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.
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.
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.
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
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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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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.
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
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
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
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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".