Greg Vanney

Toronto FC

TFC left to rue mistakes that led to CCL final hole

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In some ways, Tuesday night went as Toronto FC expected it would. The reigning MLS Cup champions expected a cagey, physical Concacaf Champions League first leg, one featuring a lot of man-to-man coverage and few clear-cut chances.

What they didn't expect, though, was the hole they now find themselves in following a 2-1 defeat at BMO Field.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/17/18

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Curtin stresses unity, Rosenberry reaches a milestone, and more in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Curtin calls for unity, grit as Philadelphia Union's scoring woes worsen
Fifteen minutes into Friday night's game, Philadelphia Union winger David Accam raced down the field, took on several Orlando City defenders, forced Joe Bendik to make a diving save and waved his arms to fire up the Sons of Ben supporters group in Talen Energy Stadium's River End.

The MLS report: the best week*

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It was almost the best week in MLS history. Instead, we got confirmation of the undisputed best team in league history. We take a look at Toronto's success and the Red Bulls failure.

Toronto FC has a lot of work ahead despite two-goal advantage

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Things are looking good for Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League after a 3-1 home win against Club America. They have a big two goal lead, but they know that there is a lot of work left to do if they want to become the first MLS side to play in the final since 2015.

"I think we can be happy with where we're at," head coach Greg Vanney said in the post-match press conference.

Toronto FC delivers a strong statement in CCL win over Tigres

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Toronto FC marched forward on their quest to capture every trophy in front of them on Tuesday night, but they did so while delivering a statement about not only themselves, but all of MLS. It's a statement that says the league is ready to compete with the best teams CONCACAF has to offer.

Over two legs of CONCACAF Champions League action, TFC, the defending MLS Cup Champions, took down Tigres, the defending Liga MX Apertura champions, putting the club into the CCL semi-finals for the second time in club history.

Toronto FC delivers a strong statement in CCL win over Tigres

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Toronto FC marched forward on their quest to capture every trophy in front of them on Tuesday night, but they did so while delivering a statement about not only themselves, but all of MLS. It's a statement that says the league is ready to compete with the best teams CONCACAF has to offer.

Over two legs of CONCACAF Champions League action, TFC, the defending MLS Cup Champions, took down Tigres, the defending Liga MX Apertura champions, putting the club into the CCL semi-finals for the second time in club history.

Greg Vanney's tactical shift pays off for 'bold' TFC in MLS Cup win

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Greg Vanney took a risk on Saturday. It was a calculated risk, sure, but it was a risk nonetheless. After spending the better part of two seasons riding a five-at-the-back set to MLS dominance, Vanney unleashed a major tactical wrinkle with an MLS Cup on the line.

Facing off with a tough Seattle Sounders team, Vanney surprised many when his lineup was announced as a 4-4-2 diamond.

After 2016 MLS Cup heartbreak, TFC expecting different game in 2017 finale

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A lot can change in a year, especially in MLS. When it comes to the league's elite, though, it appears plenty has stayed the same.

For the second consecutive season, Toronto FC is set to host the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup finale. For the second straight year, the Sounders and TFC stand far ahead of the competition in more ways than one and, because of that fact, they stand alone.

Greg Vanney doesn’t know if Sounders are “ready for intensity” of MLS Cup

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Just in case Seattle needed bulletin board material.

Usually when teams approach a key game, like a championship or rivalry match, coaches avoid giving the other team any sort of bulletin board material. They speak in cliches and vague plaudits. Toronto FC coach, and former Sounders broadcaster, Greg Vanney decided to take a different approach.

It’s official: Brian Schmetzer is horribly underrated

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Sounders boss finishes outside the Top 6 in MLS Coach of the Year voting.

Brian Schmetzer was not named MLS Coach of the Year. That honor goes to Greg Vanney, who guided Toronto FC to arguably the best regular season in MLS history. He beat out Tata Martino, who guided Atlanta United to arguably the best expansion season during the league's "mature" era.

MLS Ticker: Vanney wins Coach of the Year, Red Bulls buy Murillo, and more

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Greg Vanney has been named the MLS coach of the year, beating out Gerardo "Tata" Martino and Veljko Paunovic for the honor. The Toronto FC boss won with an average of 37.07 percent of the player, club, and media votes.

Vanney, who was also named SBI's MLS Coach of the Year last week, led Toronto FC to the best record in MLS regular season history with 69 points.

SBI MLS Coach of the Year: Greg Vanney

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Winning the Supporters' Shield while finishing with the best record in the history of MLS will certainly earn a team a lot of recognition. While Toronto FC had the high end talents of Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and more available to them, it took a special head coach like Greg Vanney to get the team to gel together into one of the greatest forces the league has ever seen.

TFC in precarious position following halftime brawl

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One week ago, Jozy Altidore was in the headlines for off the field incidents with New York Red Bull fans, calling them "classless" following leg 1 of the Eastern Confernce semi-finals. A week later, Altidore is in the headlines again.

During the second leg of the playoff series between the Red Bulls and TFC, Altidore played a part in two incidents, earning a red card during the halftime break.

Alex Bono shines in TFC’s rivalry win as club continues Supporters' Shield push

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The Montreal-Toronto rivalry is a blue and red affair, but one of the stars in Sunday's Toronto FC win was dressed in green.

Alex Bono, TFC's 23-year-old goalkeeper, was impressive in the Reds' visit to Stade Saputo. Within the first 15 minutes, he denied both Michael Salazar and Blerim Dzemaili to keep his team from conceding to the then-red hot Montreal Impact early.

MLS recaps, North American 2026 World Cup bid news: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/9/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Sapong's hat-trick the third in Union history
CJ Sapong had a historic night for the Union, when he netted his first career hat-trick in a 3-0 win against New York Red Bulls.

A showcase of Major League Soccer stars shows how much the Union still need to improve
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Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders, MLS Cup 2016: News, injury updates, highlights, analysis

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Led by head coach Brian Schmetzer the Seattle Sounders (14-14-6 +1) travel to Toronto, Canada to try to win their first ever MLS Cup. TFC (14-9-11 +12) are also trying to take their first MLS hardware. Toronto FC joined the league in 2007 and first made the playoffs in 2015. They have five Canadian Championships.

Postgame quotes: Union 1-3 Toronto FC

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Remarks from Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin, Tranquillo Barnetta, Keegan Rosenberry, Andre Blake, Chris Pontius, and Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney, Drew Moor, and Jozy Altidore.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC lineup: Ben Olsen to keep the same group together

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Ben Olsen has no reason to change as D.C. United take on Toronto FC

With the first win out of the way, D.C. United will take on Toronto FC tomorrow. The team seems to have finally figured out their goalscoring woes, and now need to start stringing together this same type of performance if they want to compete in the Eastern Conference this year.

Opposition 11: Predicting the Toronto FC starting lineup to face D.C. United

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The Black-and-Red face a team playing out of a 442 for the second week running, but this one has Sebastian Giovinco

Tomorrow's game against Toronto FC might be a look into the future for D.C. United. The Reds are six games into an eight-game road trip to start the season due to BMO Field being renovated.

Controversy follows first Sporting KC goal for Brad Davis

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After years of being a public enemy of Sporting KC, Brad Davis scored his first goal for the club in Sunday's victory over Toronto FC. However, it did not come without controversy.

In the 70th minute of Sporting KC's 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Sunday night, Davis scored the only goal of the game to lead his new club to victory.

Toronto FC president Bill Manning sets out early goals for 2016 campaign

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A season that yielded a highly-coveted first playoffberth ended in embarrassing fashion for Toronto FC, but there is no time to dwell on that. Pressure is already mounting ahead ofthe 2016 campaign.

Toronto FC saw its season come to a disappointing end last weekwith a humbling 3-0 loss to the rival Montreal Impact in the first round of the MLS playoffs, but goals and objectives are already being laid out for next year.

D.C. United versus Toronto FC preview: Behind Enemy Lines with TFC blog Waking the Red

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We talk Greg Vanney, typical TFC, and US Internationals

D.C. United takes on Toronto FC tonight, welcoming the Canadian wanderers to RFK Stadium for the first time this year. To preview the game, we talked to James Grossi of our SB Nation sister-site Waking The Red. To see my answers to James' questions (including my lineup prediction!

Hard Core No-go? Is TFC's "solid core group" as promising as we are being sold?

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Disclaimer: This article is written on the likely naive assumption that Toronto FC will not completely dissolve the current squad and start all over again. Again.
There really wasn't a reason for us to add to the plethora of TFC vs. Montreal post-mortems that are already out there. It is what it is and that is bad.

Preview & analysis: Union at Toronto FC

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The Union thoroughly outplayed Toronto at home. Can TFC's new coach make the adjustments to give them a shot at a home win?

Toronto

Major Link Soccer: We’re hungry for everything MLS Cup related

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Also: MLS Expansion Finalists Make Closing Arguments

Seattle

Toronto Coach Greg Vanney felt he needed to clarify his prior remark questioning whether the Sounders were "ready for the intensity of an MLS Cup final." Reportedly "miffed that his previous comments gained such traction" Vanney said they were "probably not well-articulated in the moment.

MLS Week 30: Toronto takes the Shield

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The 2017 Supporters' Shield race is over. Toronto beat the New York Red Bulls 4-2 to take the Shield at BMO Field. Justin Morrow scored for Toronto in the 32nd and 37th minutes. New York answered back with Gonzalo Veron scoring in the 39th and Daniel Royer equalizing from the penalty spot in the 77th.

MLS Week 10: Toronto wins MLS Cup rematch

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Week 10 of the 2017 MLS season saw Toronto get the better of Seattle at CenturyLink Field. In a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup, Toronto won 1-0 on the road. Jozy Altidore converted a 23rd minute penalty for the game's only goal. Clint Irwin kept the clean sheet with two saves.

"Two weeks ago, a lot of people were concerned because we weren't necessarily turning some of those games into wins," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said.

Colorado Faces The Rapids Beyond The Wall

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Giovinco, that you?
Toronto makes its trip down from the great white north tomorrow and they bring with them a couple of old friends. Drew Moor and Clint Irwin make their return to the Dick after being traded in the offseason. I hope the fans will give them the send-off they deserve, before watching them lose to our Rapids.

Andre Blake

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/21/17

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Blake tops player index, conference finals preview, and no new USMNT coach until 2018?

Philadelphia Union News

Andre Blake earns top Audi Player Index Goalkeeper spot
With an Audi Player Index score of 485, Andre Blake was the top-rated keeper in the 2017 MLS season.

Blake graduates from Generation adidas, more news

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Blake no longer has Generation adidas status. More Union bits and other news.

Philadelphia Union

Edu back in training and other presser notes, Bedoya, SoB elections on hold, more news

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Notes from Curtin's press conference. SI reports Union still in running to land Alejandro Bedoya. SoB election on hold due to lack of candidates. Looks like US won't host Copa Centenario. More.

Time for Blue and Gold to see Red, Konopka could start for TFC, more news

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Previews of Saturday's home game against Toronto. Chris Konopka could start against his former team. ESPN wonders how much time Jim Curtin has left. League and national teams news. More.

McCarthy signs, Blake out 4-6 weeks, CBA news, task force recommends shorter Nov/Dec 2022 WC

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Union add a goalkeeper, lose another temporarily. CBA news. FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov./Dec. World Cup for 2022. More news.

Vitoria introduced, Berry trialing with Cosmos, report says HCI considering relocating, more

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Notes from Vitoria's introduction to the media. Berry joins Cosmos for trial. Report says City Islanders considering relocating. MLS and national team news. More.

Amobi says, Academy braces power wins, Conference Final first legs, more

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Okugo discusses his future. Union Academy U-16s and U-18s win on pair of braces. New England, LA win Conference Final first legs. More news.

Last Union game of 2014, prepping for offseason, USA v Mexico tonight at PPL Park, more

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Union season ends on Sunday in Columbus. Expansion draft notes. Okugo on his future. MLS ref suspended after fraud arrest. Women's World Cup qualification comes to PPL Park. More.

New MLS logo, Union focus now on reaching playoffs, Sak quashes Moyes rumors, more

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MLS unveils new logo. Union moves on from USOC loss to focus on reaching playoffs. Sakiewicz says Moyes in not a head coach candidate. More news.

The Rest

Landon Donovan wants an American coach for USMNT

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The U.S. Men's National Team head coaching search will go on throughout the year, but one former star has listed a few names he'd like to see in charge.

Landon Donovan went on the Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol podcast and discussed the ongoing USMNT rebuild, includingwho he feels should take the reins of the USMNT.

Around The Forest: Is Cyle Larin headed to Turkey?

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Also: Union strike new TV deal, TFC's Greg Vanney receives CONCACAF award, Ezequiel Barco wants to be at ATLUD and more!

Major League Soccer

Union strike new television deal; all games to be on over-the-air TV via 6ABC and PHL17
Starting in 2018, all of the team's games will be televised on over-the-air broadcast channels.

The Playoffs: TFC's march to justification

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The long-shot prospect of Toronto FC making the 2014 MLS playoffs represents one glorious opportunity for those that control this club from up high. No, it is not to reward the most beaten-down of all MLS supporters - it is justification.
Already, many fans have come to loathe the four-week "must-win" campaign that has devolved into the "we're still mathematically possible" reality we have today but as annoying as the internal club promotion may be - TFC is still in with a tiny chance.