldn't be playing, but didn't even make the trip, was just a fresh of breath air. And that they announced it the day of, by the time the majority of the tickets were sold, was just brilliant. Don't worry about the fact that you originally said those players would be in Toronto. Just keep making money and ripping your customers off; it's what Canadian business is all about.


How is it that Toronto soccer fans could be so ripped off...

...guess Rogers is in practice mode since they now part own the Leafs too, and we all know what we long-suffering Leaf fans have had to put up with...

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on July 24, 2012, 06:05:35 PM
Quote from: Andy007 on July 24, 2012, 10:06:21 AM
Just want to give a well deserved thank you to Rogers and Organizers of the Liverpool-TFC match. Announcing the day of the game that Liverpool's top players not only wouldn't be playing, but didn't even make the trip, was just a fresh of breath air. And that they announced it the day of, by the time the majority of the tickets were sold, was just brilliant. Don't worry about the fact that you originally said those players would be in Toronto. Just keep making money and ripping your customers off; it's what Canadian business is all about.

Not that I'm a big defender of TFC, but the blame lies with the organizers of the World Football Challenge. TFC announced the Liverpool roster that they had been given by the WFC. Those players didn't make the Toronto game because UEFA rules require a certain period before players have to join their clubs after the EURO championships. Someone at Liverpool or the WFC should have realized that when they sent the initial roster over.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 04, 2012, 12:41:18 PM
Toronto have signed Darren O'Dea.

He came through the Celtic youth system and is an Irish international, he was seen as surplus to requirements for Celtic so they let him leave for free instead of excising an option they had for another year.

The lad can play and I'm sure he's probably better than what you have at centre-half.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on August 06, 2012, 12:36:28 AM
Quote from: seahawk on July 24, 2012, 06:05:35 PM
Quote from: Andy007 on July 24, 2012, 10:06:21 AM
Just want to give a well deserved thank you to Rogers and Organizers of the Liverpool-TFC match. Announcing the day of the game that Liverpool's top players not only wouldn't be playing, but didn't even make the trip, was just a fresh of breath air. And that they announced it the day of, by the time the majority of the tickets were sold, was just brilliant. Don't worry about the fact that you originally said those players would be in Toronto. Just keep making money and ripping your customers off; it's what Canadian business is all about.

Not that I'm a big defender of TFC, but the blame lies with the organizers of the World Football Challenge. TFC announced the Liverpool roster that they had been given by the WFC. Those players didn't make the Toronto game because UEFA rules require a certain period before players have to join their clubs after the EURO championships. Someone at Liverpool or the WFC should have realized that when they sent the initial roster over.

All the other touring teams in the WFC have sent their main squads for the most part - with respect I'm not sure how good of an argument that is. IIRC this happened before with TFC and Man U. Didn't they double the ticket prices for the Liverpool / TFC match also? The whole flap is inexcusable - has TFC done anything to make it right to the fans who they fleeced or just count the $?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Potvin29 on August 06, 2012, 01:06:09 AM
Quote from: Madferret on August 06, 2012, 12:36:28 AM
Quote from: seahawk on July 24, 2012, 06:05:35 PM
Quote from: Andy007 on July 24, 2012, 10:06:21 AM
Just want to give a well deserved thank you to Rogers and Organizers of the Liverpool-TFC match. Announcing the day of the game that Liverpool's top players not only wouldn't be playing, but didn't even make the trip, was just a fresh of breath air. And that they announced it the day of, by the time the majority of the tickets were sold, was just brilliant. Don't worry about the fact that you originally said those players would be in Toronto. Just keep making money and ripping your customers off; it's what Canadian business is all about.

Not that I'm a big defender of TFC, but the blame lies with the organizers of the World Football Challenge. TFC announced the Liverpool roster that they had been given by the WFC. Those players didn't make the Toronto game because UEFA rules require a certain period before players have to join their clubs after the EURO championships. Someone at Liverpool or the WFC should have realized that when they sent the initial roster over.

All the other touring teams in the WFC have sent their main squads for the most part - with respect I'm not sure how good of an argument that is. IIRC this happened before with TFC and Man U. Didn't they double the ticket prices for the Liverpool / TFC match also? The whole flap is inexcusable - has TFC done anything to make it right to the fans who they fleeced or just count the $?

QuoteSeveral star players were ruled out of the game by Liverpool when the club arrived in Toronto late Friday afternoon. England captain Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Pepe Reina, Andy Carroll, the man with the £35-million ($55.4-million) contract, and recently signed Italian striker Fabio Borini are not eligible to play because of FIFA rules concerning mandatory time off in the summer after international duty. All of them, as well as Martin Kelly, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing played at the Euro 2012 tournament that ended on July 1.

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/07/20/toronto-fc-friendly-with-liverpool-not-a-star-studded-affair/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 29, 2012, 03:12:09 AM
TFC loses 3-1 to Mexico's Santos Laguna in a  CONCACAF Champions League matchup.

Witih the TFC long eliminated from playoff contention in the MLS, they can look forward to a play of a different nature and salvage some pride in the process... a process which becomes increasingly difficult as the TFC will now need a win in El Salvador in order to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarter-Finals.

The TFC needs to win by 3 points in their next game in El Salvador, which will be played in October. 

For more on the story, go to:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/08/28/concacaf_champions_league_toronto_fc_santos_laguna_recap/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/08/28/concacaf_champions_league_toronto_fc_santos_laguna_recap/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 08, 2012, 04:31:59 AM
Thanks to Dwayne DeRosario, the Canadian men's national soccer team defeated Panama 1-0 last night, to advance into the first round in the CONCACAF region World Cup qualifier.  Game was played in Toronto at BMO Field.

Before the game, the Women's national team was honoured for their bronze medal Olympic victory.

For more, click on:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/world_cup/2012/09/07/canada_panama_world_cup_qualifying/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 11, 2012, 06:43:50 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on September 08, 2012, 04:31:59 AM
Thanks to Dwayne DeRosario, the Canadian men's national soccer team defeated Panama 1-0 last night, to advance into the first round in the CONCACAF region World Cup qualifier.  Game was played in Toronto at BMO Field.

Before the game, the Women's national team was honoured for their bronze medal Olympic victory.

For more, click on:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/world_cup/2012/09/07/canada_panama_world_cup_qualifying/

Canada plays the 4th match of the round tonight against Panama in Panama City. Will Johnson is suspended after picking up a 2nd yellow card of the round while Oliver Ocean is injured and has returned to his club team already.

If you think Canada has a passion for hockey, it's nothing compared to soccer fans in Central and South America. Check out the CSA's you tube channel for some of the treatment the Canadians have received at their hotel. Apparently this is common practice, but in the social media age, it has gotten more attention than in previous WCQ campaigns.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 12, 2012, 02:00:16 PM
Canada loses 2-0 to Panama in the men's CONCACAF region World Cup qualifier.  The loss places Canada in third place based on goal differential with crucial games coming up against winless  Cuba as well as Honduras.  Only the top two teams go on to the Final round.

To make matters worse for the Canadian men's team, striker Dwayne DeRosario suffered an MCL injury (knee) and did not return to the match.

For more on the story, go to: http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2014-world-cup/2012/09/11/canada_panama_world_cup_qualifier/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2014-world-cup/2012/09/11/canada_panama_world_cup_qualifier/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 12, 2012, 02:20:09 PM
Soccer match-fixing by Euro crime syndicate right here in Canada...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/09/10/soccer-canada-match-fixing.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 13, 2012, 08:49:57 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on September 12, 2012, 02:00:16 PM
To make matters worse for the Canadian men's team, striker Dwayne DeRosario suffered an MCL injury (knee) and did not return to the match.

Word is DeRo is out 10-12 weeks with an MCL injury.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 26, 2012, 01:26:24 PM
All may not quite be lost for Canada in replacing the injured DeRosario, in time for the next matchup October 16th, in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, against Honduras.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2014-world-cup/2012/09/25/canada_csa_world_cup_qualifying_dwayne_de_rosario/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2014-world-cup/2012/09/25/canada_csa_world_cup_qualifying_dwayne_de_rosario/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 26, 2012, 07:40:33 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on September 26, 2012, 01:26:24 PM
All may not quite be lost for Canada in replacing the injured DeRosario, in time for the next matchup October 16th, in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, against Honduras.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2014-world-cup/2012/09/25/canada_csa_world_cup_qualifying_dwayne_de_rosario/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2014-world-cup/2012/09/25/canada_csa_world_cup_qualifying_dwayne_de_rosario/)

The Voyageurs forums have been moaning over the apparent lack of scoring options available. Canada really needs to fill the net in 2 weeks against Cuba.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 28, 2012, 04:07:19 AM
Good news for TFC fans... The TFC defeated El Salvador's Club Deportivo Aguila 3-0 in a CONCACAF Champions League matchup on Wednesday night.  The victory gives the TFC a total of six points and second place, just three points back of first-place Santos Laguna.

Next game is October 24th against Santos Laguna whom the TFC need to win by not less than 2 goals if they are to reach the quarter-finals.  Game will be played in Torréon, Mexico.

For more on the game story, go to:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2012/09/25/sp-toronto-fc-san-miguel-recap.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on October 13, 2012, 10:18:09 AM
The dinosaurs at FIFA finally spoke and fined/suspended Christine Sinclair 4 games for calling out the sham reffing from the Olympics.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 15, 2012, 04:13:00 AM
The Canadian Men's national team defeated a 'depleted' Cuban squad 3-0, in the CONCACAF region World Cup qualifying match up played in Torono Friday evening.

While Cuba was dealing with 4 of it's players defecting, Canada made good on it's promise to win a must game in order to continue to stay alive in her quest for a shot at qualifying for the next round, er, make that for the next game, which will be against Honduras.

Canada is in second place in her group with 10 pts. (+3 differential), led by top leader Panama also with 10 pts. (+4 differential), followed by third place Honduras with 8 pts. (+2 differential).  Cuba has 0 wins and remains last.

A tie against Honduras will be all that is needed Canada to advance to the next stage (top two teams in the group advance).

Game against Honduras will be on Tuesday Oct. 15 in San Pedro Sula.
A loss and Canada will be officially eliminated.

For the complete story, go to:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2014-world-cup/2012/10/12/canada_cuba_wc_qualifying/

GO CANADA GO!!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 17, 2012, 12:34:27 PM
'Bye bye Canada!  The Men's National team suffered an embarrassingly humiliating loss to host Honduras, by a score of 8-1.

Canada is officially eliminated from advancing to the next (and final) round.

How bad is the state of soccer in this country?  Read on...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2014-world-cup/2012/10/17/canada_humiliating_wc_exit/

At least, we can take solace in the women's performance at the London Olympics.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 21, 2012, 04:30:42 AM
The TFC played to a 0-0 draw against the Montreal Impact at BMO Field Saturday afternoon.  This makes the TFC winless in 13 consecutive games.  It was the TFC's last home game of the season. 

They close out the year against the Columbus Crew on October 28th on the road.
Good luck on that one.  Another losing year, one worst than the other.  Let's hope for something better next season.

Source:  Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 19, 2012, 05:07:53 AM
The 2012 MLS Championship will be between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dinamo beginning next week.  This will have been the second straight year that these two teams will have met in the final.


For the record, the Seattle Sounders, the team L.A. defeated enroute to the final, set an MLS attendance mark of 44,000+, for a playoff game.


Source: Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Justin on November 19, 2012, 05:46:23 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on November 19, 2012, 05:07:53 AM
The 2012 MLS Championship will be between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dinamo beginning next week.  This will have been the second straight year that these two teams will have met in the final.


For the record, the Seattle Sounders, the team L.A. defeated enroute to the final, set an MLS attendance mark of 44,000+, for a playoff game.


Source: Sportsnet
The Sounders' average attendance this season was 43,143. They have a great thing going in Seattle.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 02, 2012, 01:10:28 PM
L.A. Galaxy win the MLS Cup defeating the Houston Dynamo 3-1, in what would surely have been star David Beckham's last hurrah for the Galaxy and in the MLS.

Beckham, fellow Englishman Robbie Keane, and Landon Donovan provided the offence the Galaxy needed to crown themselves champions.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/12/01/mls_cup_beckham_leaves_mls_in_style/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/12/01/mls_cup_beckham_leaves_mls_in_style/).


Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: harps64 on December 02, 2012, 02:58:39 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on December 02, 2012, 01:10:28 PM
L.A. Galaxy win the MLS Cup defeating the Houston Dynamo 3-1, in what would surely have been star David Beckham's last hurrah for the Galaxy and in the MLS.

Beckham, fellow Englishman Robbie Keane, and Landon Donovan provided the offence the Galaxy needed to crown themselves champions.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/12/01/mls_cup_beckham_leaves_mls_in_style/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/12/01/mls_cup_beckham_leaves_mls_in_style/).

Robbie Keane is Irish, not English........just saying.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 03, 2012, 01:07:57 AM
Quote from: harps64 on December 02, 2012, 02:58:39 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on December 02, 2012, 01:10:28 PM
L.A. Galaxy win the MLS Cup defeating the Houston Dynamo 3-1, in what would surely have been star David Beckham's last hurrah for the Galaxy and in the MLS.
                   Irishman
Beckham, fellow Englishman Robbie Keane, and Landon Donovan provided the offence the Galaxy needed to crown themselves champions.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/12/01/mls_cup_beckham_leaves_mls_in_style/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2012/12/01/mls_cup_beckham_leaves_mls_in_style/).

Robbie Keane is Irish, not English........just saying.




Fixed.  :)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on December 09, 2012, 11:26:42 AM

Well, it's not often that I'm awake on a sunday early enough to watch a soccer game but Man City - Man U was worth it. Late goals, players leaving bloody, fans charging refs, reports of police action in the stands..everything a casual fan could want.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: OldTimeHockey on December 09, 2012, 02:09:50 PM
Quote from: Nik V. Debs on December 09, 2012, 11:26:42 AM

Well, it's not often that I'm awake on a sunday early enough to watch a soccer game but Man City - Man U was worth it. Late goals, players leaving bloody, fans charging refs, reports of police action in the stands..everything a casual fan could want.

Games like that make me like the sport a little more each time it happens.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Justin on January 08, 2013, 02:19:28 PM
So let's get this straight: Ryan Nelsen has no coaching experience. Absolutely none. In fact, the 35 year old still under contract as a defender with Queen's Park Rangers and may not be eligible to join TFC until May.

What the hell? We're hiring a coach who's literally still a player and has no experience coaching ever?

No wonder TFC has just hired their 8th coach in 7 years. What a disaster.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 10, 2013, 03:22:14 AM
Quote from: Justin on January 08, 2013, 02:19:28 PM
So let's get this straight: Ryan Nelsen has no coaching experience. Absolutely none. In fact, the 35 year old still under contract as a defender with Queen's Park Rangers and may not be eligible to join TFC until May.

What the hell? We're hiring a coach who's literally still a player and has no experience coaching ever?

No wonder TFC has just hired their 8th coach in 7 years. What a disaster.


Nothing about the TFC sounds sensible (not that it ever was).
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 25, 2013, 04:32:06 PM
This is absurd...playing soccer in a snowstorm...uh?...

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/fifa-confirm-costa-rica-protest-over-world-cup-143213013--sow.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on March 25, 2013, 04:37:05 PM
I watched that game at the bar, it got really crazy in the final 25 minutes.

The rules as I understood them where about visibility, ability to see the lines and player safety.

After the 65 minute mark it was farcical, there appeared to be at least half a foot of snow on the pitch. At one point a team had a free kick and you could barely see half of the ball above the snow.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on March 25, 2013, 09:23:37 PM
Quote from: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on March 25, 2013, 04:37:05 PM
I watched that game at the bar, it got really crazy in the final 25 minutes.

The rules as I understood them where about visibility, ability to see the lines and player safety.

After the 65 minute mark it was farcical, there appeared to be at least half a foot of snow on the pitch. At one point a team had a free kick and you could barely see half of the ball above the snow.

The flip side is the refs wanted to call the game and both teams wanted to play on.  Costa Rica only started whining after they lost.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 26, 2013, 01:22:56 AM
So far, things are looking more positive for the TFC in spite of their 1-0-2 record this season.  New coach, new system,  new hopes.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-showing-promise-under-nelsen/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2013, 12:35:06 AM
The TfC, sporting a 1-2-1 record (after drawing the L.A. Galaxy to a 2-2 tie last weekend), has signed two Argentine players -- Urruti & an  unnamed midfielder), to add to it's lineup.

http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/mls/story/?id=419776

TFC's next game is, by the way, on Saturday (April 6th) when they host Western Conference leaders FC Dallas.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 07, 2013, 04:17:22 AM
Great comeback for the Toronto FC against FC Dallas at BMO Field, as the TFC came back on goals from Justin Braun & Jarel Russell, to tie FC Dallas 2-2.

For more:
http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/mls/story/?id=420071
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 08, 2013, 08:52:19 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 07, 2013, 04:17:22 AM
Great comeback for the Toronto FC against FC Dallas at BMO Field, as the TFC came back on goals from Justin Braun & Jarel Russell, to tie FC Dallas 2-2.

For more:
http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/mls/story/?id=420071
I turned this game on about 5 minutes before the 2nd Dallas goal. I figured it was all over at that point. Braun's 1st minutes of the year gave the crowd some life after he banked one in off the post. Darel Russell's goal should end up in the Goal of the Week voting. Not bad from the guy who cost TFC the win against LA last week with a poor defensive clearance.

Still a long way to go, but after being 0-9 last year I'll take 5 points in 5 games so far.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 09, 2013, 01:43:49 AM
Quote from: seahawk on April 08, 2013, 08:52:19 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 07, 2013, 04:17:22 AM
Great comeback for the Toronto FC against FC Dallas at BMO Field, as the TFC came back on goals from Justin Braun & Jarel Russell, to tie FC Dallas 2-2.

For more:
http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/mls/story/?id=420071 (http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/mls/story/?id=420071)
I turned this game on about 5 minutes before the 2nd Dallas goal. I figured it was all over at that point. Braun's 1st minutes of the year gave the crowd some life after he banked one in off the post. Darel Russell's goal should end up in the Goal of the Week voting. Not bad from the guy who cost TFC the win against LA last week with a poor defensive clearance.

Still a long way to go, but after being 0-9 last year I'll take 5 points in 5 games so far.




So far, that record is a relief!  :)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 16, 2013, 04:32:14 AM
TFC got their first road point of the season last Saturday, tying the Philadelphia Union 1-1.

The tie illustrates what is inherently flawed with this club -- the TFC played well first half, then was incapable of going further (a.k.a. "adjusting") and being adaptive as the Union became, in their game plan.

TFC watchers call this "Plan B", and what with the current roster that stills lacks enough talent and depth (the kinds of players who can get it done), the coaching staff has been given praise in spite of everything....

They've taken what is still a poor overall squad and got them to a basic level of competitiveness.

What's needed to take that next step is something that's a lot harder to coach, and will probably rely more on new players to improve the quality of options available to him: the intelligence and creativity on an individual basis to be able to adapt, to improvise and break away from the plan. It's needed not just for being able to react to changes in an opponent's game plan, but also to create chances going forward.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/fletcher-on-mls-toronto-fc-has-no-plan-b/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 21, 2013, 10:20:20 PM
For the 2nd week in a row TFC gives up a late goal and ends up with a 1-1 draw at home against Houston Dynamo. TFC has a history of giving up goals in the last 10-15 minutes of games, and it seems like the trend is continuing. What makes this one even more frustrating is the fact that Houston was down to 10 men from the 62nd minute onwards. Yes they have 7 points after 7 games, but losing points in the final minutes 2 weeks in a row is frustrating. TFC heard a chorus of boos as they left the pitch Saturday.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 22, 2013, 04:36:04 AM
Quote from: seahawk on April 21, 2013, 10:20:20 PM
For the 2nd week in a row TFC gives up a late goal and ends up with a 1-1 draw at home against Houston Dynamo. TFC has a history of giving up goals in the last 10-15 minutes of games, and it seems like the trend is continuing. What makes this one even more frustrating is the fact that Houston was down to 10 men from the 62nd minute onwards. Yes they have 7 points after 7 games, but losing points in the final minutes 2 weeks in a row is frustrating. TFC heard a chorus of boos as they left the pitch Saturday.


Wouldn't blame the fans for the booing.  When I saw the high lights of the game, I, too thought, oh no, not again! 

This team needs continuous improvement and adjustment, but, as stated previously, with the current roster, doubt that will happen so fast.  The fans' patience will certainly continue to be tested!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 22, 2013, 11:59:48 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 22, 2013, 04:36:04 AM
Quote from: seahawk on April 21, 2013, 10:20:20 PM
For the 2nd week in a row TFC gives up a late goal and ends up with a 1-1 draw at home against Houston Dynamo. TFC has a history of giving up goals in the last 10-15 minutes of games, and it seems like the trend is continuing. What makes this one even more frustrating is the fact that Houston was down to 10 men from the 62nd minute onwards. Yes they have 7 points after 7 games, but losing points in the final minutes 2 weeks in a row is frustrating. TFC heard a chorus of boos as they left the pitch Saturday.


Wouldn't blame the fans for the booing.  When I saw the high lights of the game, I, too thought, oh no, not again! 

This team needs continuous improvement and adjustment, but, as stated previously, with the current roster, doubt that will happen so fast.  The fans' patience will certainly continue to be tested!

The biggest issue to me was that Houston scored being a man down. The biggest test is coming as counting the Houston game the Reds have 6 games in 18 days with the final 2 being at Colorado and San Jose. Also in that stretch is a home and home against Montreal in the opening round of the Canadian Championship.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 19, 2013, 04:03:57 AM
So, Toronto FC, it's been awhile, how are things going?

In one word, simply...awful.

The TFC lost it's fourth straight Saturday, 1-0  to the Columbus Crew at BMO Field.

The TFC (1-6-4) are currently winless in nine games (five losses and four ties) and sport just one win dating back 25 games to last season.  Oh Lord, help this team!

Here's the story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/short-handed-crew-edge-anemic-toronto-fc/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 03, 2013, 01:12:16 AM
Latest update On the TFC...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fcs-season-continues-downward-spiral/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 17, 2013, 03:39:54 PM
TFC breaks an 11-game winless streak by defeating DC United 2-I at BMO field on Saturday.  Whew!  Call it a relief!

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/fletcher-on-mls-finally-some-relief-for-tfc/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on June 17, 2013, 04:52:28 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on June 17, 2013, 03:39:54 PM
TFC breaks an 11-game winless streak by defeating DC United 2-I at BMO field on Saturday.  Whew!  Call it a relief!

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/fletcher-on-mls-finally-some-relief-for-tfc/

Gave up the 1st goal on a cheap penalty call, but they didn't fold. They managed a comeback, on the road no less, and got a lucky bounce on a free kick for the winner. The shot was headed to the back post and deflected in off a DC defender.  Hopefully this will spark a turn in fortunes, along with the return of Danny Kovermans to the lineup. He was in the gameday roster against DC but was not called upon.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 04, 2013, 05:24:20 AM
A roof over BMO field?  A stadium enhancement project...

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2013/08/02/sp-mls-soccer-tfc-president-wants-roof-over-bmo-field.html#
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 05, 2013, 09:47:24 AM
Some positive news for Toronto FC soccer fans and especially for the beleaguered franchise, already well out of a playoff spot -- the TFC's 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution this past weekend on the Revolution's home turf -- helped the team on a modest 2 game win streak.

At least, even if the playoffs seem out of reach at this point in the schedule, building up some momentum is certainly something to look forward to, in what is shaping up to be yet another disappointing season.

Here's the story on their latest win:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/labas-early-goal-gives-tfc-second-straight-win/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/labas-early-goal-gives-tfc-second-straight-win/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 04, 2013, 10:25:59 PM
Talk of the Argos sharing BMO has resurfaced. This would require major renovations or a waiver from the CFL for the size.

Another piece of news, and this one is a bit of a bombshell. President and GM Kevin Payne has apparently been sacked. To me this is a snap move as he only had 1 transfer window to work with, that being the summer one that just closed. Even Mo Johnston as inept as he was had more than one full season to work with. The constant revolving door in the front office leads to constant turnover on the roster. You can't have success when you're turning over 70%+ of the roster every 15-18 months.
http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=431181
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 12, 2013, 03:48:07 AM
Might have done same...

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2013/09/11/sp-soccer-former-toronto-mayor-david-miller-returns-toronto-fc-tickets-rips-mls-team-tfc.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 21, 2013, 05:02:36 AM
New GM for the TFC..."whiz kid" Tim Bezbatchenko...

http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/mls/story/?id=432324
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 29, 2013, 12:43:00 PM
MLSE boss Tim Leiweke reported over the weekend that even if the Argos do come into BMO, artificial turf will NOT be installed. They are also exploring options to add a roof over the stands.

As well, TFC performed well on the field yesterday as they defeated DC United 4-1. DC went with mostly a 2nd string team (no Dwayne DeRosario) as they will face Real Salt Lake on Tuesday in the US Open Cup final. Can't remember the last time TFC scored 4 goals in a match.

http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=432952
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 29, 2013, 02:10:30 PM
Quote from: seahawk on September 29, 2013, 12:43:00 PM
MLSE boss Tim Leiweke reported over the weekend that even if the Argos do come into BMO, artificial turf will NOT be installed. They are also exploring options to add a roof over the stands.

As well, TFC performed well on the field yesterday as they defeated DC United 4-1. DC went with mostly a 2nd string team (no Dwayne DeRosario) as they will face Real Salt Lake on Tuesday in the US Open Cup final. Can't remember the last time TFC scored 4 goals in a match.

http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=432952 (http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=432952)


That was refreshing.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on October 01, 2013, 12:58:41 PM
As a huge soccer fan its disheartening what a disaster TFC continues to be.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 01, 2013, 03:48:08 PM
Quote from: Madferret on October 01, 2013, 12:58:41 PM
As a huge soccer fan its disheartening what a disaster TFC continues to be.


Hopefully with Lieweke as chief of MLSE, there brings a change for positive results and a recipe for a winning formula.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on October 02, 2013, 08:42:31 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on October 01, 2013, 03:48:08 PM
Quote from: Madferret on October 01, 2013, 12:58:41 PM
As a huge soccer fan its disheartening what a disaster TFC continues to be.


Hopefully with Lieweke as chief of MLSE, there brings a change for positive results and a recipe for a winning formula.

I'm still a bit skeptical with Lieweke but I'd love to be wrong.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on October 02, 2013, 12:56:06 PM
The revolving door to the TFC front office needs to stop spinning before I start to have any confidence that this franchise is on the road to recovery. The roster rules will keep the squad turning over, but if the front office is stable long enough to keep a system in place then we might start seeing some results on the field.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on December 12, 2013, 01:37:21 PM

I thought this was a pretty bizarre piece of news. Intel has reached an agreement with Barcelona to sponsor the inside of their jerseys, their logo only to be visible if a player lifts his shirt up when celebrating a goal.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131212/intel-barcelona-inside-jersey/?eref=sihp (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131212/intel-barcelona-inside-jersey/?eref=sihp)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on December 12, 2013, 01:56:34 PM
Quote from: Nik the Trik on December 12, 2013, 01:37:21 PM

I thought this was a pretty bizarre piece of news. Intel has reached an agreement with Barcelona to sponsor the inside of their jerseys, their logo only to be visible if a player lifts his shirt up when celebrating a goal.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131212/intel-barcelona-inside-jersey/?eref=sihp (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131212/intel-barcelona-inside-jersey/?eref=sihp)

A recent trend has seen players revealing messages written on their undershirts after scoring goals.

I wonder if Barcelona players will be mandated to celebrate goals in that manner.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on December 12, 2013, 02:32:15 PM
Quote from: Nik the Trik on December 12, 2013, 01:37:21 PM

I thought this was a pretty bizarre piece of news. Intel has reached an agreement with Barcelona to sponsor the inside of their jerseys, their logo only to be visible if a player lifts his shirt up when celebrating a goal.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131212/intel-barcelona-inside-jersey/?eref=sihp (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131212/intel-barcelona-inside-jersey/?eref=sihp)

Are they, uh, sponsoring any women's teams?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 16, 2013, 02:14:15 PM
Round of 16 draw:

Manchester City FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Olympiacos FC (GRE) v Manchester United FC (ENG)
AC Milan (ITA) v Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Galatasaray AŞ (TUR) v Chelsea FC (ENG)
FC Schalke 04 (GER) v Real Madrid CF (ESP)
FC Zenit (RUS) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Arsenal FC (ENG) v FC Bayern München (GER)
(http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2038325.html)

Leg 1: Feb 18th, 19th / 25th, 26th 2014
Leg 2: March 11th, 12th / 18th, 19th 2014
(http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/Draws/02/03/86/93/2038693_DOWNLOAD.pdf)

City / Barca & Gunners / Bayern have the potential to be classicos, the other 6 look pretty cut & dry as to who will advance. My predictions...City / United / Atletico / PSG / Chelsea / Madrid / Dortmund / Bayern all advance to the quarter-finals.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 16, 2013, 06:15:26 PM
The TFC, in rebuilding mode, traded sound goalkeeper Stefan Frei to Seattle for a pick, acquired midfielder from Dallas, a Brazilian named Jackson, and signed Brazilian star young forward Gilberto.

The TFC are not done yet, as they may pursue Dwayne DeRosario as well as an interest in Dafoe of England and Italy's Gilardino.  They already have one DP (designated player) filled courtesy of Argentina's Laba.  Only one other spot available.

For more:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-lands-brazilian-striker-gilberto/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-lands-brazilian-striker-gilberto/)

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 16, 2013, 06:37:28 PM
This Defoe thing is interesting...AFAIK he wants to play for England this summer and crossing ocean to the MLS might seriously dampen his chances...would be great for TFC tho he will score goals in buckets.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: harps64 on December 16, 2013, 07:22:50 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 16, 2013, 02:14:15 PM
Round of 16 draw:

Manchester City FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Olympiacos FC (GRE) v Manchester United FC (ENG)
AC Milan (ITA) v Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Galatasaray AŞ (TUR) v Chelsea FC (ENG)
FC Schalke 04 (GER) v Real Madrid CF (ESP)
FC Zenit (RUS) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Arsenal FC (ENG) v FC Bayern München (GER)
(http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2038325.html)

Leg 1: Feb 18th, 19th / 25th, 26th 2014
Leg 2: March 11th, 12th / 18th, 19th 2014
(http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/Draws/02/03/86/93/2038693_DOWNLOAD.pdf)

City / Barca & Gunners / Bayern have the potential to be classicos, the other 6 look pretty cut & dry as to who will advance. My predictions...City / United / Atletico / PSG / Chelsea / Madrid / Dortmund / Bayern all advance to the quarter-finals.

Agree to all your picks but one, I'll take Milan over Atletico. Though, would not be surprised if United and Chelsea fail to move on as well. Going to be some great games anyways!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on December 18, 2013, 08:51:24 PM
On paper TFC is really looking like they should be a playoff team next year.

They added the much discussed Dwayne De Rosario back into the fold.  He's likely to sign a cheaper contract to make the roster work.  The team might actually have a fighting chance next year.  Not a bad defensive group and they really hammered home some offensive star potential.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 22, 2013, 01:05:21 AM
Quote from: L K on December 18, 2013, 08:51:24 PM
On paper TFC is really looking like they should be a playoff team next year.

They added the much discussed Dwayne De Rosario back into the fold.  He's likely to sign a cheaper contract to make the roster work.  The team might actually have a fighting chance next year.  Not a bad defensive group and they really hammered home some offensive star potential.

If they can scoop Defoe <still not confirmed by Spurs or TFC> I guarantee they make the playoffs. But someone needs to tell Drake to stay the hell out of it.

How fantastic has the EPL been up to this point? Best. Season. Ever.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Potvin29 on December 22, 2013, 12:42:06 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2013, 01:05:21 AM
But someone needs to tell Drake to stay the hell out of it.

Just curious why?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 23, 2013, 10:20:11 PM
Quote from: Potvin29 on December 22, 2013, 12:42:06 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2013, 01:05:21 AM
But someone needs to tell Drake to stay the hell out of it.

Just curious why?

He called Defoe to sell him on going to Toronto...I thought it was cool to hate on Drake these days? Or is that Nickelback?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on December 23, 2013, 10:21:27 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 23, 2013, 10:20:11 PM
Quote from: Potvin29 on December 22, 2013, 12:42:06 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2013, 01:05:21 AM
But someone needs to tell Drake to stay the hell out of it.

Just curious why?

He called Defoe to sell him on going to Toronto...I thought it was cool to hate on Drake these days? Or is that Nickelback?

We need to ignore Nickelback with the hopes that it staves off a Chad Kroeger + Avril Lavigne child.  You know, the antichrist of music. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Potvin29 on December 24, 2013, 01:06:09 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 23, 2013, 10:20:11 PM
Quote from: Potvin29 on December 22, 2013, 12:42:06 PM
Quote from: Madferret on December 22, 2013, 01:05:21 AM
But someone needs to tell Drake to stay the hell out of it.

Just curious why?

He called Defoe to sell him on going to Toronto...I thought it was cool to hate on Drake these days? Or is that Nickelback?

Wasn't sure if you were serious, because as someone who doesn't follow too closely I had read it was a good thing he did that?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on December 24, 2013, 10:14:04 PM
Bless Drake's heart but in the end it's really just about $$$$$
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on January 08, 2014, 06:55:51 PM
So Defoe will be formally announced on Monday (likely 10million transfer fee).  And then TFC is pushing hard to acquire Michael Bradley (USA) to significantly bolster their midfield. 

TFC, assuming the team doesn't collapse under the expectations, is absolutely stacked if that move goes through.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on January 09, 2014, 01:58:14 PM
AGENT: TORONTO FC ACQUISITION OF BRADLEY IS COMPLETE

http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=440765

QuoteToronto FC's acquisition of Roma and U.S. international midfielder Michael Bradley is reportedly complete.

Bradley's agent, Alberto Faccini, told Italy's Radio Radio on Thursday that the American star's transfer to Major League Soccer has been wrapped up.

"Michael made this choice and Toronto, in just two days, has closed the deal," the agent said. "There is a very important project for him at Toronto, which made an investment that is one of the most expensive in recent
years.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on January 09, 2014, 03:18:49 PM
So this looks like that the club is finally turning the corner to respectability. However, I will reserve final opinion until I see some consistent results on the pitch. Proven goal scorers have signed with TFC in the past only to see their production dry up like the Mojave.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 13, 2014, 04:26:07 AM
New conference today (Monday) 10:30am by the TFC on major acquisitions announcement.  Live on TSN.

Source:  TSN
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on January 13, 2014, 12:56:16 PM
Big moves that should work out Defoe is quality...but I know what you mean seahawk - something always goes wrong
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: iwas11in67 on January 13, 2014, 05:10:00 PM
Ok so I know minimal about soccer especially over in Europe.

To put an NHL reference point to it, who in the NHL would be comparable to Justin Defoe and Bradley.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on January 13, 2014, 05:54:49 PM
Quote from: Iwas11in67 on January 13, 2014, 05:10:00 PM
Ok so I know minimal about soccer especially over in Europe.

To put an NHL reference point to it, who in the NHL would be comparable to Justin Defoe and Bradley.

Defoe...hmm maybe St Louis or Marleau? Bradley...hmm Tyler Bozak? Tough to compare..jk about Bozak not sure who to compare Bradley with
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 13, 2014, 06:11:10 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon D'or ( Golden Ball) as best player, ending Lionel Messi's four-year reign.

Source:  Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on January 13, 2014, 11:49:18 PM
Quote from: Iwas11in67 on January 13, 2014, 05:10:00 PM
Ok so I know minimal about soccer especially over in Europe.

To put an NHL reference point to it, who in the NHL would be comparable to Justin Defoe and Bradley.

St. Louis and Stamkos. Bradley is the playmaker while Defoe is considered the guy who can fill the net.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on January 15, 2014, 07:26:46 PM
Defoe would still be able to contribute to a mid to lower end English Premier League side and has been contributing ok on a top end side all be it as a substitute.

He's probably playing more effectively than Beckham was when he went to MLS
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on January 15, 2014, 11:50:49 PM
Quote from: Arn on January 15, 2014, 07:26:46 PM
Defoe would still be able to contribute to a mid to lower end English Premier League side and has been contributing ok on a top end side all be it as a substitute.

He's probably playing more effectively than Beckham was when he went to MLS

Still a great poacher though..he doesn't pass and plays a bit selfish...honestly he's exactly what TFC needed in the worst way! He's going to score buckets of goals
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on January 15, 2014, 11:55:07 PM
Definitely, and I'll be keeping an eye out and maybe try and catch the odd TFC game next season
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on February 07, 2014, 03:47:47 PM
Word is that Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar might be headed to TFC on a loan  deal.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on February 08, 2014, 11:49:52 AM
Quote from: Deebo on February 07, 2014, 03:47:47 PM
Word is that Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar might be headed to TFC on a loan  deal.

Heard that yesterday...another huge signing if Redknapp decides to sell him.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on February 09, 2014, 09:26:00 AM
Quote from: Madferret on February 08, 2014, 11:49:52 AM
Quote from: Deebo on February 07, 2014, 03:47:47 PM
Word is that Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar might be headed to TFC on a loan  deal.

Heard that yesterday...another huge signing if Redknapp decides to sell him.

Right now it just looks like a 6 month loan from QPR. They have been trying for months to loan him anywhere. Cesar is not playing for them in the Championship and the loan gets his salary off their books. It helps Cesar as well as he gets playing time ahead of the World Cup.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 15, 2014, 02:35:54 AM
Signed!  Goalkeeper Cesar an official member of the TFC.  Welcome to Toronto, Julio!


Cesar doesn't consider himself as a "summer rental," though, seeing himself playing out the entire 2014 MLS season with Toronto, instead of walking away after the World Cup.

"People might think I came here just to play ahead of the World Cup, but it's not true. I came here because this is a good league, and I want to win here. Wherever I go, I try to win. After the World Cup is over, I can see myself coming back here to Toronto, and helping them try to win a championship," Cesar said.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/julio-cesar-story/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on March 01, 2014, 02:36:58 PM
Anyone watch the Newcastle / Hull City game this morning? Newcastle's gaffer Alan Pardew was sent to the stands after headbutting Hull's David Meyler in a touchline altercation. Makes yelling at a dressing room door seem pretty trivial!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: harps64 on March 01, 2014, 02:57:16 PM
Quote from: Madferret on March 01, 2014, 02:36:58 PM
Anyone watch the Newcastle / Hull City game this morning? Newcastle's gaffer Alan Pardew was sent to the stands after headbutting Hull's David Meyler in a touchline altercation. Makes yelling at a dressing room door seem pretty trivial!

Yea, saw that. I never had much time for Pardew, he's lucky that Meyler didn't hit him a clip. Won't be surprised if he gets suspended the rest of the season.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Potvin29 on March 15, 2014, 05:04:13 PM
I decided to watch this game today.  I take it Defoe is going to be good in this league then?  He's got 2 already.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 16, 2014, 12:10:22 AM
TFC wins season-opener 2-I against the Sounders in Seattle.

Nice win for the Reds as their newly-acquired stars, Dafoe & Bradley shone.  Dafoe had both goals. 

Good team effort.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/defoe-bradley-star-as-tfc-wins-opener-vs-seattle/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on March 16, 2014, 01:01:03 AM
Get me a red scarf! I said Defoe will score buckets of goals and by god he's going to score buckets of goals. TFC = MLS Title threat
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on March 16, 2014, 01:07:30 AM
self quote tire pump

Quote from: Madferret on January 15, 2014, 11:50:49 PM
Quote from: Arn on January 15, 2014, 07:26:46 PM
Defoe would still be able to contribute to a mid to lower end English Premier League side and has been contributing ok on a top end side all be it as a substitute.

He's probably playing more effectively than Beckham was when he went to MLS

Still a great poacher though..he doesn't pass and plays a bit selfish...honestly he's exactly what TFC needed in the worst way! He's going to score buckets of goals
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 16, 2014, 08:00:45 PM
This was after Canada won gold in Men's Olympic hockey in Sochi...

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on March 17, 2014, 09:38:53 PM
Way to go JD
http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=446558
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 23, 2014, 05:50:37 AM
A goal by striker Jermain Dafoe was all the TFC needed in a 1-0 win over DC United, in their home opener at BMO Field.

The TFC are so far undefeated sporting a 2-0 w/l record at a start to the season.  Thus far, the reds are a winner!

GO TFC GO!!
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/new-arrivals-push-tfc-past-d-c-united-1-0/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/new-arrivals-push-tfc-past-d-c-united-1-0/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2014, 11:07:48 PM
Injuries, suspensions set TFC back...

http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=448073
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
Real Madrid's Ronaldo ties Messi's Champions League record of 14 goals, leading Real Madrid to a 3-0 shellacking of Borussia Dortmund, and a trip to the League semi-finals.

More Champions League news:
http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=448073
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 04, 2014, 11:43:26 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
Real Madrid's Ronaldo ties Messi's Champions League record of 14 goals, leading Real Madrid to a 3-0 shellacking of Borussia Dortmund, and a trip to the League semi-finals.

There is the 2nd leg of the quarter final to go, Dortmund is in a tough spot, but they aren't eliminated yet.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 06, 2014, 01:10:59 AM
Bradley leads the TFC enroute to a 2-O road win over the Columbus Crew...

TFC coach Ryan Nelsen says he was not surprised by Bradley's effort.

"That's Michael," he said. "He has this willingness to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. It's instinctive.

TFC goalkeeper Julio Cesar had critical stops on Bernardo Anor and Tony Tchani in the second half when it was 1-0 to
preserve the lead against the Crew (3-1-0) before a crowd of
12,045.

"I attribute this loss to two things, a bad start to the game and to a very well organized Toronto FC," Crew coach Gregg
Berhalter said.

Way to go, TFC!

More here:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/bradley-shines-as-injury-riddled-tfc-tops-crew/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 06, 2014, 12:59:48 PM
Columbus has traditionally been a place where TFC has struggled. After last week's game at Real Salt Lake, this was a nice bounceback. Even more so when you consider that they were missing 4 starters, including Jermaine Defoe. It was nice to see some of the depth of the squad shine through as they will be needed later in the summer when at least 3 players could be at the World Cup and you get some fixture congestion with the Voyageurs Cup.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 09:25:50 AM
I know it's early but Bradley sure has came as advertised so far. Great start so far for TFC. Got tickets to see the TFC / Impact game in August - mad for it!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 09:47:31 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 04, 2014, 11:43:26 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
Real Madrid's Ronaldo ties Messi's Champions League record of 14 goals, leading Real Madrid to a 3-0 shellacking of Borussia Dortmund, and a trip to the League semi-finals.

There is the 2nd leg of the quarter final to go, Dortmund is in a tough spot, but they aren't eliminated yet.

That second leg is just a formality - Madrid hasn't been held to a clean sheet in CL play in almost 3 years, Dortmund has as much of a chance of scoring 4 as the Sens do at making the playoffs.
La Decima is looking pretty good their CL form has been at another level...Barca and Athletico are the only teams I'd give a chance to stopping them and one of them is gone after this round.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 07, 2014, 10:10:58 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 09:47:31 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 04, 2014, 11:43:26 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
Real Madrid's Ronaldo ties Messi's Champions League record of 14 goals, leading Real Madrid to a 3-0 shellacking of Borussia Dortmund, and a trip to the League semi-finals.

There is the 2nd leg of the quarter final to go, Dortmund is in a tough spot, but they aren't eliminated yet.

That second leg is just a formality - Madrid hasn't been held to a clean sheet in CL play in almost 3 years, Dortmund has as much of a chance of scoring 4 as the Sens do at making the playoffs.
La Decima is looking pretty good their CL form has been at another level...Barca and Athletico are the only teams I'd give a chance to stopping them and one of them is gone after this round.

Yeah, Dortmund is 25/1 to advance, no chance really.

On another note, I don't think I've ever seen Manchester United been 14/1 to win a match before. I couldn't resist and threw a small bet down at those odds.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on April 07, 2014, 11:02:21 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 09:25:50 AM
I know it's early but Bradley sure has came as advertised so far. Great start so far for TFC. Got tickets to see the TFC / Impact game in August - mad for it!

Especially nice to see them bounce back from their first defeat.  That to me was a huge test for the squad.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 07:21:54 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 07, 2014, 10:10:58 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 09:47:31 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 04, 2014, 11:43:26 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
Real Madrid's Ronaldo ties Messi's Champions League record of 14 goals, leading Real Madrid to a 3-0 shellacking of Borussia Dortmund, and a trip to the League semi-finals.

There is the 2nd leg of the quarter final to go, Dortmund is in a tough spot, but they aren't eliminated yet.

That second leg is just a formality - Madrid hasn't been held to a clean sheet in CL play in almost 3 years, Dortmund has as much of a chance of scoring 4 as the Sens do at making the playoffs.
La Decima is looking pretty good their CL form has been at another level...Barca and Athletico are the only teams I'd give a chance to stopping them and one of them is gone after this round.

Yeah, Dortmund is 25/1 to advance, no chance really.

On another note, I don't think I've ever seen Manchester United been 14/1 to win a match before. I couldn't resist and threw a small bet down at those odds.

Bayern finally lost a Bundesliga match this weekend and could be starting to show some fatigue from all the football they've played over the past year. If Mata wasn't cup tied and RVP was up top instead of Wellbeck I'd really like United's chances...the partial stadium ban at Allianz helps United...what did you throw down? $100? You could very well have yourself a nice little payoff
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 07:23:18 PM
Quote from: L K on April 07, 2014, 11:02:21 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 09:25:50 AM
I know it's early but Bradley sure has came as advertised so far. Great start so far for TFC. Got tickets to see the TFC / Impact game in August - mad for it!

Especially nice to see them bounce back from their first defeat.  That to me was a huge test for the squad.
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Yeah and their depth - didn't miss a beat without JD
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 08, 2014, 09:06:50 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 07:21:54 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 07, 2014, 10:10:58 AM
Quote from: Madferret on April 07, 2014, 09:47:31 AM
Quote from: Deebo on April 04, 2014, 11:43:26 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
Real Madrid's Ronaldo ties Messi's Champions League record of 14 goals, leading Real Madrid to a 3-0 shellacking of Borussia Dortmund, and a trip to the League semi-finals.

There is the 2nd leg of the quarter final to go, Dortmund is in a tough spot, but they aren't eliminated yet.

That second leg is just a formality - Madrid hasn't been held to a clean sheet in CL play in almost 3 years, Dortmund has as much of a chance of scoring 4 as the Sens do at making the playoffs.
La Decima is looking pretty good their CL form has been at another level...Barca and Athletico are the only teams I'd give a chance to stopping them and one of them is gone after this round.

Yeah, Dortmund is 25/1 to advance, no chance really.

On another note, I don't think I've ever seen Manchester United been 14/1 to win a match before. I couldn't resist and threw a small bet down at those odds.

Bayern finally lost a Bundesliga match this weekend and could be starting to show some fatigue from all the football they've played over the past year. If Mata wasn't cup tied and RVP was up top instead of Wellbeck I'd really like United's chances...the partial stadium ban at Allianz helps United...what did you throw down? $100? You could very well have yourself a nice little payoff

I was planning on $25, then when I logged in to my account, I already had $25 that I didn't know about, so I still put an additional $25 and upped my potential winnings to $700.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on April 08, 2014, 04:37:00 PM
Dortmund did make it interesting, went up 2-0 in the first half which ended up being the final score, lose 3-2 on aggregate though.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 12, 2014, 09:59:00 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 08, 2014, 04:37:00 PM
Dortmund did make it interesting, went up 2-0 in the first half which ended up being the final score, lose 3-2 on aggregate though.

Madrid almost looked ordinary without CR7...
So the semi draw is Bayern / Real and Chelsea / Athletico...I hope it's an all Madrid final
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on April 25, 2014, 01:27:49 AM

I just got finished watching the ESPN 30 for 30 about the Hillsborough stadium disaster and it was a really great entry in the series. For someone who knew almost nothing about it save a couple mentions here and there it was pretty mind blowing that something like that could happen.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 26, 2014, 10:58:09 AM
TFC may have lost in Dallas last weekend, but Julio Cesar pulled off a superb save that earned him MLS Save of the Week honours.

http://bit.ly/1lRTn0l
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on April 26, 2014, 11:02:25 AM
Quote from: Nik the Trik on April 25, 2014, 01:27:49 AM

I just got finished watching the ESPN 30 for 30 about the Hillsborough stadium disaster and it was a really great entry in the series. For someone who knew almost nothing about it save a couple mentions here and there it was pretty mind blowing that something like that could happen.

I still remember turning on Soccer Saturday and seeing some of the images of people being crushed up against the fence that day. The fences had been put up to prevent pitch invasions by fans. That disaster led to them being removed in short order as well as the requirement to eliminate standing room in stadiums across England.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 28, 2014, 08:52:41 AM
Quote from: seahawk on April 26, 2014, 11:02:25 AM
Quote from: Nik the Trik on April 25, 2014, 01:27:49 AM

I just got finished watching the ESPN 30 for 30 about the Hillsborough stadium disaster and it was a really great entry in the series. For someone who knew almost nothing about it save a couple mentions here and there it was pretty mind blowing that something like that could happen.

I still remember turning on Soccer Saturday and seeing some of the images of people being crushed up against the fence that day. The fences had been put up to prevent pitch invasions by fans. That disaster led to them being removed in short order as well as the requirement to eliminate standing room in stadiums across England.

Shocking eh. The BBC Panoramic on H96 is well done as well and equally disturbing.

Seahawk - Soccer Saturday nice. Go Graham Leggat!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on April 28, 2014, 08:53:48 AM
The Scouse & Stevie G really blew things yesterday - check your studs Gerrard!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 04, 2014, 01:44:25 AM
TFC blows lead to Revolution losing 2-1 on Canadian rookie Donell Henry's gaffes.  The Toronto FC now sports a 3-4-O record so far this season.

More:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-stumbles-in-loss-to-revolution/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 20, 2014, 12:07:55 AM
Oranje (http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=452549) Devils....City set the benchmark on playing attacking and exciting football this year so this should get United back into a more offensive minded squad and more enjoyable to watch. Don't think we'll see any 'total football' tho. With LvG taking over and RVP already there I wonder if their will be an exodus of dutch players signing at OT after the World Cup. Robben? Snejder? van der Vaart?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 20, 2014, 07:55:46 AM
Quote from: Madferret on May 20, 2014, 12:07:55 AM
Oranje (http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=452549) Devils....City set the benchmark on playing attacking and exciting football this year so this should get United back into a more offensive minded squad and more enjoyable to watch. Don't think we'll see any 'total football' tho. With LvG taking over and RVP already there I wonder if their will be an exodus of dutch players signing at OT after the World Cup. Robben? Snejder? van der Vaart?


Could happen.  Here's perhaps a clue (no specifics mentioned):

2.Quality signings: Luring top names to a club missing out on Champions League football is not an easy task but Van Gaal will quickly have to identify his transfer targets and splash out a considerable amount of money to sign them.

From:
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/soccer-ten-things-van-gaals-man-united-list-132905334--sow.html

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 20, 2014, 04:03:38 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on May 20, 2014, 07:55:46 AM
Quote from: Madferret on May 20, 2014, 12:07:55 AM
Oranje (http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=452549) Devils....City set the benchmark on playing attacking and exciting football this year so this should get United back into a more offensive minded squad and more enjoyable to watch. Don't think we'll see any 'total football' tho. With LvG taking over and RVP already there I wonder if their will be an exodus of dutch players signing at OT after the World Cup. Robben? Snejder? van der Vaart?


Could happen.  Here's perhaps a clue (no specifics mentioned):

2.Quality signings: Luring top names to a club missing out on Champions League football is not an easy task but Van Gaal will quickly have to identify his transfer targets and splash out a considerable amount of money to sign them.

From:
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/soccer-ten-things-van-gaals-man-united-list-132905334--sow.html

Yeah the no Champions League is a bit of a hurdle but they can still qualify for Europa league which lessens the blow a bit...this year was an anomaly - it is still Man United with incredible clout / cash / popularity / branding mega giant / respectability. van Gaal just cements that - they now have a direct pipe line to one of the best player generating countries / leagues in the world.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on May 20, 2014, 04:20:09 PM
Sorry HF1, ManU will not play in Europe during the 14-15 season. The Europa league places went to Everton, Spurs, and Hull City. The place allocated to the FA Cup winner gets passed on to the runners-up not to the next team in the standings.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 20, 2014, 04:55:57 PM
Quote from: seahawk on May 20, 2014, 04:20:09 PM
Sorry HF1, ManU will not play in Europe during the 14-15 season. The Europa league places went to Everton, Spurs, and Hull City. The place allocated to the FA Cup winner gets passed on to the runners-up not to the next team in the standings.

That was me seahawk....I forgot about Hull City back dooring it. I also thought I read something about United season ticket holders not wanting to have to pay more for the Europa league games..
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on May 20, 2014, 05:00:22 PM
I don't think the Europa league would have made United a more attractive destination for potential transfer targets.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 21, 2014, 10:10:30 AM
Quote from: Deebo on May 20, 2014, 05:00:22 PM
I don't think the Europa league would have made United a more attractive destination for potential transfer targets.

And pass up a chance to play Rapid Wien or historic Midtjylland? What about Sillamäe Kalev away under the half working lights of their 2500 seater? Every footballer dreams of these kinds of matches! Hello?!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 25, 2014, 04:03:39 AM
2014 Champions League Final winner Real Madrid with a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/real-madrid-atletico-madrid-uefa-champions-league-final-ronaldo-bale-costa-turan-simeone-ancelotti/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on May 25, 2014, 08:24:51 AM
4-1
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 25, 2014, 08:46:08 AM
Poor Athletico - burned in Fergie time
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on May 25, 2014, 09:38:04 AM
General rule of thumb is add 30 seconds per sub so there's 2.5 minutes. Athletico was stalling and time wasting at every whistle and dead ball. I really didn't have any issues with the 5 minutes. Extra time was a fitting way for the game to end. I was just happy that it didn't go to PK's.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 25, 2014, 10:07:19 AM
Quote from: seahawk on May 25, 2014, 09:38:04 AM
General rule of thumb is add 30 seconds per sub so there's 2.5 minutes. Athletico was stalling and time wasting at every whistle and dead ball. I really didn't have any issues with the 5 minutes. Extra time was a fitting way for the game to end. I was just happy that it didn't go to PK's.

I don't have any issue with how much time was added on <and it's per sub + corner kicks ftr> I just feel bad for them. They came as close to winning a CL title as you can get and did so without their best player <faulty horse placenta?> The only complaint about the ref I have is I felt the pk he awarded at 3-1 was a bit of a slap in the face to Athletico. Don't get me wrong it was a foul but the result was well assured at that point. I'm sure the fact that Ronaldo was 1 goal away from setting a new CL record accounted for 98% of the decision.
Since SAF retired any / all extra time is affectionately referred to as "Fergie time" btw, I can't remember who coined that but it's a great line
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on May 30, 2014, 09:57:47 AM
It doesn't sound like Julio Cesar is coming back to TFC after the World Cup.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 01, 2014, 05:49:32 PM
TFC's German Dafoe's two goals along with Donell Henry's game-winner powered the TFC over the Columbus Crew by a score of 3-2, at home at BMO Field yesterday (Saturday).

For full story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/henry-delivers-late-to-send-tfc-past-crew/

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on June 20, 2014, 01:58:08 PM
Kaka will join Orlando FC for the 2015 season. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on June 21, 2014, 07:08:15 PM
Quote from: L K on June 20, 2014, 01:58:08 PM
Kaka will join Orlando FC for the 2015 season.

Their expansion cousins NYCFC (aka Manchester Yankees) made an earlier splash by signing David Villa (Spain, Athletico Madrid). They have loaned him out to Australia's Melbourne City for the rest of this season.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 02, 2014, 01:19:17 PM
The TFC have a chance to take possession of second place in the Eastern Conference with a win at home over the Chicago Fire this evening, but will have to do without the services of striker Gilberto, on the shelf with a recurring injury.

The TFC (6-2-4) are currently enjoying one of their most successful seasons to date.

GO TFC!!


Source:  Yahoo! Sports
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on July 02, 2014, 03:51:36 PM
That TFC game is actually a road game at Toyota Park.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 02, 2014, 04:46:36 PM
Quote from: seahawk on July 02, 2014, 03:51:36 PM
That TFC game is actually a road game at Toyota Park.


Road game?  A win will make it worthwhile, as the Toronto FC have had plenty of trouble in so much as ekeing out a win in Chicago over the last several seasons.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on July 03, 2014, 01:22:29 PM
TFC played the last 61 minutes a man down after Luke Moore saw a straight red card. Jackson opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, but the Fire made some adjustments in their attack at the half. A Chicago goal in the 52nd minute ended the scoring. A 1-1 draw on the road is not a bad result, considering their record in Chicago and being a man down for most of the night.

TFC now have 21 points in 13 games. That's good for 4th in the East but only 4 points out of 1st. They have 3 games in hand on leaders Sporting KC. Next up is a 3 game homestand starting with DC United on Saturday.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on July 03, 2014, 02:36:29 PM
Michael Bradley should be back from the World Cup soon.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on July 03, 2014, 03:08:01 PM
On the telecast last night it was suggested Bradley would be back for Saturday, probably coming off the bench.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on July 12, 2014, 09:52:56 PM
Houston scored the first 2 goals at BMO Field this evening. However, the scoring was far from over. TFC had it tied at 2 by halftime, with the 2nd goal coming in added time from a beautiful transition play started by Jonathon Osorio, developed by Jermain Defoe and finished off by Dominic Oduro. Defoe then added 2 goals of his own in the 2nd half. That gives his 10 on the season and gave TFC a 4-2 win over the Dynamo. The Reds now sit 3rd in the East on 24 points, 5 points back of 2nd place Sporting KC with 3 games in hand.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 13, 2014, 04:59:50 AM
Quote from: seahawk on July 12, 2014, 09:52:56 PM
Houston scored the first 2 goals at BMO Field this evening. However, the scoring was far from over. TFC had it tied at 2 by halftime, with the 2nd goal coming in added time from a beautiful transition play started by Jonathon Osorio, developed by Jermain Defoe and finished off by Dominic Oduro. Defoe then added 2 goals of his own in the 2nd half. That gives his 10 on the season and gave TFC a 4-2 win over the Dynamo. The Reds now sit 3rd in the East on 24 points, 5 points back of 2nd place Sporting KC with 3 games in hand.


Great win!  Having Dafoe certainly has helped the TFC in the offensive category.  Shrewd signing.

GO TFC!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 24, 2014, 03:59:36 AM
Soccer friendly last night at BMO field between Tottenham Hotspurs & Toronto FC: (Tottenham won 3-2)

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/spurs-hold-of-defoe-tfcs-late-rally-at-bmo/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 25, 2014, 03:30:11 PM
'Bye 'bye, Cesar...

http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=457949




Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 03, 2014, 07:01:46 AM
TFC defeats the Montreal Impact 2-0 at Stade Saputo in Montreal, led by goals from Moore and Gilberto.

Game story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/mls-toronto-fc-tfc-montreal-impact-jermain-defoe-michael-bradley-patrice-bernier/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/mls-toronto-fc-tfc-montreal-impact-jermain-defoe-michael-bradley-patrice-bernier/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 17, 2014, 04:37:49 AM
Eastern Conference leaders Sporting FC thumped the TFC 4-I last night in Kansas City,

The Toronto FC are currently third in the Eastern Conference.

Dafoe, Caldwell, Bloom, and Creavalle all recentlysidelined,  are set to return to the TFC lineup against the Chicago Fire August 23rd,  at home in Toronto.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-smashed-by-dwyer-sporting-kc/

MLS Conference standings :
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/mls/standings/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on August 31, 2014, 02:10:01 PM
The TFC sideshow continues on.  They fired their coach today.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on August 31, 2014, 02:24:11 PM
Quote from: L K on August 31, 2014, 02:10:01 PM
The TFC sideshow continues on.  They fired their coach today.

Calling out the GM the way Nielsen did after yesterday's game will usually have that reaction.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on August 31, 2014, 03:21:52 PM
Now there are rumors that Jermain Defoe might be on his way out too, back to the EPL with QPR.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on August 31, 2014, 05:21:43 PM
Quote from: seahawk on August 31, 2014, 02:24:11 PM
Quote from: L K on August 31, 2014, 02:10:01 PM
The TFC sideshow continues on.  They fired their coach today.

Calling out the GM the way Nielsen did after yesterday's game will usually have that reaction.

I don't really fault the move because you really can't have that, but it's just the continued side-show antics of this franchise.  GM after GM who can't put together a cohesive winning team and then just firing the coach year after year so a consistent system can't be put in place.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 01, 2014, 06:37:04 PM
Dafoe not going anywhere...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-mls-major-league-soccer-mls-jermain-defoe-ryan-nelsen-tm-bezbatchenko/

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 01, 2014, 06:45:53 PM
Looks like Nelson had to go...

A better, more experienced manager would have extracted more out of this group of players—much more. There's no reason why this team, with the talent it has, should be fighting for a playoff spot at this point in the campaign.

Give Nelsen credit—the man had an extensive rolodex. It's fair to say that Jermain Defoe, Julio Cesar and others wouldn't have come to TFC if not for Nelsen. He was THAT connected. Building a roster was Nelsen's greatest strength. But turning that roster into a team that could win with consistency? That proved to be a bridge too far for him.

Nelsen will tell you, as he so often did, that injuries, poor calls from the refs and plain bad luck were often at fault when things went sour on the pitch. He rarely held his hand up, and preferred to shift blame elsewhere.

Also, his lack of experience at that level:

Considering the state of the club at the time, the situation called for someone who had turned around a troubled franchise before or who, at the very least, had coaching experience.

Nelsen didn't fit that profile. He had no coaching experience. None. ...admitted he'd never taken a coaching course or earned any kind of coaching license like a lot of pros do who are thinking about a managerial career once their playing days are over.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-ryan-nelsen-tim-bezbatchenko-mls-major-league-soccer-jermain-defoe-michael-bradley/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-ryan-nelsen-tim-bezbatchenko-mls-major-league-soccer-jermain-defoe-michael-bradley/)


Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on September 01, 2014, 07:35:25 PM
The revolving door to the manager's office just keeps spinning. Vanney has been with the academy and working as the Assistant GM with TFC. His previous experience has been with the academies of Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA. He was also an assistant to Robin Fraser at Chivas and holds an A license from the USSF. A little bit better experience wise than Nelsen, but we'll see if it means better tactics on the pitch.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 13, 2014, 01:44:58 AM
Lieweke comments on Dafoe, TFC in general:

"The only two guys in our locker-room that are looking around and going we ain't going down unless we go down fighting are Michael Bradley and (new manager) Greg Vanney. We have work to do there. We're not done by any means."

"I pray that we make it to the playoffs this year," he added, "because you all deserve it. But I think we still have some hard decisions and hard work to do."

Click here for more:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/mlse-boss-says-he-does-not-expect-jermain-defoe-to-come-back-to-toronto-fc/

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: mc on September 13, 2014, 12:50:41 PM
shouldn't he start saying "they" instead of "we"?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 14, 2014, 07:50:34 PM
The Toronto FC's Bradley & Dafoe, second and third highest paid players in the league:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/mls-toronto-fc-tfc-player-salaries-jermain-defoe-michael-bradley/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on September 16, 2014, 12:52:38 PM
The chaaaaampions  :D
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 21, 2014, 09:10:57 PM
Gilberto and Bradley lead the Toronto FC to victory, a 3-O whitewash of Chivas USA.  The win brings the TFC to within 3 points of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/toronto-fc-shuts-out-chivas-usa-to-snap-winless-skid-1.2773564
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 28, 2014, 01:23:18 AM
On the comeback trail!  Talk about the winning way!

Three goals in just under 27 minutes, all in the second half, propelled the TFC to a come-from-behind victory over the Portland Timbers, Saturday at BMO Field.

The TFC not only have a very modest three-game winning streak going, they also earned a franchise record 11th win of
the season, it also got them into 5th place in the Eastern
Conference, albeit temporarly..


Coach Greg Vanney called it "a remarkable comeback."

"When I look in the guys' eyes after, they're believing," he said. "They're very much believing in what they have to accomplish this season."

The game marked the second time in club history that Toronto FC has overcome a two-goal deficit to win in MLS league play

It also was the 15th consecutive sellout at BMO Field, helping set a league record as the 113th soldout match across all teams this season.[color]

For more:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-score-three-second-half-goals-to-win-3-2/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Derk on October 24, 2014, 10:19:24 AM
Found an interesting article about Dafoe and the influence of his mom:

Link (http://www.torontosun.com/2014/10/23/mother-at-the-centre-of-jermain-defoe-drama-sources)

It will be interesting if we ever find out how much of it is true - we will hear what is said after the final game this weekend.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on October 24, 2014, 10:27:37 AM
It's almost funny how many of Leiweke's "victories" blew up in his face.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Dappleganger on October 24, 2014, 11:18:29 AM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on October 24, 2014, 10:27:37 AM
It's almost funny how many of Leiweke's "victories" blew up in his face.

With the struggles of both TFC and the Leafs, Leiweke leaving his post in the very near future, his hiring looks like a joke.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madferret on October 27, 2014, 09:11:48 PM
Anyone see Lamella's rabona goal last week? Nik?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 28, 2014, 04:52:18 PM
Here it it:



Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 20, 2015, 03:23:55 PM
Benvenuto a Toronto, Sebastian!

Sebastian Govinco, the five foot five forward nicknamed "The Atomic Ant" for his blazingly fast speed and dribbling skills, was signed by the TFC with a 4 yr/$7M deal.

Govinco, 28,  played for Juventus (and Parma) in the Italian Series A league and brings the dynamics of versatility to the TFC attack.

Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said Giovinco was being pursued by many top clubs from around the world, and called the signing of the Italian as "an important moment in the growth of Major League Soccer."

"At the end of last season we made a commitment to our fans that we would not be afraid to continue reaching for the stars. I think today speaks volumes about that commitment," Bezbatchenko proclaimed.

The TFC also acquired Jozy Altidore from Sunderland of the English Premier League for Germain Dafoe.

All in all, magnifico!


More:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/sebastian-giovinco-toronto-fc-tfc-mls-major-league-soccer-serie-a-italy-tim-bezbatchenko/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/sebastian-giovinco-toronto-fc-tfc-mls-major-league-soccer-serie-a-italy-tim-bezbatchenko/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 08, 2015, 10:52:50 AM
Season opening road game for the TFC against the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Toronto wins 3-1 on Jozy Altidore's 2 goals plus some fancy footwork from acclaimed Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco.

The Whitecaps used their speed to take advantage of a slow TFC defence in the first half, but thereafter the TFC got going in the second half to nab the win.

The highlight of the game besides Giovinco outwitting the Whitecaps' Mattias Laba, (considered one of the best defenders in the league), was Altidore's "cucchiaio" or a "chipped penalty kick shot" that caught Vancouver's 'keeper totally off guard.  Well done, Jozy!

For more on this season opener, click here:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/altidore-scores-brace-tfc-defeat-whitecaps/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/altidore-scores-brace-tfc-defeat-whitecaps/)

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on March 14, 2015, 10:12:58 PM
Toronto FC brought back down to earth by Columbus.

Also David Gantar shone prominently in his return match against TFC.  He gave a red card to Morrow despite a clean tackle.    Ganter raised the ire of Toronto last year when he called a phantom call to negate a last minute Toronto win.  Michael Bradley went on a rampage after the game outright calling him a joke who had no business being in the sport.   So good on him for continuing to show how useless he is.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 09, 2015, 03:45:04 AM
MLS's Montreal Impact have become the first Canadian-based team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/impact-advance-to-historic-champions-league-final-1.3024358
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 17, 2015, 03:06:09 AM
The TFC, unbeaten in it's last three road games, tied the New England Revolution 1-1 on Michael Bradley's brilliant solo effort, cutting through down the middle past all defenders before kicking the ball past New England keeper Chris Konopka.

TFC forward Jozey Altidore seemed to have suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury and left the game.  The TFC do not know the extent of the injury as Altidore will need to be evaluated.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-mls-major-league-soccer-jopzy-altidore-michael-bradley-hamstring-injury-new-england-revolution/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-mls-major-league-soccer-jopzy-altidore-michael-bradley-hamstring-injury-new-england-revolution/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 06, 2015, 08:44:12 AM
Forza Giovinco!

The scoreboard might as well have read, Giovinco 4  Orlando City SC 1, as the Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco scored all of the TFC's four goals, thus sending the Orlando City SC out of soccer orbit.

Giovinco, also known by the nickname "The Atomic Ant" (or, "La Formica Atomica" in Italian) is quite notably TFC's best forward this season, accounting for 16 goals and 10 assists, in total, 72% of the TFC offensive output.  An incredible accomplishment no doubt!

Giovinco has had a hand in 26 of the Reds' 36 goals this season, with 16 goals and 10 assists—or 72 per cent of the offence. Seventy-two percent!

Thanks to the Atomic Ant's scoring prowess, a Toronto side that has also leaked 35 goals this season is tied for third place in the Eastern Conference and is in the thick of the playoff race. Quite simply, TFC would be at the bottom of the table if not for Giovinco.

"I was sitting with some officials from Orlando during the game and they turned to me and said that Giovinco is the best player this league has ever seen. I think they're right. He's the best, and he's ours," Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports, told this correspondent and another reporter in the locker-room after the game.

TFC are currently third in the Eastern Conference, well into a playoff spot, and flying high.

Way to go Sebastian!  GO TFC GO!!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovinco-sets-tfc-record-in-win-over-orlando/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovinco-sets-tfc-record-in-win-over-orlando/)


Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on August 08, 2015, 10:30:53 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on August 06, 2015, 08:44:12 AM
Forza Giovinco!

The scoreboard might as well have read, Giovinco 4  Orlando City SC 1, as the Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco scored all of the TFC's four goals, thus sending the Orlando City SC out of soccer orbit.

He did not score all 4 goals. He had a hat trick, which is still pretty damn impressive. Boxscore from the MLS website:

Goals and Assists
12'   Sebastian Giovinco (TFC) (PK)
17'   Luke Boden (OCSC)
Assisted By: Cristian Higuita
56'   Sebastian Giovinco (TFC)
81'   Collen Warner (TFC)
Assisted By: Jonathan Osorio, Benoit Cheyrou
88'   Sebastian Giovinco (TFC)
Assisted By: Benoit Cheyrou

16 for Giovinco which is good for the MLS lead and a new TFC season record.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 30, 2015, 01:25:33 PM
The Toronto FC ties a franchise-setting record of 11 wins (also set last season), as they defeat the Montreal Impact 2-1 at home in Toronto, yesterday (Saturday).

But no without a price, as in some injuries to some players, including star striker Sebastian Giovinco, out with an abductor injury.  Too bad for Giovinco as he is to join Italy's national team, gli AZZURRI, for Euro 2016.  However, there will be a medical reassessment to determine his status before travelling to Italy.

The TFC stand fourth in the Eastern Conference and the roster needs all hands on deck to guarantee the team's position for it's playoff spot.  With Cheyrou, Lovitz, and Warner out (though the latter will be serving a suspension), plus Altidore's srint with the U.S. national team and now Giovinco...ouch!  That stings for the TFC.

The team remains upbeat and positive going into the stretch.  Let's hope they continue that way.

GO TFC GO!!

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-picks-up-costly-victory-over-impact/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-picks-up-costly-victory-over-impact/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 19, 2015, 06:56:53 PM
Led by MVP candidate Sebastian Glovinco who potted two goals, the TFC defeated the lowly Colorado Rapids at home today 3-1.

The TFC, currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, have five games remaining in the season, which makes today's victory at BMO Field all the more important.  Only the top six teams in the order of the Eastern Conference standings make the playoffs.

Here's an interesting tidbit:  The Toronto FC are a perfect 9-0 when scoring first in games this season.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovincos-mvp-performance-leads-tfc-to-victory/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 26, 2015, 06:14:37 PM
The Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco set a MLS points record for most goals/assists in a season, and in helping the TFC earn a much-needed victory over the Chicago Fire, 3-2,  at BMO Field this afternoon.

The TFC are currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with four games remaining in the season.  The victory today helped solidify their fifth place hold over the Orlando City FC & the Montreal Impact, and nearly clinch a playoff spot.

GO TFC!!!

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovinco-sets-record-tfc-closes-in-on-history/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovinco-sets-record-tfc-closes-in-on-history/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Dappleganger on September 26, 2015, 06:45:13 PM
Looks like TFC will finally make the playoffs but it took them so long it seems no one cares anymore.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 03, 2015, 06:32:26 PM
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores five goals in fifteen minutes in an English Premier League game against Newcastle:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/gotta-see-it-aguero-scores-5-goals-in-15-minutes/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: harps64 on October 03, 2015, 07:21:55 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on October 03, 2015, 06:32:26 PM
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores five goals in fifteen minutes in an English Premier League game against Newcastle:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/gotta-see-it-aguero-scores-5-goals-in-15-minutes/

Actually it was 20 mins, but still awesome though.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 04, 2015, 06:16:58 AM
Giovinco and Altidore lead the TFC to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia, in MLS action yesterday at BMO Field in Toronto.

The TFC with 46 pts, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, can clinch a playoff berth, with a win or tie against the New York Red Bull Oct.14th (Wednesday).

Let's go TFC!!

More:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/playoffs-on-horizon-for-tfc-after-defeating-union/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on October 11, 2015, 11:07:03 AM
The possibility is there for TFC to actually host a home playoff game. They are 5th place on 46 points. Columbus and New England are tied for 3rd on 47 points but TFC has a game in hand on both.

Remaining schedule:
NE (2) - vs MTL, @ NYCFC
CLB (2) - @ TFC, vs DC
TFC (3) - vs NYRB, vs CLB, @ MTL

All 3 Canadian MLS teams could make the playoffs. Vancouver has already clinched a spot in the West. Montreal has a 4 point edge on Orlando. Both teams have 2 games to play
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 17, 2015, 12:05:02 PM
Long time in waiting!!

As they'd say in Italian, finalmente -- finally!

While the Blue Jays and their fans were celebrating the team's ALDS triumph over the Texas Rangers Wednesday night, not far from the Rogers Centre there lay another celebration, as TFC soccer fans rejoiced at BMO Field following the Toronto FC's convincing win over the league's best team the New York Red Bull...

....and for the first time in franchise history (make that nine frustrating years), the TFC earned themselves a playoff berth!! 
Alright!!

Once again led by the seemingly limitless and dynamically-gifted Italian -- striker Sebastian Giovinco (better known by the nickname  the "Atomic Ant"), quite possibly the city's best athlete in the running for MLS MVP.

After playing 30 minutes for Italy vs. Norway in a Euro qualifier on Tuesday, Giovinco replaced Gomez in the 71st minute and then struck seven minutes later. The Atomic Ant went on a fabulous run, working the ball between both feet as he slalomed through a handful of New York players before firing home from inside the box, and scoring one of the best goals ever witnessed at BMO Field.

All of this just four hours after his flight from Rome touched down in Toronto. Incredibile, as they'd say in Italy.

"He texted me immediately after the [Italy] game last night. He texted me before he got on the plan. He texted me when he landed. He texted me as soon as he got [to BMO Field]. He said he was going to play, he was ready to play," Vanney said.


https://youtu.be/8Geni552fXY


Read more and rejoice!!
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-clinches-playoff-spot-with-exclamation-point/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-clinches-playoff-spot-with-exclamation-point/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 26, 2015, 06:50:39 AM
Yesterday was dubbed "Decision Day" by MLS, as many clubs were vying for final playoff spots, berths, etc.  For the Toronto FC,  it may as well have been dubbed 'Drogba Day', as the  Montreal Impact forward single-handedly defeated the TFC at Stade Saputo in Montreal.

Drogba's two goals led the Impact to a 2-I victory over the TFC, thus securing them third place in the  Eastern Conference, while the TFC slumped to sixth.  If the Toronto FC had won, it would have the exact opposite giving them the third spot rather than sixth.  Oh well, goodbye to home field advantage and hello playoffs.

Maybe some may blame TFC defender Ahmed Kantari who was atrocious in allowing Drogba a free reign, or maybe it was just plain bad luck.  Whatever.  The first round of the playoffs begins this upcoming Thursday (Oct. 28) as the TFC play the Impact in Montreal.

Good luck to the Toronto FC.

GO TFC GO!!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-montreal-impact-playoffs-mls-major-league-soccer-drogba-altidore-kantari/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-montreal-impact-playoffs-mls-major-league-soccer-drogba-altidore-kantari/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 26, 2015, 10:52:28 AM
Giovinco wins Golden Boot as league's too scorer.  VIVA Sebastian!

For the first time in Toronto FC's history, Sebastian Giovinco, otherwise known as "The Atomic Ant", was named the 2015 winner of MLS' top scoring award -- the Golden Boot.

In the process, Giovinco broke an MLS record in posting 22 goals along with 16 assists.  (The Columbus Crew's Kamara was runner-up to Giovinco in the goals departm nt but the Italian forward had the greater number of assists).
Giovinco became the first player in league history to have scored and recorded at least 20 goals & 10 assists, plus he owned the record for most shots taken at 181.

Fantastic accomplishments and a huge reason for the TFC's success this season.

Way to go, #10!!

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fcs-giovinco-wins-2015-golden-boot/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 19, 2016, 07:22:30 PM
MLS is back and so are the Toronto FC.  All signs point to something positive as the TFC won it's season-opening game on the road against the New York Red Bull, including another road game coming off against the New York FC.

So far, a good start to the season.  Sunday's upcoming matchup -- season home opener at BMO Field -- will be against Sporting Kansas City and will feature the début of TFC forward Jozy Altidore, who missed the team's first two season-opening road games due to international commitments.

GO TFC GO!


Source:  Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Deebo on March 20, 2016, 12:10:57 PM
Altidore missed the 1st two games with a hamstring injury, not because of national team commitments.

The home opener is on May 7th, not today.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on March 20, 2016, 12:32:10 PM
Quote from: Deebo on March 20, 2016, 12:10:57 PMThe home opener is on May 7th, not today.

But it's such nice soccer weather today!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on March 21, 2016, 07:41:41 PM
Man we were ripped so bad by the ref in Kansas, I felt the Frazer dagger all over again.  What does it take to watch a replay (or do they have a replay in the MLS, if not they should).
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 20, 2016, 04:57:38 AM
The Toronto FC defeated DC United last Saturday 1-0, in which TFC striker Sebastdan Giovinco scored the fastest goal in TFC history (and whose marker earned his team the victory).

The TFC, with their season-starting eight road games, sport six points, and are scoring on average one goal a game.  Nothing fancy, just some solid defence and occasional scoring.

TFC's next game is against the surging Impact in Montreal this Saturday.

For more in-depth analysis of the TFC so far this season, click here:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-mls-major-league-soccer-sebastian-giovinco-dc-united-greg-vanney/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on May 03, 2016, 09:34:08 AM
Nice to see a small team win the Premier League. Leicester, who were bottom 18 months ago, won the title with odds at over 5000 to 1.
Here are some things the bookmakers thought more likely:
Prime Minister Simon Cowell - 500/1
Piers Morgan as Arsenal manager - 2,500/1
Sir Alex Ferguson to win Strictly Come Dancing - 1,000/1
The Queen for Christmas number one - 1,000/1
Loch Ness monster to be discovered - 500/1
Triplets for Kate and William - 1,000/1
Kim Kardashian for US president - 2,000/1
Is Elvis alive? - 2,000/1
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 08, 2016, 05:21:35 PM
The TFC defeat the Dallas FC 1-0 Saturday, before a capacity crowd of 30,000 at the newly renovated BMO Field.

Goal scored by Japanese draft pick Tsubasa Endoh.

The surging TFC are second in the Eastern Conference, just behind the leading Montreal Impact.

More:
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/07/toronto-fc-knocks-off-dallas-in-debut-at-new-bmo-field
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Jolly good show chaps on May 09, 2016, 06:32:48 AM
Quote from: madkenstalin on May 03, 2016, 09:34:08 AM
Nice to see a small team win the Premier League. Leicester, who were bottom 18 months ago, won the title with odds at over 5000 to 1.
Here are some things the bookmakers thought more likely:
Prime Minister Simon Cowell - 500/1
Piers Morgan as Arsenal manager - 2,500/1
Sir Alex Ferguson to win Strictly Come Dancing - 1,000/1
The Queen for Christmas number one - 1,000/1
Loch Ness monster to be discovered - 500/1
Triplets for Kate and William - 1,000/1
Kim Kardashian for US president - 2,000/1
Is Elvis alive? - 2,000/1

Truly amazing season and I've seen nothing like it in my 36 years on the planet. Just cannot believe it has happened given their budget and squad compared to the other bigger teams with far greater resources. They are going to win the league by a minimum of 7 points and potentially as much as 13 so it's not even close. It's been massively deserved.

I have a number of friends who are Spurs fans and they're all pretty gutted that they've missed out in subpar seasons for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea. This season was probably their best shot at the title for the forseeable future - I can't see the aforementioned teams being as poor as they were all at once again plus with Manchester United and Liverpool starting to get their mojo back.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Boston Leaf on May 09, 2016, 07:41:30 AM
Yeah it is a tremendous story.. As an Everton fan I was more than happy to see someone other than the big 4 or 5 win it.. Kudos to them. May never see the likes again
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Jolly good show chaps on May 09, 2016, 07:54:57 AM
Quote from: Boston Leaf on May 09, 2016, 07:41:30 AM
Yeah it is a tremendous story.. As an Everton fan I was more than happy to see someone other than the big 4 or 5 win it.. Kudos to them. May never see the likes again

Yep, agreed that it's not a likely thing to happen again. I support Leyton Orient (4th tier) so it will never happen to us that's for sure!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on May 09, 2016, 05:20:02 PM
And good for TFC for winning its first home game, looks like we may finally have something here in T.O.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 16, 2016, 04:05:48 AM
In case no one has noticed (not in Italy anyway), Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco left off Italian national team for Euro 2016, causing a ruckus among TFC fans.   ItalIan team manager Antonio Conte's comment was aimed at the quality of play in the MLS:

"It's clear that if you make such choices in football then at the end you might pay the consequences," Conte stated.

(Note: article dated before start of Euro 2016):
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/sebastian-giovinco-tfc-toronto-fc-mls-major-league-soccer-euro-italy-antonio-conte/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 19, 2016, 04:33:47 PM
The Toronto FC snapped both a four-game winless streak and a non-scoring streak in defeating the L.A. Galaxy 1-0, before 30000+ spectators at BMO Field.

The TFC has been missing some key players to either international commitments or injury.

Full story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-edges-galaxy-snap-goalless-winless-skids/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 15, 2016, 01:32:57 PM
It has been awhile since anyone mentioned anything about the Toronto FC on this board,  what with all the attention focused on other topics, it doesn't hurt to see where the TFC are at this point in their season....

...just a point back of the New York City FC in the Eastern Conference!

The TFC had the chance to overtake the NYCFC yesterday but instead ended  up in a  1-1draw against the Houston Dynamo.

How did the TFC get this far in their season, what with all the injuries to key players?    Perseverance and a willingness to stay focused.


Here are the current MLS standings:
http://www.mlssoccer.com/standings (http://www.mlssoccer.com/standings)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 18, 2016, 11:48:58 AM
Big day for the  TFC this  afternoon against the New York Red Bulls.  Should the TFC win or draw, they'll secure themselves a playoff spot and inch closer to finishing in first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Toronto FC (13-8-7 46 pts.) is attempting to not only win the East, but be the team with the best record in MLS and win the Supporters Shield in finishing first overall.

Hot on their heels are two New York teams -- the New York City FC (12-9-9 45 pts.) and the Red Bulls (12-9-8 44 pts.) in the  Eastern Conference.  The TFC have two games in hand,  an important advantage.

To win the overall title, the TFC need to overtake league leader FC Dallas (15-8-7 52 pts.).

By finishing first in the East, at least, the TFC would earn a playoff bye and would have home field advantage going into the Semi-Finals.

A lot is at stake.  It starts today.  C'mon TFC!!  GO!!!!

More:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-tfc-mls-major-league-soccer-new-york-red-bulls-sebastian-giovinco-2/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-tfc-mls-major-league-soccer-new-york-red-bulls-sebastian-giovinco-2/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 19, 2016, 12:57:53 PM
Job done!  The Toronto FC clinches a playoff spot in a 3-3 draw against New York Red Bulls at home at BMO Field.  Thanks to Jozey Altidore's  two goals that capped a comeback for the TFC, who were missing top star Giovinco to injury along with Tosaint Ricketts and some other players as well.

With the win, the TFC inches closer to FC Dallas for the overall league lead and continues  to secure their perch atop the Eastern Conference. 

The team has five games remaining on the seqson and four of these games will be played at home.  So far, so very good.

GO TFC!!!!!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-clinches-playoff-spot-dramatic-way-possible/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-clinches-playoff-spot-dramatic-way-possible/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 27, 2016, 08:10:09 PM
The Toronto  FC made franchise playoff history  last night as they not only defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-1 at BMO field,  they actually won their first ever playoff home game.

And how!  TFC striker Sebastian Giovinco led the way in scoring a goal and two assists, as well as  contributions from  Osorio & Altidore. 

The TFC now advance to the Semi-Finals in an aggregate series against the New York City FC.  Game 1 goes Sunday at BMO Field.

GO TFC GO!!

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovinco-plays-role-hero-tfc-wins-first-playoff-game/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 31, 2016, 01:26:54 PM
A rough and tumble game that saw six yellow cards issued,  before a capacity crowd at BMO Field here in Toronto, the TFC made good on their determination to win their all-important opening game of this Eastern Conference Semi-Final over the New York City FC, by a 2-0 score.

Thanks to Ricketts and Altidore who found the net, as the TFC now only need a draw in the return match in New York next week.  This is an aggregate series which is why a draw is all that's needed now for the Toronto FC to advance.

An exciting time for Toronto soccer fans indeed!

GO TFC GO!!!

Story
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/advantage-tfc-massive-win-1st-leg-nycfc/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/advantage-tfc-massive-win-1st-leg-nycfc/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Jolly good show chaps on November 07, 2016, 08:30:06 AM
I see it was a difficult second leg for Toronto in New York!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 07, 2016, 01:42:50 PM
Canadian soccer fans rejoice!

For the first time ever in MLS history, there will be an all-Canadian teams Eastern Conference Finals, between the Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact!

The TFC won it's aggregate Semi-Final over the New York City FC by a combined score of 7-0.  Before nearly 30,000 spectators at Yankee Stadium yesterday afternoon, Sebastian Giovinco, with his three goals & assist, plus some help from Jozey Altidore, was all the TFC needed to put away their opponents.  Actually, all the Toronto FC needed was a draw to win, but no, the TFC exploded offensively, thus propelling them onto next weekend's ECF against the Impact.

As for the Impact, they they won their aggregate Semi-Final over the New York Red Bull by a combined score of 3-1, led on goals by Ignacio Piatti and some stellar goalkeeping from Evan Buch.  It is the first foray too in the franchise's history in playing in an Eastern Conference Final.  Off against the TFC they will go!

A great day indeed for Canadian MLS followers.  A showdown between Montreal and Toronto is never boring.  Can hardly wait...meantime...

GO TFC GO!!!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-punches-ticket-conference-final-masterful-win-nycf/c (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-punches-ticket-conference-final-masterful-win-nycf/c)

http://montrealgazette.com/sports/soccer/mls/montreal-impact/impact-advances-to-eastern-conference-final-with-win-over-red-bulls/ (http://montrealgazette.com/sports/soccer/mls/montreal-impact/impact-advances-to-eastern-conference-final-with-win-over-red-bulls/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 13, 2016, 03:50:24 PM
The date is set:  November 22, 2016. (Tuesday)
                       Toronto FC @ Montreal Impact   (Game 1)  First Leg
                       Time:  8PM
                       TV:     TSN, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5


http://www.torontofc.ca/schedule/ (http://www.torontofc.ca/schedule/)

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/impact-tfc-rivalry-new-level-1.3847944 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/impact-tfc-rivalry-new-level-1.3847944)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 23, 2016, 12:55:49 PM
Before a jam-packed crowd of 60,000+ at Montreal's Stade Olympique, the Montreal Impact thought they had put the Toronto FC, (and their hopes of staying alive), to rest, but alas, anything can happen with time remaining in a soccer matchup....

...and this game, the First Leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Championship, became no ordinary game after the Impact took a convincing 3-0 lead, as the TFC struck for two quick goals by Altidore & Bradley, and suddenly, the TFC earned themselves an excellent chance of winning this aggregate series.

The final score was 3-2 in favour  of Montreal, with the Second Leg to be played here in Toronto at BMO Field November 30th.

All the TFC need to take this series is win by a shutout (1-0) or by a score of 2-1.  Difficult to do?  Not by the TFC's measurement, and certainly not by their boisterous, raucous spectators in-waiting, waiting to cheer on the Reds in their quest for glory.

GO TFC GO!!!

Game stiry:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-montreal-impact-1.3863155 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-montreal-impact-1.3863155)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 23, 2016, 01:13:07 PM
      Date:    November 30, 2016  (Wednesday)
                 Montreal Impact @ Toronto FC    Game 2   (Second Leg)
      Time:   8pm
      TV:      TSN, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5


http://www.torontofc.ca/schedule/ (http://www.torontofc.ca/schedule/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 01, 2016, 01:15:20 AM
Job done!!

Before a crowd of 38,000+ screaming fanatics at BMO Field, right here in Toronto, the Toronto FC scored twice in extra time and put the game well out of reach,  in defeating the Montreal Impact 5-2, thus winning the Eastern Conference Final (aggregate) 7-5.

Whoa!!  What a way to go, TFC!!  Having lost Game 1 (First Leg) of this series 3-2, the TFC's only hope was to win Game 2 (Second Leg) by scores of 2-0 or even 3-1 and hope the Impact fall flat.  Well, didn't they ever, that is,  after the Impact took a first half lead....that was going to be the last lead for Montreal, as the TFC came roaring back to take it all.

Not even the pouring rain nor a soggy field could stop Toronto, as the TFC got goals from Ricketts and Cheyrou in the extra time.  Cheyrou came on as a substitute for the injured Sebastian Giovinco in the second half.  Speaking of Giovinco, his two corner kicks led to goals and that includes Jozey Altidore who played another astounding game in these playoffs.

Altidore becomes the first player in MLS playoff history to score in five straight games.  Fantastic!

An incredible win not just for the TFC, their long-suffering fans, the city, but also for Canadian soccer in general.  This series between two high-flying teams -- the impact, who, by the way, continue to be one of the premiere teams in the league, and the TFC, who, with an impressive cast of players, had one of the most successful seasons in team history -- showcased soccer at it's very best. 

So now, the TFC, Eastern Conference Champions, march to the MLS Cup against the Seattle Sounders, Western Conference Champions, next Saturday  here in Toronto at BMO Field.

Oh joy!!


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/tfc-will-play-for-mls-title-after-epic-win-over-impact-1.3875449 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/tfc-will-play-for-mls-title-after-epic-win-over-impact-1.3875449)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 10, 2016, 07:54:40 PM
Tonight's the night!
     
                        MLS Cup Championship game
                      Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC
                               Time:   7PM
                               BMO Field  Toronto
                               TV:      TSN

GO TFC GO!!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 11, 2016, 04:17:21 PM
Oh what a heartbreaker it was!

The Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup with a 5-4 shootout win over the Toronto FC before a packed BMO Field crowd, utterly disappointed and heartbroken at the result.  (Note that there were a group of Sounders fans who made the trek from Seattle to Toronto foe the game).

After a scoreless full-time and extra-time, the two teams faced a shootout.  Both the TFC and Sounders had one of their shots stopped, though theTFC's Bradley failed to connect in the first round of the shootout.  Next round, the TFC's Morrow attempted to kick the ball high, and hit just under the crossbar instead, much to the delight of the Seattle bench who could now win it all breaking the shootout deadlock. Win it they did, as the Sounders Torres unleashed a shot that was surefire past the TFC's sprawled netminder Irwin, and the Sounders were declared champions!

What an ending, right down tot the wire, so to speak.  A nerve-wrecking one no doubt, especially for the hopeful Toronto FC fans, but, it just wasn't to be....

MVP?  Why, the Sounders 'keeper Stefan Frei, a former TFC draftee who was eventually let go by his former club.  Revenge for Frei?  A little extra motivation always helps.  Perhaps one will look back and say that Frei's astounding save on a Jozey Altidore header, that looked like a goal, gave his team the Sounders a boost and the TFC more frustration.

Both team's were equal in their defence and offence.  While the TFC put up a formidable defence -- Seattle became the first team in MLS playoff history with zero shots in a game -- and in a way generated more scoring chances than Seattle could, somehow, the TFC still couldn't shake off the Sounders strategy which was to cover Giovinco and Altidore.  Giovinco did not have his best game, even shooting outside the net when he had a great chance at a goal, and was substituted later for Toussaint Ricketts.

Giovinco, upset about his game, had a few choice words at his team's bench and threw something out of sheer frustration.  Some people were questioning TFC coach Vanney, on whether Ricketts should have come on earlier. With Ricketts there, the TFC was able to generate some more chances and a near miss by Ricketts himself.

Congratulations to the Seattle Sounders, a team that went from last to first to champions.  The Sounders were languishing in last place in their Conference in the first half of the season, then changed the coaching personnel as well as some player changes, and the rest is history.  Job well done, Seattle.

A big applause and congratulations to the Toronto FC on being the first-ever Canadian-based team to appear in a MLS Cup Final.  Having had their best season as a franchise, the TFC made believers of not just soccer fans, but the city as a whole, which got behind the team, cheering them all the way in these playoffs.  Hopefully, the TFC can retain their core group and continue to improve and add to the team.  Michael Bradley and Jozey Altidore were arguably the best players on the field yesterday, but don't discount Drew Moor, or Morrow, or Johnson, et al.  The team has found it's niche with the young talent and a mix of good veterans.
May the best continue to shine!



http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/12/11/wiebe-did-sounders-deserve-win-mls-cup-doesnt-matter-they-did (http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/12/11/wiebe-did-sounders-deserve-win-mls-cup-doesnt-matter-they-did)

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 12, 2017, 01:40:18 AM
Think Canada is ready to host (or co-host) the 2026 World Cup?  The President of MLS's Vancouver Whitecaps, Bob Lenarduzzi, thinks so:


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/expanded-fifa-world-cup-could-include-games-in-vancouver-1.3930061 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/expanded-fifa-world-cup-could-include-games-in-vancouver-1.3930061)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 12, 2017, 01:47:07 AM
For more on FiFA's World Cup expansion, see here:


http://www.tmlfans.ca/community/index.php?topic=1068.msg285040#msg28504
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: LuncheonMeat on January 12, 2017, 12:01:45 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on January 12, 2017, 01:40:18 AM
Think Canada is ready to host (or co-host) the 2026 World Cup?  The President of MLS's Vancouver Whitecaps, Bob Lenarduzzi, thinks so:


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/expanded-fifa-world-cup-could-include-games-in-vancouver-1.3930061 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/expanded-fifa-world-cup-could-include-games-in-vancouver-1.3930061)

Don't you actually have to be a good soccer team to play in the world cup?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on January 12, 2017, 02:52:54 PM

Oh good. Because I was just wondering if we could find a sporting tournament to host that was like the Olympics but less relevant culturally and somehow more corrupt.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on January 12, 2017, 03:53:08 PM
Quote from: LuncheonMeat on January 12, 2017, 12:01:45 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on January 12, 2017, 01:40:18 AM
Think Canada is ready to host (or co-host) the 2026 World Cup?  The President of MLS's Vancouver Whitecaps, Bob Lenarduzzi, thinks so:


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/expanded-fifa-world-cup-could-include-games-in-vancouver-1.3930061 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/expanded-fifa-world-cup-could-include-games-in-vancouver-1.3930061)

Don't you actually have to be a good soccer team to play in the world cup?

Not if 40+ teams are invited, plus the hosts auto qualify.

Doubling the size of the tournament is a terrible idea, it's a money grab and will make the first week or two of the tournament unwatchable.

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on January 12, 2017, 04:03:02 PM
Quote from: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on January 12, 2017, 03:53:08 PM
Not if 40+ teams are invited, plus the hosts auto qualify.

Doubling the size of the tournament is a terrible idea, it's a money grab and will make the first week or two of the tournament unwatchable.

I think it depends on how they distribute it. Going from 32 to 48 could still see some pretty solid teams make it. I mean just in Europe alone last world cup you didn't have the Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, the Czechs...so you could add a bunch of European clubs and I don't think they'd make the tournament any worse than, say, Honduras or Iran.

If, however, you see a bunch more Asian/North American teams...yeah, some of those games would be pretty rough.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on January 12, 2017, 05:52:05 PM
That's the rub though, it'll be divided fairly evenly amongst the confederations you'd imagine, otherwise the smaller nations have little incentive to approve expansion.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 04, 2017, 04:21:27 PM
Attention soccer fans, MLS is back! 

Beginning with the Toronto FC , who play Real Salt Lake in their road opener this afternoon at Rio Tinto Stadium.  (4:30PM, TSN1, TSN 4, TSN 5)

After their heartbreaking loss last season in the MLS Cup Final to the Seattle Sounders on penalty kicks here at home before a stunned crowd, the TFC believe they have what it takes to win it all this time.

Call it redemption or "unfinished business", but that's how the team's mindset  will approach the new season.  With star players Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley, Jozey Altidore to power the team, the TFC retain a strong core while also having added Victor Vasquez from the Spanish league (Spain), whose experience will no doubt aid the team.

It isn't just the TFC but the other two Canadian teams who set higher expectations for themselves this season.  The Montreal Impact, who have been trying to figure out their loss to the TFC in last season's memorable. playoff series.  Then there's the Vancouver Whitecaps whose fans believe the team has all the tools for improvement this year.

So, with Giovinco in Toronto, Piatti in Montreal, and Montero in Vancouver, which of these superstars will lead their respective clubs to greater glory?

It's anyone's guess and it all starts today.  All hail "the beautiful game!".


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls-season-preview-1.4006487 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls-season-preview-1.4006487)!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 01, 2017, 06:19:42 AM
So, the TFC played their home opener last night versus the Sporting Kansas City,  before a packed crowd at BMO Field that braved the rain & low temperatures.  While the TFC remained unbeaten so far this season, the game ended in a scoreless draw, much to the disappointment of some, but it also ranked the Toronto FC as one of only four teams in the MLS to  continue to remain unbeaten.

Not bad at least.  The TFC saw their 'keeper Clint Irwin go down in a bit of pain after attempting to stop a shot on the knee.  Though Irwin did not appear badly injured (hyperextended knee), he was replaced  by Alex Bono who was solid.

More on the game:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2017/03/31/toronto-fc-comes-up-dry-in-home-opener-tie.html
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 10, 2017, 12:36:24 AM
Who would thought that an expansion franchise, in this case the Atlanta United, could play so well?  When your team stocked with speedy South Americans and being coached by Gerardo Martino a former FC Barcelona manager,  expect the unexpected.

That is exactly what the crowd at BMO Field and the TFC saw Saturday afternoon.  The United moved toe-to-toe in tandem with the TFC attack, dubbed one of the best in the league.  Impressive.

The TFC got goals from Giovinco & Morrow, both assisted by Spaniard Victor Vasqyez who signed on with the Toronto FC this year.

The TFC remained undefeated as they drew the United to a 2-2 tie.  They sport a 1-4-0 record (that's 1 win, 4 draws, 0 losses),

Game story.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovinco-scores-first-goal-tfc-held-draw-atlanta/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: azzurri_94 on April 12, 2017, 09:21:19 PM
should also make note that Clint Irwin, (our starting keeper) is out with an injury, but thats not to say Alex Bono didnt do a good job in net
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 22, 2017, 07:55:15 AM
Last night's game between the Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire at BMO Field featured Chicago's German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger who was making his debut in Toronto.

One might have asked, so big deal.  It surely was a big deal to the TFC's Sebastian Giovinco whose two goals put the TFC up on the scoreboard, in an eventual 3-1 win, thanks to Victor Vasquez' deft passing.
The Spanish native has been nothing short of brilliant  for the TFC offence, setting up goals every here and there.

More:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-plays-urgency-win-chicago-fire/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 30, 2017, 10:19:49 AM
The Toronto FC made short work of the Houston Dynamo Saturday, as they shutout the Dynamo 2-0 at BMO Field.

Thanks to Jozey Altidore who scored both goalsl, the TFC now have four shutouts in the eight games played this season.

The TFC lineup has revealed plenty of depth with key players subbing for the injured, such as goalkeeper Alex Bono (for Clint Irwin) and defender Nick Hagglund (for Drew Moor).  Even though the TFC were outshot particularly in the latter half, they defended well to protect their lead.  It also goes to show that they have greater success at winning when moving the ball at a swift pace.  A moving game is no doubt the TFC's strong point.

Now the going will get tough schedule-wise as the TFC will be playing five games over the course of the next two weeks.  Beat of luck to them.

GO TFC GO!!

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-rays-game-recap-1.4092002 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-rays-game-recap-1.4092002)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 05, 2017, 08:34:04 AM
Monday's 2-1 victory over Cyle Larin, Kaka & the Orlando City FC at BMO Field in Toronto, was an important confidence booster, at least in the standings for the TFC.  It propelled the TFC to third in the Eastern Conference and also showed the Toronto club's mettle against a high-flying opponent.

Sebastian Giovinco scored both goals assisted by Vasquez.  Both goals were the result of Vasquez' quick and fancy footwork in passing to Giovinco and the Italian booting with precision.  Talk about smooth transitioning there. 
The TFC's 'keeper Alex Bono  is proving to be more than a capable replacement for the injured Clint Irwin, as Bono was excellent in stopping several Orlando attempts particularly in the second half.

Exciting game to watch between two attacking teams.

GO TFC!


https://www.vavel.com/en-us/soccer/mls/785197-tfc-vs-orlando.html

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 06, 2017, 11:38:30 PM
Score one for Greg Vanney.    The TFC coach undertook some lineup juggling by resting some key players, namely Giovinco, Vasquez, Zavaleta, & Betashour, while inserting Cheyrou, Chapman, and Hernandez, and it paid dividends as the TFC defeated the defending MLS champion Seattle Sounders 1-0.

Tinkering with the lineup, (players who were given the rest did not accompany the team here in Seattle),  showcased the TFC's deep depth, perhaps not on paper but certainly on the field, as the Toronto FC kept up the pressure on the Sounders in the midfield.

This was a rematch of last season's MLS  Championship Final in Toronto where Seattle beat the TFC to win the MLS Cup.


The TFC are in the middle of a tough schedule and so far have played consistently with recent wins over the Orlando City FC , and the Sounders here on the road.  It won't get easier as the TFC play the Columbus Crew in Columbus Wednesday coming and then return home to face visiting Minnesota three days later.


Coach Vanney's changes instigated a shift in the team's usual formation and tactics in facing the Sounders a team not easily prone to losing.  That the end result turned out positive speaks volumes about the improvements the team has been determined to make this year in all areas. 


Clint Irwin was back in the net after coming back from his injury.  Even in tending the net the TFC have depth as Alex Bono proved more than a capable backup for the main man Irwin.


GO TFC GO!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfcs-strength-depth-full-display-win-sounders/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfcs-strength-depth-full-display-win-sounders/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 13, 2017, 08:59:18 AM
On  Wednesday, the TFC defeated the Columbus Crew 2-0 in Columbus, Ohio on Toussant Ricketts' two goals.  It was the TFC franchise record of it's fifth consecutive win and their second on the road.  Ironically, the TFC's   only loss this season came at the hands of this same Crew club.

Game story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2017/05/10/tosaint-ricketts-lifts-toronto-fc-over-columbus-crew.html


The TFC (6-1-4) will play Minnesota United this afternoon here at BMO Field in Toronto.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 15, 2017, 04:07:41 AM
Make that six in a row, such as in the Toronto FC winning their sixth consecutive game with a 3-1 win over expansion club Minnesota United at BMO Field here in Toronto, before 27,000+ spectators Saturday.

Not since 2015 has a MLS club recorded six straight victories.  The original record belongs to New England.

The win came not without a price, as Sebastian Giovinco, who was credited with a goal, took precautionary measures to not continue playing due to a feeling of tightness in his quad.  Nick Hagglund also left the game with what appeared to be a knee injury.

Joey Altidore took Giovinco's place and set up Tousaint Ricketts with the winning goal.  Though Altidore came on, the TFC's other starters notably Morrow, Moor, and Vasquez were kept on the bench.  Coach Vanney had to be clever in utilizing his lineup, and that was and is the TFC's strength.  It's a testimonial to the team's overall depth, which makes them such a tough opponent to play against.

The team has played five games in fifteen days.  Another testimonial to the TFC's resiliency in posting a winning record this season (7-1-4).

Vanney took pride in the resilience of his league-leading team on the day and during a recent gruelling part of the schedule. Toronto's last five wins – Houston, Orlando, Seattle, Columbus and Minnesota – have come since April 28.

"Guys are exhausted," said Vanney. "They've put a lot into this stretch and exceeded any of our expectations over this (run) in terms of taking points in every game."

After the game, Bradley called on the league to improve its scheduling.

GO TFC GO!


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/ricketts-the-hero-as-tfc-tops-minnesota-extends-record-winning-streak/article34982025/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 20, 2017, 01:33:10 AM
The Toronro FC- New York Red Bull game yesterday ended in a draw, thus effectively ending the TFC's winning streak at six games.  The tie can also be interpreted to mean that the TFC continue with  1 in the loss column  as in 7-1-5.

Thanks to Benoit Cheyrou's goal and some solid bench depth, including player changes on the spot by TFC coach Greg Vanney, the result was once again testimonial to the talents the club carries, this time  in the face of injuries to Giovinco & Hagglund.   Such as been the case since the season began with injuries to key players then (Drew Moor, Clint Irwin, etc).

As TFC fans have come to know, nothing  has gotten in the Red's way this year, injuries or otherwise.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-new-york-red-bulls-mls-major-league-soccer-bradley-wright-phillips/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 24, 2017, 03:01:51 AM
Well folks, it's been awhile that we haven't posted about the Toronto FC.  But fear not,  for the TFC is in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 10-2-5 record and nine shutouts on the season.

The ninth shutout came courtesy of a 2-0 victory at BMO Field Friday over the New England Revolution.  Drew Moor and Sebastian Giovinco led in scoring. 

Of course, one can say that the TFC boast one of the best if not the best depth off the bench, thus making the team one of the league's best.  This was on display once again, as they have done throughout this season, none the prouder than coach Greg Vanney could exalt, making the TFC one of the toughest opponents to play against in MLS.

It was only 48 hours prior to Friday's draw against  the Montreal Impact in the first leg of the Canadian Championship.  Second leg is next Tuesday. The game with the Revolution was also the third game of a six game stretch -- a grueling schedule no doubt, but one the TFC seems to relish.  And a perfect example of the TFC's grit and guts both on the field and off the bench.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fcs-depth-backs-coach-vanney-win-revolution/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fcs-depth-backs-coach-vanney-win-revolution/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 29, 2017, 06:02:59 AM
What a game and what a celebration! 
On Tuesday, the TFC won the Canadian Championship 2-1 (3-2 aggregate) over their fierce rivals the Montreal Impact, during second leg action in Toronto at BMO Field.

Within the dying seconds of a 1-1 draw, the TFC's marvelous Giovinco put his team ahead with his second goal of the game, and thus send the crowd into a tizzy.  Oh how sweet that felt for Giovinco,  simce returning to the squad after having endured a quadriceps injury that had kept him out of the lineup for three weeks.

Of course, with rivala as fierce as these two teams have been over the years, something had to give.  Both teams played each other hard on the field with the Impact dishing out the punishment more than the TFC.  So much so, that near the end of the game, Giovinco was taken down as the referee let play continue, and shortly thereafter, Montreal's Patrice Bernier was shown the red card for a tackle.  A melee ensued afterwards.

The Montreal impact were downright fuming regarding the officiating in the above incidents:

Quote"For the game to be decided like that again by the refs that are not at the level, it's unacceptable," Montreal coach Mauro Biello said of Bernier's ejection. "To give a card like that, a red card in a final, it's disappointing. If you don't have the ability or the experience to make certain decisions like that, maybe you shouldn't be on the field."

To which TFC coach Greg Vanney reaponded:

Quote"It's two teams that are competing hard in a big match," Vanney said. "If it came down to officiating, they can take that as their out for tonight."

As they say...Tant pis  (so much the worst).

By winning the Canadian Championship, the Toronto FC booked themselves a trip to the CONCACAF Champions League.

Way to go, TFC!!


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/tfc-impact-canadian-championship-1.4180617 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/tfc-impact-canadian-championship-1.4180617)

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/montreal-impact-lament-unacceptable-refereeing-loss-tfc/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/montreal-impact-lament-unacceptable-refereeing-loss-tfc/)

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 17, 2017, 04:50:40 PM
TFC sign Swiss League international Liechtenstein star Nicolas Hasler.

An eager and excited Hasler had this to say on being part of the Reds squad:

Quote"The whole MLS is booming," said Hasler of his decision to come to TFC. "I like this club a lot. It's a nice city. All the staff here are all nice persons. I saw some games and the crowd is amazing."

https://theathletic.com/75792/2017/07/14/haslers-signing-could-be-harbinger-of-tfcs-increased-global-reach/?source=email (https://theathletic.com/75792/2017/07/14/haslers-signing-could-be-harbinger-of-tfcs-increased-global-reach/?source=email)

More:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/nicolas-hasler-tfc-toronto-fc-mls-major-league-soccer/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/nicolas-hasler-tfc-toronto-fc-mls-major-league-soccer/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 21, 2017, 03:48:38 AM
The Toronto FC and the NYC FC played to a 2-2 draw Wednesday night.  The TFC are  five points up over the NYC FC atop the Eastern Conference.  Road wins have not been easy to attain this year, but the TFC with several regulars out of the lineup due to injuries and/or international commitments, still manage to play to a draw using their bench depth/substitions. Guys like Ashtone Morgan, Ben Spence, including Canadians Raheem Edwards, Jordan Hamilton to name a few.  Add to the injury mix the loss of Sebastian Giovinco, who left the game midway due to a  back contusion, (who was substituted by Canadian Jay Chapman), and one can see the determination of this team through battling on the field.

Speaking by the way of Giovinco, Altidore, and Bradley, they were all voted in for the MLS All-Star Game, which will take place August 2 in Chicago.  The MLS All-Stars will play against La Liga's Real Madrid.

The TFC remain undefeated at home (7-0-2)this year while sporting a less-than-impressive road record (4-3-3), for an overall record of 11-3-5, making them one of the best (and toughest) teams to play against.

GO TFC!

Game story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-takes-money-runs-nycfc/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-takes-money-runs-nycfc/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 30, 2017, 05:25:43 PM
What a show of force!  This afternoon at BMO Field and before a national U.S. tv audience, the Toronto FC destroyed the David Villa-led New York City FC by a shutout score of 5-0.

The score itself was practically an understatement unto itself, as the TFC served notice to anyone paying attention, that they fully intent to keep their grip on being one of  MLS's elite teams.  Of course, soccer followers already denoted that for the simple fact that the TFC sports one of the best bench depth in the league.

By remaining undefeated at home this season, BMO Field has fast become evermore of an adversary to play in. And judging by the way the TFC dominate their opponents here on home field, it sure shows no signs of stopping.

Sebastian Giovinco, who by the way is in consideration for MVP honours, scored twice.  The second goal was his 50th in seventy-seven MLS games.  Other contributions came from Raheem Edwards and Jozey Altidore.

The TFC are first overall and tops in the Eastern Conference, six points atop the NYCFC.

GO TFC!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-sends-clear-message-emphatic-win-nycfc/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-sends-clear-message-emphatic-win-nycfc/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Andy on July 30, 2017, 05:32:59 PM
The score was 4-0. No offense but wow, you do seem to get a lot of info wrong.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on July 30, 2017, 05:40:47 PM

Also, why is it "the" TFC? It's not a collective noun.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: OldTimeHockey on July 30, 2017, 06:26:19 PM
(http://www.syacartoonist.com/public/uploads/comics/the-prick.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 31, 2017, 12:36:44 AM
Quote from: Andy on July 30, 2017, 05:32:59 PM
The score was 4-0. No offense but wow, you do seem to get a lot of info wrong.


I was unable to read the top of the article (was using my smartphone).  I realized my error, was then about to correct it but didn't have time.  Sorry.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: OldTimeHockey on July 31, 2017, 07:11:01 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on July 31, 2017, 12:36:44 AM
Quote from: Andy on July 30, 2017, 05:32:59 PM
The score was 4-0. No offense but wow, you do seem to get a lot of info wrong.


I was unable to read the top of the article (was using my smartphone).  I realized my error, was then about to correct it but didn't have time.  Sorry.

No need to apologize to him. Did the extra goal really make a difference in his life? And the article had both the 5-0 score(a game from last year) and the 4-0 score in the first paragraph.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Andy on July 31, 2017, 08:36:30 AM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on July 31, 2017, 07:11:01 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on July 31, 2017, 12:36:44 AM
Quote from: Andy on July 30, 2017, 05:32:59 PM
The score was 4-0. No offense but wow, you do seem to get a lot of info wrong.


I was unable to read the top of the article (was using my smartphone).  I realized my error, was then about to correct it but didn't have time.  Sorry.

No need to apologize to him. Did the extra goal really make a difference in his life? And the article had both the 5-0 score(a game from last year) and the 4-0 score in the first paragraph.

I agree, there is no need for hockeyfan to apologize just like there is no need for you to call anyone a prick.

But really, if I routinely posted recaps that had glaring errors or omissions I would understand if they were pointed out. It's nothing personal.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: OldTimeHockey on July 31, 2017, 12:26:27 PM
Quote from: Andy on July 31, 2017, 08:36:30 AM
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on July 31, 2017, 07:11:01 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on July 31, 2017, 12:36:44 AM
Quote from: Andy on July 30, 2017, 05:32:59 PM
The score was 4-0. No offense but wow, you do seem to get a lot of info wrong.


I agree, there is no need for hockeyfan to apologize just like there is no need for you to call anyone a prick.


Nah, sometimes it's warranted  ::)

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Andy on July 31, 2017, 02:39:02 PM
You know, I posted that response without being bothered or angry, it was just an observation. But I can see it being construed as  douchey or "prickish" and I apologize to hockeyfan if she took it that way. The Andy can admit when he's wrong ;)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 31, 2017, 03:34:26 PM
Apology accepted Andy. :)

Thank you to OldTimeHockey for coming to my defence.  Appreciate it.  :) :)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: OldTimeHockey on August 02, 2017, 04:26:45 PM
Quote from: Andy on July 31, 2017, 02:39:02 PM
You know, I posted that response without being bothered or angry, it was just an observation. But I can see it being construed as  douchey or "prickish" and I apologize to hockeyfan if she took it that way. The Andy can admit when he's wrong ;)

;D
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 03, 2017, 01:23:43 AM
The upcoming Saturday game between the Toronto FC and DC United at RFK Stadium won't just be another soccer game but one of many that will be implemented with "VAR -- Video Assistant Referee".

There has been a mixed attitude about this by some players -- the TFC's Michael Bradley "doesn't like it', while Drew Moor and coach Vanney are "open-minded."

MLS states that  "VAR will review "potential clear and obvious errors or serious missed incidents in four game-changing situations — goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards, and cases of mistaken identity."

How this will impact the game, or, even some teams such as the TFC remains to be seen.

"I've watched the last several games, including ours in New York, with the thought of this coming in and how it would have or might have impacted those games, what calls might have been changed. My hope is that it will have less impact than everybody sort of suspects it will – [that it'll have] less of an impact on the time of the game and the length of the game, and more clear impact in terms of getting calls right," Vanney stated.

More here:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/var-video-review-mls-tfc-toronto-fc-greg-vanney-drew-moor-major-league-soccer/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/var-video-review-mls-tfc-toronto-fc-greg-vanney-drew-moor-major-league-soccer/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 28, 2017, 04:35:55 PM
The Toronto FC keep marching on!

Their latest victory yesterday (Sunday) over the Montreal Impact, a 3-1 win at Stade Saputo, giving the club their ninth consecutive victory and solidifying the TFC's hold atop the Eastern Conference with a nine-point gap over the New York City FC.

With "La Formica Atomica" (The Atomic Ant) -- that's Giovinco -- scoring two goals, including a solo by Altidore, the TFC with 56 points on the year and with seven games remaining can very well most likely set a franchise record for a most successful season, but can also surpass the L.A. Galaxy's single season points record (61).

Will they?  Can they?  By all means, the big red machine, with it's incomparable depth, surely can continue their climb to greatness, no doubt in their fans' minds.

GO TFC!

Game story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovinco-continues-amaze-tfc-marches-towards-history/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/giovinco-continues-amaze-tfc-marches-towards-history/)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/standings (https://www.mlssoccer.com/standings)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 02, 2017, 05:51:05 AM
In the words of Rodney Dangerfield...Giovinco "can't get no respect" from former Italian national team  Antonio Conte and current coach Giampiero Ventura.  For the upteenth time, Seba was ignored while the NYCFC's  David Villa made Team Spain,  for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

According to Forza Italian Football website editor Dov Schiavone (via theathletic), he had this to say about the Euro or moreso Italian perception of the MLS brand:

Quote"MLS is still perceived in Italy, and Europe, as a second rate league," Schiavone said via email. "So, even though he is playing well and working wonders with TFC, it isn't given much recognition in Italy at all."

Just as Giovinco's agent found, as previous Italian national team coach Antonio Conte had done and with Giampiero Ventura's decision to leave Giovinco off gli Azzurri again, equally puzzling and "absurd":

QuoteVentura, però, continua a non convocarlo in Nazionale. Cosa ne pensa?
"Lo trovo assurdo. E' una vergogna che un giocatore con le sue capacità, con le sue caratteristiche e col suo senso del gol non venga convocato. Giovinco sa segnare in tutti i modi, anche su calcio di punizione, è titolarissimo nel suo club e un protagonista assoluto in MLS. Non capisco perché vengano chiamati panchinari di squadre italiane al suo posto, purtroppo la storia è sempre la stessa ultimamente".

Translation:
QuoteVentura, however, continues to not convene him in the national team. What do you think?
"I find it absurd, it is a shame that a player with his skills, with its characteristics and with the goal's goal is not called. Giovinco knows how to score in all ways, even on a kick of punishment, is very titled in his club and an absolute protagonist in MLS. I do not understand why they should be called panchins of Italian teams in their place, unfortunately history is always the same lately. "
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 03, 2017, 11:49:13 AM
Conte is not the national team coach. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 03, 2017, 05:33:04 PM
Quote from: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 03, 2017, 11:49:13 AM
Conte is not the national team coach. 


Was. Current coach is Giampiero Ventura.  Considered both 'idiots' for their seeming 'vitriolic' disdain of all things MLS.
Title: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 03, 2017, 08:08:39 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on September 03, 2017, 05:33:04 PM
Quote from: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 03, 2017, 11:49:13 AM
Conte is not the national team coach. 


Was. Current coach is Giampiero Ventura.  Considered both 'idiots' for their seeming 'vitriolic' disdain of all things MLS.

Sure, at this point denying Giovinco is silly, the MLS still has a ways to go though before it's taken seriously, broadly speaking. 

You need to take a little more time to understand the things you're talking about.

Without malice, it's fair to say that a lot of your posts have pretty basic mistakes  in them, it smacks of someone who means well, but doesn't have enough respect for their intended audience, to even get the basics correct.

So what's the point?

If I was casually talking about the Leafs here and lambasted Randy Carlyle for his handling of coaching duties last year, I'd be laughed off the site, right?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 04, 2017, 02:25:15 AM
Quote from: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 03, 2017, 08:08:39 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on September 03, 2017, 05:33:04 PM
Quote from: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 03, 2017, 11:49:13 AM
Conte is not the national team coach. 


Was. Current coach is Giampiero Ventura.  Considered both 'idiots' for their seeming 'vitriolic' disdain of all things MLS.

Sure, at this point denying Giovinco is silly, the MLS still has a ways to go though before it's taken seriously, broadly speaking. 

You need to take a little more time to understand the things you're talking about.

Without malice, it's fair to say that a lot of your posts have pretty basic mistakes  in them, it smacks of someone who means well, but doesn't have enough respect for their intended audience, to even get the basics correct.

So what's the point?

If I was casually talking about the Leafs here and lambasted Randy Carlyle for his handling of coaching duties last year, I'd be laughed off the site, right?


I understand what you mean.  Perhaps it's because, yes, I don't take this too seriously (no disrespect to anyone), but really, I'm not a professional journalist or anything.  I understand your point, though.

The truth is, in reality, I'm not the error-prone person I seem to present myself as being here on this site.  I'm a pretty factual individual who likes to search for answers and facts before making a decision, be it medical or otherwise.  That actually goes for anything.  I guess I don't come across as that way on this discussion board.  That's too bad because I am a far more conversational person than I even appear to be in discussions on this site.  The keyboard isn't my best friend.  People are often surprised at my knowledge in my conversations because I'm a shy person by nature.  :)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 11, 2017, 05:14:02 AM
Clinched!

The Toronto FC rolled over the San Jose Earthquakes at BMO Field Saturday in 4-0 romp.  Playoffs here we come!

That's right.  The TFC clinched the post-season with their 15th unbeaten home win of the year, and 10th straight victory.  The Supporters Shield looks very much a likelihood -- it is awarded to the first place finisher overall -- and the TFC are surely well in pursuit of that goal. 

With goals by Osorio, Vasquez, and two by Altidore, there is nothing that stands in the way of the TFC's climb to a possible record-setting points season.  The most points garnered by an MLS team was the L.A. Galaxy at 68 (in 1998).  Toronto is on pace to surpass that with the way their season is going.

There are six games remaining and a possible 18 points in total.  Michael Bradley knows only too well how much his club desires to make MLS history:

Quote"We feel good about where we are, what we've done. But there isn't one person who is satisfied. Not even close," captain Michael Bradley promised.

"We have to keep going. There's six games left, 18 points on the table. We want to take as many of those as possible. We want to win the Supporters' Shield, and as soon the regular season is done we're going to regroup and make sure that [we're ready for the playoffs]."

That said, look out world!

GO TFC!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/winning-becoming-second-nature-rampant-tfc/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 17, 2017, 05:07:41 PM
With five games remaining on the season, the Toronto FC's quest to win the Supporters Shield is just one more win away, to finish first with the best record overall in the league.

Having already clinched their post-season appearance, the TFC not only will set it's sights on winning the Shield but also on establishing a new MLS points record, hopefully shattering the mark held by the L.A.Galaxy (68).

The club is well on it's way to achieving the above goals as the TFC demonstrated it's sheer depth in a 4-0 blowout of the Galaxy Saturday in Los Angeles.  With goals and clever footwork by Toussaint Rickets (two goals), and Viktor Vasquez (one), as well as Drew Moore, the Reds looked unstoppable against the lowly Galaxy.

Even with Giovinco, Altidore, and Berashour out of the lineup, the Reds had more than enough power to display as Ricketts & Vasquez made for a dandy tandem up front.  Vasquez was moved from his usual defence position to forward and he and Ricketts stole the show. 

Unbeaten in 11 games, sporting an eleven point lead over second-place New York City FC in the overall standings, 62 points on the year, and with five games remaining, the TFC have a chance to get it all.

GO TFC!

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-la-galaxy-points-record-mls-major-league-soccer/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-la-galaxy-points-record-mls-major-league-soccer/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 22, 2017, 02:37:50 PM
All great things come to an end.  Such was the case for the Toronto FC and their perfect home & winning streak. 

Yet to endure a loss this season on home turf, and having won their their eleventh straight game, the TFC and their fans thought they were ready for the Montreal Impact Wednesday evening at BMO Field.  Not so. 
The Impact scored three goals in the first 24 minutes of play enroute to a 5-3 win over the Reds.

Of course, one could make excuses with the absence of Giovinco and Altidore (injuries), and Victor Vasquez (sickness).  But then, haven't the TFC overcome bench losses before with bench depth & strength?  Of course they have which is why they are among the best in the league.

This game happened to be the exception, at least coach Vanney hopes so, and not a trend into a losing skid.

Quote"Uncharacteristic mistakes for this team this year; it's like we brought them all out in one game," said coach Greg Vanney. "Let's hope that's the case."

The Toronto FC are still very much in the hunt to win The Supporters Shield, awarded to the first-place that holds the best record overall.  The Reds play the New England Revolution tomorrow (Saturday) and could clinch The Supporters Shield with a victory.  That will depend on the outcome of another game, namely one with the second-place New York City FC.


As bitter a loss as this was for the Reds, who undoubtedly were aiming for a perfect season and their best ever, they'll need to put this behind them and march on.

Best of luck to the TFC!

GO TFC GO!

Story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2017/09/20/reds-brought-back-down-to-earth-by-impact.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2017/09/20/reds-brought-back-down-to-earth-by-impact.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 01, 2017, 05:17:30 PM
How sweet it is...

[tweet]914465297561784321[/tweet]

...with a 4-2 win over the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field yesterday (Saturday).  Defender Justin Morrow scored three goals playing wingside.  Victor Vasquea added the insurance marker.

The Supporters Shield is awarded to the team with the best overall record in the league.  It  also gives  them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.  The TFC guaranteed that with the victory and have 65 points on the year.  They still have two games remaining and a chance to bypass the L.A. Galaxy's MLS points record of 68.

Giovinco, the TFC's top scorer did not play (quad injury).  Still, getting goals from a player like Morrow is testimony to the tremendous bench depth that the team sports.  Also...

Quote...Winning the Supporters' Shield this season highlights how TFC revolutionized the way the modern MLS game is played, with efficient and quick-paced soccer that can attack the opposition from almost any angle.


https://theathletic.com/114906/2017/10/01/justin-morrow-leads-toronto-fc-to-first-ever-supporters-shield/ (https://theathletic.com/114906/2017/10/01/justin-morrow-leads-toronto-fc-to-first-ever-supporters-shield/)


Quote...'we have goals that we wanted to accomplish, and having the best record in the league was one of them. Showing that we're the best team in the league was one of them. ... [But] now it's a whole other mini-season in the playoffs, and we're all excited to have home-field advantage and hopefully get back here come December [for the MLS Cup]," Altidore stated.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-claims-supporters-shield-win-red-bulls/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-claims-supporters-shield-win-red-bulls/)


GO TFC!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on October 10, 2017, 10:17:06 PM

LOLAmerica
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 17, 2017, 10:19:14 AM
Way to go, Toronro FC!

They not only defeated the Montreal Impact 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the final home game of the season,, but also broight the Suooorters Shield trophy for all of the faithful at BMO Field to see.  In the process of the win, the TFC tied the 68 point single season record originally set by the 1998 L.A. Galaxy.

The TFC's goal was scored by Jozey Altidore, whose Team USA squad were eliminated from World Cup qualifying, in what can best be described as an emotional week:

Quote"It's been probably one of, if not THE, toughest periods of my life," he said. "Definitely the darkest three days I've probably had. I didn't leave the house, I really didn't do anything.

"But then I remember I'm in a special place and quickly I'm reminded just going to get a coffee, seeing somebody in a TFC shirt and them saying how much it means to them how well the team's done. I'm just reminded of how special of a club that I'm at, the city and the opportunity that I have."

The TFC (20-5-8) tied another league r3cord wirh the 20 wins (previously established by the Seattle Sounders in 2014).

The TFC's final road game is in Atlanta next upcoming weekend.  They have an opportunity to not only bypass the points record but also the win column.

Good news for the TFC is that the injured were back, namely Giovinco, obviously recovered feom a quad inury.  He had several chances to score but came up shoet.

GO TFC!

Story:
http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/soccer/mls/montreal-impact-toronto-fc-supporters-shield-1.4355812 (http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/soccer/mls/montreal-impact-toronto-fc-supporters-shield-1.4355812)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 23, 2017, 09:14:25 AM
Talk about a game of records!

Beginning with the Toronto FC, who set a MLS single season points record of 69, surpassing the total of 68 originally set by the L.A. Galaxy in 1998.

The TFC played  the Atlanta United FC Sunday to a 2-2 draw, on goals by Altidore & Giovinco, though it was Giovinco's perfect free kick that tied it all up.

To top it all off, the matchup itself set an MLS single game attendance  record of 71,000+ spectators here in Atlanta.   Wow, simply, wow!

What a day in the history of both MLS and the Toronto FC franchise.  The TFC finishes with their best record yet at 20-9-5.

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Quote"We're proud of [setting the record]. One of the things we set with this group was that we wanted to try to do something different, to be the best ever. You don't know how to define that until you get going and see how a season goes and see what you can accomplish," Toronto coach Greg Vanney stated.

What a team!  What a way to go!

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-breaks-mls-record-points-season-draw-atlanta/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-breaks-mls-record-points-season-draw-atlanta/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 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!

Story:
https://tipofthetower.com/2017/10/31/toronto-fc-earn-crucial-first-leg-win-in-new-york/ (https://tipofthetower.com/2017/10/31/toronto-fc-earn-crucial-first-leg-win-in-new-york/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 06, 2017, 08:27:08 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:

Quote"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."

Story:
http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/soccer/mls/mls-toronto-fc-new-york-red-bulls-playoffs-1.4388301 (http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/soccer/mls/mls-toronto-fc-new-york-red-bulls-playoffs-1.4388301)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 11, 2017, 05:14:50 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/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 14, 2017, 10:58:28 AM
Una catastrofia!! 

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

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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/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 23, 2017, 02:04:27 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.

Quote"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.

QuoteNobody 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 (https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/tfc-holds-on-to-0-0-draw-with-columbus-crew-in-first-leg-of-eastern-final-1.3688734)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 27, 2017, 12:25:04 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on November 14, 2017, 10:58:28 AM
Una catastrofia!! 

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

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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/
One would think the Atomic Ant could have helped the Italian team, stupid not to have a talent like him on the team.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 27, 2017, 02:59:11 PM
Quote from: Highlander on November 27, 2017, 12:25:04 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on November 14, 2017, 10:58:28 AM
Una catastrofia!! 

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

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[tweet]930199461770547200[/tweet]


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/11/13/world-reacted-italy-missing-world-cup-finals/ (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/ (https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/italy-fails-to-qualify-for-world-cup-after-draw-with-sweden-1.3676049/)
One would think the Atomic Ant could have helped the Italian team, stupid not to have a talent like him on the team.


I was thinking the same thing, but then again, maybe it's a good thing that Giovinco wasn't a part of this pathetic squad.  On the one hand he could have provided some offensive spark, but on the other hand it probably wouldn't have been enough, considering that gli Azzurri were that bad to begin with.

Personally speaking, I'm glad Seba wasn't a part of this disaster.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on November 28, 2017, 07:17:33 AM
MLS, while probably vastly improved upon where it was even a decade ago, still isn't seen as a top league by Europe. Top tier nations will always pick players playing in top tier leagues such as Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, English Premiership, German Bundesliga and even some of the next tier down such as Dutch Eredivisie, French Ligue 1, Belgian Jupiler league, Turkish Superleague long before they'll consider someone in MLS.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 30, 2017, 04:22:13 AM
This says it all...

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For the second year in a row, the MLS record-setting Toronto FC will march to the MLS Cup Championship.  And how!  Jozey Altidore - - who had served his one-game suspension (the opening first leg of the Eastern Conference Final against the Crew in Columbus - - was the hero, injured ankle & all, as he scored on a perfect pass from Vasquez into a waiting opening past Crew 'keepen Zack Steffen.

Altidore wasn't about to miss the rest of the game nor this chance inspite of a sore, hurt and taped ankle, courtesy of a collision with a Crew defender.

Quote"I knew that'd I have trouble continuing at the level that would be needed for a game like that. But I also wanted to give whoever was coming on potentially a little bit of time to get ready. I knew if there was a chance I could make a play, I wanted to be on the field for it. It all worked out in the end," Altidore said.

Quote"When he went back in after he taped it up, I said, go hard for as long as you feel like you can go and let me know where you're at. The only way to test it is to push it. If you can't go, then just tell me," Vanney explained.

"He didn't tell me, so I figured he was going to gut it out for as long as he could. The moment when he scored, it was like Keyser Soze – he went from limping to a perfect sprint and finished it beautifully."

Quote"This city means a lot to me. I came here [in 2015], and I didn't know what to expect. I'm sure a lot of people didn't know what to expect from me. We were feeling each other out. It's a beautiful love story, because I fell in love with this city, and I think the fans have fallen in love with me. I hope [TFC] is the last club I play for," Altidore said.

Well done, TFC!

The MLS Cup Championship will be on Dec.9th at BMO Field here in Toronto.  The TFC will host either last year's defending champions Seattle Sounders, or, the Houston Dynamo. 
The second leg of the Seattle/Houston series goes tonight (Thursday).

Game story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-edge-crew-reach-second-straight-mls-cup-final/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-edge-crew-reach-second-straight-mls-cup-final/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 09, 2017, 04:24:07 AM
                                              M LS Cup Championship

                                          Saturday December 9th, 2017

                                        Seattle Sounders @ Toronto FC

                                                       3:30PM ET

                                              BMO Field  Toronto, ON


                                                       TV:  TSN


GO TFC GO!!                               
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 09, 2017, 05:16:39 PM
Ever wonder how the natural grass surface at BMO Field stays constant even in under freezing temperatures and all?   A very sophisticated heating system underneath the ground that does much more than just upkeep the surface:

Constructed similar to any other subfloor radiant heating system—just at a much grander scale—a hot glycol-water mix pumps through pipes under the ground at BMO Field, warming the roots. The air system works in conjunction with the piping by pushing the warmed air toward the roots for increased efficiency. The air system can also work as a vacuum and suck water away from the field for quicker drying, or help exchange oxygen in the growing medium for healthier soil.

Using embedded sensors, Heggie sets the system to keep his soil balanced somewhere between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius (59 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit). "I tell the system what my ideal soil temperature is and it cranks all the valves for me," he tells FourFourTwo. "It is basically always on, but during the summer it shuts itself The system will keep the pitch from ever freezing, allowing for a more natural feel for the players. And by forcing the root temperature above 48 degrees Fahrenheit at all times, the grasses keep growing, allowing for quick repair and healthy turf...

More:
https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/mls-cup-surface-bmo-field-turf-toronto-underground-heating (https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/mls-cup-surface-bmo-field-turf-toronto-underground-heating)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: barney_rebel on December 09, 2017, 08:37:48 PM
We rule man


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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 09, 2017, 08:53:44 PM
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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 09, 2017, 08:58:17 PM
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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 09, 2017, 09:00:24 PM
Oh. what a feeling it is!!!!!!!

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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 09, 2017, 09:11:05 PM
The Toronto FC becomes the 7th team in MLS playoff history to win both the Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup.

By winning the MLS Cup Championship, the TFC made history as quite possibly the greatest and best team in Major League soccer.  Having gone from being the "laughingstock" of a soccer team of years past to winning it all and setting records along the way this year, it has been quite a tumultuous ride for this Toronto soccer franchise over the years.

Jozey Altidore, named MVP and Player of the Game, scored the only goal the TFC needed to defeat the Seattle Sounders, in this rematch of the MLS Cup.  This time, Altidore & co., were determined to get past Sounders' 'keeper Stefan Frei, unlike last year's Cup game in which Frei starred.

Giovinco, Altidore, & Vasquez all contributed in the team scoring, with Vasquez heading the ball into the open net with just mere minutes in extra time, on a brilliant pass from Giovinco to Altidore who's shot hit the post for Vasquez's redirection.

Giovinco was also instrumental in having set up Altidore for the first marker.

It was a total team effort and no one wanted this win more than the Toronto FC.

Wow, what a game that the TFC thoroughly dominated, though Frei was excellent in net for Seattle, stopping dangerous shots aplenty.

Congratulations TFC!!!   You make us all proud!!!!    Whoaaaaaaa!!!!


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-defeats-seattle-sounders-win-first-mls-cup/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-defeats-seattle-sounders-win-first-mls-cup/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 09, 2017, 09:16:02 PM
Classy...

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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 12, 2017, 05:41:42 PM
Large turnout for the TFC celebration parade yesterday (Monday).  It was a day to not just celebrate their MLS Cup victory & their historic season, but also with a nod to their fans & all:

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The importance of the fans is best illustrated by this statement:

Quote...while many will point to TFC's $20-million roster, the highest in MLS, as a driving factor behind the club's success, it has been the constant fan support continually compelled MLSE to invest millions of dollars in the club's salary while other MLS clubs spend a fraction of what the Reds do.

"...It show dedication of both the team and the fans....Once Bradley and Vanney came, that's when it started to turn around. They were trying before that, but they didn't have the right pieces of the puzzle, and now they do."

None more than by Bradley himself:

QuoteTo be able to lift that trophy," said Bradley of MLS Cup, "in this city, in front of our fans, to be able to give everybody a day like this, this is why every single one of us is here. This is the bets sports city city in the world. This is the best city in the world. And we love you guys so much. We can't tell you enough. Your support and the way that you drive us on, what a difference that makes for us."


https://theathletic.com/181715/2017/12/11/support-of-fans-front-and-centre-at-tfcs-first-mls-cup-parade/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 10, 2018, 08:27:25 PM
In a move that stunned many members of Canada's national Women's soccer team, coach John Herdman, whose successful tenure in the country's soccer program is unprecedented -- The National Women's team is currently 5th in the world Women's soccer rankings - - was hired to guide the Men's national soccer team & program.

The Canadians Men's national team is currently ranked at 94th spot in the world Men's soccer rankings, and by hiring Herdman, Soccer Canada hopes to reap some of that polish that Herdman brought to the Women's program.

Replacing Herdman in taking up the vacant coaching position fir the Women's team is Kenneth Heiner-Moller, former assistant coach to Herdman.

On the Men's squad, Herdman replaces former national Men's team coach Victor Zambrano.

More on this story:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/john-herdman-canada-soccer-men-1.447979
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 07, 2018, 08:09:56 AM
The Toronto FC have signed Dutch star, defender Greg Van der Weil, as a replacement for the departed Steve Betashour (who signed elsewhere).

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-hoping-van-der-wiel-follows-trend-revitalized-signings/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-hoping-van-der-wiel-follows-trend-revitalized-signings/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on February 09, 2018, 08:50:27 PM
Its a great signing and a huge upgrade. If they can keep the core of stars together for the next 3 years it will give our development program a chance to bare fruit.  Do I hear the word Dynasty?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 24, 2018, 11:58:20 AM
The Toronto FC are back! 

The MLS Champions were in Colorado playing against the Colorado Rapids in a Champions  League CONCACAF matchup, -- First Leg -- and practically left where they took off from their MLS Championship win in downing the Rapids 2-0 last Tuesday (Feb.21st).

It was by all accounts the coldest soccer day on record -- a -10°C -- but not even the cold could stop neither Giovinco nor Osorio from scoring.  Throw in newcomer Auro with his blazing speed and the TFC looked formidable all over again.

The Second Leg goes Tuesday Feb. 27 at BMO Field here in Toronto.

Game recap:
https://www.wakingthered.com/toronto-fc/2018/2/21/17034974/colorado-rapids-0-2-toronto-fc-giovinco-powers-reds-to-big-win-tfc-concacaf-champions-league (https://www.wakingthered.com/toronto-fc/2018/2/21/17034974/colorado-rapids-0-2-toronto-fc-giovinco-powers-reds-to-big-win-tfc-concacaf-champions-league)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 01, 2018, 04:09:59 AM
The Toronto FC advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarter-finals in a scoreless draw against the Colorado Rapids, in Second Leg Round of 16 action at BMO Field Tuesday (Feb.27).

The TFC won on aggregate 2-0.

They will now face Mexican team Tigres UANL, considered a formidable opponent and among the best in the region.

The First Leg of the Quarter-final begins next Wednesday (March 7th) at BMO Field here in Toronto.

Game recap:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/02/27/toronto-fc-advances-in-champions-league-will-face-tigers-uanl-in-quarter-finals.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/02/27/toronto-fc-advances-in-champions-league-will-face-tigers-uanl-in-quarter-finals.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 04, 2018, 06:53:26 AM
The defending MLS Champions the Toronto FC, kicked off the 2018 MLS season with the home opener at BMO Field yesterday against the Columbus Crew, the team they defeated last season in the Eastern Conference Final before advancing to the  MLS Championship game.

This time though the Crew came to spoil the party -- the TFC celebrated prior to the game start, their historic season in which they won the Supporters Shield, the Canadian Championship,  and lastly, the MLS Cup.

Columbus shutout Toronro 2-0 and many TFC supporters came away disappointed. While not exactly a lackluster performance, the fact that the team hasn't scored in two games (this includes the scoreless Second Leg match against the Colorado Rapids, whom they
defeated on aggregate to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarter-final).

For a team that lost only one home game all of last year and was the hottest scoring team and best  in the league, the zero number on the scoreboard isn't something fans are used to.

Striker Sebastian Giovinco thinks he knows the reason for this lacklustre show of goals:

Quote"In the beginning it was not in a good way; we continued show the trophy, we continued to think about what happened last year," the star Toronto striker said as he blamed the loss on a poor team mentality. "I think, for me, this is no good."

"I think we have to change the mentality. We don't have to think about last year. We have to think about this year, and this year is more difficult."

TFC coach Greg Vanney had a different view:

Quote"I'm not over the moon disappointed because I think there's a lot of information that is useable for me and us as a team coming out of this going into a series where we've got to be a little bit sharper than we were today, for sure,"

The TFC had some quality chances by Giovinco, Altidore, Auro, and Aketxe to get on the board but were stymied by both the Crew's goalkeeper and the post.

Victor Vasquez, so instrumental in last year's historic run, and a key cog in the TFC lineup,  left the game with an upper body injury.

Game story:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-mls-eastern-conference-1.4561184 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-mls-eastern-conference-1.4561184)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 09, 2018, 05:47:05 PM
The Toronto FC defeated Mexican powerhouse Tigres UANL 2-1 in the First Leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Quarter-final, at BMO Field in Toronto Wednesday evening.

Hometown hero Dominic Osorio scored the winner while Jozey Altidore potted the first goal earlier.  Sebastian Giovinco's key move made for the eventual winner.

Tigres was no slouch as their roster of international stars such as Chile's Vargas and Brazil's Juninho, and many others make for a team that's fleet of feet and sport some of the fastest-moving players in the game.  But alas, the TFC, champions in their own right themselves, stood toe to toe and pace for pace in their game strategy against this Tigres team.

Hooe the TFC can repeat in Monterrey next Tuesday (March 13) in the Second Leg of this Quarter-final.  Good luck, TFC!

Game recap:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-tigres-concacaf-1.4567089 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-tigres-concacaf-1.4567089)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 14, 2018, 03:29:17 PM
Done!

The Toronto FC has advanced to the Semi-final of the CONCACAF Champions League as they won -- aggregate (4-4) -- on away goals, in their 3-2 loss to Tigres UANL last night in Monterrey, Mexico in this tournament's Second Leg.

Thanks to Seba's (Giovinco) marker on a beautiful side-kick, that enabled the TFC to obtain the advantage in the away goals department, and proved to be the winner for them.

Poise, discipline, and some super defence on the part of Chris Mavinga were instrumental in keeping the TFC on an even keel against Tigres, in spite of the fact that Toronto was out possesioned in this game and still came up a winner.

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Playing in a hostile environment coupled with a higher altitude plus against a Mexican powerhouse would tax any team, but the TFC's remarkable agility and adaptiveness came to the fore for them.  Not even a very questionable penalty kick to Tigres (it was their go-ahead goal for the game) was enough to topple the resilient TFC. It was also a coming of age that a Canadian-based squad beat a Mexican squad, historic in fact, So much so that Mexican media dubbed it a disastrous loss of a champion Mexican team losing to an MLS squad.  Talk about respect.  Too bad.

While Tigres did score on an own goal and Giovinco's kick should have been a save (but wasn't) because a Seba kick is a Seba kick and often times not easy to handle, one can deduce this game as not being so lucky for them, so much as "disastrous".  Either way, it was Toronto's choice to come up as the winning team.

The TFC will play either one of Club America, another tough Mexican team, or, Panama's Tauro.

There is, BTW, another MLS squad the New York Red Bulls playing here in this tournament.  They too advanced by defeating Mexico's Tijuana in their Quarter-final matchup.

Story:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-tigres-uanl-recap-1.4575058 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-tigres-uanl-recap-1.4575058)

https://theathletic.com/272936/2018/03/14/toronto-fcs-road-to-concacaf-glory-looks-almost-unstoppable-after-historic-win-over-mexicos-best/ (https://theathletic.com/272936/2018/03/14/toronto-fcs-road-to-concacaf-glory-looks-almost-unstoppable-after-historic-win-over-mexicos-best/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: cabber24 on March 14, 2018, 03:44:39 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 14, 2018, 03:29:17 PM
Done!

The Toronto FC has advanced to the Semi-final of the CONCACAF Champions League as they won -- aggregate (4-4) -- on away goals, in their 3-2 loss to Tigres UANL last night in Monterrey, Mexico in this tournament's Second Leg.

Thanks to Seba's (Giovinco) marker on a beautiful side-kick, that enabled the TFC to obtain the advantage in the away goals department, and proved to be the winner for them.

Poise, discipline, and some super defence on the part of Chris Mavinga were instrumental in keeping the TFC on an even keel against Tigres, in spite of the fact that Toronto was out possesioned in this game and still came up a winner.

Playing in a hostile environment coupled with a higher altitude plus against a Mexican powerhouse would tax any team, but the TFC's remarkable agility and adaptiveness came to the fore for them.  It was also a coming of age that a Canadian-based squad beat a Mexican squad, historic in fact, Soshnikov much so that Mexican media dubbed it a catastrophic loss of a champion Mexican team losing to an MLS squad.  Talk about respect.  Too bad.

The TFC will play either one of Club America, another tough Mexican team, or,
CONCACAF, I always thought they were saying copycat on the radio. I am a big "footie" fan encase you were wondering... Anyway, Toronto is a very diverse city and the team definitely has a loyal and eclectic following. Good for our MLSE brothers.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 27, 2018, 07:25:05 AM
The Toronto FC return to action on Friday at BMO Field against Real Salt Lake.  It has been a bye week for TFC as several of it's players return from International duty.

On Tuesday April 3, a Mexican squad, Club America, comes to Toronto to play the TFC in the First Leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semi-final.

GO TFC!


Source:  MLS.com/TorontoFC
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2018, 02:35:11 AM
After having defeated Real Salt Lake at home Friday (March 30th) 3-1 in their first win of the season, the Toronto FC's next task didn't have an easy ring to it.

In the First Leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semi-final played last night (Tuesday April 3), the TFC conquered all doubt about playing Club America, another powerhouse Mexican squad.  Goals from Giovinco, Altidore and Ashton Morgan powered Toronto to a 3-1 win before pouring rain and wind, in front of a raucous home crowd at BMO Field.

While the TFC appears to be somewhat struggling in the regular season, they left no doubt about themselves when it comes to winning in this Champions League tournament.  They remain undefeated at home in the games played here in this tournament and the latest win was testimonial to that.

But not before some controversy at the half.  There was a scuffle/skirmish that ensued in the tunnel between several TFC and Club America players.  In fact, the Mexican coach Herrera accused Toronto police of assaulting several of his payers..  Not so according to TFC coach Greg Vanney who was witness from start to finish:

Quote"I was front and centre and saw everything," he said. "I'm not really going to digress into he said, she said."

Then Vanney said the incident began when a Club America coach interacted with Giovinco and Toronto FC's Jonathan Osorio came to his teammate's defence. Osorio, a 25-year-old Toronto native, said a Club America coach elbowed him in the nose.

"And then it escalated from there," Vanney said.

Osorio, sporting a nice bump on his nose, added: "There were two of their staff who were kind of harassing Seba [Giovinco]. I stepped in to say, 'Just relax,' and one of their guys kind of did a little cheap shot. It's OK, I took it and kept going. I didn't see any players involved. I don't know what [Herrera] saw, I saw him, I saw the head coach. He was there."

The Second Leg of this Semi-final goes next Tuesday (April 10) when the TFC plays in Mexico.

GO TFC!


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-club-america-champions-league-concacaf-1.4603862 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-club-america-champions-league-concacaf-1.4603862)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 11, 2018, 01:41:27 AM
Two and done!

Toronto FC ties with Club America at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City 1-1 in the Second Leg of the CONCACAF Champions League, and wins this Semi-final (aggregate 4-2) Tuesday night.

The TFC played perhaps among their finest performance defensively, as Club America practically owned the second half as they exerted offensive pressure in the zone.  Alas, it was probably the TFC defenders finest forty plus minutes as time and again, they made it difficult for the opposition to get any balls past 'keeper Alex Bono.  Bono, by the way, was Bono, making some exceptional saves in both halves.

TFC's Jonathan Osorio scored in the first half and it stayed that way until the Mexican squad was awarded a penalty kick courtesy of a TFC takedown.  The goal came with a mere few seconds of play left in extra time.

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The TFC will now play Club Deportivo Guadalajara, another Mexican squad, in the CONCACAF Champions League Final.  The First Leg will be played in Toronto on Tuesday April 17.

Club Deportivo Guadalajara had defeated the New York Red Bull in their Semi-final 1-0 (aggregate).

The TFC meantime go on to Denver for a scheduled season game against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday (April 14).

WAY TO GO TFC!

Game story:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-club-america-concacaf-champions-league-liga-mx-mexico/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-toronto-fc-club-america-concacaf-champions-league-liga-mx-mexico/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 18, 2018, 03:18:33 AM
Not this time.

The Toronto FC and Mexican squad Chivas de Guadalajara kicked off their CONCACAF Champions League Final at BMO Field Tuesday night (April 17), but it wasn't the results TFC wanted.  Guadalajara defeated TFC 2-1 here in the First Leg of this Final.

Chivas got on the board early -- 65 seconds into the matchup -- but Toronto's Jonathan Osorio countered twenty minutes in the half, becoming the highest scoring player (& Canadian-born) of this tournament.   Kudos to Osorio on that goal -- he headed thw ball while crashing bodywise into the post.  At least no one can fault him for trying.  It definely paid dividends.

The TFC had plenty of chances and opportunites to forge ahead but instead it was Chivas that ended up scoring the go-ahead & winning goal in the 72nd minute.  Too bad.

Quote"At the end of the day, the score comes down to finishing your chances and not giving away goals you shouldn't give away," Vanney said.

Now TFC needs a wing & a prayer for the Second Leg to be played next Wednesday April 25 in Mexico.  TFC need to score not less than two goals and limit Chivas to zero, otherwise to overtime they will go.  Hope that doesn't happen. 

The Mexicans are taking absolutely nothing for granted as far as their coach is concerned, considering TFC's winning performance so far in this tourney:

Quote"There's still 90 minutes left in this game. The result is still open," he said.

GO TFC!


https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/04/17/toronto-fc-digs-hole-in-first-leg-of-concacaf-champions-league-final.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/04/17/toronto-fc-digs-hole-in-first-leg-of-concacaf-champions-league-final.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 26, 2018, 05:32:24 AM
Heartbreak!

Toronto FC lose out in the shootout (4-2) and the CONCACAF Champions League trophy to Chivas Guadalajara. Wednesday night at Estadio Chivas.  Oh...that hurts... 

TFC actually won this Second Leg  2-1 (aggregate 3-3) which forced the shootout on penalty kicks.  Chivas connected on all four of their shots, Toronto two out of four.

TFC lost the Championdhip but gained respect and admiration from a throng of MLS and Mexican League followers:

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The Toronro FC had several players out of the lineup due to injuries,  most notably it's central defense -- Nick Hagglund, Chris Mavinga, Drew Moor, Zavaleta,  Hernandez, & Justin Morrow -- which forced coach Vanney to shift midfield defender Michael Bradley to centre, etc.

Even with all of that plus a "hostile" environment among Chivas supporters, TFC stood proud and played with heart right to the end.

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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 03, 2018, 04:46:54 PM
Well,  it's been awhile since that heartbreaking loss in the CONCACAF Champions League Cup Final that TFC has been discussed or written about

As it stands, Toronto FC are in second spot in the East but fifteen points back of first place Columbus Crew. TFC played this same Crew team to a 3-3 tie yesterday at BMO Field here in Toronto.  Even though Toronto took a 3-0 lead at one point, they couldn't hang on to victory as Columbus scored three back to tie the game up (the tying goal on a penalty kick).

A very disappointing outcome for TFC considering that the defending MLS champions have been off to a disappointing start in their season and continuing that trend.

One of the reasons for this so far losing season are the injuries.  Count 'em -- Moor, Altidore, Morgan, Morrow, Zavaleta, Aketxe, and Mavinga.  That's quite a list.  (Coach Vanney expects Zavaleta & Morrow back in the lineup soon).

Giovinco, Ricketts, and Vasquez were the TFC scorers.  For Giovinco, who leads the league in shots, it was just his third goal of the season.  What does Seba have to say after having had successful scoring seasons including MVP?  The lack of Altidore is a factor.

Speaking of Altidore, he's a ways away from returning.  Hopefully with the rest of the sidelined on the mend, TFC's fortunes will improve so that a positive  turnaround in their season can be had.

Game story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/06/02/toronto-fc-blows-three-goal-lead-in-road-draw-with-crew.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/06/02/toronto-fc-blows-three-goal-lead-in-road-draw-with-crew.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on June 05, 2018, 02:39:40 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on June 03, 2018, 04:46:54 PM
Well,  it's been awhile since that heartbreaking loss in the CONCACAF Champions League Cup Final that TFC has been discussed or written about

As it stands, Toronto FC are in second spot in the East but fifteen points back of first place Columbus Crew. TFC played this same Crew team to a 3-3 tie yesterday at BMO Field here in Toronto.  Even though Toronto took a 3-0 lead at one point, they couldn't hang on to victory as Columbus scored three back to tie the game up (the tying goal on a penalty kick).

2nd in the East??? What have you been smoking. TFC is 10th in the East and Atlanta, not Columbus, are in first. TFC is 18 points behind Atlanta but just 8 out of the playoffs.

https://www.mlssoccer.com/standings
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 05, 2018, 06:18:27 PM
Quote from: seahawk on June 05, 2018, 02:39:40 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on June 03, 2018, 04:46:54 PM
Well,  it's been awhile since that heartbreaking loss in the CONCACAF Champions League Cup Final that TFC has been discussed or written about

As it stands, Toronto FC are in second spot in the East but fifteen points back of first place Columbus Crew. TFC played this same Crew team to a 3-3 tie yesterday at BMO Field here in Toronto.  Even though Toronto took a 3-0 lead at one point, they couldn't hang on to victory as Columbus scored three back to tie the game up (the tying goal on a penalty kick).

2nd in the East??? What have you been smoking. TFC is 10th in the East and Atlanta, not Columbus, are in first. TFC is 18 points behind Atlanta but just 8 out of the playoffs.

https://www.mlssoccer.com/standings (https://www.mlssoccer.com/standings)


I ain't smoking anything! :o .  (Never have, never will!).

In fact, that is exactly what I read -- TFC is still second.  Shouldn't have trusted the website, (not the one I posted), where that was stated, should have fact-checked the standings (which I had not). 

Believe it or not, some media outlets (via subscription only) have made some factual errors and were corrected by their readers.  Yes, it happens.

P.S.  Sorry if it usurped your world.   ::)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 19, 2018, 08:22:33 AM
It has been awhile since we last became preoccupied with the TFC.

Right now, as of last night, they won the First Leg of the Canadian Championship series with a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Fury FC

Perhaps the game wasn't too exciting but the fire in the stands  at Ottawa's  TD Stadium grabbed attention:

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The Toronro FC could see another trip to the CONCACAF Champions League as they had done previously, should they win this Canadian Championship.

Their season has definitely been a disappointment, that being an  understatement.  What with all of the injuries throughout the lineup -- Moor, Mavinga, Auro, Vasquez, and Hernandez -- and throw in Altidore earlier in the year.  Not an encouraging sign but regardless, the TFC struggle to inject respectability back into their season.

TFC play host to the Chicago Fire Saturday at BMO Field.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 25, 2018, 04:46:41 PM
Record-breaking transfer in MLS history as Canadian phenom Alphonso Davies to play for Bayern:

[tweet]1022180610750775299[/tweet]


https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/whitecaps-agree-transfer-canadian-alphonso-davies-bayern-munich/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/whitecaps-agree-transfer-canadian-alphonso-davies-bayern-munich/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 26, 2018, 03:37:34 AM
Toronto FC wins 3-0 (4-0 aggregate) over the USL's Ottawa Fury in the Second Leg of their Canadian Championship Series matchup Wednesday evening here in Toronto.

The TFC will now face the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Final beginning with the First Leg in Vancouver on August 8th.

Should the TFC win the Final, they'll go on to the CONCACAF Champions League tournament next year.

Story:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-cruises-past-ottawa-fury-returns-canadian-championship-final/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-cruises-past-ottawa-fury-returns-canadian-championship-final/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 16, 2018, 08:50:07 AM
Canadian Champs! 

TFC wins the Voyageurs Cup  with a 5-2 (7-4 aggregate) win over the Vancouver Whitecaps before a packed crowd at BMO Field in Toronto, in the Second Leg matchup of the 2018 Canadian Championship.

Toronto had previously tied 2-2 in the First Leg played in Vancouver.

Jozy Altidore with three, Giovinco and Ricketts with one each, were the offensive heroes.

This game featured the high octane offence that won the Reds the MLS Cup in 2017.  It's also what propelled them to a CONCACAF Champions League Final and earn the respect and admiration of their opponents and the soccer world in general.

As tired a team as the TFC are, this is their third consecutive Canadian Championship and guarantees them another shot as participants at the 2019 CONCACAF Champions  League tournament.

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Story:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-defeat-whitecaps-capture-three-straight-canadian-championship/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-defeat-whitecaps-capture-three-straight-canadian-championship/)

https://theathletic.com/475331/2018/08/16/with-canadian-championship-win-toronto-fc-take-first-step-toward-redemption/ (https://theathletic.com/475331/2018/08/16/with-canadian-championship-win-toronto-fc-take-first-step-toward-redemption/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 07, 2018, 02:34:23 AM
It's all about the turf.  Artificial turf vs grass.  The preferred is the latter by far and by wide among the League's players, which includes stars such as TFC's Giovinco, Drogba, Ibrahimovic, and even the great David Beckham.

Most of the complaints are about the turf leading to more injuries amongst the players -- Toronto's Giovinco is convinced that that is part of the reason for TFC's injury woes.

[tweet]1035629732245766144[/tweet]


Euro league stadiums are not exempted neither.

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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 20, 2018, 04:46:57 AM
Remember when the Toronto FC ousted Tigres UANL in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarter-Finals last Spring?

Well, not this time.

In the inaugural  Campeones Cup, played at BMO Field Wednesday evening, Tigres UANL  certainly wasted little time in making sure they'd end up on the winner's ledge, in defeating TFC 3-1.  Not only did they get a trophy but were awarded $340,000 (total) winner's purse.

For the TFC, it was yet another stigma in a miserable season.  Toronto coveted the award in hoping to add to their already impressive arsenal in that department, but the Mexicans obviously had other plans to make sure it would stick.  Not that it was easy since the TFC has racked up plenty of respect on that side of the border.

Quote"It wasn't easy because TFC has a good team and has good-quality players," Tigres coach Ricardo (Tuca) Ferretti said after the match through an interpreter.

Quote"It's a tough team," midfielder Jonathan Osorio said of Tigres. "They deserved to win today and congratulations to them."


https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/mexico-apos-tigres-downs-toronto-023554015.html (https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/mexico-apos-tigres-downs-toronto-023554015.html)


Toronto is currently out of a playoff spot, nine points out with six games remaining in the season.

The race for the post-season push begins Saturday when the TFC visit the New York Red Bull

GO TFC!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on October 28, 2018, 07:18:45 PM
Leicester City owner/chairman killed in helicopter crash leaving the stadium after game last night

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-46013381

The man who masterminded one of the biggest shock league win of certainly recent sports history if not all time
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 01, 2018, 02:11:26 AM
Toronto FC...where do they go from here?  Here meaning they've been out of the playoffs for this season.  Yes, the defending MLS Champions TFC.

From the get-go, 2018 definitely wasn't going to be Toronto's year, not with all of the injuries and 'lack of focus' particularly having gone from a high (CONCACAF Champions League finalists) plus all of the records they set in their championship season.  We can also add the fatigue factor.  Heck, the TFC kept playing way past December (Championship win) recommencing in the Spring all the way until season opener.

It could be that fatigue played a part in the injury department.  Someone made a mention of the turf -- complaints by Giovinco -- that it makes it difficult for the players resulting in greater risk of injury.  Action will be taken here:

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Some decisions need to be made and improvements addressed, but for the most part, this team needs to regroup.  The injuries definitely had a negative impact on the team offensively and defensively overall.

Let's hope next season, all begins on a positive note.


https://www.wakingthered.com/toronto-fc/2018/10/31/18035914/2018-was-a-horror-story-for-toronto-fc-what-now-mls-tfc-tim-bezbatchenko-greg-vanney-ccl-concacaf (https://www.wakingthered.com/toronto-fc/2018/10/31/18035914/2018-was-a-horror-story-for-toronto-fc-what-now-mls-tfc-tim-bezbatchenko-greg-vanney-ccl-concacaf)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 01, 2018, 02:26:00 AM
For the record, the Toronto FC finished ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 10-6-18 (w/d/l), a goal differential of -5; 59 GF & 64 GA  and a total of 36 points -- 45 back of first-place finisher NY Red Bull.  (The top six teams make the playoffs and the TFC was 14-15 points back of sixth-place Philadelphia Union).

What a difference a year made. 

Better luck next season TFC.


Source:  MLS.com
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on December 04, 2018, 04:15:24 PM
So on Saturday night just past I went to see Real Madrid v Valencia in the Santiago Bernabeu. What an incredible sporting arena and experience. Incredible atmosphere.

Also did the tour of the stadium and their trophy room is something else

https://twitter.com/the_real_arnk/status/1070048827078516736
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 21, 2018, 09:00:55 AM
Old Trafford (Manchester United) fires the mercurial legendary manager José Mourinho:

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1062061/Manchester-United-MUTINY-Jose-Mourinho-Ed-Woodward (https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1062061/Manchester-United-MUTINY-Jose-Mourinho-Ed-Woodward)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 21, 2018, 08:52:45 PM
The Toronto FC will begin play in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League against Club Atletico Independiente of Panama, in Panama, on February 19th.  This will be the First Leg with the Second Leg taking place in Toronto February 26.

The winner of that matchup goes to the Quarter-Finals against either of Kansas Sporting or Club Toluca Deportivo (of Mexico) in March.

After that it will be on to the Semi-Final, and etcetera.

Wishing TFC all the luck it needs to hopefully, this time, make it all the way to the Final again and emerge as Champions.

GO TFC!


Story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/12/19/toronto-fc-to-open-concacaf-champions-league-on-feb-19-in-la-chorrera-panama.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/12/19/toronto-fc-to-open-concacaf-champions-league-on-feb-19-in-la-chorrera-panama.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on January 02, 2019, 03:38:30 PM
Looks like we are losing our GM Tim B to Columbus Crew.......just great!!!! :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 02, 2019, 04:47:22 PM
Quote from: Highlander on January 02, 2019, 03:38:30 PM
Looks like we are losing our GM Tim B to Columbus Crew.......just great!!!! :'( :'( :'( :'(


He's from the area.  Pretty well a homecoming of sorts for him.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 02, 2019, 04:50:27 PM
Bszbatchenko to be replaced by Ali Curtis, formerly from the NY Red Bull organization.

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https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/report-columbus-crew-name-tfc-gm-bezbatchenko-team-president/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/report-columbus-crew-name-tfc-gm-bezbatchenko-team-president/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 06, 2019, 01:47:16 AM
Ciao, Seba!

Sebastian Giovinco a.k.a. "La Formica Atomica" ("The Atomic Ant") is now a member of the Suadi Arabian club Al-Hilal. 

In a bid to curtail spending -- the TFC were the highest salaried team in MLS -- Toronto's new GM Ali Curtis has begun to clean house, so to speak.  What better way than starting with your highest-paid superstar player (& fan favourite).

Hence the transfer of Giovinco to Al-Hilal, with quite possibly more of the same to come.  The TFC did not offer Giovinco an extension which opened the way for the transfer.

According to TFC President Bill Manning, negotiations with Giovincos agent were dificult in terms of salary, which gave the club little choice other than to initiate the transfer.


https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/2/2/18204663/toronto-fc-giovinco-awkward-transfers-2019-mls-ali-curtis (https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/2/2/18204663/toronto-fc-giovinco-awkward-transfers-2019-mls-ali-curtis)

https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-president-giovinco-wouldnt-take-pay-cut-mls/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-president-giovinco-wouldnt-take-pay-cut-mls/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 09, 2019, 02:45:11 AM
Meet newest TFC player American Terrence Boyd, who starred for German SV Darmstadt.

Quote"I'm a player who's playing with commitment," he added. "My motto is to give everything I've got on every game day and in practice. Because of the way I was raised – I was raised by hard-working people – I don't take this job for granted. I just love playing football and I love to give it all I got and hopefully with my power up front I can help the team win and force assists and goals."

Story:
https://torontosun.com/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc/newest-member-of-tfc-ready-to-hit-the-pitch
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 20, 2019, 03:29:02 AM
Ugh-ly!

Some way for a team to begin a tournament and have their hopes quashed in the first game of a two-game set. 

This is exactly what happened in Panama yesterday in the First Leg of the 2019 CONCAF Champions League, as Panamanian Club Independiente whiplashed Toronto FC 4-0.

The TFC did not have their roster at full strength, and not just through injuries but the ominous lack of two of their best -- Giovinco and Vasquez -- both gone through transfers.

Looks like the rebuild is going to be painful for Reds fans, even though TFC GM Ali Curtis has promised that the club will be sporting a solid roster that competes.  Blah, blah, blah.

The Second (return) Leg will be played at BMO Field in Toronto on Tuesday February 26.  In order to have any chance of advancing, the TFC need to score five goals and limit Club Independiente to 0 (5-4 aggregate in other words).  Think it's an impossibility?   Almost, and with the way the Reds are currently playing, a given.

We'll see next week.

Story:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-embarrassed-1st-leg-concacaf-champions-league-series/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-embarrassed-1st-leg-concacaf-champions-league-series/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 27, 2019, 03:07:54 AM
The cold temperatures didn't help to disrupt the team from Panama that so often plays in balmy conditions.  No, nothing.

Club (Athletico) Independiente wins aggregate 5-1 in a 1-1 draw in the Second Leg rematch of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, this eliminating Toronto FC in the Round of 16.
Even though the TFC tried valiantly -- injuries & a delpleted roster lacking scoring punch, plus the weather - overcoming the 4-0 First Leg defeat simply proved too much. (Toronto would have had to win 5-1 to win the aggregate).

As disappointed as the team and the fans are, and without the team's top players (Giovonco, Vasquez), gone via transfers, the TFC has inked new players to fill out the vacant spots -- Spanish striker Pozuelo, Altidore (new contract), French League goalkeeper Quentin Westburg, and Jakob Shaffelburg.

Toronto starts its MLS season opener at BMO Field Saturday March 2 when they play the Philadelphia Union.


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-toronto-fc-put-in-deep-freeze-by-panamanians-in-champions-league/ (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-toronto-fc-put-in-deep-freeze-by-panamanians-in-champions-league/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on February 27, 2019, 06:29:17 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on February 27, 2019, 03:07:54 AM
The cold temperatures didn't help to disrupt the team from Panama that so often plays in balmy conditions.  No, nothing.

Club (Athletico) Independiente wins aggregate 5-1 in a 1-1 draw in the Second Leg rematch of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, this eliminating Toronto FC in the Round of 16.
Even though the TFC tried valiantly -- injuries & a delpleted roster lacking scoring punch, plus the weather - overcoming the 4-0 First Leg defeat simply proved too much. (Toronto would have had to win 5-1 to win the aggregate).



Well, if Toronto had won 5-1, having lost 4-0 away, making the aggregate score 5-5 Independiente would have gone through on the away goals rule.

Toronto would have needed to win 6-1. Or 5-0. Or 7-2. By 5 clear goals.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 27, 2019, 03:03:08 PM
Quote from: Arn on February 27, 2019, 06:29:17 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on February 27, 2019, 03:07:54 AM
The cold temperatures didn't help to disrupt the team from Panama that so often plays in balmy conditions.  No, nothing.

Club (Athletico) Independiente wins aggregate 5-1 in a 1-1 draw in the Second Leg rematch of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, this eliminating Toronto FC in the Round of 16.
Even though the TFC tried valiantly -- injuries & a delpleted roster lacking scoring punch, plus the weather - overcoming the 4-0 First Leg defeat simply proved too much. (Toronto would have had to win 5-1 to win the aggregate).



Well, if Toronto had won 5-1, having lost 4-0 away, making the aggregate score 5-5 Independiente would have gone through on the away goals rule.

Toronto would have needed to win 6-1. Or 5-0. Or 7-2. By 5 clear goals.


You're correct on that count.  They most likely would have had to win by a 5-0 or a 6-1 score, which seemed like such an impossible task.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 30, 2019, 05:57:43 AM
Forget Giovinco or even Vasquez.  Think Pozuelo.

Yep, looks like the Spanish midfielder is set to take TFC fans hearts by storm as he replaces the part of the beloved Giovinco.

Alejandro Pozuelo scored twice and assisted on Altidore's goal in leading the TFC to a 4-0 shutout over the NYC FC Friday evening at BMO Field before 34,000+ screaming fanatics.
It was his MLS debut and he made the penalty kick shot look ridiculously easy. And why not for he seems to be an expert with the "Panenka".

Quote" ...'I come to shoot the penalty. The first penalty I shoot I do the Panenka.'
...always the first penalty [of the game] the keeper go right or left. I think it impossible the keeper stay in the middle.' So I try and do good."

[tweet]1111843073120747520[/tweet]
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on March 30, 2019, 11:53:49 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 30, 2019, 05:57:43 AM
Forget Giovinco or even Vasquez.  Think Pozuelo.

Yep, looks like the Spanish midfielder is set to take TFC fans hearts by storm as he replaces the part of the beloved Giovinco.

Alejandro Pozuelo scored twice and assisted on Altidore's goal in leading the TFC to a 4-0 shutout over the NYC FC Friday evening at BMO Field before 34,000+ screaming fanatics.
It was his MLS debut and he made the penalty kick shot look ridiculously easy. And why not for he seems to be an expert with the "Panenka".

Quote" ...'I come to shoot the penalty. The first penalty I shoot I do the Panenka.'
...always the first penalty [of the game] the keeper go right or left. I think it impossible the keeper stay in the middle.' So I try and do good."

[tweet]1111843073120747520[/tweet]
Giovinco, is 32 wanted a ton of money on a long term contract. We know where that leads too. Yes he was a fantastic player but not great with both feet. This new guy Pozuelo has great feet, vision and touch. Supposedly, a great guy in the room.  I am looking forward to this season!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on March 30, 2019, 12:29:08 PM
Quote from: Highlander on March 30, 2019, 11:53:49 AM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 30, 2019, 05:57:43 AM
Forget Giovinco or even Vasquez.  Think Pozuelo.

Yep, looks like the Spanish midfielder is set to take TFC fans hearts by storm as he replaces the part of the beloved Giovinco.

Alejandro Pozuelo scored twice and assisted on Altidore's goal in leading the TFC to a 4-0 shutout over the NYC FC Friday evening at BMO Field before 34,000+ screaming fanatics.
It was his MLS debut and he made the penalty kick shot look ridiculously easy. And why not for he seems to be an expert with the "Panenka".

Quote" ...'I come to shoot the penalty. The first penalty I shoot I do the Panenka.'
...always the first penalty [of the game] the keeper go right or left. I think it impossible the keeper stay in the middle.' So I try and do good."

[tweet]1111843073120747520[/tweet]
Giovinco, is 32 wanted a ton of money on a long term contract. We know where that leads too. Yes he was a fantastic player but not great with both feet. This new guy Pozuelo has great feet, vision and touch. Supposedly, a great guy in the room.  I am looking forward to this season!

His touch...I mean we were lucky to have Giovinco.  He was a great player but those moves are not things that we would get out of the Italian.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on April 18, 2019, 12:21:32 PM
Next game is on TFC new hybrid field, synthetics woven in with real turf, supposedly a much firmer resilient surface used by a lot of the best teams in Europe. Hope it helps
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 05, 2019, 07:03:41 AM
TFC wins 2-0 over Orlando City SC.

Highlights:
[tweet]1124818846542630913[/tweet]

Toronto (5-1-2) is fourth in the Eastern Conference and is tied with the first place Philadelphia Union (6-2-3) in GF (Goals For) with 21.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 07, 2019, 11:21:45 AM
Meet the newest member of the TFC...Centreback (defence) Omar Gonzalez:

https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/6/3/18650670/breaking-toronto-fc-sign-omar-gonzalez (https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/6/3/18650670/breaking-toronto-fc-sign-omar-gonzalez)

We won't be seeing him in a TFC jersey until July.

Bienvenido, Omar!


What fans may not know is this:

The 2009 MLS SuperDraft is one that haunted Toronto FC for years. A team at that time in desperate need of a centre-back to build around decided to use the second overall pick on midfielder Sam Cronin. Gonzalez went with the very next pick to the Los Angeles Galaxy.  From the time Gonzalez stepped on an MLS pitch, you just knew he was the real deal. The towering central defender went on to win the 2009 Rookie of the Year, 2011 Defender of the Year, was named four times into the MLS Best XI, and helped his Galaxy team to three MLS Cup triumphs and two Supporters Shields.

At least, he's ours now.


https://www.torontofc.ca/post/2019/06/06/wheelers-insider-omars-coming-whats-next-and-fraser-features (https://www.torontofc.ca/post/2019/06/06/wheelers-insider-omars-coming-whats-next-and-fraser-features)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 22, 2019, 06:50:55 AM
TFC sign homegrown talent:

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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 22, 2019, 07:08:05 AM
The Toeonto FC play the FC Dallas in Texas tonight.  The TFC are currently 0/7 while FC Dallas is 1/8.

Toronto is seventh in the Eastern Conference standings with 19 points.

FC Dallas is fifth in the Western Conference standings with 22 points.

Story:
https://torontosun.com/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc/grasping-for-good-news-toronto-fc-coach-greg-vanney-is-thrilled-that-pozuelo-is-feeling-fresher-than-he-has-in-weeks (https://torontosun.com/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc/grasping-for-good-news-toronto-fc-coach-greg-vanney-is-thrilled-that-pozuelo-is-feeling-fresher-than-he-has-in-weeks)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 30, 2019, 12:15:08 AM
Bradley says what many think (especially fans of TFC):

QuoteBradley slammed MLS for failing to work out scheduling conflicts with the FIFA in terms of international duty.

"I said it before and I'll say it again, it's the worst part about the league (MLS), the fact that teams play through FIFA dates," Bradley said following a TFC training session. "Because as you're trying to give everything you have for your club team and the national team, there's too many moments where you're missing something and I think it's got to be the next step for the league, or one of the next steps, in terms of respecting the FIFA dates, not playing through summer tournaments. And it always comes back to scheduling issues."

Story:
https://torontosun.com/sports/soccer/mls/having-to-choose-between-reds-and-red-white-and-blue-has-tfc-captain-michael-bradley-seeing-red (https://torontosun.com/sports/soccer/mls/having-to-choose-between-reds-and-red-white-and-blue-has-tfc-captain-michael-bradley-seeing-red)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 30, 2019, 12:25:29 AM
It's about time for some TFC news...

The Toronto FC plays the New England Revolution at BMO Field here in T.O. on Saturday.

The TFC (10-10-7) are currently in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.  The top seven teams make the post-season.
Only seven matches remaining as they find themselves just behind the Montreal Impact for that seventh spot.

GO TFC!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 09, 2019, 06:58:34 AM
In reference to the post below, the TFC tied the New England Revolution last Saturday 1-1.

Yesterday (Sunday), Toronto beat the hapless FC Cincinnati 5-1 in Cincinnati.

With the above, Toronto moves into a tie for sixth spot alongside the New York Red Bull in the Eastern Conference.

Next game is Wednesday Sept. 11 against the first place NYC FC at BMO Field.  Another crucial match as Toronto can't afford to lose many more games in a bid to keep their playoff hopes alive.  TFC is on a bit of a roll and the momentum needs to be upkept.

GO TFC!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 16, 2019, 02:20:49 AM
Good news for TFC fans!

Sunday, the TFC extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games, with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids at BMO Field.

That's the good news, but the better news and one every Toronto soccer aficionado that follows the TFC wants to hear, is that the TFC are now entrenched in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings -- good enough for a playoff run.

GO TFC!

Story:
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-colorado-rapids-mls-sept-15-1.5284654 (https://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-colorado-rapids-mls-sept-15-1.5284654)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 22, 2019, 03:59:18 PM
With  1-1 draw against the LA FC, Toronto continued their unbeaten streak (excluding the Canadian Championship games) and assured themselves a berth in the playoffs.

They remain in fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.  Good enough for a top four finish with two games remaining in the schedule.

More:
https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/9/22/20877910/toronto-fc-clinch-2019-mls-cup-playoff-spot (https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/9/22/20877910/toronto-fc-clinch-2019-mls-cup-playoff-spot)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 11, 2019, 12:09:50 AM
Let the playoffs begin!

The Toronto FC will play DC United at BMO Field in T.O. on Saturday October 19th in Round 1 @6pm.

TFC finished fourth on the year, just five points back of third-place Philadelphia Union, with a 13-10-11 w/l/t record.

The first place teams in both Conferences receive a bye — the NYC FC & the LA FC.

TFC's top forward Jozey Altidore may remain questionable due to a quad injury.
The TFC have no other injured players.

More:
https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/10/9/20906824/report-toronto-fc-coach-greg-vanney-optimistic-altidore-will-be-available-in-mls-cup-playoffs (https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/10/9/20906824/report-toronto-fc-coach-greg-vanney-optimistic-altidore-will-be-available-in-mls-cup-playoffs)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/10/10/audi-2019-mls-cup-playoffs-ultimate-playoff-guide (https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/10/10/audi-2019-mls-cup-playoffs-ultimate-playoff-guide)

GO TFC!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 16, 2019, 12:39:21 AM
The Canadian Men's squad under coach John Herdman shutout the US Men's squad 2-0 Tuesday evening for the first time since 1985.

Led by scorers phenom Alphonso Davis and Lucas Cavallini, there was no stopping Canada as coach Herdman said that it would come down to who wanted it more.  Sure enough, Canada did and how!

Team Canada Men's is attempting to win at this CONCACAF Nations League event or at least to finish in the top six in a bid to qualify for the 2022 Workd Cup.

WAY TO GO, CANADA!

[tweet]1184299542570848258[/tweet]


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2019/10/15/concacaf-nations-league-canada-beats-us-first-time-since-1985/3992884002/ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2019/10/15/concacaf-nations-league-canada-beats-us-first-time-since-1985/3992884002/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 20, 2019, 01:49:15 AM
Woo-hoo, T.O. soccer fans!

TFC defeat DC United by a score of 5-1 at BMO Field Saturday night in the First Round action of the MLS playoffs.

Next up, TFC goes onto the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against the New York City FC in New York next week (Wednesday Oct. 29).

With the score tied at 1-1, and in extra time, Toronto rained four straight goals to win it in front of 25,000+ boisterous fans at BMO. 

At least it feels good to celebrate.  Next comes the hard part as in how to defeat the league's second-best team, the NYCFC.  Leave it up to TFC and Vanney to figure that one out.  We fans are confident "They Will!".

Hey, who says you can't beat Wayne Rooney?

[tweet]1185751172465991680[/tweet]

Story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2019/10/19/toronto-fc-ends-wayne-rooneys-mls-career-in-one-of-the-wildest-finishes-in-mls-playoff-history.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2019/10/19/toronto-fc-ends-wayne-rooneys-mls-career-in-one-of-the-wildest-finishes-in-mls-playoff-history.html)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 24, 2019, 01:18:43 AM
Big win for TFC!

Toronto defeated the NYC FC 2-1 thanks to Pozuelo's two goals (the second one on a penalty) in their Eastern Conference Semi-Final, to advance to the Eastern Conference Final against either of Philadelphia or Atlanta.

Pozuelo seems to have a knack of scoring against the NYC FC and no doubt he would connect not once but twice in advancing his team in these MLS playoffs.
Give credit to coach Vanney in plotting strategy in finding a way to stymie the NYC's brilliant offence.  Consider that TFC won without one of their best forwards Jozey Altidore.  There's always Alejandro.

GO TFC!

Highlights:

[tweet]1187194499052662784[/tweet]


Story:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/pozuelo-makes-difference-toronto-fc-wild-playoff-affair/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/pozuelo-makes-difference-toronto-fc-wild-playoff-affair/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on October 24, 2019, 11:52:57 AM
And a hard venue to play in, smallest pitch in MLS (strange they don't have standards to be adhered to). I think it gives the home team a huge advantage as they do learn the best way to manipulate the field.
Great win by the Reds
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 25, 2019, 03:33:03 AM
TFC is slated to play the Atlanta United FC in the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday Oct. 30 @8pm EST.  The game will be played at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

It'll be a matchup of champions — the United are the 2018 Champions while the TFC are the 2017 Champions.

GO TFC!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 31, 2019, 03:45:48 AM
Off to the Final!

Thank you Quentin Westberg and Nick deLeon.  They are the reason the TFC is headed to the MLS Championship Game.

First off, goalkeeper Westberg made a crucial save on a penalty shot by Atlanta's Martinez.  That gave TFC more than a chance to allow Benezet to tie the game after the United FC took an early lead.

Of course, with Atlanta's formidable offensive juggernaut, Toronto's defence was pressured from the opening minute in particular Michael Bradley who seemed a step out of line of the United's midfielders.  Alas, Toronto re-strategized and kept the Unuted FC looking on the outside in, so to speak....

...until Nick deLeon's marker for the TFC in the later stages of the second half, with a perfect long footer to vaunt Toronto into the lead enroute to the TFC's 2-1 win Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Toronto coach Greg Vanney clearly outsmarted his coaching opponent in this game as the TFC changed it's formation strategically to frustrate and stymie Atlanta's dangerous shooters.  The ensuing result, mucho gracias to deLeon, was a stunning upset of another top seeded team.

Now on to the MLS Final vs Seattle Sounders!  Hip hip hooray!

GO TFC!

[tweet]1189751243423518721[/tweet]

Story:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-recovers-abysmal-start-reach-third-mls-cup-final/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-recovers-abysmal-start-reach-third-mls-cup-final/)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 31, 2019, 09:04:31 AM
                                                MLS Cup Final
                                         Sunday November 10, 2019
                                                     3pm EST
                                                CenturyLink Field
                                                     Seattle, WA
                                       
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/150x100q90/923/yCSgSL.png)@(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/150x100q90/923/mZSG53.png)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 09, 2019, 01:28:12 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on October 31, 2019, 09:04:31 AM
                                                MLS Cup Final
                                         Sunday November 10, 2019
                                                     3pm EST
                                                CenturyLink Field
                                                     Seattle, WA
                                       
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/150x100q90/923/yCSgSL.png)@(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/150x100q90/923/mZSG53.png)

I am a staunch follower of the Reds and what they have accomplished this year is amazing, still strange that their opponent in the 3rd Championship is the same Seattle team, so we have the rubber match and we are underdogs for sure.  Vanney has done a great job at adapting his team to the times, wish Bab's was as adaptable.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 10, 2019, 07:54:06 PM
Fourth time's not the charm.

Not for the TFC, not this time as the Sounders held off Toronto 3-1 in this MLS Cup Final in Seattle.  A capacity crowd of 69,000+ saw the Sounders hoist their third championship in four years. 

When your team scores an own goal (an unlucky bounce there), it doesn't bode too well.  The TFC seemed to not recover from that faux pas even though they controlled the game up to then with their strategic style, as they had done in previous playoff matches enroute to this championship final.

Alas, the Sounders figured it all out as Toronto's staunch game fell apart.  The TFC's Altidore did score in the 92nd minute but the comeback fell short.

No need to go out with heads bowed.  The TFC had been on a 13-game unbeaten stretch dating back to the regular season up to these playoffs all the way to the MLS Cup.  And to think that this team was actually out of the playoff race at one point illustrates the character of the Reds and the excellent talents such as DeLeon, Pozuelo, Osorio, Delgado, Altidore and on and on, as well as Vanney's coaching & strategizing as well as the entire organization's desire to continue to uphold a winning tradition.

The Reds made us proud as they became virtually unstoppable.  It took a team like Seattle to do the damage and if there had been any greater time remaining, sure as heck the TFC might just have mounted a comeback.  Never under estimate the Reds!

GO TFC!

Highlights:
[tweet]1193671514127626242[/tweet]
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 15, 2019, 10:21:08 AM
Henry is new Impact manager.  A little finicky...

[tweet]1194966681174630401[/tweet]

https://theathletic.com/1379115/2019/11/15/frustrated-by-mls-as-a-player-thierry-henry-returns-as-a-manager-with-something-to-prove/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 22, 2020, 03:01:00 AM
Toronto FC's 2020 season begins February 29 against the San Jose Earthquakes.

It was announced that Captain Michael Bradley will miss four months due to surgery (ankle):

[tweet]1219320460833382400[/tweet]

Meantime, Ashton Morgan (defender) signs up with  Real Salt Lake.

Alas, there's good news as TFC signs Rocco Romeo —homegrown talent:

[tweet]1219832068546465794[/tweet]

Plus, TFC management is looking to sign a "Designated Player" or DP for short, to help solidify the lineup.  Wonder who it'll be? An international most likely.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 25, 2020, 08:30:10 AM
Remember when...

[tweet]1220885085945311232[/tweet]
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 25, 2020, 08:46:47 AM
Italian soccer club fines and bans spectators/fans for verbal abuse with their racist chants/nazi-like salutes & semitism, though some have argued that the ban is not punitive enough.

QuoteLast October, Italian soccer club SS Lazio were fined $22,000 by UEFA - European Soccer governing body - for breaking Article 14 of the Disciplinary Regulations.

Instead of paying the fine directly, the Italian club's president Claudio Lotito decided to take a hard line, doing something relatively unusual in Italian soccer.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the club was able to identify the 16 culprits through video footage and sent them individual letters demanding compensation for financial losses incurred by the club.

In the letter - dating January 20 - president Lotito requested approximately $3,500 payment per person over the sanction and additionally banned them from the stadium for three matches.

Story:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/giacomogalardini/2020/01/25/italian-soccer-club-ss-lazio-demanded-fans-repay-55000-fine-for-fascist-salutes-racist-behavior/#843cd4514bea (https://www.forbes.com/sites/giacomogalardini/2020/01/25/italian-soccer-club-ss-lazio-demanded-fans-repay-55000-fine-for-fascist-salutes-racist-behavior/#843cd4514bea)
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 22, 2020, 08:21:00 PM
Looks like forward Pablo Piatti is a no-go for the TFC's road season opener next week, alongside the sidelined Bradley and Altidore.

Piatti, signed as Toronto's Designated Player on a one year contract (with options), will be re-evaluated for the TFC's home opener (March 7).  There is no word on how long he will really be out for pending the medical assessment. Sounds like he comes with a little bit of excess baggage in the injury department.

TFC fans can probably hardly wait to see this maestro of Argentinian wizardry make his debut with the club.

Story:
https://torontosun.com/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc/tfcs-new-signing-piatti-already-injured
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on February 29, 2020, 04:02:28 PM
Game 1 is today, without Altidore or Piatti.   Not impressed with Curtis so far, Piatti although would be a superstar in MLS if healthy, is proving otherwise.  Hopefully the Toronto trainer can work some miracles on him.  We do have a couple of home grown talents coming up so maybe one of them will get a chance.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 02, 2020, 04:11:17 AM
Disappointing.  TFC tied the San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 or rather, it was the Earthquakes that tied it up at the last minute on a free kick Saturday in San Jose.

This was TFC's road opener.

Story:
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-san-jose-earthquakes-feb-29-mls-season-opener-1.5481392 (https://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-san-jose-earthquakes-feb-29-mls-season-opener-1.5481392)

Highlights:
[tweet]1233927711443312640[/tweet]


Home opener is next Saturday (March 7) vs the NY Red Bulls.

GO TFC!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 08, 2020, 10:28:04 AM
TFC's rookie midfielder Nigerian Ifunanyachi Achara provided the goal-scoring as Toronto defeated the NYC FC 1-0 in TFC's home opener yesterday.
Yes, no.99, and yes he knows now who Wayne Gretzky is.

[tweet]1236441159888748545[/tweet]

Game highlights:
[tweet]1236460649867288577[/tweet]
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 10, 2020, 12:09:55 PM
In honour of International Women's Day...

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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 10, 2020, 12:11:16 PM
TFC's home-opening win Saturday was coach Greg Vanney's win #100.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 10, 2020, 12:16:45 PM
Acharra loves T.O., and sure to become a fan favourite:

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Congrats, rookie.
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Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on March 10, 2020, 12:34:51 PM
Looks like this kid can be a great one himself, kudo's to his debut.  Also really liking what Richie Laryea on he right wing, he is a great player as well.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: seahawk on June 06, 2020, 09:31:29 PM
Little bit late catching up, but have to say I'm a little jealous. Madrid is on my travel bucket list.

Quote from: Arn on December 04, 2018, 04:15:24 PM
So on Saturday night just past I went to see Real Madrid v Valencia in the Santiago Bernabeu. What an incredible sporting arena and experience. Incredible atmosphere.

Also did the tour of the stadium and their trophy room is something else

https://twitter.com/the_real_arnk/status/1070048827078516736
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on July 06, 2020, 10:51:28 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-whitecaps-florida-tourney-fc-dallas-1.5639603

This doesn't bode well.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on July 12, 2020, 11:52:47 AM
Went to bed last night, hit the record button for the TFC game, all excited to watch this AM, turned on the recorded event and no game. This Covid thing is starting to piss me off, Oh that started about 4 months ago.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on July 17, 2020, 12:00:33 PM
TFC down Montreal 4-3 yesterday, led by "a hat trick by the Reds' 20-year-old scoring sensation Ayo Akinola". Kid has scored 5 goals in the last 2 games.  Sort of gives us some breathing space if Altidore is injured/traded or moves on next season.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on July 22, 2020, 11:57:08 AM
TFC advance to the knockout stage with a 0-0 snooze fest against New England.  Have to say 100% humidity at 9AM in the Florida heat would slog anyone down.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on July 26, 2020, 11:59:14 AM
1st knockout game at 8PM tonight.. Go TFC
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on July 27, 2020, 11:08:18 AM
TFC didn't show up, bad effort and they is out of here.  Next game sometime in late August.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on September 29, 2020, 11:07:38 AM
Was fun watching Ritchie Laryea on Sunday against Columbus.  Assisted beautifully on two goals and then scored this unbelievable goal.  Watch his footwork:
https://www.tsn.ca/richie-laryea-puts-on-a-show-as-toronto-fc-rallies-to-down-league-leading-columbus-crew-1.1530835
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on October 04, 2020, 11:21:13 AM
TFC starting to really connect the dots.  Beat Columbus and then Phili yesterday and looked very good in both.  These kids Laryea and Akinola are great and Pozuelo is putting on a MVP season.
Altidore left with some hamstring tightness, his play of late is a little concerning.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on October 08, 2020, 01:54:43 PM
Toronto wins again against New England, 1-0 with another beautiful goal by Akinola.  They are now sitting 3 points in front of everyone. Perhaps another Supporters Shield this year.  And without any support from Bradley or Altidore.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 02, 2020, 12:44:42 PM
After losing two injury riddled games in a row, TFC bounce back with 4 returnees to the team and win 2-1 against New York. Akinola returns and scores a beaut, followed by Ponzuela scoring on a penalty, which was set up by no other than Laryea.  2nd game in a row played in the pouring rain.
They still have a chance to claim the Supporters Shield.  Last game of season coming us and then the playoffs.  As I don't watch the NFL, it's going to go dead until NHL resumes.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 08, 2020, 01:46:23 PM
Last game of the season, Sunday 8th for TFC before the playoffs, 3:30PM EST.  Playing Red Bulls, they have a kid named Clark on their team, excellent young striker.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 22, 2020, 02:13:57 PM
Playoffs start for TFC on Tuesday against Nashville. Let's hope for a long run in this sports drought.  I am not a big NFL fan.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on December 01, 2020, 01:36:17 PM
Greg Vanney steps down as coach of TFC.  Thanks for the years Greg and best of luck as you proceed down lifes road.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on December 08, 2020, 03:48:30 PM
Seattle Sounders came back from a 2-0 deficit with 15 minutes to play with 3 unanswered goals to win with a minute left in stoppage time.  Money team, will play in the final against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, should be a great game.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: halojoho on April 14, 2021, 12:52:41 PM
any takers on city for champs league? PSG looked scary good but i think City can create better than Bayern.

https://www.sportsbetting3.com/soccer/uefa-champions-league-odds

Was disappointed with their performance against Dortmund, Leeds and Chelsea in FA cup.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on July 11, 2021, 06:56:36 PM
Well that was closer than it needed to be, but thankfully another tournament has passed without England winning it as Italy won the one year delayed Euro 2020
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on July 11, 2021, 07:11:55 PM
Quote from: Arn on July 11, 2021, 06:56:36 PM
Well that was closer than it needed to be, but thankfully another tournament has passed without England winning it as Italy won the one year delayed Euro 2020

I do like that the UK is supposedly a unified country of four nations while knowing that not a single person in Scotland, Wales or NI were rooting for England today.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Zee on July 12, 2021, 07:42:13 AM
Thank God I was born into an Italian family. At least Italy wins something for us every so often. I couldn't imagine being a Leafs fan + England fan. That would be a new kind of hell
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on July 12, 2021, 08:38:08 AM
Quote from: Nik on July 11, 2021, 07:11:55 PM
Quote from: Arn on July 11, 2021, 06:56:36 PM
Well that was closer than it needed to be, but thankfully another tournament has passed without England winning it as Italy won the one year delayed Euro 2020

I do like that the UK is supposedly a unified country of four nations while knowing that not a single person in Scotland, Wales or NI were rooting for England today.

It's the one thing that almost unanimously unites both parts of Ireland as well  ;D
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on July 12, 2021, 10:29:26 AM
Quote from: Zee on July 12, 2021, 07:42:13 AM
Thank God I was born into an Italian family. At least Italy wins something for us every so often. I couldn't imagine being a Leafs fan + England fan. That would be a new kind of hell
And I live there! :'(
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Zee on July 12, 2021, 03:11:27 PM
Quote from: Highlander on July 12, 2021, 10:29:26 AM
Quote from: Zee on July 12, 2021, 07:42:13 AM
Thank God I was born into an Italian family. At least Italy wins something for us every so often. I couldn't imagine being a Leafs fan + England fan. That would be a new kind of hell
And I live there! :'(

Sorry bro.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on July 12, 2021, 04:18:43 PM
Quote from: Zee on July 12, 2021, 07:42:13 AM
Thank God I was born into an Italian family. At least Italy wins something for us every so often. I couldn't imagine being a Leafs fan + England fan. That would be a new kind of hell
I made the mistake of joining my English friend for the game. Should've leaned into the Italian heritage!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on August 10, 2021, 09:22:23 AM
Going to the UEFA Super Cup final tomorrow between Chelsea and Villareal here in Belfast.

13,000 fans in attendance so the biggest sport crowd we'll have had here since the pandemic began.

I've been to a couple of local football games in the same stadium but the crowds have been restricted to around 2000 maximum so will be interesting to see how it goes.

I fully expect Chelsea to win very comfortably.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on September 02, 2021, 09:14:07 PM
Honduras.  Diving.  Embarrassing.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on September 08, 2021, 11:25:10 PM
Good 3-0 win against El Salvador to finish the first three game stretch of qualifying 1–0-2 for 5 points.  Not perfect but not bad.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on September 26, 2021, 02:05:30 PM
TFC got ripped off in the Miami game and should have had a W, after that they have another league win and tournament win and draw even with Colorado.  They are starting to show some poise even without several of their major players. 
I do hope the Atomic Ant comes home for a season, I know he won't be as great as before, but to me he never should have left town.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on October 08, 2021, 09:37:59 AM
Canada drew Mexico 1-1 in Azteca

Canada was previously 4-20-8 against Mexico lifetime and Mexico is the 9th ranked FIFA team right now.  Big point to take with winnable games against Jamaica (away) on Sunday and Panama (home) on Wednesday.

So far Canada sits 1 win, 3 draws and 6 points

USA            2-0-2 - 8 points
Mexico        2-0-2 - 8 points
Canada       1-0-3 - 6 points
Panama       1-1-2 - 4 points
El Salvador  1-1-2 - 4 points
Costa Rica   0-1-3 - 3 points
Honduras    0-1-3 - 3 points
Jamaica      0-3-1 - 1 point
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on October 08, 2021, 02:12:40 PM
Canada had ample opportunities to win that game,  it was a great exciting match.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on October 16, 2021, 06:21:17 PM
Sometimes you don't even like your own team mates, apparently

https://twitter.com/bbcsportni/status/1449456681134526465
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on November 16, 2021, 10:58:49 PM
Canada goes up 1-0 on extra time against Mexico
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on November 17, 2021, 12:10:17 AM
First win against Mexico in 21 years.

Canada leads the qualifying table now with 6 games to go
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 17, 2021, 02:45:09 PM
Quote from: L K on November 17, 2021, 12:10:17 AM
First win against Mexico in 21 years.

Canada leads the qualifying table now with 6 games to go
It's great for Canadian soccer and we are not going to look back, just to much talent being developed.  Man what are they doing over in Brampton/Bramalea?  So many players coming out of that area.
I think this team is going to surprise in Qatar. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on January 09, 2022, 08:48:41 AM
https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/2022/january/08/richie-laryea-checks-in-from-toronto/
Any good?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on January 09, 2022, 01:44:31 PM
Hate to see Laryea go, he is one of my favourite players for TFC.  He wants to live the dream playing in Europe so good luck Ritchie.  You can always come home again.
And the good thing is we get to see you play for the National team. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on January 09, 2022, 01:51:17 PM
Quote from: David Martin on January 09, 2022, 08:48:41 AM
https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/2022/january/08/richie-laryea-checks-in-from-toronto/
Any good?
Now that I know you are from Nottingham I will give you my rundown on Richie.  You are going to be very happy with this acquisition.   Usually plays right back, a very decent defender but what Laryea brings is a nice offensive flair able to slash from the wing towards the net and elude and deke defenders and score amazing goals.  He is chippy and not afraid to get in people faces, hence he takes yellow cards frequently. He probably is my favorite TFC player.  You got a gem.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on January 09, 2022, 05:51:11 PM
Thanks for info.
Not sure we need him after today though - beating Arsenal in the cup :D
If he can play left back as well as right back, he will be a vital part of the team.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on January 30, 2022, 04:24:32 PM
Anyone watching the qualifiers? Canada up on USA at the moment 1-0!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on January 30, 2022, 06:03:36 PM
2-0 as time expires.   What a victory
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on January 30, 2022, 06:14:12 PM
Oh my god that was incredible. I'm so glad I'm not an American football fan right now
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bill_Berg_is_sad on January 30, 2022, 07:39:20 PM
Great game! Qatar, here we come.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: SpiderLeaf on January 30, 2022, 08:54:07 PM
That was an awesome game, what a time to be a Canadian soccer fan!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on January 31, 2022, 02:37:35 PM
And the great thing is we did it without two of our best players on the pitch.  Man they play an exciting style of football and our goaltender was amazing with his one hand stop in the first half. We can pretty much cement our placement with a win on Wednesday over El Salvator.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on February 02, 2022, 11:26:00 PM
Well that was a hilarious goal!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on February 03, 2022, 10:01:50 AM
Quote from: Bender on February 02, 2022, 11:26:00 PM
Well that was a hilarious goal!
https://twitter.com/onesoccer/status/1489101633501999107

Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: OldTimeHockey on February 03, 2022, 11:06:09 AM
That was great!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on February 03, 2022, 11:16:18 AM
1. Canada      7-4-0 25P +14 goal differential
2. US             6-3-2 21P +9 goal differential
3. Mexico       6-3-2 21P +6 goal differential
4. Panama     5-2-4 17P +1 goal differential
5. Costa Rica 4-4-3 16P +1 goal differential

Canada has games left against Costa Rica, Jamaica and Panama
US has games against Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica
Mexico has games against the US, Honduras and El-Salvador
Panama plays Honduras, US and Canada
Costa Rica plays Canada, El Salvador and the US
El Salvador plays Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Mexico

Jamaica and Honduras have been eliminated from the World Cup.  El Salvador can't get into the top 3 but has a hypothetical chance to pass Panama/Costa Rica for 4th to get the play-in spot.

Top 3 team make the World Cup. 

For Costa Rica to pass Canada they would have to go 3-0-0 while Canada goes 0-0-3.  They would also have net outscore Canada by a +13 differential to match on goal differential.  If Canada earns a single point they clinch against Costa Rica.

For Panama to pass Canada they would need to go 3-0-0 while Canada goes no better than 0-1-0.  They would also have to net outscore Canada by a +13 goal differential.  Canada draw two games, win a game or Panama fails to go 3-0-0.

Canada can clinch against Mexico and the US by winning two games.  They can also still clinic by going 1 win, 2 draws as long as they don't get net outscored by 8 goals (Mexico) or 5 goals (US).

There are scenarios where Canada could collapse here but it's basically guaranteed they make the World Cup at this point and it would take an embarrassing effort to not finish atop the standings.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Frank E on February 03, 2022, 11:21:42 AM
Thanks for that, LK...I was trying to find that exact information this morning.

I appreciate it.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on February 09, 2022, 11:36:21 AM
Good run for my team - knocked the last two winners of the FA Cup out  8)
Guaranteed loss in next round to lowly Huddersfield.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on February 09, 2022, 12:39:35 PM
Quote from: David Martin on February 09, 2022, 11:36:21 AM
Good run for my team - knocked the last two winners of the FA Cup out  8)
Guaranteed loss in next round to lowly Huddersfield.
Has Laryea played as yet?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on February 10, 2022, 12:22:32 PM
Quote from: Highlander on February 09, 2022, 12:39:35 PM
Quote from: David Martin on February 09, 2022, 11:36:21 AM
Good run for my team - knocked the last two winners of the FA Cup out  8)
Guaranteed loss in next round to lowly Huddersfield.
Has Laryea played as yet?
No - he made the bench the other day. I think it's the first time he's been available since the World Cup Qualifiers - we have a great right-back/right wing back currently who he won't displace (Gjed Spence) but he's only on loan, so will be back at 'boro next season (and sold)
I'm loooking forward to seeing Laryea play.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on March 26, 2022, 01:51:10 PM
Unlucky in Costa Rica. Hoping we can clinch Sunday.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on March 27, 2022, 04:19:42 PM
1-0 Larin gets in alone
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on March 27, 2022, 04:22:42 PM
Is it just me or does the main camera look a bit meh in terms of quality?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on March 27, 2022, 04:39:35 PM
Excellent pressure by Canada throughout the half thus far.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on March 27, 2022, 04:49:21 PM
Woooo! 2-0
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on March 27, 2022, 04:50:28 PM
Buchanan!!!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on March 27, 2022, 05:51:13 PM
3-0. Canada with a statement game.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on March 27, 2022, 05:52:10 PM
Make that 4-0!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on March 27, 2022, 05:54:00 PM
Quote from: Bender on March 27, 2022, 05:52:10 PM
Make that 4-0!

See you in Qatar!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Significantly Insignificant on March 27, 2022, 06:06:10 PM
The own goal caught everyone by surprise.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on March 28, 2022, 03:13:33 PM
Qatar baby, Yesserie.  I think this team with Davis back will surprise some of the powers.  Italy didn't reach which was a wow moment as well.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on March 30, 2022, 10:43:03 PM
Brutal reffing in this one. Slog of a game.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on March 31, 2022, 12:31:47 PM
terrible, same Ref screwed us against Costa Rica, calling back our goal was very questionable.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bill_Berg_is_sad on March 31, 2022, 01:13:31 PM
So Canada is in Pot 4 100% now?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Significantly Insignificant on April 01, 2022, 07:21:31 PM
Not a bad group.  Canada will still be in tough to advance.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on April 02, 2022, 12:43:52 PM
Quote from: Significantly Insignificant on April 01, 2022, 07:21:31 PM
Not a bad group.  Canada will still be in tough to advance.
True, the commentators did say both Croatia and Belgium are older teams, so our speed could help us.  Really there are no easy groupings and we gotta be able to beat anybody.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on April 11, 2022, 01:47:06 PM
TFC play to a 2-2 draw in Salt Lake on Saturday.  That is one beautiful venue, I have stayed over in Salt Lake on a few car trips and the mountain range is very dramatic backdrop to the city.
In any case two of our rookies scored their first MLS goals at the game.  Thompson and Jaden Nelson, both products of our development system and from the Toronto region.
And Nelsons goal was a beauty from long range.
We really are developing  a hotbed of talent especially from the Brampton/Bramalea region
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on June 01, 2022, 02:17:47 AM
I was at Wembley watching my team return to the English Premier League after a gap of 23 years. (http:///%3E%5Bimg%5DIwasatWembleywatchingmyteamreturntotheEnglishPremierLeagueafteragapof23years.Absolutelymentalscenesthere.Whataday%3Cbr/%3E%5Bimg%5Dhttps://i.imgur.com/tIhTn1l.jpg)
https://i.imgur.com/tIhTn1l.jpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7cfrnTro94
Ex Toronto player in the EPL now - Layrea
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on June 06, 2022, 09:48:56 PM
Money Money Money Money
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on June 12, 2022, 02:25:20 AM
Yup, worth £180m to our team, that game.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on August 18, 2022, 02:38:54 PM
Quote from: Madkenstalin on June 12, 2022, 02:25:20 AM
Yup, worth £180m to our team, that game.
We're behind only Chelsea in spending this summer!
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on August 18, 2022, 02:42:42 PM
For what it's worth I watched the Nottingham Forest-West Ham game this weekend. It was fun stuff.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Significantly Insignificant on August 20, 2022, 11:18:29 AM
It is wild to see Fulham, Brentford, and Newcastle in the top six of the league table, and Wolverhampton, South Hampton,  West Ham United and, of all teams, Manchester United right at the bottom.  It's early yet, but it will be interesting to see how this year plays out, especially with the effect of the World Cup in November looming.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on November 22, 2022, 08:51:32 AM
Well, there's a lot of politics around it, obviously, but the actual football has started and we have our biggest World Cup upset ever - Saudi Arabia defeat one of the tournament favourites Argentina, 2-1.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on November 24, 2022, 02:14:13 PM
Thought Canada were massively unlucky to lose t Belgium last night. They were the better team but perhaps just a bit naive in comparison to Belgium.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 24, 2022, 02:28:00 PM
Quote from: Arn on November 24, 2022, 02:14:13 PMThought Canada were massively unlucky to lose t Belgium last night. They were the better team but perhaps just a bit naive in comparison to Belgium.
Agreed, we totally dominated Belgium, they just gotta connect a little bit better in the O Zone. Looking forward to a win against Croatia on Sunday
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Significantly Insignificant on November 24, 2022, 04:04:35 PM
Quote from: Highlander on November 24, 2022, 02:28:00 PM
Quote from: Arn on November 24, 2022, 02:14:13 PMThought Canada were massively unlucky to lose t Belgium last night. They were the better team but perhaps just a bit naive in comparison to Belgium.
Agreed, we totally dominated Belgium, they just gotta connect a little bit better in the O Zone. Looking forward to a win against Croatia on Sunday

And pick the right person to take the penalty kick.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on November 24, 2022, 05:36:01 PM
Quote from: Significantly Insignificant on November 24, 2022, 04:04:35 PM
Quote from: Highlander on November 24, 2022, 02:28:00 PM
Quote from: Arn on November 24, 2022, 02:14:13 PMThought Canada were massively unlucky to lose t Belgium last night. They were the better team but perhaps just a bit naive in comparison to Belgium.
Agreed, we totally dominated Belgium, they just gotta connect a little bit better in the O Zone. Looking forward to a win against Croatia on Sunday

And pick the right person to take the penalty kick.

Courteous is a superb penalty stopper, but he didn't gave to be - it was a dreadful penalty. He didn't look like he was going to score it either, looked tense.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on November 24, 2022, 08:54:17 PM
Canada looked tense the whole game.  They had Belgium on their heels and every cross or shot attempt was 50 feet wide of the net.  Good passing in the midfield and then it all fell apart when it came time to finish.

Losing 2-1 would have been a better thing than losing 1-0 I fear because they still haven't scored a world cup goal.  A draw in that game would have been huge for their chances to advance but I'm concerned about the game against Croatia. 
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on November 25, 2022, 05:44:42 AM
It's been a strange enough world cup so far, even setting aside the host nation...

Teams that have impressed: France, Spain and Brazil

Teams that have been poor: Germany, Argentina and Belgium

Teams I wasn't expecting to be up to much who have surprised: USA are much better than I ever thought, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Canada
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 25, 2022, 05:24:58 PM
England really sucked against the USA.  Have to play better next game for sure.  Canada has to beat Croatia on Sunday.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on November 27, 2022, 12:04:43 PM
Great start for the Canadians against Croatia, goal after less than 2 minutes! Hope they can kick on.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on November 27, 2022, 01:43:32 PM
I really hate the diving from soccer.  Canada has been wildly outmatched and there was been two absurd "injuries" in the final 15 minutes where Croatia acts like they died to kill time
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Bender on November 27, 2022, 01:46:05 PM
Brutal game. Like Canada forgot how to play defense and are playing overly fancy. Feels like Phil Kessel era Leafs.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on November 27, 2022, 01:54:41 PM
Ah well. Tough group. No gimmes. Still well done by the lads to get this far.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on November 27, 2022, 02:10:05 PM
They did get their first goal and the tournament experience is invaluable to progression of the sport in Canada.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on November 27, 2022, 03:20:16 PM
Quote from: L K on November 27, 2022, 02:10:05 PMThey did get their first goal and the tournament experience is invaluable to progression of the sport in Canada.
Exactly, these are baby step, build this team over the next 4 years and add some the new talent coming up, first Cup goal ever! Good effort, nothing to be ashamed of.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on November 27, 2022, 03:21:48 PM
I think 4-1 was a bit harsh to be honest.

I thought Canada were a bit unlucky in both their games. They're a very athletic side, but they're a bit naive particularly when it comes to the attacking third. But I guess that's to be expected considering their experience at this kind of level. They've impressed me.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on November 27, 2022, 04:10:05 PM
I will say Herdman was profoundly stupid in giving Croatia bulletin board material after the Belgium game.  Croatia loves to use stuff like that to boost their game
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Guilt Trip on November 27, 2022, 04:48:50 PM
Quote from: L K on November 27, 2022, 04:10:05 PMI will say Herdman was profoundly stupid in giving Croatia bulletin board material after the Belgium game.  Croatia loves to use stuff like that to boost their game
Yes stupid but I don't buy that bulletin board stuff.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Arn on November 27, 2022, 06:58:55 PM
With the next World Cup being in Canada as well, I think the experience of this one and 4 more years of development will put Canada in a good spot for that tournament.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Zee on November 28, 2022, 09:45:04 AM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on November 27, 2022, 04:48:50 PM
Quote from: L K on November 27, 2022, 04:10:05 PMI will say Herdman was profoundly stupid in giving Croatia bulletin board material after the Belgium game.  Croatia loves to use stuff like that to boost their game
Yes stupid but I don't buy that bulletin board stuff.

You might not buy it, but the Croatian players did

https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/article/croatias-kramaric-thanks-herdman-for-motivating-team-with-eff-comment/
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Big Daddy on November 28, 2022, 10:24:14 AM
with Messi being talked about going to Inter Miami could Rinaldo end up in MLS hopefully with TFC
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on November 28, 2022, 05:56:54 PM
I wouldn't be shocked if Ronaldo ends up in MLS but if he does I will almost guarantee it will be in LA.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on November 28, 2022, 06:34:29 PM
Quote from: Zee on November 28, 2022, 09:45:04 AM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on November 27, 2022, 04:48:50 PM
Quote from: L K on November 27, 2022, 04:10:05 PMI will say Herdman was profoundly stupid in giving Croatia bulletin board material after the Belgium game.  Croatia loves to use stuff like that to boost their game
Yes stupid but I don't buy that bulletin board stuff.

You might not buy it, but the Croatian players did

https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/article/croatias-kramaric-thanks-herdman-for-motivating-team-with-eff-comment/

It's the World Cup. If any player isn't 100% motivated to win already they probably shouldn't be playing.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Nik on November 29, 2022, 02:12:32 PM
https://www.tsn.ca/fifa-world-cup/qatar-says-worker-deaths-for-world-cup-between-400-and-500-1.1885786

This is Qatar's defense. It was "only"" 400-500 deaths. I mean, forget for a second how much of a monster you have to be with being ok with even that many deaths but imagine being such a poorly run enterprise that you don't even know whether or not 100 people who built your stadiums died in the process?

This feels like one of those areas where we can declare a little cultural advantage here. There's a lot of problems with NA sports but I'm pretty confident that if anyone died building the ACC then A) they were a reasonably well compensated professional and B) the people in charge knew about it.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on December 01, 2022, 11:01:28 AM
Hope you lot finish on a high today
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Madkenstalin on December 01, 2022, 11:05:38 AM
Oh FFS what's your keeper doing?
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: Highlander on December 01, 2022, 07:50:10 PM
To bad he finished playing like crap, should have had the 2nd goal and it was more on the D man and his limp pass on the first goal that set up that goal.

Again its baby steps and we made it and competed well against Belgium. I am proud of the guys but you don't sit Richie Laryea on the first half of what was an important win or tie for us.

Lets meet in 4 years at BMO field and cheer on the hometeam.
Title: Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
Post by: L K on December 02, 2022, 07:54:26 AM
I mean they lost the game they probably deserved to win against Belgium but I think losing the games to Croatia and Morocco were fair.  It's good experience for 4 years from now and ultimately these tournament appearances do help to generate the next era of Canadian football/soccer.

I don't think we should be overly disappointed with the 0-3 record although I do thing that getting outscored 7-2 was slightly disappointing.