Ryan Nelsen

D.C. United

The Andy Award, for D.C. United's best new player

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We combine awards to name one player as D.C. United's best new player

After a massive overhaul last year, D.C. United made fewer changes this year over last. And with only one obvious rookie candidate, the awards committee has decided to merge the Nelly Award, for best Newcomer, with the Andy Award, for best rookie.

The Nelly Award: Choose D.C. United's best newcomer

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This Nelly Award is as stacked a field as there has ever been for a Benny Award.

D.C. United had a massive overhaul last season, and so there are plenty of contenders for the Nelly Award, given to the best newcomer on the team. It is, of course, named after Ryan Nelsen, former D.C. United captain, MLS Cup winner, and former coach of Toronto FC.

Episode 146 – I’ve got a Tingle

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Join the guys as they look back at DC United's past three matches, including the win at Sporting, the loss to LA, and the defeat of bitter rival NY Red Bull. The boys also talk about recent team news, the sacking of Ryan Nelsen and his staff, and he US Men's National Team.

Christmas Eve Freedom Kicks - D.C. United links for December 24, 2013

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Some reading material for those of us who need just a few minutes away from familial bliss.

Like many of you, I assume, I am visiting my parents this week. And their internet is slow as all damn and occasionally just decides not to internet at all for a while. So please forgive the tardiness of Freedom Kicks this morning - it was a long, hard slog to assemble this week.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Union partners with Dogfish Head, Academy at Winter Showcase, Conference finals, USA-Germany friendly, FIFA news, more

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Dogfish Head to open beer garden at PPL Park. Union academy at Winter Showcase. Conference Final second-leg games this weekend. FIFA judge backs release of full investigation report. More.

Mbolhi, Valdes & Lahoud to miss TFC games with NT call ups, the Toronto mess, league results, more

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Six Union players receive international call ups. Coaching change in Toronto. MLS results. KC wins NWSL title. USMNT news. Record transfer window in England. More.

Union head north for Reunion Jack, HCI remain winless, US Open Cup, more

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Okugo looking forward to facing McInerney. Harrisburg loses first game of West Coast series. US Open Cup schedule and format announced. More news.

Injury update, problems with Fred signing, more quotes from Hack’s presser, more news

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Quotes from Hackworth's weekly press conference including injury update on Casey and Williams, Fred's status, and much more. More Union and league news. Etc., etc.

Tonight’s game against NYRB will be streamed, Hack looking at “many” CB options, more

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Tonight's game against New York will be streamed on Red Bulls site. Hack confirms talks with Bolton CB Zat Knight, discusses options and training camp progress. More news.

Report says league balking at Edu to Union, on the Parke-White trade, Valdes update, draft news, more

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ESPN's Jeff Carlisle says MLS is balking at Edu salary of $1.2 million. More on the Parke-White trade. Carlos Valdes update. Draft news. Player transactions. More.

Tim Bezbatchenko

THE STARTING 11: Other things that Ryan Nelsen did to anger Tim Bezbatchenko

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It just wouldn't be a season with Toronto FC without a high profile sacking. We've regularly said goodbye to managers, coaches, GM's, presidents and now even a Brennan! While the firing of Ryan Nelsen wasn't an utter shock, the timing did catch many by surprise. However, it seems like tension between the manager and the general manager Tim Bezbatchenko had been bubbling for a while.

Blight of The Conchord! Reds sack Ryan Nelsen

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On Labour Day Eve? TBez - you cold!

We're not sure what they teach you in New Zealish business school (because he didn't learn it on a coaching course) but Ryan Nelsen pretty much sealed his fate yesterday when he publicly called out his boss. Blaming Tim Bezbatchenko for putting too much pressure on his squad (a home win against New England - how outrageous a request!

"That's what he said..." Reds offer a few final words on 2013 and beyond

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"The end is nigh! Which is Kiwi for 'now'." Like an Irish wake - but without the good times and whiskey - TFC held their annual "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Playoffs" press conference today. The jolly event is a yearly tradition where the few players who know they are coming back next season wax lyrical about how f*cking awesome TFC is while those who are being shot into the vacuum of space burn as many bridges as the mic can handle.

Toronto FC

Clear skies yet TFC in a fog Toronto FC 0 Philadelphia Union 2

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So much for the "new coach bounce". Toronto's parade of woeful home performances continued at BMO Field Saturday as the Philly Union scored two in the first half and Toronto had no response. It has been a while since TFC had any positive responses in any aspect of life. They managed to hit posts and crossbars in the second half, but they were more a team hoping to get lucky than a team that found itself when the going got tough.

Toronto FC Must Work Hard To Rid Themselves Of Their Obscure Identity

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The well-worn life adage "the bigger they are, the harder they fall," is almost always an on-the-money assessment of spectacular collapses.

In Toronto, the football club that many credit with starting MLS supporter culture when they joined the league in 2007 is famous for their staggering incompetence.

The Whole Story: Match Day 26 Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC

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Get The Whole Story on Match Day 26 as the Philadelphia Union face Toronto FC - from preview to post match analysis.

This year was supposed to be different for Toronto FC. Splashing the cash in the offseason to acquire Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Gilberto was supposed to make the Reds not only a playoff team but the envy of the East.

Union look to add to Toronto FC woes in first of two game set

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Toronto FC enter the first of two games with the Philadelphia Union reeling from recent losses and drama on and off the pitch.

This year was supposed to be different for Toronto FC. Splashing the cash in the offseason to acquire Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Gilberto was supposed to make the Reds not only a playoff team but the envy of the East.

THE STARTING 11: Worst jobs at TFC

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Not the parade Leiweke had in mind Happy Labour Day you wacky labourers. On the day where we appreciate the value of the working man and woman in society/weep giant tears that summer is over, we also take a closer look at local employer/dream killer - Toronto FC. Many of you would surely like to land a job working for your beloved club but before you shine up your resume, take a look at these less-than upwardly mobile BMO Field careers.

Report: Nelsen out as TFC head coach

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Photo by USA Today Sports Images

By DAN KARELL

There will be a new man in charge of Toronto FC for the rest of the 2014 season and beyond.

Saturday evening's 3-0 defeat to the New England Revolution was the final straw for Ryan Nelsen, who was reportedly fired on Sunday along with the rest of the coaching staff.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Toronto FC

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DC United hosts a Toronto FC side that will be missing three-quarters of their normal back four and is also coming off of a 2-1 home loss to a team that was playing down a man. It's not a must-win, but it's definitely a should-win if United wants to stay among MLS's top tier.

We've had half a year to get used to the idea, but it's still strange to say that tonight's game between D.

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

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In which we talk to Duncan Fletcher of Waking the Red to preview D.C. United-Toronto FC.

D.C. United travels up to BMO Field in Toronto tomorrow night to take on the Reds of Toronto FC. To preview the match, we got together with Duncan Fletcher of Waking the Red, SB Nation's TFC flavored blog.

Know Your Enemy: Toronto FC

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Back in the saddle, Canadian stylee.

OTF's Stephen Mangatis on his high horse...

We'reback in the MLS saddle after the respite for the World Cup, and even if our boots are barely in the stirrupsand we're teetering on the brink of falling off our trusty steed, it's high time to turn our attention back to stateside concerns.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Toronto FC

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New year, new you. That goes for both Mike Magee and Toronto FC (mlssoccer.com)

OTF's Jon Denhamrevisits the roster, the standings, and the injury list while Tony Walsh of the Yorkies celebrates North America Day!

Where should we start, faithful Fire fans? Priming your Fire pump may seem difficult right now, but I'll get you there.

Bradley to undergo foot procedure during Toronto FC break

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Toronto FC is making the most of a bye week, with midfielder Michael Bradley taking the opportunity to address a bothersome nerve issue in his foot. The minor procedure had been previously scheduled for the break.

"It just means he's just got to get off it for a week," manager Ryan Nelsen said of Bradley resting his foot after the procedure, according to the Toronto Star.

Toronto FC Showing Early Potential Under Head Coach Ryan Nelsen

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From the moment Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley were announced as Toronto FC's new designated players, an air of intrigue enveloped the club. Described as a bloody big dealby the club's marketing department, it was a fair and accurate evaluation.

Here were two players that would significantly improve any roster in Major League Soccer, and they were choosing to join Toronto, a side that had often found itself near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Sounders y Toronto FC salen a probar quien se reformó mejor

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Mientras el renovado Toronto FC inicia su temporada de visita en el CenturyLink Field de Seattle con toda la atención puesta en sus tres estrellas adquiridas en la pre temporada, los Sounders FC van en busca de su segunda victoria después de vencer de forma sensacional al Sporting Kansas City el sábado pasado.

The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: Toronto FC

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

Defoe suffers hamstring injury ahead of his last Tottenham match

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen will have to be careful when Jermain Defoe arrives at the club.

Ahead of what would have been his final game in a Tottenham uniform,Defoe was ruled out of Tottenham's Europa League second-leg match against FC DniproDnipropetrovsk on Thursday with a hamstring injury.

Report: TFC set to sign Defoe in blockbuster deal

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By IVES GALARCEP

Toronto FC's courtship of top European forwards has been going on for months, and now it appears that quest for a top striker is ready to bear fruit.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that TFC is set to make Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe the highest-paid player in MLS history, in a four-year, $7.

The Nelly Award: Choose D.C. United's best newcomer

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The Benny Awards march ever forward and the second award to be given out is the Nelly Award, which is given to the best newcomer to the team. It is, of course, named after Ryan Nelsen, former D.C. United captain, MLS Cup winner, and now the coach of Toronto FC. Past winners of this award include Branko Boskovic, Louis Crayton, Dejan Jakovic, and Lionard Pajoy.

The Matchup

THE MATCHUP: Blind Ambition

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TORONTO VS. NEW ENGLAND
BMO FIELD - SATURDAY 5PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET 360

MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME:
"Ye Olde English Derby Matche"

FACTS* AND STATS**
TORONTO FC
- 4: Hours it takes the average fan to get in and out of BMO Field during the CNE
- Fetal: The position you would find Ryan Nelsen in after someone proposes he plays three attackers up front.

THE MATCHUP: Night Caps

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An evening with Carl... TORONTO VS. VANCOUVER
BMO FIELD - WEDNESDAY 8PM ET
TV: TSN

MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME:
"The Great Canadian Bagel"

MATCH FACTS* & STATS**
TORONTO FC
- Despite being third in the Eastern Conference, TFC have an alarming 35 games in hand over 2nd place Sporting Kansas City.

THE MATCHUP: World C.H.U.D.

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NEW YORK VS. TORONTO
RED BULL ARENA - FRIDAY 8PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET ONE

WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS?
- Major League Soccer is BACK! Just as the World Cup heats up. Be one of dozens to return!
- Did the break give Ryan Nelsen the bravery to try out a Moore-Defoe-Gilberto-led 4-3-3?

THE MATCHUP: The first rumblings...

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Manufactured Derby Name?  TORONTO VS. SAN JOSE
BMO FIELD - SATURDAY 4PM ET
TV: TSN


WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS?
- It's the last TFC match for 20 days. We don't mean that to sound like a good thing.
- If the football is ugly, do the rumbles of Nelsen discontent in the stands turn into tremors?

THE MATCHUP: The "Other" Cup Final*

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Trillium cup. Trillium saucer also pictured. (*Not in any way a Cup Final) TORONTO VS. COLUMBUS
BMO FIELD - SATURDAY 5PM ET
TV: TSN


WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS?
- Well our fair manager claims that this match is a cup final akin to the NutCan vs.

THE MATCHUP: Friday Night Blights

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#Hamstrong SPORTING KC VS. TORONTO FC
SPORTING PARK - FRIDAY 8:30PM ET
TV: TSN

WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS?
- Can TFC knock off two "Beats of the East" in a row?
- Just how depleted will Sporting's defence actually be?

THE MATCHUP: Bit off Mormon we can chew?

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Marie Osmond! You traitor to Utah and the Spanish Crown!  REAL SALT LAKE VS TORONTO FC
RIO TINTO STADIUM - SATURDAY 9:30 ET
TV: TSN 2


WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS?
- This is arguably TFC's stiffest competition so far.
- Ryan Nelsen has been poking RSL with a stick by wondering aloud if DP Alvaro Saborio should be banned for this match due to an infraction last week vs LA Galaxy.

The Rest

Jones: RvP the hardest to play against in training

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Phil Jones has answered fans questions for United Review.

Who's the best defender you've played with?
I've been lucky to have played with a lot of really good defenders already, so obviously the likes of Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic have to be up there. But even when I go back to my Blackburn days, I learned a lot from playing with Ryan Nelsen.

Adopt-A-Cup Minnow 2014

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Facepalm!
Way, way back in the olden days of 2010, The Yorkies decided to adopt a World Cup Minnow to become our "Official World Cup Team". After a grueling process of elimination, we adopted the mighty All Whites (still not racist) of New Zealand.

What happened next was nothing short of almost-miraculous.

News & quotes from loss to Crew, more Union news, preseason MLS games recap, more

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Union fall to Crew on 87th minute PK. More Union news. The weekend's preseason match results from around MLS. Much more.