Kevin Payne

Toronto FC

The Toronto FC Sadvent Calendar: Day 12

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"INUKSHUKS!"  

What better way to ingratiate oneself with your new homeland than embracing a beloved symbol? Well at least a symbol that is co-opted for the Olympics and when the government pretends to care about the First Nations. Yes, the mighty Inuit Inukshuk was chosen by club president Kevin Payne as the most apt representation of how TFC should build itself.

The Toronto FC Sadvent Calendar: Day 9

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"THE COMING OF FORLAN"   Before #LeiwekeLeaks were cool, Kevin Payne had his own brand of loose lippage. Early in 2013, as TFC fell ass-backwards out of another gate, the rumour that Uruguayan sensation Diego Forlan would soon be jetting up to CrackTown USA aka Toronto, was rampant.

Opposite View: Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union

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At this stage of the season we all just want it to be over. It was always going to be a tough season, it was always going to be a 7th straight year of missing the playoffs, but did it really have to be this hard, with 7 points taken from a terrible DC side being the only thing that allowed our point total to overtake what we all presumed must have been rock bottom, the 2012 season?

Sporting Head to Toronto

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After the disappointing draw on Tuesday against Real Esteli, Sporting KC head back to league play and back on the road to face Toronto FC tomorrow afternoon. With six games left in the season, Sporting needs to quickly put the Esteli game behind them and get back to the league form that has seen them win their last two.

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

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Throw out all the "must win" clichés you want but this game is exactly that. If the Fire expect to make the playoffs they will need to continue beating the lower level clubs and Toronto FC definitely qualifies as such. At 4-13-10, they're only ahead of DC United for the dubious distinction of worst record in the league.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Waking the Red

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Happy United Day! And... happy bottom-of-the-table clash day, too. D.C. United can't climb out of the cellar tonight, but they can gain points on Toronto FC, he team immediately above them in the standings. So that means this game is super important... right? Anywho, I exchanged a few questions with Kristin Knowles of SB Nation's Toronto FC site Waking the Red to get ready for tonight's (not really at all) big, big, huge match-up.

THE STARTING 11: Other Toronto FC uses for Allocation Money

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Meanwhile... deep below BMO Field...
It's the latest gag sensation at Toronto FC - not that they really needed new ones - Kevin Payne and his Scrooge McDuck lovin' for some good old American Cheddar aka Allocation Money. The image of a tiny Kevin sitting atop an ever growing cartoon pile of gold coins is a delicious one while the term "Allocation" has now become part of your average TFC fan's daily parlance.

Toronto FC top lowly D.C. in battle of East cellar dwellers

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON There were plenty of interesting storylines to follow heading into Saturday night's encounter between D.C. United and Toronto FC. TFC's front office is led by Kevin Payne, who less than a year ago was calling the shots at United. On the sidelines, Toronto's head coach is also a former United man, having hoisted the 2004 MLS Cup while wearing the black and red.

THE STARTING 11: Toronto FC reasons for loan signings

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Payne and Nelsen look over scouting reports  Nothing in football says "building for the future" and "setting a strong foundation" like a squad full of 3-month loan signings. And by "nothing" we mean just about anything. Since February, Kevin Payne and his band of Merry Management at TFC have dropped the hint that 5 or 6 player signings are constantly imminent.

Major League Soccer

Will D.C. United be the next team to receive a "league designated player"?

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The story of Maximiliano Urruti's trade to the Portland Timbers was mostly straightforward: a player brought in by one leader, Kevin Payne, was not valued in the same way by the next leader, Tim Leiweicke. His trade for Bright Dike could have been the end of the situation, outside of Portland and Toronto.

The “Truman/TFC” Show – Absurdity Abounds

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Toronto FC games are starting to feel like 'The Truman Show". It's like each of us there are watching horrible footie played by a substandard club, watching it in the...

Toronto FC hire Bezbatchenko as new General Manager

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke said the search for a new General Manager to lead Toronto FC wouldn't take long. Turns out, he was right.

Two weeks after parting ways with Kevin Payne, Leiweke found his man in Tim Bezbatchenko, who was announced at a press conference on Friday morning as the new general manager for the team effective immediately.

Reds Lose In Portland Amid Upheaval At Home

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Video thoughts on the late Saturday night loss to Portland that saw the Reds again struggle all over the park with issues of quality and squad depth. I also take...

If the CFL Comes – I Go

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I must be willing to take a lot. I am willing to renew my season seats for Toronto FC in spite of the following: No Playoffs or anything resembling a...

Toronto Parts Ways with President/GM Kevin Payne

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Toronto FC announced on Thursday that the club's president and general manager Kevin Payne is leaving. Read More

Toronto FC to part ways with Payne

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Kevin Payne lasted just nine months on the job as Toronto FC's President and General Manager before the team decided to part ways with the former D.C. Unitedpresident and chief executive officer. Payne will reportedly remain in Toronto with the team to help transition the team, but without his previous title.

Kevin Payne Out In Toronto?

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TheToronto Staron Wednesday reported that Toronto FC have parted ways with president and GM Kevin Payneless than a year after hiring the former long-time D.C. United chief executive.

"I'm disappointed, but this is the way this business works," Payne told the paper. "I was a little bit surprised, but I understand that Tim [Leiweke] wants to move — not in a dramatically different — but in a somewhat different direction.

Payne out(ish) at Toronto FC

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The general manager of the only club playing anywhere near as poorly as his old one, D.C. United, was effectively let go today by Toronto FC, per this report. The decision appears to revolve around dissatisfaction with Kevin Payne's pursuit of signings and the performance of those he secured -- pretty much why any GM gets fired -- in his nine months at the club.

Reds Win – Revs Lose

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Post game video thoughts after Toronto FC defeat the New England Revolution away in Foxboro on Sunday past. In this post I take a look at the game, the most...

Danny Califf’s return to Philly: What went wrong?

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Two months ago, Toronto looked set to trade former Union captain Danny Califf back to the Union. Instead, he retired. What went wrong? The Philly Soccer Page's Dan Walsh talked to Califf, John Hackworth, and Nick Sakiewicz and found out.

Is Toronto FC Incapable of Telling The Truth?

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I finally got around to listening to Kevin Payne's appearance on the Fan 590′s Soccer Show last Thursday night earlier today. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/12TNNM9 One particular thing ...

Sporting Kansas City trades Thomas to Toronto FC for second round pick in 2015

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that they have traded midfielder Michael Thomas to Toronto FCfor a natural second round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft.

"Michael is a solid player who our coaches have had their eye on for some time," TFC president and general manager Kevin Payne told the team website.

Changing The Narrative

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Toronto FC WIN. Digest that for afew seconds.Then take a look at this video where I talk about the importance of this victory and how it might at...

Too Angry To Speak

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Toronto FC sometimes makes even people such as myself feel at a loss of words. Let us know what you think of the state this franchise finds itself in after...

The Next Three Games

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If you are here reading this instead hoping to see my usual post game video rant about yet another shambolic Toronto FC performance, don't hold your breath ‘cause it is ...

"We got a little Convey"

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Well, almost a QPR kit
"Ah, breaker one-nine, this here's the Rubber Duck. You gotta copy on me, Pig Pen, c'mon?" Pretty sure this is how the conversation went down between Kevin Payne and Sporting KC's front office as TFC's President traded for MLS veteran Bobby Convey earlier today.

A Lost Chance Or A Point Stolen?

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In this video blog post I take a look back at the game in Philly that saw the Reds earn another point, this time on the road. I take a...

A fan favorite returns: PSP talks to Danny Califf

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Danny Califf talks to PSP's Adam Cann about rebuilding in Toronto, being a leader, who has been impressing him on the Union, and much more

Tim Leiweke

Allocation Moneyball as TFC hires new GM

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Tim Bezbatchenko
Toronto FC has got their man. Again.

Not realizing that their Twitter hashtag #TFCMajorAnnouncement has become a parody-inducing thing of ridicule, The Reds gathered the local press for their annual catch-and-release of their new front office supremo. But who you ask could fill the shoes of Toronto legends like Kevin Payne, Aron Winter and Mo Johnston.

Union look for result against SJ, US ready for CR, more news

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Jeff Parke says it's vital the Union get at least a point in San Jose. Gaddis says Union defense doesn't get enough respect. US ready to take on Costa Rica. More news.

Tuck the Payne away

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"This ball is still believes in me..."
We barely had time to "get used to" you Kevin.

Through the powerfully heartfelt mediums of corporate press release and hobbled together conference call, Toronto FC kept the gears greased on their never-ending management carousel. Kevin Payne, the ever-so humble, Forlan-addicted veteran MLS executive has "parted ways" with Toronto FC and is no longer the President and GM of the wildly successful club.

Kevin Payne fired??

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I am shocked by this news (should call it information - not yet confirmed). I suppose that your credentials as an observer of all things TFC would rely upon not being shocked by departures or changes or surprises. I did not see Kevin Payne being removed from running TFC after only months on the job.

He did some good things and he messed up a few times.

BREAKING NEWS : Payne is out! No one lined up to replace them!

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Seriously.

#StabilityNow #carouselOfLaughter #theShockHasWornOff

Kevin Payne has been relieved of his duties according to a reputable source (The Star). He is to stay on in a consultancy role to ease the transition, but is stripped of his title. Apparently, the list of debacles was enough for Tim Leiweke to sever ties with his good buddy.

D.C. United

Filibuster Podcast - Week 27: New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA, and USA vs. Costa Rica

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The Black and Red United crew is back, and they are still sad about D.C. United's loss to the New York Red Bulls. Before that, we take a look at Kevin Payne's firing in Toronto and discuss whether or not their front office "accountability" is something that United should emulate. We break down the defense, Nick DeLeon recent resurgence, Dwayne De Rosario's poor penalty kick performance, and everything else relating to United's loss against New York.

THE MATCHUP: Payne-ful to watch

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The blurst of times?
D.C. UNITED VS. TORONTO
RFK STADIUM - SATURDAY 7PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET 360 THE KICKABOUT:
On paper, this fixture looked to be the perfect tonic for the eternally ailing TFC. A visit to that other nation's capital to face D.

The Rest

Parke: “We’ll see what we’re made of” against SJ, Hack praises Kleberson, news from CR, more

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Jeff Parke says Union will see what they're made of against San Jose. Hackworth says Union need the kind of threat Kleberson can provide in the midfield. News from Costa Rica. More.

THE STARTING 11: Hardest workers at TFC

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"You. Better. Work!"
Happy Labour Day comrades! Not just a day of where parents drunkenly celebrate their children getting the eff back to school but also a day where we throw off the shackles of our American oppressors and stand up for our right to spell "labour" with the letter "u"!

He's not the Messiah... he's just a naughty Newell's Old Boy

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Where's the specs Chromeo?
Like a Mountie who tells you to "get used to it", Kevin Payne finally got his man - Maximiliano Urruti is officially a Red. It took a couple of hundred days longer than originally expected... but who's counting?

Transfer windows? We don't need no stinkin' transfer windows - just an Argentine club that has fallen on hard times, a player who hadn't been paid and broke up with them and possibly a little help from the "Thanks for Not Touching Clint Dempsey Fund for Disabled Clubs".

EDITORIAL: Got Used To It and Still Getting Used To It...

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I get it. Toronto FC is a business. It's a franchise. It's not a "club". It's not a community cornerstone.
Toronto plays Roma. They give Roma an appearance fee, and then Toronto sets out to recoup their investment by charging higher-than-normal prices and hope the fringe football enthusiasts, glory hunters or die-hards of both sides pony up the dosh to watch the match.