Picks, Trades, and Injuries

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Another busy day out in Commerce City. Two notes, then onto the Supplemental Draft.

  • Edson Buddle left the U.S. Nats camp with an injury to his right knee. The same knee he's had issues with in the past. No word on the severity of the injury.
  • The Rapids completed the long rumored trade of Eric Avila's rights to Chivas USA for former-Rapid Nick LaBrocca's rights.

Busy Times In Commerce City

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Lots of news so lets get to it.

First and foremost, DSG Park will host the first home World Cup Qualifier for the U.S. this year. USA - Costa Rica on March 22nd. Ticket details are yet to be announced but they have said that Rapids full-season ticket holders will get a pre-sale before they're available to the general public.

Roster Analysis - 12-17-12

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OK, I lied. I didn't get back to the news this weekend. However that means I have time tonight to post my first roster analysis of the offseason. But first the roster news from Friday.

Eric Avila picked in the Re-Entry Draft: He was in Dallas while Pareja was a coach there, so there's some familiarity.

3 quick player moves

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Rapids re-sign Marvell Wynne. Yay!

Rapids select Eric Avila in the Re-Entry Draft. Rivero backup?

Rapids trade allocation money and supplemental draft pick to LA for Edson Buddle. Um, interesting.

More later tonight or tomorrow (depending on how I feel after seeing The Hobbit.

Toronto FC

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC - Match #16 - Game Thread

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Philadelphia Union starting XI: MacMath; Williams, Valdes, Okugo, G. Farfan; Carroll, Gomez, M. Farfan; Adu, McInerney, Pajoy

Philadelphia Union bench: Konopka, Gaddis, Lahoud, Daniel, Hoppenot, Torres, Albright

Toronto FC starting XI: Kocic; Hall, Eckersley, Emory, Morgan; Lambe, Dunfield, Frings, Avila; Koevermans, Johnson

Toronto FC bench: Roberts; Henry, Maund, Stinson, de Guzman, Silva, Soolsma

Use this space to discuss the game.

Winning on the Return

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Photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson
Sporting KC did what needed to be done last night against bottom of the table Toronto. KC rode two first half goals to a victory over TFC in their first game under their new manager, Paul Mariner. KC got off to their traditional fast start with their high pressure system.

Steele's late winner propels RSL past winless TFC

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Real Salt Lake figured to have an easy time disposing of Toronto FC on Saturday night, but they had a much tougher time than expected as TFC showed signs of life and looked primed to record their first point of the season.

Then their defense reminded us just why Toronto has yet to register a point all season.

Tactical Preview: Fire vs Toronto

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Editor's Note: Within the last hour, Chicago Fire's Chris Rolfe and Toronto FC's Danny Koevermans have been ruled out for Saturday's game

Be wary of a change in formation for TFC (From 4-3-3 to 4-4-2)

In Toronto's latest loss against Chivas, they played a 4-3-3 formation with Plata and Johnson wide and Koevermans in the middle.

AFTER 90: Tossed salad and scrambled eggs... they beat us again

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"Next caller... schizophrenic football club..."THE BUZZ:
On a day of big crowds in MLS, The Reds head to CenturyLink Field in Seattle (or whatever it's called this week) to face the Sounders and their famous fanbase. Tonight's matchup in North America's Sasquatch District may very well go to the team who can shake of their Champions League hangover the best.

TFC draws Pumas to keep second-round hopes alive

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Toronto FC managed to keep their chances of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals alive on Tuesday night, but only just barely.

Missing several key players, including captain Torsten Frings, TFC managed to draw Mexican power Pumas UNAM 1-1 at BMO Field.

Koeverman leads TFC over struggling Rapids

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Colorado Rapids have lost four straight meetings at BMO Field when playing Toronto FC and added a fifth one by losing 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

It was the stellar Dutch striker, Danny Koevermans that piled on more misery for the Colorado Rapids. Toronto FC's Designated Player showcased an impressive second half brace, scoring six goals total in seven league appearances for the club.

Toronto FC tops slumping Crew

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Toronto FC defeated the Columbus Crew for the very first time in franchise history in a six-goal thriller and were able to lift the Trillum Cup on Saturday night at Crew Stadium.

It was a back and forth game from the very start.

Tommy Heinemann reduced Toronto's lead to one in the 67th minute but the Crew were unable to respond as Julian de Guzman netted a third goal in the 87th minute.

Late Recap & News: Toronto FC vs San Jose

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The Quakes managed to secure another point on the road last Saturday against Toronto FC in Toronto. The result marked the 13th game since the Quakes recorded a win in MLS, but the Quakes were lucky to come out of Toronto with the draw they managed. João Plata managed to slip the offside trap in the second, half thanks to a nice through ball by Ryan Johnson, and beat Jon Busch to finish, but the linesman ruled Plata to be offside.

AFTER 90: Who else would it be?

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Dwayne right? Thought we recognized you.IN THE TUNNEL:
Days after successfully qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League group stages, Toronto travels to the nation's capital - that nation, not this one. Optimism has slowly started to creep in to TFC land as the new additions from Aron Winter's "Super Summer Transfer Blowout" have started to show their worth.

Adrian Hanauer Still Sees Change, No Percentage Chance Given

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There are two deadlines coming up for the roster. The first is the more well-known summer transfer window that shuts on August 14th. The second is the playoff roster eligibility deadline, or more simply the MLS trade deadline. That ends on September 15th. Both will, and should lead to roster changes for the Seattle Sounders according the General Manager and Minority Owner Adrian Hanauer in our chat today.

Toronto FC trades Santos for Avila

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Photo by Nick Turchiaro/ISIphotos.com

Toronto FC has pulled the strings on yet another trade.

The Reds maintained their wheeling-and-dealing ways by trading forward Maicon Santos to FC Dallas for midfielder Eric Avila on Tuesday, adding a potential sparkplug in the midfield while dealing away a captain for the second time this season.

Ryan Johnson

AFTER 90: Sharp Reds leave soft Cheesemakers feeling Blue

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Crumbled Saputo? You said it, not us.THE BUZZ:
Can Toronto manage to extend 70 good minutes into 90?
Will new DP Marco Di Vaio make an immediate "Impact"?
How many cheese puns can fit into a post-match report?
Are Aceval and Soolsma back in the Gouda books?

TFC continues to lose ties - TFC 1 New England 1

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The aircraft carrying the defending skills for the second half arriving two hours late

Today was the first TFC home game with the new manager in charge. Paul Mariner was probably hoping, as most of us were hoping, that he could bring to the home field all the energy of the first half the other night in Houston without the collapse at the end of the second half.

AFTER 90: New dawn... same evening

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The future isn't that bright Paul.THE BUZZ:
Can this finally be the real "The New Beginning" (TM)? Is the 4-4-2 set to make its TFC return? Is TFC more Plymouth Argyle 1970's or 2000's? Will de Guzman find a permanent place in Mariner's doghouse? Can Jacob Peterson quietly hiss through the Canadian anthem?

AFTER 90: Real tough to swallow

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The (Stockton) shorts end of the stick

Will Toronto FC leave Utah with as dubious record holders?Remember back in 2007 when RSL a bigger mess than us? Yeah.Can Torsten Frings return balance to the midfield?Do The Reds have the firepower up front to breakdown RSL?

Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC in pictures

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PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian was on hand for the Philadelphia Union's home finale. Although the match ended as a 1–1 draw, the beautiful fall day featured a beauty of a goal from Sebastien Le Toux. Most importantly, the Union assured themselves a place in the playoffs for the first time in their two-year history.

Found the group stage, went through the long grass RE 1 TFC 2

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Nine banded Armadillo - habitat - the long grasses found within soccer stadia
Late, late last night I watched TFC handle a tame Real Esteli. It was one of those weird media nights. I watched the first half on television and then went onto the TFC chat to see what Asif was saying. Soon discovered that what I had been watching on tv was not live and that I was able to move through time rapidly.

Toronto FC v FC Dallas (0-1) – FCD Grind Out Road Win v New Look TFC

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Toronto came into the match having scored the second fewest goals and conceded the most in MLS. However, they have been decent at home picking up 14 of 18 goals. Dallas has failed to score in the past two MLS matches.
Toronto's Strategy
Off the back of two designated player signings and several trades, the side was almost unrecognizable.


Toronto shows fight and firepower Houston 3 TFC 3

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The early June dawn broke and it was easy to start the day with a touch of heartbreak. No, not the heartbreak from looking at old photos. The Euro 2012 feast of two "top level" international games a day ended yesterday and what do we have to tide us over until the quarterfinals start tomorrow?

Rare win, grab what you can TFC 1 Real Salt Lake 0

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A victory is a victory and each should be valued. At least that is what I have beentrying to tell myself on the drive home. They have been rare enough in 2011, aseason where TFC have played 26 games to reach the plateau of 4 victories.Somehow plateau does not seem like the right word. Perhaps it should be 26games to reach the doorstep of 4 victories.

Half Time

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto v Vancouver... Or worst champions evar!?!?1!!!

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When I think of the V-cup (formerly the NutCan), I think of stupid 8pm kick-offs and a traditional staring competition with the eye of some storm. I'm not impressed that the correlation doesn't involve a championship.

Can you believe it? We've won this thing before. Many times.

SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto v Columbus... or a taste of things to come?

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They may kick start your heart
Breaking with tradition, there's no rain or a wind that could hospitalize the ill-prepared. Its sunny, nice breeze, cool. The weather I expect with football in March.

Toronto has been The Hulk in Champions League, but mild-manner Dr. Bruce Banner in the league.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto FC v New York Extreme Beverage... or Highlander Henrys, there can be only ONE!

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Now this is the weather that I expect with my football. Cool, clear, crisp, fall conditions. Our beloved robins are on their way to winding up their season in "mediocre"-ith place, and Extreme Beverage is grasping at straws while the MVP-fueled antics of one Dwayne DeRosario is leading the almost impossible turn-around of DC United into that last spot.

San Fransisco

Seattle Sounders at San Fransisco FC Panama - Gamethread

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When the Seattle Sounders travel to Panama City, Panama to face San Fransisco FC they will be on their longest travel for a competitive match of their existence. They will face a team that is not well known and that little coverage online. The Monks have two strong offensive players in Johan De Avila and Roberto "The Bomber" Brown, but beyond that are a club consistently in transition.

San Fransisco FC of Panama Starts New Season With Win

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San Fransisco FC of Panama Starts New Season With Win

Johann de Avila scored the only goal in their win over Sporting 89.


The Rest

Playboy - Renatinha - BBB 12 - Maio de 2012 - Renatinha Pelada

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Fotos Aqui

Renata D Avila Bbb 12 Scans

Renatinha Pelada

TFC 2 Fire 3, not resigned, never abandoning the team, but pissed and steamed...

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April is the cruelest month and after today's game I amdeveloping a scary theory around season 2012. Every month will be April.Is it a Toronto thing to build all their hopes around a savioror is it a Judeo-Christian thing? Go ahead and discuss that for your thesis,you university types.

MLSsoccer.com: As a native of the Seattle area, what has it been like watching the Sounders take...

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MLSsoccer.com: As a native of the Seattle area, what has it been like watching the Sounders take off in the region?
Rowe: It's been great. The fan base is unreal. You walk through Seattle and half the people you see are in Sounders gear, it's just an amazing movement.

Dynamo Have Made a Trade and I Have Speculative Theories

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The Dynamo have acquired an unknown 24-year old defensive midfielder from an unknown team for a conditional draft pick.

No seriously.

The details came from Jesus Ortiz on Twitter, but that's all we know right now. The player has apparently not been informed of the trade so that's delaying the press release.

THE MATCHUP: "60% of the time, we win half of the time"

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Burgundy's in town
Good day TFC supporters, we're The Yorkies. Tits McGee is on vacation.

FIFA U-17 World Cup Semifinals: A Look Ahead

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It remains to be seen whether the current Mexico Under-17 side will supply the senior team with as much talent as the 2005 edition, which captured the U-17 World Cup in Peru behind the likes of Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela. Either way, the hosts are into the semifinals of the 2011 tournament following an impressive 2-1 victory over France on Monday, and striker Carlos Fierro certainly looks to have a bright future.

Picture of the Day : Spanish Tourist

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Now now, who is that tourist spotted in Ávila? Oh my, it's Iker Casillas! / via HOLA

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