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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's been a disastrous six years for Toronto FC. Since their inception in 2007, they've been the epitome of ineptitude in Major League Soccer. This year, however, Kevin Payne was appointed President. The club began to operate more professionally and ... Continue reading → A New Attitude Is Evident At Toronto F.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 blurst of times? D.C. UNITED VS. TORONTO RFK STADIUM - SATURDAY 7PM ET TV: SPORTSNET 360THE 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.
"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"!
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".
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.
The one constant at Toronto FC has always been change. Life under our new Kiwi Overlord has not altered that human resources workload. With rumours abound of up to four new potential signings joining our springtime tundra, more change is on the horizon.
MLS rosters have their limits of course, both in capacity and economical, so if new recruits are truly on their way then the football boot must drop for some current Reds.