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09-14-2010, 10:42 PM
Toronto FC fires Preki and Johnston

Major League Soccer's Toronto FC fired coach Preki Radosavljevic and director of soccer Mo Johnston on Tueday.

Toronto is third in the East at 7-10-7 and appears likely to miss the playoffs following Saturday's 1-0 home loss to D.C. United, which has the poorest record in the league.

Preki, inducted last month into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, was in his first season with Toronto after earning coach of the year honors at ChivasUSA. Johnson had been with the team since its inception, and Toronto has never made the playoffs.


11-27-2010, 02:29 PM


11-27-2010, 04:01 PM
That team just can't get on track. Shame since they have such good fans. Typical Toronto franchise.

11-27-2010, 06:38 PM
Interim coach will respect whichever direction the club takes
TORONTO – Nick Dasovic knows he might not be hired as Toronto FC’s head coach next season. But would he take the job if offered?

“Absolutely, I’d take it in a second,” TFC's interim coach told reporters on Tuesday. “In saying that, if they feel it’s not the right time, I would respect that decision as well.”

The Reds have failed to make the playoffs in each of their four years in existence. Though Dasovic fell short of breaking that streak, he was pleased with the players’ response to his more flexible approach.

Those same players endorsed him, saying the creative license they had was quite different from control that characterized Preki’s defensive regime. While the offense picked up in the new open style, the team’s once strong defense struggled down the stretch, committing mistakes that led to multi-goal games.


12-05-2010, 09:19 PM
Point Of Re-Entry
Toronto FC: We're not afraid to go big in Draft

TORONTO – Toronto FC interim GM Earl Cochrane isn’t sure how Wednesday’s Re-Entry Draft will play out. Seeing that it’s the first time MLS has held the draft, all he can do is speculate – but he's not afraid to jump in head first.

“We kind of thought it would be a case of experienced guys that are generally a little expensive and that’s what you find here,” he told MLSsoccer.com from his office Friday afternoon.

The full list of available players was released by the league on Friday and contained some notable names, such as former MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Jeff Cunningham, Juan Pablo Angel and Jimmy Conrad. Despite the star power available, Cochrane says he expects most of the action to involve lesser-known names.

“It will likely be those mid-level guys that are willing to come down [in salary] that will be most valuable to teams,” he said. The stars might generate interest, he added, but only in specific situations where the fit is perfect.

Although Cochrane was tight-lipped about TFC’s plans for the draft, he did say that the club is always looking to address the areas that need improvement. If the right player is available, Toronto won’t hesitate to grab him.

“We’re looking at several key components that anyone that knows our roster will understand,” Cochrane says. “There are maybe six key starting-11 type players we are after. The rest is about filling out our roster.”


12-14-2010, 09:12 AM
After graduating over 700 members from the waiting list Toronto FC has sold out of full season ticket packages for the 2011 MLS season. This marks the clubs fifth consecutive sellout in as many seasons.


12-14-2010, 09:53 AM
They were awfully quick to get that done after the shitstorm they got for being awful last season.

01-06-2011, 12:45 PM
Winter, Mariner named in TFC's management team

TORONTO — Toronto FC announced Thursday that Aron Winter (pron. A-ron Vinter) has been named the club’s new head coach and technical director. Paul Mariner joins the team as director of player development.

“We have been working over the past few months to build an integrated soccer system that will give us the best opportunity to succeed on the pitch,” said Tom Anselmi, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “We wanted to establish a management team that is committed to the way the club wants to play, has an international perspective, knows Major League Soccer and believes in the potential of Toronto FC.”

“Aron will oversee our entire soccer operation and set the soccer direction of Toronto FC. Paul will be responsible for our club’s scouting, player acquisition, player development and our Academy,” added Anselmi.
Winter, 43, brings a wealth of international experience to Toronto as both a player and coach. He made 84 international appearances for the Netherlands and played in three FIFA World Cups and four European Championships. He started and ended his playing career in Amsterdam with Ajax (pron. I-axe) and also played in Italy for Lazio and Inter Milan, making over 400 career club appearances.


01-14-2011, 10:20 PM
Toronto say no to De Rosario's Celtic loan
Winter issues statement, tells DeRo he's needed in Toronto

TORONTO — Toronto FC head coach and technical director Aron Winter says that Dwayne De Rosario will continue to play a key role for the Reds despite the misunderstanding regarding his trial with Celtic.

In fact, Toronto valued De Rosario so much that they turned down a request from Celtic to extend his stay at the club.

"Celtic inquired about the possibility of extending Dwayne's time with them,” Winter said. “My preference is for Dwayne to start the season with Toronto FC right from training camp. We are making a fresh start and need a strong competitive camp. Dwayne is the captain and leader and needs to be part of building a new winning culture."

De Rosario trained with the Scottish club on Dec. 27 without telling Toronto or having the proper documentation in hand. However, the confusion was quickly resolved, allowing De Rosario to train with Celtic until Friday.

Toronto always maintained that De Rosario would return to Toronto at the end of the trial.


01-18-2011, 03:31 PM
De Guzman seeks fresh start after knee surgery
Toronto DP admits injuries have so far hampered his MLS career

TORONTO — As the mercury plummets and the snow piles up at BMO Field, it seems like spring may never come for Toronto FC and their Designated Player, Julian de Guzman.

But the disappointment of 2010 hangs worse for de Guzman. The Canadian international with blazing speed and dazzling ball skills revealed last week that he is in the midst of a three-month recovery process after undergoing knee surgery to repair a damaged meniscus.

“It was the first time I have ever had this injury,” de Guzman told MLSsoccer.com. “I was told it was wear and tear from an accumulation of games, traveling and training on turf.”


01-25-2011, 11:03 AM
Toronto plan big push with academies in 2011
New training facility facilitates the expansion of youth programs

— This will be an exciting year of growth for youth development programs at Toronto FC, according to the club's academy director Stuart Neely.

With TFC ownership approving a $17.6 million investment in a new training facility, planning is underway for the creation of a third academy team. Neely said he expects a program made up of U-14 and U-13 players to be up and running by spring 2012.

And that’s just the beginning, Neely said.

“It’s exciting,” Neely said. “We are looking to create U-15, U-13, U-11 all the way down to U-7 [teams]. That’s been the plan from Day 1.”

With a new management team boasting experience in the world renowned Ajax youth system, it’s a reasonable assumption that the Reds will be relying on homegrown talent a great deal moving forward, Neely said. Last year, the club signed academy standouts Doneil Henry (pictured above) and Nicholas Lindsay (pictured below) to professional contracts.


01-26-2011, 08:40 PM
De Rosario unsettled, but wants to move forward
Toronto FC captain, club look to resolve lingering contract issue

TORONTO — Dwayne de Rosario spoke to media on Wednesday for the first time since he returned from a training stint with Scottish giants Celtic, and the Toronto FC midfielder made it clear he wants to move forward after sorting out the details of his contract.

“It’s not settled – no, I’m not,” he said. “But, that’s between me and the club.”

De Rosario trained with Celtic from Dec. 26 to Jan 18. However, Toronto said he started the trial without informing them or arranging the proper paperwork.

“I didn’t think that there was any confusion until I saw a press release,” he said. “But the past is the past. I’ve moved on.”

The club confirmed that they turned down a request from Celtic to extend De Rosario’s stay in Scotland until March. New TFC director of player personnel Paul Mariner said the club and De Rosario were meeting this week to talk about his contract.


02-06-2011, 06:51 PM
Youngsters lead TFC past Red Star Belgrade
TFC Academy product Stinson scores lone goal in 1-0 victory

Young players are making their mark for Toronto FC as the club continues its preseason camp in Turkey.

On Sunday, TFC Academy product and 2010 Winthrop University MVP Matt Stinson scored TFC’s goal in a 1-0 win over Serbian side Red Star Belgrade.

According to first assistant Bob de Klerk, Stinson’s goal was just the reward for the work the young Reds have been doing in training.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the skill of the young guys,” de Klerk said. “[I have] big compliments [for them]. They have really picked up the new system and have done well with it.”


02-18-2011, 12:50 PM
De Rosario: I'm happier than I've ever been in Toronto
Coach Winter has specific plans for Canadian playmaker

TORONTO—If Toronto FC star Dwayne De Rosario is feeling any resentment from the controversy that surrounded his training session with Celtic last month, he wasn’t showing it at training Thursday.

“Other than the day I signed this is probably as happy as I’ve been here,” De Rosario said.

The attacker indicated that he was excited by the tactics that new head coach Aron Winter is trying to bring to the club.

“Anyone that likes to play with the ball on the ground, movement off the ball ... it’s perfect for me,” he said.

Although neither De Rosario or Winter would confirm what position De Rosario will play this year, it was stressed that he would likely be assigned a specific role.

De Rosario indicated a preference


Master Shake
02-18-2011, 01:47 PM
I'd love to play for TFC Academy. I have about 9 years of rep soccer under my belt.

02-22-2011, 10:07 PM
Jason Bent Named Assistant Coach
Former Canadian international to work alongside Winter and De Klerk.

Toronto FC announced Tuesday that Jason Bent has been promoted to the position of Assistant Coach. Bent, 33, takes on the new role after spending three years as Head Coach of Toronto FC’s Senior Academy Team.

“Jason has played a big role in establishing our Academy and has proved he is ready to take the step up,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “Developing our young players is a key part of our philosophy at this club, and having Jason working with the first team squad will help us with that. It is also the next step in his development as a coach and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Under Bent’s leadership, Toronto FC Academy’s Senior Team qualified for the Canadian Soccer League Playoffs in 2009 and 2010, and last summer two players from his squad graduated to sign professional contracts for the first time


02-24-2011, 12:26 PM
Toronto FC ride local popularity to new radio pact
The Fan 590 renews deal to air games, cover team throughout week

TORONTO – Toronto FC announced Thursday that radio station The Fan 590 will return for a third year as the official Toronto-area radio partner of the Reds.

Play-by-play voice Dan Dunleavy will once again be calling the games, and all 34 regular season matches will be aired on the radio station or over the Web at fan590.com.


03-10-2011, 09:41 PM
Bouchiba bringing leadership quality to Toronto
Reds' new Dutch midfielder said team lacked passion v. Charleston

He’s only been signed by Toronto FC for a little more than a day, but midfielder Elbekay Bouchiba (pictured above, center) is not afraid to speak up when the Reds performance isn’t what it should be.

“There was no passion,” Bouchiba said of Toronto’s performance against the Charleston Battery at the Carolina Challenge Cup on Wednesday. The Reds lost 2-1 to the USL-Pro side.

Bouchiba was one of three Dutch players signed by TFC on Wednesday. Also joining the club were forward Javier Martina (above, left) and forward/midfielder Nick Soolsma. Where Martina provides Toronto with some much-needed speed on the wings and Soolsma is a first-rate prospect, Bouchiba’s greatest value could come from his leadership abilities.

“We were playing like we knew that that we didn’t need to win,” Bouchiba said. “I’m sure it will be different by the time we play Vancouver [on March 19], but you must always play with passion if you are going to win.”


03-11-2011, 10:04 AM
Adrian Cann To Rejoin Toronto FC Preseason Friday
Canadian international back in the fold.

Adrian Cann will rejoin his Toronto FC teammates in preseason training at Charleston on Friday, the club's official site said in a terse note.

The Canadian international defender left the training camp a week ago, on March 2, over a contract dispute.

The release did not mention any possible punishment for Cann's unauthorized departure.

Since Cann has left, Toronto has lost two games in the Carolina Cup Challenge, falling 1-0 to the ten-man Chicago Fire and losing 2-1 to the lower-league Charleston Battery


03-31-2011, 05:34 PM
Toronto FC Signs Dicoy Williams
Jamaican international defender latest to join Reds.

TORONTO - Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have signed Jamaican international defender Dicoy Williams.

"Dicoy is a strong defender that is solid in one-on-one situations and has a lot of good qualities,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “He performed well in training camp but we couldn’t sign him until we made sure we had the international spot.”

Williams, 24, most recently played for Harbour View FC of the Digicel Premier League in Jamaica. Williams has earned six caps for the Jamaican national team. His most recent appearance was on October 10, 2010 against Trinidad & Tobago.

He spent time with the club during the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month.

Dicoy Williams #31
Position: Defender
Height: 6’2
Weight: 187
Birthdate: October 7, 1986
Birth Place/Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Nationality: Jamaica
Last Club: Harbour View FC
How Acquired: Signed on March 31, 2011
Pronunciation: “Dee-koy Will-iams”


06-29-2011, 09:33 PM
Frings, Koevermans perfect duo to lead Toronto charge
TFC boss Winter says veterans will provide leadership club needs

TORONTO — Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter was looking for leadership for his struggling team, and he feels he finally found the perfect men for the role.

On Wednesday, TFC announced the signings of German international midfielder Torsten Frings and Dutch international forward Danny Koevermans as the club’s newest Designated Players.


07-14-2011, 01:30 PM
Toronto Acquires Terry Dunfield
Midfielder to arrive at BMO Field from Canadian rival Vancouver.

Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have acquired midfielder Terry Dunfield from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for allocation money and future considerations.

"We are pleased to add Terry to our midfield, he is a passionate player and he will fit in well, " said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. "He has played well this season for Vancouver and we have seen first-hand what he is capable of."


07-14-2011, 07:28 PM
Johnson Jumps To Toronto
Reds send three to San Jose for forward, allocation & international spot.

Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have acquired forward Ryan Johnson from the San Jose Earthquakes along with allocation money and an international roster spot in exchange for forward Alan Gordon, midfielder Jacob Peterson, and defender Nana Attakora.

"We are rebuilding the club and this deal was necessary to continue that process" said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. "I'd like to thank Alan, Jacob, and Nana for their contributions to Toronto FC. We are very pleased to add an experienced forward in Ryan Johnson. We expect him to make an immediate impact at our club."


07-15-2011, 12:48 PM
Toronto acquire Iro, Griffit, send Tchani to Columbus
TFC head coach Winter said team needed help on defense

Toronto FC continued to make major changes to their roster on Friday, bringing in central defender Andy Iro and midfielder Leandre Griffit in a trade that sent midfielder Tony Tchani to the Columbus Crew.

Per club and league policy, no further terms of the deal were disclosed.

"We needed help on defense and Andy is a defender that we have wanted to bring in for some time," Toronto FC head coach and technical director Aron Winter said in a statement. "After our deals yesterday, we felt we could move a central midfielder of value to acquire an important piece. Leandre also provides us depth in the midfield.”


07-28-2011, 11:48 AM
Toronto deal defender Gargan to Chicago for Robinson
Longtime Fire DF is 11th new face to join Reds since First Kick

Toronto FC continued their midseason overhaul on Thursday, sending defender Dan Gargan to Chicago in exchange for defender Dasan Robinson and a second-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

The 28-year-old Gargan (above, left) had been a stalwart of the Toronto defense since joining the club last season, making 37 starts in 43 appearances with the Reds. But with Aron Winter trying to make over his roster on the fly — and with TFC already having conceded a league-high 41 goals through 23 league games — the Philadelphia native became a casualty of Toronto’s wheeling and dealing.


08-03-2011, 12:03 AM
Toronto Trades For Eric Avila
Maicon Santos dealt to Dallas in exchange for 23-year old midfielder.

FC announced Tuesday that the club has acquired midfielder Eric Avila from FC Dallas in exchange for forward Maicon Santos.

“We are very happy to add Eric Avila to our club, he is an attacking midfielder that fits into our immediate and long term plans,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “All of the trades that we have made in the last few weeks have been to acquire players who fulfill a specific need for our team or fit into our style of play philosophy. I'd like to thank Maicon for his contributions to our club and for serving as Captain. We wish him well with his new club."


08-11-2011, 06:33 PM
For TFC, rebuilding also means developing young talent
Winter taking a cautious approach to blooding academy products

TORONTO — Toronto FC’s lineup has undergone considerable change in recent weeks, and not only from the number of new players brought in.

The club has also began the process of giving more exposure to young players such as Ashtone Morgan (pictured above), Doneil Henry and Matt Stinson, the latter of which graduated this year from the Toronto FC Academy.

That these youngsters are seeing more playing time is part of a rebuilding program under head coach and technical director Aron Winter. However, Winter is taking a cautious approach as he gradually introduces them into the senior team.

“I’ve always said we are rebuilding," he said. "It’s long-term plans, and I want to use as much as possible Home Grown players or youth players. [But] when you use them, you have to be careful because those guys are young and they have to improve a lot.”

This approach means that Winter is picking his moments to bring in the youngsters


09-30-2011, 07:14 PM
First Town Hall For Aron Winter
Toronto FC management meets
with Season Seat Holders & Supporters' Groups.

TORONTO – On Wednesday night Toronto FC concluded two of its four town hall sessions this year with Season Seat Holders and Supporters’ Groups.

The club held several of these engagement forums last year to assure fans that TFC would be heading in a new direction in its fifth season, and that the team would revisit town halls in its ongoing commitment to feedback in 2011

This was the first time the architects of that new direction, Aron Winter, Bob de Klerk and Paul Mariner, were able to answer questions from seat holders in such a direct and interactive setting.


10-08-2011, 08:37 PM
Not Slowing Down Despite Playoff Elimination
Winter: Reds will work to win final 2 league tilts, key CCL match

“First of all, I don’t want to think next season because I’ve got three other games, including the CONCACAF game, which is also important,” Winter said after last Saturday’s 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls officially ended Toronto’s playoff chances. “We want to be focused first on those three games and after the last game, then we can think about next season.”


10-12-2011, 09:31 AM
Breaking Ground
Toronto FC starts the dig for new Academy & Training Facility.

Toronto FC centre-back Doneil Henry gestured toward the huge mounds of dirt being shoved around by heavy equipment at Downsview Athletic Park.
There was diesel smoke in the autumn air, the better to peer through to find the future.

“It’s going to be an amazing transformation,” said the Brampton native, a five-time starter this season. “We are going from this to something meaningful.”

There will be 15 acres of meaningful at the park taken up by the Toronto FC training academy. The facility will include four new fields, one heated, a bubble for winter play and a 45,000-square foot fieldhouse that will house locker rooms, training facilities and administrative offices. The complex is scheduled to open next Spring.


10-17-2011, 12:24 PM
TFC ownership feels team is headed in right direction
Anselmi: CCL win in Dallas would continue turnaround into 2012

TORONTO – It's been a long season for Toronto FC who, for the fifth straight year of the club's existence, will spend the MLS Cup playoffs on the outside looking in.

But despite a rocky year, team ownership feels the club is headed in the right direction — especially with a huge game on Tuesday that could give the team something to look forward to quickly in 2012.

“We’re excited about what’s going to happen in Dallas, to use that to really kick-start next year, you know if we come out of the gate early in March with an important game,” said Tom Anselmi, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which runs Toronto FC.


10-18-2011, 09:40 PM
CCL Recap: Toronto stun Dallas 3-0 to reach quarterfinals
Plata nets brace, Koevermans scores as Reds oust Dallas at PHP

FRISCO, Texas – Danny Koevermans opened the scoring and Joao Plata added a second-half brace as Toronto FC stunned FC Dallas 3-0 on Tuesday night at Pizza Hut Park to earn a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Both Dallas and Toronto needed a victory to move beyond the group stages of the tournament, but Dallas, also gearing up for the MLS Cup playoffs, started the match slow and out of sorts. Toronto, however, looked sharp and ready from the opening whistle and their first goal came after several minutes of consistent pressure in the Dallas 18-yard box.


10-20-2011, 07:58 PM
Winter suggests further changes for TFC in offseason
CCL success a sign of big progress, but "more work to be done"

Aron Winter says he knows what he wants to do for next season, but he isn’t ready to reveal his plans just yet.

Toronto FC’s head coach and technical director says there is still more work to be done, despite Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over FC Dallas in the CONCACAF Champions League.

“Of course, we are still not there,” Winter said. “Next season is going to be very important for us. We’re going to start in the preseason from the beginning with the roster that we want with the whole program and all the preseason, and all those things. It could be a nice season next year.”

Toronto FC have yet to reach the playoffs in their five years in Major League Soccer, a fact their rabid fanbase knows all too well. But in Winter’s first season, the improvement has been obvious, as he rebuilt the team with director of player development Paul Mariner during the season.


10-27-2011, 05:25 PM
Lindsay determined to make an impact in 2012

You don't have to spend a lot of time around Lindsay to realize that he possesses a natural character of positivity and he is quick to state that he has plenty to be positive about as he works to resume his professional soccer career at the ripe age of 19 years old. According to the TFC Academy Graduate, the offseason rehab that he has done on his injured knee has been completely successful and he is expected to be back at 100% fitness in time for the start of training camp next March. And if the attacked minded winger has his way, he will actually return to the pitch in the greatest shape of his young career


11-03-2011, 06:23 PM
5 years, 5 questions on TFC

Five questions to look back on, and towards the future of TFC

As another year passes by the unfortunate tradition in Toronto has become looking back on the season, the club and it's players, while 8-10 other teams continue on into the playoffs. For the last half decade, TFC own the distinction of being the only MLS club to miss out of the post-season five years in a row. However, it is not like 2007-2011 has been boring, and quite the contrary there has rarely been a dull moment, well, outside of the playing field at least


11-12-2011, 08:38 PM
BMO Field or Rogers Centre?
Toronto FC executives mull decision for Champions League quarterfinal match in early March.

Toronto FC senior director of business operations, Paul Beirne, Tweeted on Tuesday night asking fans if they prefer BMO Field or an indoor venue for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg match to be played in early March.

A crowd of upwards of 30,000, perhaps far more would likely be expected for the quarterfinals in March.

But there’s a hitch. Where to play?
Certainly, the preferred site is BMO Field. The team is obviously used to the surroundings, the hardy fans who fill it would no doubt be in splendid voice and any of the three warm weather opponents would likely not fancy playing in what will be, based on the calendar, less than ideal soccer weather.

That could swing home field advantage more clearly toward TFC. But as tempting as that March matchup would be, there are obstacles.

“The field is the least of our worries,” said Earl Cochrane, TFC’s director of team and player operations. “We can get the field up and running and ready to play and it could be in great shape. It’s all of the other stuff."
Start with the seating. Rogers Centre would easily accommodate the flow of spectators. The domed stadium can hold 50,000 fans, more than twice the number of fans that can squeeze into BMO.

Then there are the logistics of holding an event that can be turned into a circus by a snowstorm or ice shower.

“We have to make sure the stands are safe,” Cochrane said. “Plumbing, the rest rooms, amenities. Even the scanners ticket takers use don’t operate really well depending on the temperatures. “

From a comfort level and the ease of staging indoors, the Rogers Centre beckons.

“Weigh all that versus being indoors and it’s an easy one, but there are challenges of a different venue,” Cochrane said. “We’ve got obligations here to partners and sponsors.”

The pitch would likely be problematic at Rogers Centre. While the sightlines are passable, the field is an artificial surface.

“It’s ok. It’s not great,” Cochrane said. “Whether they could groom it up to the level we are looking for is debatable.”


11-24-2011, 11:49 AM
Toronto Waives Reserve Squad Players
A group of seven used primarily in Reserve League matches released Wednesday.

Toronto FC released seven players on Wednesday following the 2011 Expansion Draft.

Defenders Kyle Davies, Demitrius Omphroy, Eddy Viator; midfielders Leandre Griffit, Matthew Gold, Gianluca Zavarise; and forward Javier Martina have all been waived according to MLSsoccer.com (later confirmed by the club).


11-29-2011, 05:15 PM
Toronto FC deal for FC Dallas defender Hall
Youngster heads to fourth team in little more than a year

Toronto FC continued their ongoing roster overhaul on Tuesday, acquiring 23-year-old defender Jeremy Hall from FC Dallas in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

The well-traveled Hall joins his fourth club in barely more than a year, after making a combined 21 league appearances for the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas last season. The Timbers picked up Hall via trade last November with the New York Red Bulls, the team that drafted him 11th overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft


12-04-2011, 09:15 PM
Could you tell me something about the performances from Torsten "Der Lutscher" Frings?
Currently, he's train with his formerly club Werder Bremen until the new season starts?
Is he really the captain?

12-07-2011, 10:56 AM
Stuart Neely Out = Major Shake Up within the TFC Academy

Earlier this week Toronto FC announced the club and Academy Director Stuart Neely have parted ways with the Scotsman resigning from his post. Even this has come as something of a shock with respect to how sudden it happened and with everyone from fans, players, club staff and parents of current/former players only having nice things to say about Neely, it does indicate that major changes are set to take place within the club’s youth development structure.

With the club set to open its new academy facility in the summer, bringing in the right man is a key part of the overall package that will lure some of the best and brightest to the club, given that an important role of an Academy Director is to act as a hype man of sorts and someone with vast experience and known clubs/players on their resume will garner instant credibility. However, as we all know, in sports people whom occupy new positions tend to bring in familiar faces which brings up an intriguing question.


12-19-2011, 10:12 AM
Cann Could Be Ready For Preseason
Toronto centre back returns from rehabilitation, keeps fitness momentum going.

TORONTO – Toronto FC’s central defence was supposed to be a strong point in 2011. But injuries wrecked that notion, leaving the Reds to spend most of the year improvising.

But they got some good news on Friday: Adrian Cann is coming back strong from season-ending surgery on his right knee.

“Adrian Cann is a super-fit guy, his progress has been quite remarkable,” TFC director of player development Paul Mariner told MLSsoccer.com this week. “I’m surprised that he’s so far along.”

Cann, the rock upon which the TFC defence was supposed to be built, suffered a torn ACL during training on May 31 and had surgery in July.


12-21-2011, 11:03 PM
Toronto to host first leg vs. LA at Rogers Centre
Reds decide on roofed venue to avoid inclement winter weather

TORONTO – Toronto FC are going indoors for the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against the LA Galaxy on March 7.

The club confirmed on Wednesday that game will be played under the roof of Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball, so as to avoid inclement weather for both players and fans.

The move to play under the retractable roof has seemed likely for some time, but there were decisions to be made before TFC concluded on playing there instead of BMO Field, their usual home.


12-26-2011, 01:07 PM
League sources have confirmed to CSN that the first Toronto-Montreal derby will take place April 7 in Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
The game will be in the afternoon, with a NHL game between Montreal and Toronto scheduled for that evening.

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01-06-2012, 06:34 PM
Rongen Joins TFC As Academy Director
Former U.S. U-20 World Cup coach brings extensive experience.

Toronto FC announced on Friday that the club has hired Thomas Rongen as the club’s new Academy Director.

“We are very pleased to welcome Thomas Rongen to Toronto FC. He has both great coaching experience with youth and in the MLS,” said Toronto FC Head Coach & Technical Director, Aron Winter. “Thomas will be a welcomed addition to our club and an important asset for the continued development of our Academy program.”

Rongen, 55, is a native of Amsterdam and joins Toronto FC after most recently serving as the head coach of the national team of America Samoa. Prior to his post at American Samoa, Rongen served his second term as the head coach of the Under-20 United States men’s national team. He led the team to two FIFA U-20 World Cups in 2007 and 2009 during his five year tenure.


01-11-2012, 05:54 PM
TFC Agree To Terms With Joao Plata
Ecuador international made 26 MLS appearances & scored eight goals in all competition.

Toronto FC announced Wednesday that the club has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with forward Joao Plata, keeping the Ecuadorian international at Toronto FC. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very happy to get this deal completed and keep Plata at our club,” said Toronto FC Head Coach & Technical Director, Aron Winter. “Plata had a great year with us in 2011. He made a strong contribution on the pitch


01-20-2012, 09:45 PM
Moving On
Iro & Marosevic decline contract offers, will not return in 2012.

Toronto FC announced Friday that defender Andy Iro and forward Peri Marosevic will not be back with the club for the 2012 season.

“Both Andy and Peri declined our contract extension offers and now the club is ready to move on,” said Toronto FC Head Coach & Technical Director Aron Winter. “We met with both players at the conclusion of the season and presented them with fair offers that they have declined. I’d like to thank them for their contributions to our club and wish them well in the future endevours.”


01-21-2012, 05:08 PM
In other news, 35,000 tickets have been sold for the Champions League game vs LA Galaxy. My cousin says it's being advertised like crazy around the GTA so it's no shock they've sold that many tickets. It'd be cool to have most of the stadium full. Seattle isn't the only team who can draw 35,000+ it seems (assuming everyone with tickets goes).

New Milestone
Reds hit 35,000 mark for CCL match, more tickets released.

Toronto FC announced Friday that an additional 1,000 tickets have been released for its CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal match against Los Angeles Galaxy at Rogers Centre.

The new seats are located in the 200 Level at the North End of the Rogers Centre and are priced at $25.00. The lower bowl has sold out, however tickets as low as $12 remain in the upper bowl. As of Friday morning ticket sales had passed 35,000, with the total soccer capacity for the match being 45,000


01-23-2012, 07:01 PM
Reds Open Training Camp
Players will be run through various tests before taking the pitch & facing the media Thursday.

Toronto FC players reported to first day of training camp on Monday at BMO Field. In typical first time fashion, the day was tinged with nervous excitement and waiting. A lot of waiting.

Before the small hand on the clock hit eight Monday morning, team administrator Corey Wray could be seen outside Gate Four of the stadium, exiting a car with three newcomers – SuperDraft pick selections Luis Silva, Aaron Maund and newly signed winger Reggie Lambe. All three players saw the digs on Princes’ Boulevard for the first time.


01-25-2012, 10:32 PM
TFC Gears Up For Media Day
Thursday's event will be broadcast live on TorontoFC.ca from 1 p.m. ET with a press conference.

Preseason Update:

With every MLS team now out of the gate in 2012 preseason, several questions surround Toronto FC.

“Who and where are the new defenders?”

“What other players are at camp?”

“What’s the status of Richard Eckersley?”

“How many tickets sold for the Champions League match on March 7 versus LA Galaxy?”

Positively, these questions stem from anticipation this year rather than uncertainty like seasons past. The club will shed light on these and other matters Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET at the TFC Media Day, or #TFCMediaDay, if you are using Twitter and would like to be a part of the conversation.


01-26-2012, 01:42 PM
TFC sign right back Eckersley to permanent deal
Former loanee completes move after parting ways with Burnley

Toronto FC locked up another standout from their up-and-down 2011 campaign on Thursday.

Two weeks after agreeing to a multi-year contract with diminutive attacker Joao Plata, Toronto announced they had completed the signing of right back Richard Eckersley (above, left), who was on loan from Burnley last season. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.


01-26-2012, 07:43 PM
Toronto shore up porous defense with Caicedo to go with Eckersley
Reds expect duo to compete for starting spots on back line

TFC announced the signing of center back Geovanny Caicedo, an Ecuadorian international who played with LDU Quito last year. They also brought right back Richard Eckersley into the fold on a permanent basis after he’d proven to be a stalwart last season while on loan from English club Burnley.

Caicedo, 30, is listed at 6-foot-2, 184 pounds, and has eight caps for Ecuador. He attracted Toronto’s attention when he played for Ecuador in a friendly at BMO Field last June, a 2-2 tie with Canada.

“He has good skills, he has got a lot of experience and is a strong player,” head coach and technical director Aron Winter said on Thursday. “We thought he would be a good fit for our club.”


01-27-2012, 03:29 PM
2012 Canadian Championship
Rivals to face each other on May 2 and 9
Amway Canada to return as title sponsor of Canadian Championship

TFC will face its Canadian rival, The Montreal Impact , in the semi-final of the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship.

The first game of the home and away aggregate goal series will be played at Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, May 2 while the return match will take place at BMO Field, the following week, on May 9.

The four-team tournament, which includes the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Edmonton FC, will determine which club will lift the Voyageurs Cup and earn the right to represent Canada in the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League.

01-27-2012, 07:56 PM
TFC's Frei happy to see familiar faces in camp
For veteran 'keeper, this is the preseason he's been waiting for

TORONTO – This is a different kind of preseason for Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

The head coach is the same as the previous year, as Aron Winter has returned to the TFC bench. Beside him is Bob de Klerk, his lead assistant who retained his role from 2011.

Frei even looks around the dressing room and sees familiar faces, lots of them.

“I think it’s a good preseason because it’s the first one where we have over 10 players returning,” a grinning Frei told reporters on Thursday. “There’s a bit of consistency where you see familiar faces in the locker room, which is a nice thing. This is our job, but ultimately you have to have good relationships with your co-workers. And it’s good to have people here for longer than just a couple of months.”

At 25, Frei is beginning his fourth season in Toronto, making him the club’s longest-tenured player.


01-29-2012, 07:12 PM
Toronto Takes 41 To Preseason
Reds can carry 30 active players for first and reserve team duty in the 2012 season.

Reds can carry 30 players for its first and reserve teams. Academy players not offered a contract can return to the TFC youth system.

GK – Chad Bush (A), Stefan Frei, Milos Kocic, Quillan Roberts (A)

DF – Mykell Bates (S), Nick Blake (S), Geovanny Caicedo, Adrian Cann, Richard Eckersley, Jeremy Hall, Ty Harden, Doneil Henry, Brandon John (A), Aaron Maund (SD), Ashtone Morgan, Tyler Pasher (A), Dicoy Williams

MF – Eric Avila, Elbekay Bouchiba, Efrain Burgos, Jr. (SD), Sergio Camargo (A), Jay Chapman (A), Oscar Cordon, Julian de Guzman, Terry Dunfield, Torsten Frings, Michael Green (S), Arthur Ivo (S), Reggie Lambe, Nicholas Lindsay, Mike Mazzullo (S), Luis Silva (SD), Matt Stinson

FW – Jordan Hamilton (A), Tristan Jackman (A), Ryan Johnson, Danny Koevermans, Keith Makubuya, Nick Soolsma, Joao Plata, Stefan Vukovic (A)

A – Academy
SD – SuperDraft pick
S – Supplemental Draft pick

Preseason schedule

Jan. 23-Feb. 12: Training in Toronto
Feb. 13-March 4: Training and matches in Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 24-March 4: Disney Pro Soccer Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
• Feb. 25: Match vs. Orlando City SC
• Feb. 28: Match vs. BK Häcken (Sweden)
• March 1: Match vs. FC Dallas
• March 3: TBD - Consolation or Championship Game


01-31-2012, 05:49 PM
Aceval Arrives In Toronto
Chilean defender latest addition to bolster Aron Winter's TFC backline.

Toronto FC announced Monday that the club has signed defender Miguel Aceval, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. As per team and league policy terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Miguel is an experienced defender that has a lot of potential and can be very important for our club,” said Toronto FC head Coach & technical director, Aron Winter. “Our defence needed to be addressed during the offseason and this signing complements our recent activity from last week.”

Miguel Aceval
Position: Defender
Height: 6’0
Weight: 210 lbs
Birthdate: January 8, 1983
Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Nationality: Chilean
Last Club: C.D. Universidad de Concepcion
How Acquired: Signed with Toronto FC on Monday, January 30, 2012
Pronunciation: “Me-gul Ah-say-vall”


02-19-2012, 09:35 PM
Silva Stars In Toronto Triumph
Rookie bags a brace and helps set up a pair in 5-1 victory over University of South Florida.

ORLANDO – Toronto FC won its first 2012 preseason match 5-1 in a friendly against University of South Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Friday night.

Fourth overall 2012 MLS SuperDraft pick Luis Silva was the star of the evening with an early brace, then helping to set up two other goals – all in a five star first half.

Silva opened the scoring for the Reds when he found himself all alone with the keeper at the fifth minute. The rookie midfielder didn't panic, calmly slotting home to give Toronto the 1-0 lead.


02-24-2012, 06:03 PM
Broadcast Schedule Unveiled
Release of the long-awaited details
also includes changes to the Reds' 2012 MLS regular season.
Photo: Reds' bid to retain the Trillium Cup versus Columbus will be split between GOL TV Canada & TSN.

Toronto FC released its 2012 broadcast schedule on Friday, along with changes to the original schedule that was released last month. There have been five time changes and one date change. They include:

• Saturday, April 7 at Montreal will now kick-off at 12 p.m. E.T.
• Saturday, May 5 against D.C. United will now kick-off at 4 p.m. ET.
• Sunday, July 8 at Philadelphia will now kick-off at 4 p.m. ET.
• Wednesday, August 15 against Portland will now begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.
• Saturday, October 20 against Montreal, now at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The match against Chicago originally scheduled for Saturday, July 21 at BMO Field will now take place on Wednesday September 12 at 7 p.m. ET


02-26-2012, 07:28 PM
Toronto & Orlando Play To A Draw
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Reds get goals from Miguel Aceval and Torsten Frings to open Disney tourney 2-2.

Toronto FC started the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic with a 2-2 draw against Orlando City Soccer Club.

The Reds fell behind once in each half, only to go level first thanks to a Miguel Aceval free kick and later a Torsten Frings equalizer.

Orlando took a 17th minute lead on a penalty kick from John Rooney, converted after Maxwell Griffin was fouled inside the area by Geovanny Caicedo. The 1-0 lead was received enthusiastically by a raucous crowd that largely believes their city is worthy of a Major League Soccer franchise


02-29-2012, 10:21 AM
Toronto Triumphs At Disney
Reds beat BK Hacken 3-1 Tuesday to advance to the next round of the preseason tournament.


03-01-2012, 09:43 PM
Reds Rout Hoops
Silva strikes a brace, Johnson scores as TFC wins 3-0 over Dallas
Photo: Luis Silva (front) mobbed by teammates (via MLS)

Toronto FC rookie Luis Silva roared loud and clear on Thursday night, netting a first-half brace against FC Dallas to lead his side to a 3-0 victory, ensuring an all-Canadian final in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Fla.


03-15-2012, 08:51 AM
LA fall 2-1 to TFC in CCL
TFC move on to represent MLS in tournament



03-18-2012, 02:44 PM
Reds Can't Cope With Estrada
Striker's hat-trick defeats Toronto 3-1 away to
Seattle in opening match of 2012 MLS season.

SEATTLE — David Estrada celebrated his first career MLS goal by scoring two more, leading Seattle to a 3-1 victory over visiting Toronto FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night. Including his tally in the CONCACAF Champions League, the unheralded youngster now accounted for four of Seattle’s five goals in 2012.

For Toronto, Ryan Johnson scored an astonishing goal in the 62nd minute to bring TFC back to 2-1, but Estrada immediately answered with his third less than a minute later.

The Reds’ defensive issues were exacerbated by the early loss of Torsten Frings to a hamstring injury, suffered while making a superb last-ditch tackle on the lively Estrada, when clean through on goal. While the Canadian side advanced to the semifinals of the CCL, the Reds were a clear second-best Saturday night to an eager Seattle side.

Toronto FC rested a handful of starters from the midweek clash against LA as Danny Koevermans, Joao Plata, Ashtone Morgan and Julian de Guzman started the match on Aron Winter’s bench. In goal, Milos Kocic was preferred to Stefan Frei.


03-20-2012, 06:41 PM
Frings injury leaves Toronto scrambling for solution

The loss of Designated Player Torsten Frings has Toronto FC suddenly scrambling for an answer – one that hopefully includes plugging the huge hole on their back line for at least a month.

The team learned Tuesday that their German captain will miss four to six weeks with a hamstring strain suffered while making a tackle on David Estrada in the 23rd minute of this past Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Seattle. It was both teams’ regular-season opener, and took the air out of Toronto's balloon after an historic CONCACAF Champions League win over LA last week.


03-25-2012, 08:47 AM
Toronto FC's Stefan Frei breaks leg

Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei is expected to be out for eight to 10 weeks after breaking his left leg in a training accident.

Frei was hurt Friday morning during a wet training game at BMO Field.

03-29-2012, 02:51 PM
He Said, He Said
Gomez, Morgan give differing accounts of postgame scuffle
Gomez issues warning to TFC

TORONTO — In a game that already featured many different storylines, the bad blood at the conclusion of Wednesday night's CONCACAF Champions League semifinal first leg between Toronto FC and Santos Laguna is what will steal headlines leading up to the rematch.

In the final seconds, TFC defender Ashtone Morgan was apparently head-butted by Santos striker Darwin Quintero and dropped to the pitch. The linesman immediately ran onto the field as the final whistle blew and gave Quintero a straight red card. A dust-up ensued as both team’s benches cleared with players running onto the field to push and shove one another


RECAP: Toronto 1, Santos 1

03-31-2012, 08:33 PM
Toronto Turns Up Short
Reds dominated play but dropped a 1-0 decision
to Columbus at BMO Field on Saturday night.

TORONTO – Bernardo Anor scored early in the second half as the Columbus Crew defeated Toronto FC 1-0 before a crowd of 18,944 at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Crew took all three points for the second time in three games this season, registering their first road victory of 2012 to move into a tie for second in the Eastern Conference with Houston on six points.

It was the third loss in a row, and the second straight at home, in league play for the Reds, who have had more success in the CONCACAF Champions League while scuffling elsewhere in the early going.


04-05-2012, 07:52 PM
CCL Journey Ends
Toronto starts strong but falters in Champions League semifinal.

TORREON – Joao Plata and Herculez Gomez traded goals in a wild first half before one singular moment doomed Toronto FC, and sent the Reds home from the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night.

That moment – an ambitious tackle from TFC Designated Player and captain Julian de Guzman on Santos Laguna’s Cristian Suárez at the edge of the penalty box in the 55th minute – summed up the sobering truth for the Reds in Torreon, Mexico.

You can knock them down, but they’re going to get right back up


04-06-2012, 07:40 PM
Derby Drama Set To Unfold
Toronto trained at Montreal's Olympic Stadium Friday
ahead of first MLS meeting between sides.

MONTREAL – This is no time for Toronto FC to feel sorry for themselves.

Yes, their CONCACAF Champions League dream ended with a 6-2 loss to Santos Laguna on Wednesday. Yes, they're still without their captain, Torsten Frings. And yes, they're running an injured and short-handed defense into the ground with a packed early schedule.

But there is no time to worry about fatigue as they get set to play their fifth game in 14 days – and eighth match in a month – on Saturday against the Montreal Impact at Olympic Stadium (Live on TSN at 12 p.m. ET).

“There will be some tired legs after the game this weekend for sure,” Canadian international midfielder Terry Dunfield said after training at Olympic Stadium on Friday afternoon. “But coming here to probably our biggest rival in the league, the fatigue will be the last thing on our mind. We’ll be giving a hundred percent tomorrow and we’ll deal with that next week.”


04-07-2012, 08:21 PM
TFC's Winter promises changes, addresses job security

MONTREAL – Toronto FC manager Aron Winter won't be standing pat as he watched his team fall to its fourth successive league loss to start the season on Saturday.

“It’s very simple, in the coming weeks I’m going to change some things,” Winter told reporters after his team lost 2-1 to the Montreal Impact at Olympic Stadium. “Zero points out of four games. I prefer to do it different with some players who are not making those mistakes or they want to battle.”

Winter was not happy with the way the team opened the derby match against Montreal, Toronto’s biggest rivals. He felt that his team played better after they were reduced to 10 men when defender Logan Emory took a red card for a tackle in the 65th minute.

“It wasn’t a red card,” Winter said. “I think with 10 men we were playing better than [with] 11, much better. You can make mistakes, but what I didn’t like was how we reacted, how we started.”


04-09-2012, 09:01 PM
Reds in MTL
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04-14-2012, 07:31 PM
Hard Luck Reds
Late chances go begging as Reds drop a 1-0 decision to Chivas.

TORONTO – Toronto FC fell to their fifth straight loss to start the 2012 season after dropping a 1-0 result to Chivas USA on a blustery Saturday afternoon at BMO Field.

For Chivas USA, it marked their third straight away win to start the season with the decisive goal coming off a 31st minute corner kick delivered by Miller Bolanos and headed home by Oswaldo Minda for his first MLS tally.

Seeking to prevent a worst-ever start to a season in club history, TFC manager Aron Winter fielded an offensive starting XI featuring five attacking players. It looked like the move had the potential to pay immediate dividends after eight minutes when Joao Plata collected a Danny Koevermans lay-off and sent a dangerous shot wide right of goal


04-21-2012, 07:32 PM
Fire hold on for wild 3-2 win over TFC

TORONTO – A pair of teams that have had trouble scoring in 2012 produced a shootout on Saturday, as the Chicago Fire defeated Toronto FC 3-2 before 19,255 at BMO Field.

The Fire made Patrick Nyarko’s 58th-minute tally stand up as the game-winner despite a furious second half rally from the hosts. That followed a back-and-forth first half that saw both teams pepper each others’ goal with a series of shots.

The bombardment commenced early, as Dominic Oduro gave the Fire a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds in. Nyarko picked the pocket of TFC sweeper Torsten Frings, who was a bit too casual after receiving a poor outlet from goalkeeper Milos Kocic. Oduro streaked onto the loose ball, took a touch and slotted under Kocic for his third goal of the season and the fifth-fastest in league history.


04-24-2012, 10:36 AM
Frustration continues to mount for Johnson, Toronto FC

TORONTO – Forward Ryan Johnson admits that his frustration is mounting with each Toronto FC loss.

The losing streak reached six after the Chicago Fire won 3-2 at BMO Field on Saturday. The Reds are one loss away from equalling the league record of seven defeats in a row to open an MLS season set in 1999, set by Kansas City.

“It’s really starting to get to me,” Johnson told reporters after the game.

Unfortunately, the prospects for the future don't look too easy: Toronto go on the road to Real Salt Lake on Saturday, one of the most inhospitable environments in the league.

It’s not just the losses, though. It’s the way they have come that hurts. Goals too easily conceded – usually early, sometimes late – have been the story of TFC’s season. The Reds found their scoring touch with a pair of goals by Reggie Lambe on Saturday, but again left Chicago too many easy openings.


04-24-2012, 02:29 PM
Toronto FC host EPL giants Liverpool on July 21


A sea of red is set to flood the Rogers Centre in Toronto this summer.

It was announced on Tuesday that Toronto FC will welcome English Premier League club Liverpool FC in a 2012 World Football Challenge match that will be played in the retractable-roof stadium on Saturday, July 21 at 4 pm ET.

A natural grass surface will be installed for the event, which will mark the first meeting between an MLS team and the storied English side.

Both clubs, who wear red as their primary color, have a history at the Rogers Centre with TFC selling out the building most recently in a memorable March 7 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg match against the LA Galaxy. The MLS Canadian side made history by advancing to the tournament semis on the heels of that 2-2 home draw.

The Liverpool, five-time European champions, made one appearance at Rogers Centre in 2004 against Portuguese side Porto in front of over 40,000 fans. This year's match against Toronto FC kicks off the EPL club's summer tour of North America.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning May 4.


04-29-2012, 08:55 AM
So Cruel
Stoppage-time goal condemns TFC to historic 7th straight loss
Heartbreak City
Toronto concedes stoppage time goal in 3-2 Salt Lake loss.


05-01-2012, 07:00 PM
Winter insists TFC the better team vs. Montreal

TORONTO – Toronto FC’s losing streak has to end sometime, right?

Head coach Aron Winter is confident that moment will come on Wednesday, when the Reds hit the road to take on the Montreal Impact in the first game of the Amway Canadian Championship (8 pm ET, Rogers Sportsnet in Canada).

The Reds are 0-7 so far in the MLS regular season and winless in their last nine games overall, including a draw and a loss against Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League.

“When you get the first victory everything is going to change,” Winter said. “We deserve it also. Almost all the games we have played we were almost stronger than each opponent and that’s why it’s a little bit disillusioning and disappointing that, after seven games, you’ve got zero points.”


05-06-2012, 08:13 AM
D.C. Defeat
Toronto suffers 2-0 loss at BMO Field to remain winless in MLS

TORONTO – History of the unfortunate kind was made on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto FC lost a record eighth straight game to open the season as Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi scored in the second half to give D.C. United a 2-0 win before 18,364 at BMO Field.

Pontius’s matchwinner came in the 55th minute when he struck a left-footed rocket from outside the box into the top left corner. It was his fifth goal of the season.


05-14-2012, 01:27 PM
Reds Make Front Office Changes
Jim Brennan promoted to first team assistant coach,
Bob de Klerk promoted to technical manager.

Photo: Jim Brennan (left) and Bob de Klerk given new positions on Monday.

Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter announced Monday restructuring moves that will see First Team Assistant Bob de Klerk promoted to Technical Manager and Toronto FC Junior Academy Coach Jim Brennan move to the First Team as an Assistant Coach.

In this new role de Klerk will be responsible for Toronto FC’s technical program, including advance and international scouting, as well as serving as the technical conduit between the First Team and Academy program. He will also assist players transitioning from the Academy into the First Team and support the education of Toronto FC coaches at all levels.


05-23-2012, 12:31 PM
Winter On Trialist
Head coach discusses Luis Boa Morte
Photo: Luis Boa Morte with West Ham in action against Deportivo La Coruna in 2010 (Getty).

TORONTO – Former Portuguese international Luis Boa Morte could be worth more than just a look on trial, according to Toronto FC manager Aron Winter.

“He is a good player and we can get him, probably,” Winter said on Tuesday at BMO Field after Boa Morte trained with TFC. “We want to give him at least a trial to watch him first. I think that he is a player, if you’re going to sign him or whatever, he could be an advantage.”

The 34-year-old has played for such teams as Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham in England. He most recently played for the Orlando Pirates in South Africa but left the team last week and has been released from his contract.


05-23-2012, 09:49 PM
Toronto Through
Reds will play CCL again after 1-0 win over Caps


05-26-2012, 05:57 PM
Finally! A Win
Late Koevermans goal ends TFC's record-setting losing streak


06-07-2012, 01:27 PM
Toronto part ways with embattled head coach Aron Winter

Paul Mariner replaces Aron Winter as head coach of Toronto FC

06-20-2012, 09:28 AM
TFC trio under investigation will not face Dynamo

The three Toronto FC players who were arrested for public intoxication Sunday morning in Houston will not be available to play Wednesday against the Dynamo as the investigation into the incident continues.

Defender Miguel Aceval and midfielders Nick Soolsma and Luis Silva were not with the club on Tuesday as the team prepared for its upcoming game, head coach Paul Mariner told Toronto FC TV on Tuesday.

“We’re working very closely with the league office and the players union,” Mariner said. ”It’s an ongoing situation. We’re listening to what they say and until the investigation is complete that’s all I can tell you.

“They are not presently with the club and because the investigation is going on they won’t be available for Wednesday and we’ll see what transpires over the next few days.”

The three were arrested after police were called to Club Escobar in Houston's Midtown neighborhood because of a disturbance outside the club.

A court date has been set for Aug. 2.


06-22-2012, 12:27 AM
Reds Held As Houston Claws Back
Toronto sees a tremendous first half performance muted in 3-3 draw at Dynamo's new digs.

HOUSTON – In a midweek thriller, Houston used some late magic from sophomore striker Will Bruin in to save a 3-3 result against Toronto FC and stay undefeated in BBVA Compass Stadium.

Bruin got his seventh and eighth goals of the season, leaving it late to pull his team back from a 3-1 deficit. His home heroics overshadowed a fantastic first half performance from Toronto Designated Player Danny Koevermans, who showed what a crafty striker can do by finding space in Houston’s backline and notching a brace of his own.


06-23-2012, 07:19 PM
Recap: Revolution rally for last-gasp 2-2 draw with TFC

TORONTO – Paul Mariner has many good memories from his days as an assistant coach with the New England Revolution. But he won’t remember as fondly his first match against them as the head coach of Toronto FC.

Minutes from his first victory in his third game as coach of the Reds, Mariner saw his team surrender another two-goal lead as Chris Tierney scored in stoppage time to give the Revolution last-gasp a 2-2 draw at BMO Field on Saturday.


06-27-2012, 09:06 PM
Rampant Reds throttle Impact 3-0 in Montreal

MONTREAL – All eyes were on new Impact DP Marco Di Vaio Wednesday night, but Toronto FC ended up stealing the show with a dominant 3-0 win at Stade Saputo.

Torsten Frings scored the first at the 52nd minute, a powerful free kick blasted in from 22 yards. Ryan Johnson added the insurance marker in the 72nd, while Danny Koevermans added insult to injury at the 78th.


07-02-2012, 07:25 PM
Toronto FC's Emory gets valuable lesson vs. Red Bulls

TORONTO – Toronto FC head coach Paul Mariner says his young back four are learning on the job – and doing so quickly.

Central defender Logan Emory showed what Mariner meant on Saturday at BMO Field, with a tackle in the 76th minute that preserved a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls. The 23-year-old was quick to react after Thierry Henry’s pass put Joel Lindpere through on the Toronto goal, making a sliding, saving tackle to knock the ball away.

“Logan Emory, for me, is a bit of an unsung hero,” said Mariner, who signed Emory after seeing him play with Orlando City during preseason. “He’s one of those guys who go underneath the radar. He sort of very, very quietly goes about his business extremely well."

For Emory, it was a lesson learned from a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact back on April 7, a game in which he picked up a red card for his tackle in a similar situation. This time, his starting position was better.

“It’s just being in the right spot,” Emory said after Saturday’s match. “I trust the right side that they’re going to stop things but if they don’t then I have to be there and today I was lucky enough to get a foot on it.


07-02-2012, 08:32 PM
^ I was at that game. Sadly, hero Thierry Henry could hardly be arsed to run.

07-08-2012, 09:18 PM
Floored In Philly
Toronto unable to keep up in 3-0 loss to Union on Sunday.

CHESTER, PA – In a battle of two teams with new coaches, the Philadelphia Union showed significantly more progress than Toronto FC.

Sunday afternoon at PPL Park, the Union used goals from Gabriel Gómez, Freddy Adu and Antoine Hoppenot to dismantle last-place Toronto, 3-0, in front of 18,393 charged-up fans.


07-11-2012, 09:29 PM
Dunfield's goal at the death leads TFC over 'Caps

TORONTO – Terry Dunfield's header in the final seconds of stoppage time secured a 3-2 win for Toronto FC over the Vancouver Whitecaps after a wild second half.

Dunfield, who was traded by Vancouver to Toronto three days shy of a year prior to the match, found himself in the center of the box and rose highest to get his head to a corner from Torsten Frings.

The winner came just after TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic missed a punch on a cross lofted into the box that allowed Darren Mattocks to score his second goal of the game and sixth of the season in the 90th minute.

Mattocks also scored five minutes in half to put the Whitecaps into the lead after a deadlocked first half


07-13-2012, 09:23 AM
Kick Off:
Toronto continue makeover, ship DP to Dallas

Just as Toronto FC is beginning to move — 2-1-4 in their last seven — it looks like they are moving one of their biggest names.

Canadian international Julian De Guzman has been traded to FC Dallas in exchange for midfielder Andrew Wiedeman. The trade looks good for both sides, clearing up cap space and opening up a DP slot for TFC and providing struggling FCD — winless in 13 matches — with the defensive-midfield presence they’ve lacked this year.

De Guzman could be available when Dallas travel to Colorado on Saturday night (9 pm ET, live stream on MLS LIVE)


07-16-2012, 12:56 PM
Silva Sensation
Rookie midfielder strikes in 1-0 win away to New England
Photo: Luis Silva strikes the winning shot against New England (Getty)

FOXBOROUGH, MA – Toronto FC coach Paul Mariner enjoyed a winning return to Gillette Stadium as Luis Silva's eighth-minute goal gave the Reds a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

Silva combined with Danny Koevermans on the edge of the penalty area and slotted home his second goal in as many games to separate the sides. New England searched ardently for an equalizer in the second half, but TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic intervened on several occasions to preserve the points.


07-19-2012, 11:23 AM
Reds Roll On
Toronto wins third straight beating Colorado 2-1 at BMO Field.

TORONTO — After finding themselves in an early hole against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night, goals from Ryan Johnson in the 51st minute and in the 67th by substitute Andrew Wiedeman helped Toronto FC come back for a 2-1 win at BMO Field, running their win streak to three games and dropping the visitors to a fourth loss in as many games.


07-20-2012, 08:48 PM
Toronto Acquires Eric Hassli
Reds bolster attack following major trade with Vancouver.

Photo: Hassli captured following through on a wonder-strike against Toronto on May 16 (Getty)

Toronto FC announced Friday that the club has acquired forward Eric Hassli from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for Toronto’s first round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft along with an international roster spot through the 2013 season. Hassli will be considered a Designated Player and occupy an International Roster spot.
Eric Hassli
Position: Forward
Height: 6’4
Weight: 200
Birthdate: May 3, 1981
Hometown: Sarreguemines, France
Nationality: French
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
How Acquired: Trade with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Friday, July 20, 2012
Pronunciation: “Hass-lee”


07-21-2012, 04:02 PM
Another Addition
Reds follow-up Hassli trade with Quincy Amarikwa acquisition

Toronto FC announced Saturday that the club has acquired forward Quincy Amarikwa in a trade with the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

“With the injury to Danny Koevermans there became an immediate need to add some additional help up top and we feel Quincy will address this area,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Paul Mariner. “Quincy is a hard worker, with great athletic abilities and a positive attitude. That’s what we look for in all our players. We feel he will fit in with our club nicely.”

Quincy Amarikwa
Position: Forward
Height: 5’9
Weight: 180
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Nationality: American
Last Club: Colorado Rapids
How Acquired: Trade with New York Red Bulls on Saturday, July 21, 2012


08-02-2012, 08:32 AM
Rampant Reds
Silva has goal, two assists as Toronto steamroll Águila in opener

TORONTO – Toronto FC stressed the importance of winning their home games as they entered the 2012-13 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League.

They also wanted to put on a good show at BMO Field after their dud in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo in a league game last Saturday.

It was mission accomplished on both counts on Wednesday night, as the Reds flattened Salvadoran side Águila with a 5-1 victory in their Group 1 opener.


08-03-2012, 09:45 PM
TFC Sign Defender Darren O’Dea
Toronto FC announced Friday that the club has signed Irish international defender Darren O’Dea


08-06-2012, 05:43 PM
Hassli's appearance a positive for TFC in Chicago loss

There was not much good that Toronto FC could take from their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Their second league loss in a row, after a run of three successive victories, featured a blown lead, a red card and some disjoined play on the backline and in midfield.

But at least the Reds were able to bring big center forward Eric Hassli into the starting lineup for the game, and watched him play 60 minutes.

“Terrific,” concluded Paul Mariner of Hassli’s game. “His holdup play was terrific. He’s going to be great for us. People can’t handle him – he’s too strong. I took Eric off because we couldn’t get any more out of him. He hadn’t played for a while.”


08-10-2012, 01:22 PM
Crew-TFC Match Postponed
Toronto agrees to August 22 date, allowing Crew players to attend funeral of Kirk Urso.


08-15-2012, 10:22 PM
Nagbe scores late to hand Timbers 2-2 tie at TFC

TORONTO – The Portland Timbers scored first and last at BMO Field, coming away with a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Wednesday night in a clash between the bottom teams in each conference.

Darlington Nagbe saved the point for Portland when Toronto's porous defense allowed him to head home a pass from Steven Smith in the 82nd minute.

After Sal Zizzo scored in the first half for the Timbers, Eric Hassli and Luis Silva scored for Toronto in the second half to put the Reds into the lead, but they were unable to hold on for the three points.

Toronto (5-13-5) still have the worst record in the league with 20 points while the Timbers (5-12-6) have just 21.


08-21-2012, 02:56 PM
Here To Stay
Toronto re-signs homegrown defender Doneil Henry to long-term.

Toronto FC announced Tuesday that the club has re-signed defender Doneil Henry. As per team and league policies, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“This is another positive step for our football club, signing another promising young defender for the long term,” said Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Paul Mariner. “Doneil possess a great amount of skill and the scary part is he is only 19 years old. He has proven to be an important part of our club and will continue to be for years to come.”


08-23-2012, 05:04 PM
Eric Hassli, the new face of Toronto FC

there was one thing that Toronto FC needed this year, more than anything else, more than wins, more than a pair of defenders, more than playoffs, more than winning the double and picking up the MLS Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League and the Canadian Champion title for the fourth time, it’s Eric Hassli


08-25-2012, 10:05 PM
Drawn Down
Houston cough up two points with 1-1 draw against Toronto


09-20-2012, 11:00 PM
Hassli's Status Uncertain
Eric Hassli's status is uncertain for upcoming matches

ORONTO – Toronto FC's hopes of closing out a miserable season on a positive note took a further blow this week, with an ankle injury likely to keep striker Eric Hassli out of Saturday’s league match against the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

“He’s extremely doubtful in my mind,” TFC head coach Paul Mariner told MLSsoccer.com after training at Downsview Park on Wednesday.


10-13-2012, 05:30 PM
The Kids Are Alright
The Kia TFC Academy U17 and U19 teams enter playoffs.

After successful regular season campaigns, the Kia Toronto FC Academy U17 and U19 teams are gaining valuable playoff experience that they hope to one day bring with them to the first team. There is a lot to like and plenty of talent on our U17 team. Four players – striker Jordan Hamilton, midfielder Derick Sequeira, and defenders Kevon Black and Eli Roubos - attended the recent Canadian U17 National Team camp in Spain. We also boast firepower up front with striker Mark Wadid who finished tied for first in league scoring with 16 goals and Hamilton who finished third with 9.


10-20-2012, 03:51 PM
See You Next Year
Canadian rivals Toronto, Montreal draw 0-0 in 2012 BMO finale

It’s been that kind of year at BMO Field.

Toronto FC closed out their 2012 home campaign on Saturday afternoon with a 0-0 draw against rivals Montreal Impact, who were making their first-ever visit to Toronto in MLS regular season play.

Goalkeeper Freddy Hall helped TFC hold on to their first league shutout since July 14 with a couple of key stops during a hectic series of stoppage time assaults on the Toronto goal. TFC were also helped by a lack of sharpness from Montreal’s attackers, a common theme that afflicted both sides in the scoreless match.

While Toronto’s winless run reaches 13 matches, the expansion Impact moved closer to registering the best record by a Canadian team in MLS this year, which would give them the No. 1 seed in next year’s Canadian Championship. Despite their current five-game winless run, the Impact’s 42 points are on par with Vancouver, who are still battling for a playoff spot in the West.


Master Shake
10-20-2012, 04:50 PM
We need a superstar and fast. I wanna see some wins ...TFC could be a power house.

11-15-2012, 03:08 PM
Option Declined On Six Players
Adrian Cann among those Toronto FC released on Thursday

Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has declined options on six players: defenders Adrian Cann, Ty Harden, and Dicoy Williams, midfielder Oscar Cordon, and forwards Nicholas Lindsay and Keith Makubuya.


11-28-2012, 07:13 PM
Master Builder
"The pieces are here" in Toronto, says architect of D.C. dynasty
New TFC boss Payne: "The only job I would've left DC for"

TORONTO – Kevin Payne said he likes to build.

In that regard, he has moved to the right place as president and general manager of Toronto FC, who have yet to make the league playoffs in their six years as an MLS franchise and were 5-21-8 in 2012.

“I personally love a challenge,” the former president and CEO of D.C. United said at BMO Field on Wednesday at his introductory media conference. “I often talk with people and say what’s the fun of being manager of Real Madrid and spending crazy money and just buying the best players. I really love to build things. I think that there are pieces in place here.”


12-03-2012, 11:00 PM
Reds Add Braun To Attack
25-year old U.S. striker acquired in exchange for Aaron Maund.

Toronto FC announced Monday that the club has acquired forward Justin Braun from Real Salt Lake in exchange for defender Aaron Maund.

Braun, 25, made two appearances for Real Salt Lake after being acquired from the Montreal Impact on July 11. He made 14 appearances for Real Salt Lake and Montreal combined this past season. He signed a development contract with Chivas USA in March 2008 and spent four seasons with the club. Braun has appeared in 110 regular season matches and has scored 24 goals over five seasons in Major League Soccer. He also appeared in four playoff matches, recording one goal during his time with Chivas USA


12-14-2012, 05:52 PM
Toronto Claims Califf
32-year old former U.S. international centre back selected by the Reds in Re-Entry Process

Toronto FC announced Friday that the club has selected defender Danny Califf in the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Process and have signed him to a new contact. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Danny Califf is a proven defender in our league, and a player with a lot of character. Our defenders are young and we expect Danny to provide important leadership as we change the culture of our team,” said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. “We’re thrilled to have him on our team. We look forward to welcoming him and his family to Toronto.”


12-20-2012, 02:33 PM
Toronto FC acquire Agbossoumonde

Gale Agbossoumonde is coming in from the wilderness.

After three years split between five clubs, mostly on loan, scattered between the United States and Europe, the 21-year-old defender has finally found a home in MLS with Toronto FC. The Reds acquired the US youth international via weighted lottery on Thursday, beating out the likes of Dallas, Houston, Seattle, LA and San Jose for his services.

Toronto (57.3 percent) and Dallas (25.9 percent) had the best shot at the promising young center back, who was entered into the lottery process as a draft-eligible player to whom an MLS contract had been offered in the past but opted not to sign ahead of the SuperDraft. Agbossoumonde spent 2012 on loan with the NASL's Carolina RailHawks, appearing 17 times and scoring one goal, and has also spent time with Miami FC, Sporting Braga, Djurgården and Eintracht Frankfurt since turning pro in 2009.

“We’re thrilled to have Gale Agbossoumonde join Toronto FC,” president and general manager Kevin Payne said. “He’s a young and immensely talented center back with solid international experience at the U-17 and U-20 level for the United States, and we hope he will be a member of our team for years to come.”


01-07-2013, 02:30 PM
Report: Former DC defender Nelsen to be new TFC coach

New Toronto FC president Kevin Payne appears set to shake things up a bit more at BMO Field.

According to a Soccer By Ives report on Monday, Payne has relieved current head coach Paul Mariner of his duties, and is set to name former D.C. United defender Ryan Nelsen as Mariner's replacement. This comes just hours after the news that technical manager Bob de Klerk has also been let go.

There is expected to be a press conference announcing Nelsen on Tuesday.


01-15-2013, 12:51 PM
Toronto FC sign ex-Sporting midfielder Julio Cesar

Recently hired Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen made it very clear that he wants a team that resembles himself: strong, dedicated, smart, tough to beat.

On Tuesday, the club made it's first move in that direction, announcing the signing of former Sporting Kansas City midfielder Julio Cesar


01-17-2013, 10:34 PM
MLS SuperDraft:
Toronto land both their targets and more

INDIANAPOLIS – Toronto FC may have traded away the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft, but that didn’t keep Kevin Payne from landing the player he coveted above all others.

In fact, by virtue of some shrewd wheeling and dealing, Toronto landed both of their primary targets – the Ontario-born duo of Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman – as well as allocation money from New England, Vancouver and Seattle to move down in the draft order from No. 1 to 3, No. 4 to 10 and finally No. 10 to 16.

It was about as well as the day could go for TFC, especially since Payne and his staff thought Bekker, a midfielder who can play box-to-box as well as in an attacking role, was the draft pool’s premier talent.


01-22-2013, 06:26 PM
Full-time job:
Nelsen set to take reins at TFC on Feb. 1

TORONTO – The uncertainty is over for Toronto FC.

Ryan Nelsen said on Tuesday at the club’s media day that he will become head coach on a full-time basis as of Feb. 1, when the team opens its Orlando phase of preseason training.

Nelsen, 35, was hired on Jan. 8 as head coach, but because he still is playing for Queens Park Rangers, who are battling to avoid relegation in the English Premier League, it was not certain when he would take over his new job on a full-time basis.

“We had a talk and we wanted to give QPR as much time as possible to bring in a replacement or sort their things out,” Nelsen told the media on Tuesday. “If they knew I was leaving earlier it would have been harder in the transfer window.”

The New Zealand international center back is scheduled to play his final game next Tuesday for QPR against Manchester City in an EPL match.


01-25-2013, 05:17 PM
Toronto FC Hires Pat Onstad
TFC adds former Canadian international goalkeeper Pat Onstad to staff.

Toronto FC announced Tuesday it has named former Canadian international goalkeeper Pat Onstad as Chief Scout and Manager of Football Partnerships.

A native of Vancouver, B.C. Onstad, 44, has spent the past two seasons on D.C. United’s staff as an assistant coach. He came out of retirement in 2011 to play in three matches for D.C. due to injuries at the goalkeeper position.

In addition to his duties as chief scout, Onstad is responsible for liaising and managing relationships with football clubs in Major League Soccer and internationally. He will also work with football agencies and foreign soccer development academies.


01-30-2013, 08:17 PM
Traded For Pick
TFC trades Joao Plata to Salt Lake for 2015 2nd round draft pick.


01-31-2013, 06:20 PM
Payne furious with unfit TFC players in preseason camp

TORONTO – Kevin Payne’s attempt to change the culture at Toronto FC took a step backward this week, thanks a group of players who showed up at preseason camp out of shape and left the club president demanding more from his new team.

“I told them, ‘You will never, ever come back here after a break looking like this again,’” Payne told reporters on Thursday. “’It just won’t happen, or you won’t be here, end of story.’ Lots of guys did a great job, came back in great shape, but there were more than one or two who were not close to being fit.”

Payne, who joined Toronto FC in November after eight years running D.C. United, said he doesn’t think the club has done a good enough job monitoring the team’s offseason fitness routine, and he’s struggling to understand why players don’t take the initiative on their own.

“Ryan [Nelsen, head coach] feels the same way,” Payne said. “We were kind of joking – being paid to go to the gym, now how hard is that? Most people have to spend money to go to the gym and shoe-horn it into their schedule. There’s just no excuse for it.

“In D.C., we didn’t accept it and there was an enormous level of peer pressure brought to bear on guys that showed up unfit, and we need to get to that point here. That’s not the case right now. I didn’t see any evidence of that within the locker room.”


02-01-2013, 09:30 AM
First Home Match At Rogers Centre
Toronto will open its 2013 MLS home slate against Sporting KC on March 9

Toronto FC will return to the Rogers Centre for its first home game of the season for the second straight year.

Reds open the 2013 Major League Soccer season on March 2 in Vancouver. A week later they’ll be at the Rogers Centre to kickoff its home calendar against Sporting Kansas City. Time for this match is still to be decided. Toronto will open at BMO Field against LA Galaxy on March 30.


02-11-2013, 08:00 PM
TFC's Frei suffers broken nose, will have surgery Tuesday

Stefan Frei will have surgery on Tuesday to repair the broken nose he suffered over the weekend, and it’s unclear how much time the Toronto FC goalkeeper will miss as he recovers from the injury.

The incident occurred in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew during the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Fla., late in the first half after a collision with Crew striker Ryan Finley.

Frei charged out of the box and went down to cut off a long Columbus pass and Finley was running toward him to get the ball. Finley’s boot hit Frei on the left side of the nose, and the ‘keeper left the game after staying down on the field momentarily.

It was Frei’s first game after missing almost all of last season when he suffered a fractured left fibula and torn ankle ligaments during training last March.


02-18-2013, 07:45 PM
2013 Depth Chart: Toronto FC


02-26-2013, 11:55 AM
Injuries force Toronto DP Frings into retirement

If Toronto FC can manage to turn around their fortunes when a new season begins on Saturday, they’ll do it without Torsten Frings.

The 36-year-old German defender announced his retirement on Tuesday after 18 years in the game, citing concerns stemming from a hip injury that required surgery last season. Frings, who joined Toronto as Designated Player in July 2011, left Toronto FC preseason camp in Florida earlier this month


02-26-2013, 08:54 PM


03-01-2013, 12:23 PM
Toronto FC add Welsh international striker Robert Earnshaw

Toronto FC announced Friday the club has signed Welsh International striker Robert Earnshaw. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Earnshaw, 31, most recently spent time on loan in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv from Welsh club, Cardiff City FC. He began his career with Cardiff's youth program and turned professional in 1998. The Welshman made 168 appearances, scoring 83 goals in all competitions in his first stint with the Bluebirds.

In 2004, Earnshaw was transferred to Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion FC. He went on to score 12 goals in 43 appearances over two seasons with the Baggies.


03-09-2013, 05:41 PM
Reds Beat SKC at Rogers Centre
Robert Earnshaw scores twice in Reds' 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

TORONTO – Forward Robert Earnshaw scored an early brace and Toronto FC were able to hang on for a 2-1 win in their home opener against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Earnshaw capitalized on an errant back pass by MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler to score after three minutes and the Welshman also buried a penalty kick to give Toronto an early 2-0 lead. Although Sporting KC Designated Player Claudio Bieler pulled one back late, Toronto sealed their first win in 15 league matches dating back to the 2012 season and the first in the tenure of new manager Ryan Nelsen.

The result handed Sporting KC their first regular-season loss in 13 matches, also dating back to 2012, and left them one match short of tying their all-time club record of 14 straight undefeated.


03-10-2013, 09:54 AM
Sporting Kansas City fell 2-1 to Toronto FC on Saturday at the Rogers Centre, suffering the team's first defeat in 14 MLS regular season games dating back to last August. Designated Player Claudio Bieler scored his second goal in as many games for the club off of a volley in the 77th minute, but a pair of first half goals from Toronto FC forward Robert Earnshaw earned the full three points for Toronto FC in their first home match of 2013.

Toronto FC started the match strong, notching a goal in the third minute of play when Earnshaw intercepted a pass in the defensive third and capitalized on the chance with a well-taken shot from the right side of the penalty area for his first MLS goal.

Sporting KC responded four minutes later when Chance Myers made an overlapping run and cut the ball to Benny Feilhaber, who chipped it just wide of the goal.

Earnshaw doubled Toronto's lead in the 20th minute from the penalty mark after Paulo Nagamura was judged to have fouled newly-acquired midfielder John Bostock inside the box. With Nielsen guessing to his left, Earnshaw slotted his shot to the opposite side for the eventual match-winner.

Toronto FC nearly claimed a third goal in the 31st minute when Reggie Lambe sent in a swinging shot from the top of the box that was just wide of the far post. Sporting KC got in one last look at goal before the end of the half when Collin was on the receiving end of a free kick, but his glancing header was just wide of the near post.

Myers gave Sporting KC their first scoring opportunity of the second half in the 52nd minute when his glancing header was just wide of the left post. Nine minutes later, halftime substitute C.J. Sapong nearly netted a goal for Sporting Kansas City when he won a header from a Graham Zusi free kick only to see it rattle off the crossbar.

Claudio Bieler provided a much-needed lifeline to Sporting Kansas City with under 15 minutes remaining. Sapong flicked on a long service from Jimmy Nielsen and the Argentinian striker took a shot from distance that blazed past Joseph Bendik.

The 89th minute nearly saw an equalizer for Sporting Kansas City when a long throw-in from Besler bounced around the box and fell to Bieler at top the top of the area, but his right-footed volley was punched out by Bendik.

Six minutes into stoppage time, Sporting KC came close again when Zusi sent in a free kick that Collin headed just wide of the goal on a last gasp attempt at salvaging a road result. Sporting Kansas City will return to KCto KC for their first home match of the year at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 16 at Sporting Park against the Chicago Fire. The match will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports..

Tickets are available in limited supply through Ticketmaster and at Sporting Park Box Offices.


- Saturday's game -- Toronto FC's first home fixture of 2013 -- was the first MLS match ever played at the Rogers Centre.

- It marked the second straight season Sporting Kansas City played an MLS match under a closed roof, after playing the Vancouver Whitecaps indoors at BC Place in 2012.

- Ryan Nelsen made his home debut as manager for Toronto FC on Saturday. He is the eight head coach in Toronto's seven seasons.

- Robert Earnshaw, acquired by Toronto FC from Cardiff City in the offseason, scored his first MLS goal in the 3rd minute.

- The goal was the earliest conceded by Sporting KC since the Philadelphia Union's Jack McInerney scored in the opening minute on June 23, 2012 at PPL Park.

- Robert Earnshaw struck again from the penalty spot in the 21st minute. It was the first penalty kick scored on Sporting KC since the Philadelphia Union's Lionard Pajoy converted his PK on June 23, 2012 at PPL Park.

- Toronto FC's penalty kick was the second PK attempted, and first scored, of the 2013 MLS season.

- Robert Earnshaw joins Reggie Lambe as the only two players in Toronto FC club history to score two goals in the first half of a MLS match.

- The last time Sporting Kansas City conceded two goals in the first half was on July 28, 2012 in a 2-1 loss against the Columbus Crew.

- Claudio Bieler scored for his second straight match, striking in the 77th minute on an assist from C.J. Sapong. The fourth Designated Player in team history, Bieler becomes the club's first DP to score in his first two MLS matches.

- Claudio Bieler has now scored on each of his two shots on goal in MLS this season.

- C.J. Sapong now has eight career assists.

- Robert Earnshaw and Claudio Bieler are now tied with Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola for second on the MLS goal scoring chart, one behind Mike Magee.

- Sporting Kansas City's only shot on goal on Saturday came on Claudio Bieler's goal in the 77th minute.

- Sporting Kansas City controlled 68.2% of the possession on Saturday to Toronto FC's 31.8%.

- Sporting Kansas City had 457 total passes on Saturday, more than double the number of Toronto's total passes (212).

- Sporting Kansas City attempted 25 open play crosses on Saturday, five times as many as Toronto FC (5).

- Sporting Kansas City outshot Toronto FC 16 to 5 on Saturday.

- Claudio Bieler suffered five fouls on Saturday, most of any player on the field.

- Graham Zusi had seven key passes on Saturday. No other player on the field had more than one.

- Graham Zusi recorded seven good crosses on Saturday. Seth Sinovic (2) was the only other player on the field with more than one.

- Matt Besler led all players on Saturday with 16 clearances and 10 aerial duals won. Both were on more than fellow central defender Aurelien Collin.

- Oriol Rosell led all players with 55 passes on Saturday.

- Sporting Kansas City made no changes to their starting lineup from last week's 3-1 win at the Philadelphia Union.

- Jimmy Nielsen has appeared in 63 straight MLS matches, including postseason, for Sporting Kansas City, dating back to June 12, 2011. The streak covers a span of 5,670 straight minutes of MLS action.

- Jimmy Nielsen's appearance tied Bo Oshoniyi for second most in team history by a goalkeeper with 96.

- Toronto FC made only one change to their starting lineup from last week's 1-0 loss at Vancouver, inserting 21-year-old midfielder John Bostock in place of rookie Kyle Bekker.

- Bostock made his MLS debut after being acquired on Friday on loan from Tottenham.

- Matt Besler, the reigning MLS Defender of the Year, has started and played the full 90 minutes in each of the club's last 22 MLS matches (including postseason).

- Matt Besler started the 100th regular season match of his KC career on Saturday, becoming the only active KC player to do so. Besler surpassed 9,000 regular season MLS minutes played in his KC career on Saturday, also most amongst active KC players.

- Aurelien Collin surpassed 5,000 minutes in MLS competition (including playoffs) on Saturday.

- Seth Sinovic surpassed 6,000 career minutes played in MLS regular season matches on Saturday.

- Jimmy Nielsen surpassed 9,000 career minutes played in MLS competition (including playoffs) on Saturday.

- Sporting Kansas City lost for only the second time in 30 MLS regular season matches with the backline of Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin starting in defense. Sporting KC is now 20-2-8 all-time in the MLS regular season with those four in the starting lineup.

- Soony Saad made his first MLS appearance since Aug. 4, 2012, replacing Benny Feilhaber in the 82nd minute.

- Sporting Kansas City has gone 67 consecutive MLS matches (including playoffs) without conceding a goal on a corner kick, dating back to May 21, 2011 at Seattle.

- Saturday's loss snapped a 13-game unbeaten run in MLS regular season matches. It was the longest active streak in MLS and one shy of the club's all-time record set in 2011.

- Saturday's loss also snapped Sporting Kansas City's seven-game unbeaten streak in MLS road matches. It was also the longest active such streak in MLS and the longest streak in team history.

- Prior to Saturday, Toronto FC was winless in their last 15 MLS regular season matches, tied for the longest active streak with Chivas USA and the second-longest in MLS history behind only Real Salt Lake's 18-game winless run from 2005-2006.

- Saturday marked only the third time in MLS history that a team with a double-digit unbeaten streak faced a team with a double-digit winless streak:

Oct. 8, 2005, San Jose (12) vs. Real Salt Lake (10)

Sept. 29, 2007, D.C. United (10), vs. Toronto FC (11)

March 9, 2013, Sporting KC (13) vs. Toronto FC (15)

- Danny Califf was shown his eighth caution in 21 career matches against Sporting Kansas City, which ties him for the most all-time amongst KC opponents with Landon Donovan.

- Sporting Kansas City hosted the team's official watch party in the Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park on Saturday.

- Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC will meet two more times in the 2013 regular season. The next match-up comes July 13 at Sporting Park followed by a trip to BMO Field on September 21.

- Sporting Kansas City holds the advantage in the all-time series with an 8-4-4 record in MLS play against Toronto since the club joined MLS in 2007.

- Sporting Kansas City is 2-3-3 on the road in the series with three goals scored in those eight games.

- Saturday's match was the first time in series history that both teams scored in a game played in Toronto. Prior to Saturday, the teams had combined for only five goals in seven meetings in Toronto.

- Saturday's loss snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak against Toronto FC, including four consecutive wins.

- Sporting Kansas City has recorded the most team shots in MLS history with 7,216.

- Sporting Kansas City will next host the Chicago Fire on Saturday, March 16 in the club's 2013 home opener at Sporting Park.

- Sporting Kansas City is 213-207-109 all-time in the MLS regular season and 72-132-62 away from home in the regular season.

- Sporting Kansas City is 9-7-1 in the month of March all-time.

- Sporting Kansas City was without Kei Kamara (loan), Teal Bunbury (disabled list) and Jacob Peterson (disabled list) on Saturday.

- Forward Kei Kamara, on loan from Sporting Kansas City to Norwich City through May 6, made his first EPL start and played 78 minutes against Southampton on Saturday.

- The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB will air from 7-8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, March 12.

- Seth Sinovic will be a guest on Off the Bench with Michael Coleman on KCTV5 on Sunday.

- Referee Fotis Bazakos, the brother of fellow MLS referee Elias Bazakos, officiated his 11th career MLS match on Saturday. He awarded a penalty kick for the third time in those 11 games on Saturday.


Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes

Thoughts on today's game...

I thought Toronto came out flying. It was their home opener, the crowd was good for them. They pushed the game and they made the most of their opportunities. We made a big mistake early on to get them into the game that gave them some confidence. Getting the second goal early on put us behind the eight ball pretty early. Two goals is a big deficit to come back from. I thought they closed the half out well, they slowed the game down and didn't give us much to get into the rhythm or anything. The second half I thought our guys did a very good job of changing the pace of the game and pushing the tempo a little bit. We created quite a few opportunities, maybe a little unlucky here or there, but at the end of the day they did well in the first half we did well in the second half, they got two and we got one. It was a good one.

Did you say anything to your team at half?

Quite a few things. The biggest thing was that our movement off the ball wasn't good enough. We were letting them dictate the tempo. They guys did a good job in the second half so that was a good thing.

Was the substitution made at the half intended to give your team more size and speed up front?

We definitely needed to change something, I don't know if whether it was a change for a different mentality or it was the difference in the way everyone was playing, but it wasn't just one guy. C.J. (Sapong) was a good spark for us at half, kind of changed a lot of the game for us so it was good to see.

Is it difficult to scout a team with players that you haven't seen before?

Yeah, you don't really know what their tendencies were as a group so you don't know coming into the game who is going to play where. I would say that regardless of that you still have to be able to play your game and you should still have good fight and intensity in you and I think in the first half they had it a little more than we did.

Sporting KC captain Jimmy Nielsen

Thoughts on today's game...

I thought we didn't play very well in the first 45 minutes. We lost it in the first 45. I think we played a very good second half. I hope that will be a lesson for us, everybody would have that in their minds, what to do and what not to do. It's definitely not what to do what we did in the first half. Absolutely a great performance by our side in the second half but unfortunately not enough, we gave it away in the first half with a very, very unacceptable and sloppy 45 minutes. It's very disappointing.

Did coach say anything during the half to get the team going in the second half?

It was not a question about tactical, about the quality of what we did, it was our attitude on the field that was wrong. We were not ready to battle; we were not ready to fight. That surprised me a lot because that is what we talked about just before we went on the field. We should be ready right from the first whistle but it took us 45 minutes to get ready.

What is the difference in the Toronto team from last year to this year?

We got to give them some credit too. It's not just bad stuff from us in the first half. It was their home opener, coming out full of energy and we gave them a lot more energy. They were all over us at one point and we didn't have any response to that.

Was it something that Toronto's defens e or the lack of finish from your players that kept the team to one goal?

It was a mix. I think the second half we created a lot of good chances, we created enough opportunities to get a point, unfortunately we didn't get that equalizer. But again, this should be a lesson for us.

Toronto FC Head Coach Ryan Nelsen

Thoughts on the game?

We're still a long way away from where we want to be. More importantly it was a step forward. I think there was improvement in Vancouver, there is improvement today and we got to take baby step to become a very good team. This will help in a lot of ways but we've still got a lot of work to do. We need to improve the team. We need to improve everything and we will still be working very hard to do it.

Did the team press as much as you wanted after the first twenty minutes?

It's something that naturally happens when you are up two nil sometimes you kind of sit back on it. They weren't really breaking us down in open play. Corners and set pieces were obviously a major factor, but they weren't really breaking us down. It's a very good Kansas City team, Peter (Vermes) has done a fantastic job with them and they'll be there about the top this season. You can't get too greedy.

What vibe did you get from the fans?

It was an amazing turn out. Considering what has happened in the past for them to come out in those number the whole team can't thank them enough. I think it really helped to see them over the finish line. I know a lot of the guys were saying at half time and afterwards how much they wanted to do it for the fans because they have been with them through thick and thin. I'm pleased in that they can have a good night on the town with a win behind them.

Toronto FC defender Danny Califf

On the second-half pressure from Sporting KC...

I would have rather had a clean sheet and not had the stress at the end. I think that says a lot about the character of the group of the guys. We talked about culture change and the first step in that process is not to lose and I think we've shown through preseason and especially tonight that we took a step in the right direction. The quality of the group and the personalities of the group are such that we just need a few of these and build up the confidence and feel that we can go anywhere and win.

On the physical nature of the game...

Yes a little bit, they were whining a little bit which is standard when things aren't going your way. I think we did a good job standing up for ourselves and not feeling intimidated.

Toronto FC forward Robert Earnshaw

On the victory...

We needed to step it up. We said before the game to forget about last weekend, we worked hard did well and lost so we just needed to step it up today.

On the penalty kick...

I was very happy about it because I changed my mind right at the last minute because I just saw the goalie take a step and it was nice because I was thinking of going to that side and I just changes my mind the last minutes. Overall I think it's just a day I think we can all celebrate because there was a lot of hard work there, a full team effort.

03-12-2013, 10:17 PM
How big is Montreal vs. Toronto?
A new supporters record will be set Saturday

“We absolutely expect to beat that record on Saturday,” Toronto FC senior director of business operations Paul Bierne told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Monday afternoon. “We worked with the front office in Montreal to arrange for a special allotment of tickets to be made available to TFC fans. As a result, over 5,000 tickets have been requested. We’ll see how many actually travel to Montreal. After this week’s win against Sporting Kansas City, I expect it will be a good solid number.”

“Montreal is a team that we always want to beat,” former TFC captain and current assistant coach Jim Brennan told MLSsoccer.com. “The two cities are quite close. We have different cultures. When it comes to any sport, we always want to get one up on Montreal. We think we are the big city, which we are, the one where everything happens. I don’t think they can handle that.”

Added Impact assistant coach and former player Mauro Biello: “It’s always an important game for us. It’s always a little bit more than only a soccer game. It’s always about proving which team is the best in Canada, every single time we face each other.”


03-16-2013, 03:18 PM
Away Support Mark Set To Fall Saturday
Traveling TFC fans expected to nearly double their own record set in 2008

Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC still might feel like a fairly new rivalry to many MLS fans given their recent additions to the league as expansion teams.

But the history runs deeper than you think. Here’s all you need to know about this weekend’s Rivalry Week matchup at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium (4 pm ET, TSN/RDS in Canada, MLS Live in the US): A soon-to-be-new MLS record 4,200 traveling supporters will be making the trek from Toronto (TFC fans already hold the all-time MLS record for traveling supporters with 2,400 in Columbus back in 2008).

“We absolutely expect to beat that record on Saturday,” Toronto FC senior director of business operations Paul Bierne told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Monday afternoon. “We worked with the front office in Montreal to arrange for a special allotment of tickets to be made available to TFC fans. As a result, over 5,000 tickets have been requested. We’ll see how many actually travel to Montreal. After this week’s win against Sporting Kansas City, I expect it will be a good solid number.”


04-26-2013, 09:38 AM
Toronto FC officially announce signing of Argentine midfielder Matias Laba to Designated Player contract

It's official: 21-year-old midfielder Matías Laba is a Toronto FC designated player.

The club formally announced the acquisition on Friday morning after Laba's ex-club, Argentinos Juniors, confirmed they had accepted a transfer fee on Wednesday.

“Matías Laba is one of the top young talents in Argentina and we are delighted to have him join Toronto FC,” said TFC president and GM Kevin Payne in a club statement. “He is a modern central midfielder and we expect him to be a mainstay of our team for years to come.”


04-26-2013, 03:12 PM
Toronto FC officially announce signing of Argentine midfielder Matias Laba to Designated Player contract

It's official: 21-year-old midfielder Matías Laba is a Toronto FC designated player.

The club formally announced the acquisition on Friday morning after Laba's ex-club, Argentinos Juniors, confirmed they had accepted a transfer fee on Wednesday.

“Matías Laba is one of the top young talents in Argentina and we are delighted to have him join Toronto FC,” said TFC president and GM Kevin Payne in a club statement. “He is a modern central midfielder and we expect him to be a mainstay of our team for years to come.”


Thanks for the update my friend :)
Pretty nice signing done :D

05-07-2013, 09:09 PM
Toronto FC add New Zealand international forward Jeremy Brockie on loan

Toronto FC were busy on Tuesday, getting Scottish defender Steven Caldwell on loan and then announcing later that they've acquired New Zealand international forward Jeremy Brockie (above, left) on loan from Wellington Phoenix FC.

The 25-year-old Brockie – who was a teammate of now-TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen with New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup – joins the Reds after spending the past season with the Hyundai A-League outfit, where he appeared in 24 matches and scored 16 goals; finishing second in league scoring. Brockie has scored 32 career goals in 98 A-League matches.


05-09-2013, 12:04 PM
Toronto FC announced Thursday that it has acquired Israeli international defender Tal Ben Haim on loan from English Premier League (EPL) club, Queens Park Rangers F.C. (QPR).

"Tal Ben Haim has been one of the top defenders in the EPL for nearly a decade. He captains his national team and Ryan thinks the world of him," said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. "He's exactly the sort of veteran defender we need."

Ben Haim, 31, joins Toronto FC after signing with QPR in January; he made six appearances for the club in all competitions. He has made over 300 appearances during nine seasons in England, eight of which have been in the EPL.

Ben Haim began his youth career at Israeli Premier League club, Maccabi Tel Aviv and went on to sign for the first team. He made his professional debut in April 2001 and was part of the club's Israeli Premier League title winning side in 2002-03. Ben Haim was named club captain in his final season at Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2003-04. He signed with EPL side Bolton Wanderers F.C. ahead of the 2004-05 season and remained with the club for three seasons, making 110 appearances across all competitions. He signed with Chelsea F.C. (Chelsea) for the 2007-08 season and was part of the club's second place finish in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Ben Haim left Chelsea and signed with Manchester City F.C. (City) the following season. After 15 appearances for City, he was loaned to Sunderland F.C. for the remainder of the 2008-09 campaign. He signed with Portsmouth F.C. (Portsmouth) in August 2009 and made 24 appearances as the club was relegated at the conclusion of the season. Ben Haim was then loaned to West Ham United F.C. for the start of the 2010-11 season and later returned to Portsmouth in January 2011. He remained with the club until the conclusion of the 2011-12 season.

Ben Haim has earned 71 caps to date for the Israeli National team. He made his international debut against Germany in a friendly match in February 2002. His most recent cap came on March 26, 2013 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Northern Ireland.

05-19-2013, 10:10 AM
In a first half that saw both sides squander multiple chances, it was Dominic Oduro's tally just before the halftime whistle that lifted the Crew (4-4-3) to a 1-0 road victory over Toronto FC (1-6-4) on Saturday evening at BMO Field. Argentine playmaker Federico Higua� - n found a seam between two Toronto defenders to lob the game-winning assist to the speedy Ghanaian striker to set the tone heading into the halftime break.

"It was a great ball by Higua� - n," Oduro, who leads the Crew with five goals this season, said after the match. "I think that we were able to make that eye contact.

"The goalie narrowed the angle on me, but I saw the opening when the ball went in front of me and I was able to lace it right there."

The win ended a two-match skid for the Crew after losing back-to-back home matches to the New York Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids. Though the Black & Gold were unable to dictate the possession and play as they did in the home losses, they were able to secure the all-important three points at the end of the 90 minutes. The victory marked the Crew's third road win already in 2013.

"We did okay," Oduro admitted. "I don't think it was one of our best games on the road, but at the end of the day we were able to grind it out and come out with the three points. That's what was really needed."

The forward continued: "During the other games that we lost, I don't think we really played that bad. We were just unfortunate. This is an occasion of how good we are, especially on the road. We just have to keep believing in ourselves and keep [playing well on the road] and we should be fine."


Third-year pro Eric Gehrig made his first start of 2013 in central defense on Saturday to replace an injured Chad Marshall. Gehrig performed well alongside Gl�=A1uber in the backline, helping the Crew to its third shutout of the season.

"[Gehrig] was very solid," Head Coach Robert Warzycha said. "Maybe in the first half he had a couple times he was hesitating to clear the ball or deciding where he was going to pass it, but the second half was very clean."

Gehrig had been patiently awaiting an opportunity this season, sitting behind established veterans Marshall and Gl�=A1uber on the Crew's depth chart.

"I was excited for the opportunity," Gehrig said. "This is my third year as a pro, and I've worked really hard along with a lot of other guys in this locker room. I was happy that I got the call. It's hard not having regular games here and there, but at the end of the day you can't have any excuses.

"We got the shutout. We won, so I must've done something right."

Warzycha will be forced to make changes yet again to his backline as Gl�=A1uber picked up his fifth yellow card of the season to result in a one-match suspension and leftback Tyson Wahl left with a knock. However, Warzycha is relishing the Black & Gold's victory instead of worrying about next week.

"We just won the game," he said. "We'll see next week who's available and who will make the team."

05-25-2013, 11:17 AM
Toronto FC waive midfielder John Bostock,
end loan agreement with Tottenham

Toronto FC have waived midfielder John Bostock and terminated his loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur, the club announced Friday.

Bostock, 21, joined Toronto FC on loan from the English Premier League side on March 8. He made nine combined appearances for the club in league and Amway Canadian Championship play without registering a goal or an assist


05-28-2013, 01:27 PM
Toronto FC and Monaco lining up $10 million bids
for Carlos Tevez

It is being reported in Italy and Brazil that Toronto FC are looking to bring Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez over to play in MLS.

This report on Lancenet claims that Toronto FC and Monaco have made similar offers for the striker with a reported transfer value of $10 million USD. They also suggest that the contract offered to the player would be in the range of $85 million over three years. That number would be a drop in the bucket for Monaco who are throwing cash around to sign anyone available in recent weeks but for MLS it would be completely unheard of.


06-01-2013, 09:50 PM
Reds Suffer Bitter Draw v. Union
Osorio's loan goal wasn't enough as Reds concede late in 1-1 Philadelphia draw.


06-02-2013, 08:11 AM
It’s as if some endless loop of soccer horror is playing out for Toronto FC — heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, soul-sapping.

“Gutted” was a word that flowed from coach Ryan Nelsen.

“Absolutely devastated” was how he described it.

Same old, same old, many others had to be thinking.

Once again leaving points on the pitch thanks to a last-second faux pas, a 10-man unit had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union at BMO Field on Saturday, the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of late-game disappointments.

Read more http://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2013/06/01/toronto_fc_coughs_up_another_late_goal_in_draw_wit h_philadelphia.html

07-12-2013, 06:25 PM
Califf Announces Retirement
Defender Danny Califf retires after 14 year playing career, will become scout for TFC

Danny Califf's Retirement Letter:
"Today, I am announcing my retirement from soccer. It is a very emotional day for me. My family has moved around the world to watch me play the sport I love. Now, I get to watch my three kids play the same sport that has given me so much," said Danny Califf. "Thanks to my family and friends for their love and support. Also to my teammates, and to my fans, the people who really make playing worth it."


07-21-2013, 10:14 PM
The statistics are still bleak in terms of wins and goals, but credit Toronto FC with a gritty performance Saturday in a 0-0 tie with the New York Red Bulls.

07-22-2013, 10:41 PM
Another TFC overhaul
Have they learned from past mistakes?

What can you say about a team that only has seven total shots on target in eighteen games from the midfield? Either the team is playing some weird 6-1-3 formation or the team is very bad. TFC haven't played a 6-1-3 this year, so yes, they are very bad. Despite only doing slightly worse than projected in the standings, the team has done it in a very boring, and in many ways, a scared fashion.

Let’s be honest. Like Johnston, Preki, Klinsmann (to a different extent), Winter, and Mariner, MLSE have been scammed again by a coach who was totally unprepared and provides zero assets to the club, as well as by a new President and General Manager whose greatest skill is knowing when to leave a sinking ship. DC United, who by the way last won the title almost 10 years ago, are probably the only greater disappointment this season than the Reds.


07-27-2013, 09:24 PM
Reds Win!
Osorio levels, Wiedeman wins it late in 2-1 BMO Field triumph.

TORONTO - Jonathan Osorio and Andrew Wiedeman each scored a late goal to spearhead a dramatic comeback victory Saturday afternoon, as Toronto FC defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 for their first league victory at BMO Field in over a year.

The win also snapped a six-game winless streak for Toronto FC (3-10-8), who had won just once in 17 league matches against the Crew all-time before their heroics in the final seven minutes, played in a torrential downpour.


08-08-2013, 05:22 PM
Roman Invasion
Rey with Toronto's lone goal in a 4-1 friendly loss to Roma.


08-17-2013, 04:36 PM
oronto FC announced Friday that the club has acquired Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti. As per club and league policy terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

"We are thrilled to finally get this deal concluded for Maximiliano Urruti. He is a player that we have been aware of for nearly two years and we have scouted him extensively in person," said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. "We think he's really going to help our team and he is going to be an exciting player for our league so we couldn't be happier about this outcome."

Urruti, 22, joins Toronto FC after spending the past three seasons at Newell's Old Boys of the Primera División de Argentina (Argentina's First Division). He made 56 appearances and scored 14 goals combined in league and Copa Libertadores play for the club. This past season, Urruti was part of Newell's Old Boys' Torneo Final championship winning side.

"Maximiliano is a promising young striker and he is a natural goal scorer," said Toronto FC Head Coach Ryan Nelsen. "He has great character and work ethic and we are really excited to have him join Toronto."

Maximiliano Urruti #37

Position: Striker

Height: 6'0

Weight: 163

Birthdate: February 22, 1991

Birth Place: Rosario, Argentina

Hometown: Rosario, Argentina

Nationality: Argentine

Last Club: Newell's Old Boys

How Acquired: Signed with Toronto FC on Friday, August 16, 2013

Pronunciation: "Max-a-mill-ee-ano Urr-oo-tee"

08-30-2013, 09:45 PM
Soggy Battle
Reds draw New England 1-1 on a rainy Friday night at BMO


09-04-2013, 08:53 PM
Toronto FC parts ways with president/GM Kevin Payne:
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This is part of a larger sweep of the executive suites that will continue with announcements as early as Thursday.

Only nine months after he was brought in to revamp a moribund squad, Toronto FC has parted ways with president and GM Kevin Payne.

MLSE chose to take the Brian Burke/Bryan Colangelo route in doing so. Payne will remain on to assist with a transition but do so without title.

This is part of a larger sweep of the executive suites that will continue with announcements as early as Thursday.

“I’m disappointed, but this is the way this business works,” Payne said Wednesday. He will remain in Toronto for the month before returning to his home in Washington, D.C.


09-09-2013, 08:55 PM
Toronto FC deal Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti to Portland Timbers for Bright Dike, 2015 draft pick

Former Toronto FC president and general manager Kevin Payne scouted Argentine forward Maximiliano Urruti for more than a year before he was able to finally bring him to Toronto in August, but with Payne now gone, his prized import is on his way out, too.

TFC traded the 22-year-old attacker to the Portland Timbers on Monday in exchange for forward Bright Dike, a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money. Toronto also give up an international roster spot through 2013 in the deal.

Toronto FC will receive the Timbers’ lowest first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, should the Timbers acquire a second first-round pick in that draft.


09-11-2013, 09:47 PM
TOR 1, CHI 1:
Fire can't gain the ground they want as Reds hold the line

TORONTO — Dilly Duka and Robert Earnshaw scored first half goals for Chicago and Toronto respectively as two Eastern Conference sides battled to a 1-1 draw in front of 15,217 at BMO Field on Wednesday evening.

The Fire opened the scoring in the 20th minute on a peculiar play in which Duka chipped a pass to forward Mike Magee, who had made a run into the Toronto box. While the current second-highest goalscorer in the league was unable to get a foot on the ball, TFC keeper Joe Bendik played the ball as if Magee was going to redirect it and ultimately saw Duka’s pass bounce over him into the back of the net.


09-20-2013, 01:50 PM
Toronto FC hire league player relations pro Tim Bezbatchenko as new GM

FC went looking for an expert on the Major League Soccer salary cap to serve as their next general manager, so they went right to the source to find their man.

The club announced Friday that Tim Bezbatchenko, a 31-year-old attorney who has spent the past three years negotiating and drafting player contracts as the senior director of player relations and competition with MLS, is now the new man on the job in Toronto, replacing former GM Kevin Payne, who was let go earlier this month.


09-28-2013, 08:23 PM
Reds Rout UDC
Alvaro Rey's brace contributes to a 4-1 Toronto win over DC.

D.C. United sat stalwarts such as Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen and Bill Hamid in light of their upcoming U.S. Open Cup final match, and Toronto missing key players such as Robert Earnshaw, Steven Caldwell, Matias Laba and Jonathan Osorio. In the end, United’s Jared Jeffrey and TFC’s Darel Russell scored highlight-reel goals in the first half to fill the void left by the absence of such significant star power.

D.C. opened the scoring in 12th minute when Jeffrey beat TFC keeper Joe Bendik with an exceptional strike from 25-yards out.


10-19-2013, 11:36 AM
A season later, did Toronto FC draft well in 2013?

Oh, to be the shirts, shorts and socks of Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman on laundry day.

A one-rinse cycle gets the sweat out and not a touch of detergent more is used to rid their kits of those non-existent grass or mud stains. Freshly laundered and delivered as they always are, it may seem tedious for these two players to dress up every game, sit on the bench and wait for a chance that sometimes – oftentimes – never comes.

Bekker and Welshman were drafted this year by a Toronto FC side looking to not only fix a tarnished reputation from the season last, but also looking for ways to gain as much valuable allocation money as any team can at such an event


10-26-2013, 09:43 PM
Toronto FC relish composed win over Montreal:
"We looked like the team that was going to the playoffs"

TORONTO - A first-half strike by Robert Earnshaw was enough to see Toronto FC dispatch a desperate Montreal Impact side by a 1-0 margin on a cold, soggy Saturday afternoon at BMO Field.

TFC opened the scoring in the 16th minute when a lucky bounce allowed midfielder Jonathan Osorio to unleash a shot in the Impact penalty box that Earnshaw redirected past Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins.

Toronto were worthy winners and had multiple chances to increase their lead during the first half. The first arrived via another fortuitous bounce in the 33rd minute that enabled Earnshaw and Bright Dike to go in alone on Perkins. However, the two TFC strikers got in each other’s way and the Impact 'keeper blocked Earnshaw’s shot.


11-07-2013, 12:16 PM
Alberto Gilardino set to sign with TFC

Alberto Gilardino is set to become Toronto FC’s next Designated Player.

RedNation Online has learned that Gilardino has agreed to a move to Toronto FC, who offered him a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract. The deal is rumoured to be valued at $3 million a year for four years, with a $6 million transfer fee going to Genoa. 

Gilardino has not yet signed a contract with Toronto FC, but three separate sources have confirmed to RedNation that Gilardino’s signing is imminent. A tweet from Sky Sports writer Tancredi Palmeri seems to indicate that Gilardino is close to signing as well. 


11-27-2013, 06:54 AM
Tottenham's Jermain Defoe agrees transfer to Toronto of MLS in January window

Jermain Defoe has agreed an incredible £90,000-a-week switch to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

The 31-year-old Tottenham and England striker has shattered the hopes of domestic clubs bidding to land him in January by accepting a stunning four-year offer to move to Canada.

Defoe said yes to the deal, also worth £6million to the White Hart Lane club, last week.

It is understood he will discuss the implications for his World Cup prospects with England boss Roy Hodgson.

But the transfer means the striker is set to end his career in Canada.

Defoe's former club West Ham and his old Spurs and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp, now at Championship promotion chasers Queens Park Rangers, had been leading the chase to tempt him away from White Hart Lane.

But, as we exclusively revealed a month ago, Toronto gazumped them all with an offer the marksman could not refuse - which will be his Tottenham wage of £67,000-a-week, topped up by bonuses.

The outfit, managed by Defoe’s former Tottenham team-mate Ryan Nelsen, will even fly the striker’s family out with him to help him settle.

Although the deal has been agreed, Defoe is hoping he can stay at White Hart Lane to help the club through their striker crisis until just before the 2014 MLS season starts in March.

The move will draw a line under his frustrating second spell at White Hart Lane.

Despite being a regular goal-scorer for Tottenham the frontman has been to restricted to appearances in the Europa League this season.

Boss Andre Villas-Boas has persisted with £26million summer signing Roberto Soldado as the sole striker in his strongest side.

In the summer of 2012, Defoe signed a new deal extending his contract - which would have ended next July - by an extra year.

Mirror Sport understands he was willing to see out his playing days in Spurs colours.

With his opportunities limited, however, Defoe has chosen to cut his losses and move on.


11-29-2013, 08:52 PM
Toronto FC move forward with rebuild, part ways with 7 players, including striker Robert Earnshaw

Toronto FC announced Friday that they have parted ways with seven players, including former Wales international striker Robert Earnshaw, the team's leading scorer this past season, his first with TFC.

Toronto declined their option on Earnshaw despite the fact that the 31-year-old scored eight goals in his first MLS season. However, Toronto’s new leadership has expressed a desire to acquire a Designated Player at the striker position, leaving Earnshaw’s future in doubt.

TFC also declined 2013 options on former US international Bobby Convey and midfielders Darel Russell and Michael Thomas. Forwards Danny Koevermans and Justin Braun and goalkeeper Stefan Frei remain out of contract.


12-08-2013, 06:44 PM
Toronto FC looking at bringing Dwayne De Rosario back to club

TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko told QMI Agency ahead of Saturday’s MLS Cup final that bringing Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario back to BMO Field “could be a possibility.”

Hesitant to disclose exactly how interested the TFC is in the club’s career leading goal-scorer, Bezbatchenko said they’d need to have a discussion with D.C. United ahead of the coming re-entry draft process.

“(De Rosario) would fit the bill in terms of someone we’re looking for,” Bezbatchenko said.


12-13-2013, 02:37 PM
TFC Signs Brazilian Striker Gilberto
Forward Gilberto joins TFC as a designated player from Brazil league Serie A.

Toronto FC announced Friday that it has signed Brazilian striker Gilberto Oliveira Souza Junior (Gilberto) as a designated player. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and Visa.

“Gilberto is a great DP addition to our roster. He’s young, incredibly talented and a proven goal scorer at every level he’s played,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “The Brazilian Serie A is one of the best leagues in the world and acquiring a top striker from that league is a testament to the faith Gilberto has in what we are doing at our Club.”


12-14-2013, 07:33 PM
Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermaine Defoe set to join Toronto FC?

Toronto FC supporters barely had time to celebrate Friday's arrival of Brazilian striker Gilberto.

Just hours after unveiling their first Designated Player signing under new GM Tim Bezbatchenko, the Toronto Sun is reporting on Saturday that the next DP may not be too far behind.

"The Toronto Sun has learned Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe will join Toronto FC next season in what's sure to be the biggest off-season move MLS-wide," wrote Toronto FC beat writer Kurt Larson.

The report claims that the transfer fee could reach $10 million and that Defoe would become "the highest-paid player in MLS history."


12-18-2013, 10:53 AM
Toronto FC send allocation money to San Jose Earthquakes in trade for defender Justin Morrow

Toronto FC promised they'd add established MLS names to their roster this offseason, and they delivered once again just days after inking a promising Designated Player.

Toronto announced on Tuesday that they had acquired defender Justin Morrow in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“In Morrow, we are adding a young, All-Star caliber player to our backline,” Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “Justin’s steady presence, versatility and MLS experience make him a great addition to the club.”


01-01-2014, 08:18 AM
Toronto could host Winter Classic in 2017

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A complicated and costly deal is in the works that would see Toronto’s BMO Field significantly expanded in time for the Maple Leafs to host the Winter Classic in their centennial season, Sportsnet has learned.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has held high-level discussions with the municipal, provincial and federal government and believes that they are all on board with renovating the six-year-old stadium, according to president and CEO Tim Leiweke. The driving force behind the proposed expansion is a desire to hold major events like the Winter Classic and NHL sources indicate that Toronto is in line to land the signature outdoor game should the building’s capacity be increased.

Leiweke insists that won’t be an issue if the league is committed to bringing the game to a Canadian city for the first time ever – likely in concert with the Maple Leafs’ 100th anniversary season in 2016-17.


01-08-2014, 05:32 PM
Toronto FC "on the verge of signing" USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley

Toronto FC are in the midst of a busy offseason, with one blockbuster deal done and another pending.

A third – one that will move the needle in a big way throughout MLS – is now reported to be complete.

ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman reported on his Twitter account on Wednesday that TFC are "on the verge" of signing US national team and AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley. Bradley, who began his career in MLS back in 2004, has played overseas since 2006 including star turns for Heerenveen, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Chievo Verona before moving to the Eternal City 18 months ago:

Minutes after Twellman's tweet, fellow ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas also tweeted that he had confirmed the move:

Later on Wednesday afternoon, the No Short Corners blog, which focuses on Americans in Europe, confirmed that the deal is in the works, and ESPN The Magazine's Doug McIntyre tweeted the deal was completed.

Doug McIntyre @DougMacESPN
Source tells me that Michael Bradley to @torontofc is a done deal. Just, Wow. #usmnt


01-13-2014, 11:18 AM
Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe
couldn't resist "being part of something special" at Toronto FC

TORONTO – Monday’s press conference to introduce Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley was billed to Toronto FC fans and media with the tagline “It’s a Bloody Big Deal.”

Turns out TFC’s newest Designated Players were in complete agreement.

Both Bradley and Defoe admitted they had other options with clubs in Europe, but both were also quick to state that they simply could not turn down the opportunity to be part of something they perceived as “really special, something unique and something different,” as Bradley put it, that is now being built in Toronto by TFC head honcho Tim Leiweke, general manager Tim Bezbatchenko and head coach Ryan Nelsen.

“As a player, you want to be a part of something like that and at a place where the people share your ambition, you goals and your drive,” said Bradley, whose signing was made official on Monday. “It took all of two seconds for me to understand that I was going to be coming to place where I would be surrounded by people with that motivation and commitment.”


01-13-2014, 03:42 PM
Toronto FC to partner with Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro

According to Duane Rollins at Canadian Soccer News Toronto FC are close to announcing another big deal. This one has nothing to do with players as the club is set to form an affiliation with the Wilmington Hammerheads.

The reported partnership would open the door for up to four TFC players to go on loan to the USL club for the duration of the 2014 season. Such a move would allow the four young Canadians to actually have the chance to get meaningful minutes that will be crucial in continuing their development.


01-16-2014, 10:29 PM
The Carls-Rite Cup and the Birth of the
Toronto – Montreal

The Toronto-Montreal rivalry is one of the most hotly contested in North American soccer at the moment. Over the past few years the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC have played each other in plenty of memorable matches. The rivalry between the teams has spilled over to the fan bases and has built on the animosity that already existed between the cities’ other sporting teams.

The rivalry between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC is just one of many that has existed between soccer teams from these two cities over the years. The origins of this rivalry go back to the early 20th century with humble beginnings in the form of an amateur all-star game, the Carls-Rite Cup.

The cup named after its donor, the famous Carls-Rite hotel in downtown Toronto, was first contested in 1914 and was contested every year there after until 1931 (with the exceptions of 1918 and 1926). Toronto and Montreal selected all-star teams from the best players playing for amateur clubs in each city to face off a two-legged affair. From 1927 onwards the format was changed slightly to a single match rotating annually between Montreal and Toronto (in the case of a tie the previous winner retained the cup).


01-18-2014, 06:51 PM
Blackburn's Bradley Orr set for Toronto
Blackburn Rovers defender Bradley Orr is set to complete a year-long loan move to Major League Soccer side Toronto.

The MLS Eastern Conference side are managed by Orr's former Blackburn team-mate Ryan Nelsen.

Bradley Orr has not made one appearance for Blackburn Rovers this season and only played four times for Blackpool in a loan spell earlier this campaign.

Orr will move on loan until December, with a view to a permanent switch.

A deal in principle has been agreed between Blackburn and Toronto with the move expected to go through imminently.


01-20-2014, 02:06 PM
MLSE's Leiweke:
Taxpayers would be paid back for BMO Field expansion
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Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke says
MLSE would pay “almost all” of the cost of expanding the Toronto FC stadium

BMO Field, at Exhibition Place, could be expanded from its present 20,000 capacity to 30,000 - and up to 40,000 on a temporary basis, as for the Pan Am Games in 2015.

BMO Field, owned by the city, is home to Major League Soccer team Toronto FC, owned by MLSE. CEO Tim Leiweke, fresh off a splashy $100 million investment in two players, wants to add a partial roof and more seats to a seven-year-old facility that he says has already “fallen behind the rest of the league.”

The $63-million stadium was built with about $45 million in public funds, including $10 million in cash from the city — plus a city donation of land worth $10 million.

Taxpayer funding of sports facilities is perpetually contentious. Leiweke said he believes the renovation agreement “will be a deal that won’t have a lot of controversy to it”: this time, he said, MLSE expects to pay the majority of the costs.


01-24-2014, 05:31 PM
Toronto FC acquire defender Bradley Orr
on loan from English Championship side Blackburn Rovers

FC announced Friday that the club has acquired defender Bradley Orr on loan from English Championship club Blackburn Rovers FC.

As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Bradley Orr represents the addition of a versatile defender with valuable experience, and gives greater depth to our backline,” Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “Ryan [Nelsen, head coach] has known Bradley for some time and was instrumental in helping to secure his arrival to our club.”


02-06-2014, 09:36 PM
Why Michael Bradley has earned right to wear the armband for Toronto FC and USMNT

You probably missed it on Wednesday night. Hell, most people probably couldn’t even see it thanks to that pea-soup thick fog in Bradenton, Fla.

But very quietly, Michael Bradley took a huge step in his still-peaking career: He put on the captain’s armband and led a team onto the pitch for the first time as a professional.

The result wasn’t particularly remarkable – Bradley’s Toronto FC defeated D.C. United 1-0 in the Canadian club’s first competitive match of 2014. The visibility wasn’t great, and it certainly affected the quality of play.


02-08-2014, 10:49 AM
With one Designated Player too many,
Toronto FC to part ways with Matias Laba

Ever since Toronto FC became the talk of MLS this offseason with a handful of blockbuster signings, there has been speculation surrounding what they would do with young Designated Player Matías Laba.

When TFC landed USMNT star Michael Bradley, English international Jermain Defoe and Brazilian striker Gilberto, all signed to Designated Player contracts, it left them with four DP contracts, one above the MLS-mandated limit of three. Even after the three signings, TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen said the club would “move hell and high water” to keep Laba.

Hell and high water, apparently, proved to be too much to move according to a report in the Toronto Sun.


02-11-2014, 01:06 PM
Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari says goalkeeper Julio Cesar will join Toronto FC

Brazilian national team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed that veteran goalkeeper Júlio César will be joining Toronto FC, and that he will join the Seleção for the team’s international friendly against South Africa next month as the team’s incumbent starter for the World Cup.

Scolari and Brazilian national team technical director Carlos Albert Parreria held a press conference on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the March 5 match in Johannesburg and were asked about the future of the 34-year-old Júlio César, who is expected to join TFC on loan before he starts in his second consecutive World Cup for Brazil.

"Júlio has been called up, and he must report to his new club, Toronto,” Scolari said. “He must finalize all the legal documentation and will be in excellent condition. He does not have any [health] problems.”

Júlio César was first linked to Toronto FC last week and his advisors confirmed the move on Sunday, but there has been no official comment from Toronto FC. The club did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.


02-12-2014, 12:27 PM
With one Designated Player too many,
Toronto FC to part ways with Matias Laba

Ever since Toronto FC became the talk of MLS this offseason with a handful of blockbuster signings, there has been speculation surrounding what they would do with young Designated Player Matías Laba.

When TFC landed USMNT star Michael Bradley, English international Jermain Defoe and Brazilian striker Gilberto, all signed to Designated Player contracts, it left them with four DP contracts, one above the MLS-mandated limit of three. Even after the three signings, TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen said the club would “move hell and high water” to keep Laba.

Hell and high water, apparently, proved to be too much to move according to a report in the Toronto Sun.


Toronto FC brass still working to keep Matias Laba:
"It's going to be difficult, but we're trying"

“We are still looking at our options between the three that we have, keeping him here, the option of trading or loaning him within the league and also options outside the league.”

Bezbatchenko said the club is doing its best to deal with what is a somewhat unique situation.

The club wants to retain Laba, and Laba wants to stay with the club, Bezbatchenko said. He said the league’s Designated Player rules are forcing TFC’s hand.


02-14-2014, 06:03 PM
Julio Cesar's acquisition not about filling a need, but rather a "fantastic opportunity" for Toronto FC

TORONTO – Yet another big-name player has been added to Toronto FC’s now star-studded squad with the formal announcement Friday of the much-rumored acquisition of Brazilian international goalkeeper Júlio César.

Considering that TFC ‘keeper Joe Bendik was acclaimed as one of the club’s top performers last season, the team’s decision to reinforce at that position has actually come as something of a surprise to many. But according to Reds general manager Tim Bezbatchenko, the decision to bring in a player of Júlio César’s caliber was simply a case of being an opportunity the club could not pass up.


02-24-2014, 08:48 PM
2014 Toronto FC Preview:
Building a brand new superclub at BMO Field

Spend big, win big? Toronto FC certainly won the offseason messaging war, laying out close to nine figures in transfer fees and contracts to land a trio of Designated Players in Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Gilberto. It's no guarantee of success, though – from the "Big Spenders" camp, only the LA Galaxy have claimed an MLS Cup.


03-05-2014, 07:24 PM
BMO Field expansion plans and renderings released


03-16-2014, 02:26 PM
Clint Dempsey scored in the second half and Jermain Defoe netted a first-half brace as Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-0, 3 points) fell, 2-1, to Toronto FC (1-0-0, 3 points) on Saturday afternoon on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
Toronto FC opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Jonathan Osorio played a through ball to Defoe at the top of the box. Defoe got behind the Seattle defense and finished a low right-footed shot past Stefan Frei.

Defoe added his second goal of the match in the 24th minute when he collected a giveaway at midfield and beat Frei with a right-footed shot.

Dempsey pulled one back for Seattle in the 68th minute. Lamar Neagle played a ball down the sideline to Obafemi Martins, who collected it and found Dempsey at the top of the box. Dempsey fired a right-footed shot from the center of the box for his first goal of the 2014 regular season.

Dempsey has scored (1) or assisted (1) in the first two games of the season, and scored his first club goal in the 2013 regular-season finale.

Seattle nearly scored in the 53rd minute when Dylan Remick raced down the left flank and found Martins in the box. Martins turned and fired a shot on goal that Julio Cesar saved with his foot.

Martins had another dangerous opportunity seven minutes later when Marco Pappa played him into the box with a backheel pass, but Martins' attempt was stopped by Cesar.

Frei made two saves against his former team, including a leaping stop on Alvaro Rey's shot in the 27th minute.

Brad Evans suffered a calf injury in the 15th minute and was replaced by Gonzalo Pineda in the 29th minute, marking his MLS debut.

Sounders FC visits the Montreal Impact for the first road match of the season on Saturday, March 22. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT at Olympic Stadium.

Press release from the Seattle Sounders FC

03-17-2014, 07:44 PM
Three Players Assigned To Wilmington
Lovitz, Roberts & Aparicio are assigned on loan to USL Pro Club affiliate, Wilmington.

Toronto FC announced Monday that the club has assigned goalkeeper Quillan Roberts, along with midfielders Daniel Lovitz, and Manny Aparicio on loan to its USL Pro Club affiliate, Wilmington Hammerheads FC.


04-03-2014, 06:22 PM
MLSE's Leiweke:
Taxpayers would be paid back for BMO Field expansion
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Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke says
MLSE would pay “almost all” of the cost of expanding the Toronto FC stadium

BMO Field, at Exhibition Place, could be expanded from its present 20,000 capacity to 30,000 - and up to 40,000 on a temporary basis, as for the Pan Am Games in 2015.

BMO Field, owned by the city, is home to Major League Soccer team Toronto FC, owned by MLSE. CEO Tim Leiweke, fresh off a splashy $100 million investment in two players, wants to add a partial roof and more seats to a seven-year-old facility that he says has already “fallen behind the rest of the league.”

The $63-million stadium was built with about $45 million in public funds, including $10 million in cash from the city — plus a city donation of land worth $10 million.

Taxpayer funding of sports facilities is perpetually contentious. Leiweke said he believes the renovation agreement “will be a deal that won’t have a lot of controversy to it”: this time, he said, MLSE expects to pay the majority of the costs.


Toronto city council approves co-investment partnership to expand BMO Field

TORONTO – Toronto FC’s home stadium is set for a massive facelift after the Toronto City Council voted 39-3 in favor of investing $10 million in improvements to BMO Field.

“We’re very grateful for the leadership and support of the City,” Toronto FC president Tim Leiweke (above) told the Toronto Star. “This is an important issue, not just for Toronto FC, but also the CFL, the Pan Am Games, our ability to host Winter Classics, Grey Cups, and the proposed 2026 World Cup bid for Canada.”


04-14-2014, 12:20 PM
Toronto FC dropped a 1-0 verdict to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday afternoon — and learned something about how their club can handle being in an undermanned situation, which will come back into focus during the World Cup.

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04-30-2014, 05:33 PM
Toronto FC to host English Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur in friendly on July 23

FC announced on Wednesday they will host English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur for a friendly at BMO Field on July 23.

The game, part of the transfer agreement between the two clubs for current TFC Designated Player Jermain Defoe in January, will be the first meeting between the teams and is part of a four-year advertising-rights agreement between Spurs and TFC owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.


05-16-2014, 03:58 PM
Collen Warner joins TFC from Montreal in exchange for Issey Nakajima-Farran.

Toronto FC announced Friday that the club has acquired midfielder Collen Warner from the Montreal Impact in exchange for midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran and allocation money. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed

Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’10
Weight: 178 lbs.
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Birth Place: Denver, Colorado
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Nationality: American
Last Club: Montreal Impact
How Acquired: Trade with Montreal Impact on Friday, May 16, 2014 in exchange for midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran and allocation money
Pronunciation: “Call-in War-nurr”


05-27-2014, 12:07 PM
Canadian football plans removed
from Toronto FC's upcoming BMO Field expansion plans

It appears that Toronto FC won't have a new gridiron roommate at BMO Field after all – at least not any time soon.

On Tuesday morning the Toronto Globe and Mail reported that the plan to remodel TFC's stadium with an eye towards becoming the home of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts has hit a major snag, as the federal government in Ottawa is wavering on its planned CDN $10 million contribution toward the project.


06-06-2014, 05:55 PM
Toronto FC thrilled to add speedy,
versatile winger Dominic Oduro to arsenal of weapons

Early Friday morning, Toronto swapped wingers with the Columbus Crew and brought in Dominic Oduro in exchange for Alvaro Rey. The trade is the third for the club in a busy spring that has seen Collen Warner and Luke Moore also join the team in recent weeks.

“Dominic’s a guy that has proved in the league that he can be pretty devastating,” TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen told reporters at training Friday. “He’s a nice age, he’s got good MLS experience and can play a couple of positions. He’s going to be a valuable asset to our club.”


07-24-2014, 06:45 AM
Toronto FC 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3
International Friendly Match

TORONTO FC – Toronto FC and Tottenham Hotspur did not disappoint in their international friendly on Wednesday night, with Toronto storming back from a two-goal deficit in a wild second half, only to fall 3-2 to a late winner from Andros Towsend.


09-03-2014, 12:21 PM
Toronto FC Shocker: Coach Ryan Nelsen Fired

On August 30th, Toronto FC lost 3 – 0 to the New England Revolution in what many referred to as a “must win” game. Within twenty four hours of this sub par performance, management fired coach Ryan Nelsen and his staff.

In his post game press conference, Nelsen had openly expressed his disapproval of General Manager Tim Bazbatchenko’s earlier comments that for this assembled group of experienced professionals, the “time of gelling was over,” and the time had come to turn it up a notch.

Nelsen openly stated that he did not see the New England game as the pressure situation Bezbatchenko described. He also disapproved of the public nature of such comments, saying that they only served to “aggravate” players. He clearly he saw the GM’s comments as counter productive.


11-20-2014, 11:05 AM
Toronto FC announces USL PRO team
Reds successfully acquire rights to a USL PRO club

Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has successfully acquired the rights to a USL PRO franchise. In addition, the club has named Jason Bent as the head coach of the new USL PRO team.

The Toronto USL PRO team will train out of the club’s Kia Training Grounds. Additional information on club name, venue for home matches and tickets will be released at a later date.