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It's a bloody big De Ro

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Yeah... let's just pretend that didn't happen  A few weeks back, the prodigal return of Scarberian superstar Dwayne De Rosario was the talk of TFC Land. Yesterday, Jermain Defoe happened. BOOM! De Ro was now the side dish of off-season signings. A few hours later... BOOMIER! TFC was/is in the middle of trying to snatch Michael Bradley away from AS Roma.

No signings? There's an "Ap" for that.

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The Kingmaker
TFC got their Argentine! No, no... calm down sports fans, Max Urruti is not donning the "famous" red of TFC yet but Toronto has added a Buenos Aires-born product in the form of Manny Aparicio.
The latest product from Danny Dichio's School of Hard Knocks aka TFC Academy, 17-year old Aparicio becomes TFC's eighth graduate to join the first-team.

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Payne management

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"It's good to talk..."  With just a few days before The Reds go all snowbird and head down to Orlando ("WHOOO! SPRING BREAK!"), Kevin Payne took time away from packing his mesh "Daytona Beach '84" tank-tops to hold a round-table discussion with some members of the mainstream Toronto football media.

TFC

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...

TFC Open BMO Field for 2013

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In this post game video blog after Toronto FC's 2-2 draw against the reigning MLS Champion Los Angeles Galaxy I take a look back at some of the sights and...

TFC Town Halls Kick Off

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Before I get into the specifics of what I heard from TFC staffers Thomas Rongren, Paul Mariner, Paul Beirne and Earl Cochrane at the Town Hall meeting I attended Monday ...

Mercy Killing

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TFC's 2012 season comes to an end. ABOUT BLOODY TIME!

Mercy Killing

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TFC's 2012 season comes to an end. ABOUT BLOODY TIME!
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TFC Bow Out Of CCL Play

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Brief video thoughts on TFC's non embarrassment in Santos Laguna on Wednesday evening that brings Toronto's fourth Champions League journey in a row to an end.
Rating: 4.8/5 (5 votes cast)

TFC Bow Out Of CCL Play

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Brief video thoughts on TFC's non embarrassment in Santos Laguna on Wednesday evening that brings Toronto's fourth Champions League journey in a row to an end.

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Whitecaps steal kids’ prize at Disney World

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Hungry, forceful teens
This was what the whole Total Football revolution was all about. Just over a year since Aron Winter and Co. took over Toronto FC, the club is in the finals of a prestigious rodent-based tournament. So excited for tonight's final against Vancouver are Toronto FC that they packed up 99% of the first team squad and came home to Hogtown yesterday.

Defence Still The Issue As TFC Opens Training Camp

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A look ahead at the considerably different defensive corps taking shape for Toronto FC's 2012 edition.
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Newfoundland Prospect Given Chance To Join TFC Academy

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Young Newfoundlander Jordi Slaney gets a chance to tryout for the TFC Academy
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TFC v LA Galaxy Ticket Kickoff

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TFC Kicks off their Champions League ticket drive and LA Galaxy lose a key player to injury.
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2011 TFC Headlines

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A month by month look back at the year that was for Toronto FC and why last season's upheaval is finally starting to show dividends.
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Shakeup at TFC Academy

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Thoughts on the sudden departure of Stuart Neely from the TFC Academy
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Who TFC should Protect From The Noisy Neighbours

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My list of who I think TFC should protect from (& who they might lose to) the Montreal Impact during the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft coming in late November.
Rating: 3.0/5 (2 votes cast)

The Hundred Days

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I ask in this post season look back of the season that was for Toronto FC, what might have been if MLSE had not wasted most of "the hundred days" between firing Mo Johnston and hiring Aron Winter.
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Losing Tuesday Not The End Of The World for TFC

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Why a loss Tuesday for Toronto FC in the Champions League Tuesday will be a disappointment but not enough of one to forget all the goods things that have happened for the team since the summer.
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TFC At The Halfway Point

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Thoughts at the halfway point of the 2011 MLS season for Toronto FC.
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TFC Draw at New England

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In this video blog episode I take a look back at the somewhat encouraging string of road draws TFC has recently been on, culminating in Wednesday's tie versus the New England Revolution in front of what was probably one of the smallest crowds in MLS history. I throw kudos towards youngster Donnell Henry and to goalkeeping stalwart Stefan Frei and I speak to the significantly different offensive look the Reds have with a real number nine like Alan Gordon in the lineup.

Adrian Cann Gone For The Season

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TFC suffer another blow as 2010 club MVP Adrian Cann is gone for the season with an ACL injury.
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TFC Humbled Yet TFC Academy Saves The Day

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The less that can be said about the humbling and embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday past the better. So in this video blog I choose not give more than a cursory mention of the club that was booed off the field by many of the fans that were remaining at the end of that 6-2 disgrace.

The Pitch Is Ready – Will Toronto FC Be?

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The pitch at BMO Field has recovered from the Voyageurs Cup Final on Wednesday. Has TFC recovered enough to secure three points against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday?
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The Joao Plata Show – TFC Defeats Houston 2-1

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In this post game video blog I heap yet more praise upon TFC's young Ecuadorian Joao Plata who scored a penalty and set up the game winner in TFC's 2-1 home victory over the Houston Dynamo at BMO Field on Saturday. In this episode I try and explain why the Plata effect did not just start on Saturday night, I talk about what such a hopeful and optimistic performance might mean for both the club [.

TFC v Houston Pre Game

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Some pre-game thoughts ahead of Toronto FC's match Saturday vs the Houston Dynamo. In this post I express concern about Alan Gordon picking up another injury, I break down some of the head to head numbers and I offer some unsolicited advice to Aron Winter on how to help out his beleaguered central defenders.

TFC Advances To Voyageurs Cup Final

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Toronto FC secures passage to the 2011 final round of the Voyageurs Cup for the Canadian Championship with a 1-0 (4-0 on aggregate) victory over FC Edmonton.
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TFC Defeats Edmonton – Post Game Video Blog

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TFC starts its defense of the Voyageurs Cup with win in Alberta. My video blog thoughts on the 3-0 defeat of FC Edmonton.
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THE WORD: First day back Maltesers

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Red with a honeycomb centre. Like TFC's 2010 defence!
The stories out of TFC training camp's first day started leaking before the ink was dry on the medical needles. At least that's my understanding of needles. Might explain my scurvy. Anyhoo... with roster spots galore and a plane warming up on the tarmac for a flight to Turkey, names have begun to pop up on the potential passenger list aboard AeroWinter - direct flight, non-stop to Antalya.

Major League Soccer

Payne In – Anselmi Out

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This is a good day to be a Toronto FC supporter. In one fell swoop Toronto has added a vast quantity of soccer and MLS intelligence to the Front Office....

LETTERS FROM CAMP: All For(ty) One

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It's "Springtime for Winter" as Toronto FC today released the names of the 41 players (so far) who are taking part in the club's pre-season training camp. The major difference from past years on first glance is the absence of any professional trialists. Just a year ago, the likes of Javier Martina, Mikael Yourassowsky and King Osei Gyan (for you TFC trivia buffs) were training with The Reds in hopes of grabbing a contract but this year seems quite different.

TFC Academy over MLS Draft way forward for The Reds

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Sign of the future?

With the majority of Toronto FC's management staff, both new and old, gathered at the MLS Combines, we ponder if future pre-seasons will devote as many resources to the league's SuperDraft. Since Aron Winter and his "Oranje Revolution" cohorts were named to lead TFC into the future, the words most heard have been "youth", "academy", "philosophy" and "development".

The Rest

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Ryin Nilsin Tistimowkneeal Metch

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"Cheerio Poms but me hammy is knackered"  MESH AND BONE
Harry Redknapp may claim he still isn't sure but our new New Zealish overlord Ryan Nelsen is hours away from calling it a day on his long and successful playing career. The new TFC gaffer will wear the hoops of QPR one last time today as the struggling West Londoners host the defending Premier League champions Manchester City - and it seems not a moment too soon.

THE STARTING 11: Side effects of Toronto FC's youthful squad at Disney

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I said "TFC" not "BSC"!Everyone felt warm and fuzzy after Saturday night's "loss" to Vancouver Whitecaps at The Mickey Mouse Cup. Except maybe the Whitecaps. Yes they got a trophy but it was on the back of barely beating a team of teens, trialists and Nick Soolsma. Hard to lift a trophy proudly when you just traded shirts with a 15-year old.