FC won the 2017 MLS Cup after defeating Seattle Sounders 2-0 on second half
goals by Jozy Altidore and Victor Vazquez last Saturday at BMO Field Stadium in
It was a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup. The Reds lost on penalty kicks when the
game finished scoreless after extra time. However the performance of Toronto FC
was completely different and so was the result.
in both games the Reds were on the offense from the opening whistle and some
brilliant saves by Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei kept the game scoreless at
the half. The outcome seemed inevitable as Toronto dominated in all facet of the
The winning goal was scored in the 67th minute when Altidore broke
free of Sounders defenders and chipped an advancing Frei to give TFC a 1-0 lead.
Victor Vazquez scored the insurance in injury time that set BMO on fire.
The entire 2017 season belong to Toronto FC. Toronto FC won the Canadian
Championship, Supporters Shield as the team with the best overall record in the
MLS, won the Eastern Conference Championship and the MLS Cup.
TFC Captain Michael Bradley and forward Jozy Altidore
that the team was on a mission to get another chance at the MLS Cup and they
delivered. “It was an obsession” Bradley said. To accomplish the mission Bradley
and company removed every team which posed a threat.
Reds were never on a major losing streak or scoring drought during the season.
In fact, Toronto FC was the highest scoring team in the MLS in 2017 with 74
goals scored with 37 goals against, the second lowest in the league.
It was a balanced team effort with the offense helping on defense and defenders
contributing in the scoring department. Justin Morrow scored eight goals on the
season at the left wing back position.
Another key quality was that Toronto FC did not struggle when key players were
out the lineup. It is a tribute to
Coach Greg Vanney who had the team with or without key players, injured or not,
performing at its best.
It was business as usual with Vanney and the Reds on FIFA dates without the
leadership of Captain Bradley and the scoring of Altidore who were pressed into
service with the US national team.
Teams are as good as their weakest link and Vanney dug deep into his bench to
keep the momentum on what turned out to be a record setting 2017 season. Some
teams need to get hot to win championships but all the Reds did was remained
consistent all year long.
Reds General Manager Tim Betzbatchenko deserves some credit for adding several
pieces to the MLS Cup puzzle after 2016 MLS Cup disappointment. He brought in
midfielder Victor Vazquez, Chris Mavinga, and Nicolas Hasler to boost all three
Congratulations to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Limited. As the owners of
TFC franchise they put their money where the best fans in Major League Soccer
are, at BMO Field. In 2014 MLSE invested in a “Bloody Dig Deal”.
It was not a bad attempt to win a championship but it did not produce the
desired result. However, it was a defining moment in the history of the club.
Michael Bradley was part of that big deal in a transfer from AS Roma and he is
currently the driving force behind the Reds.
Bradley stayed with TFC to see out what used to be elusive playoff hopes. He
influenced his friend and US teammate Jozy Altidore to join Toronto FC and if
you fast forward you’ll recognized that Jozy scored the decisive goal in both
the Conference final and MLS Cup.
So hats off to Michael Bradley, MLS Cup MVP Jozy Altidore and the entire Toronto
FC organization on a record breaking 2017 season.
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Playoff Journey 2016
will travel to New York Red Bulls to
open its 2016 MLS season on Sunday March 6. The
Reds are hoping to extend its winning streak in
season openers to three against New York to kick
off its 2016 Playoff Journey.
The club will
return home for its home opener on May 7th to
face FC Dallas after its 8-game road trip at BMO
clinch playoff spot
Toronto FC finally clinched its first ever MLS playoff spot on Wednesday, Oct.
15, with a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field Stadium in Toronto.
The Reds focus turns to finishing in one of the top two spots in the Eastern
Conference with games against Columbus Crew and away to Montreal Impact.
TFC blowout win against
scoreless in a first half that saw Orlando City SC playing with 10 players
Toronto FC pulled away for a 5-0 win. It was a much needed win as the expansion Orlando
City found out the hard way that they were
facing a different TFC team in the second half.
The Reds systematically took
Orlando apart to register a lopsided victory but quite frankly, no
one knew what to expect until Orlando went down a player due to a red card.
The game opened at a fast pace
with both team pushing forward but slowed considerably when TFC gained the man advantage. Under normal
circumstances one would have thought that Orlando would have eventually been in
trouble but there was nothing of note in the first half from the Reds that
indicated that Orlando was ripe for the picking.
However, whatever was said in
the change room seemed to work as Toronto FC was a handful for the shorthanded
Orlando franchise right after break. The breakthrough came when Reds
captain Michael Bradley presented Marky Delgado with an open to score in the 46
Bradley did all the work after
he sold a fake cross at the left edge of the area which enticed his defender to
go to ground to prevent. The result was broken shutout when Delgado was faced
with a wide open net and goalkeeper Tally Hall scrambling from out of the
picture to recover.
The first goal opened the floodgates as Sebastian Giovinco scored with a well
taken right-footed free kick for the second time in weeks. In is becoming common
place that his free kicks go over the wall, into the left-edge of the arc, and
off the right-post.
Toronto scored their third
goal when Giovinco lead Bradley with a run on pass which he squared back for
Morrow to finish with the inside of his favorite left-foot. Bradley leadership
was on point in this game with two assist for tap-ins and allowing Jozy Altidore to kick
It may turn out to be the best
move in clinching a playoff spot since over the weeks Altidore was having a hard
time finding the net and with Bradley's gesture he ended his scoring drought with
the penalty conversion.
Altidore also scored a second two minutes later on a cross
Robbie Findley. It was also refreshing to see Robbie Findley getting minutes and contributing to the
Findley drew a foul that
gained the penalty and put over a cross ball which set up Jozy Altidore to
score his second goal from a header
The tripping foul on Findley caused
Orlando to go down to nine players when Winter was sent off for his second booking.
All in All it was a very
productive day for Michael Bradley whi received the Player of the Match. It was Bradley who took the free
kick that allowed Findley to set up Altidore's header. On the flipside it
was not the best of days for the expansion Orlando City SC which lost all three
meetings with TFC's this season.
Reds in playoff spot mid season
Toronto FC defeated
Philadelphia Union 2-1 to stay in third spot in the league standings and very
much in the playoff race as one of the top six finishers. Delgado score in the
29th minute with Sebastian Giovinco scoring three minutes later for Toronto to
hold on for the 2-1 win.
With a goal and the assist
Giovinco takes his team leading tally to 12 goals and nine assists.
Toronto FC lose home opener
The Reds lost their home opener to the Houston Dynamo
2-1 at the newly renovated BMO Field Stadium. Unlike the
previous season when everything was considered a Bloody
Big deal it seems like it was business as usual under
the leadership of USA midfielder Michael Bradley as
captain and coach Greg Vanney.
the newly assigned captain for the 2015 season the
Bradley-Vanney leadership may just be the combination
that will take Toronto to its first MLS playoff
appearance. And why not?
has tried just about everything possible scenario beside
the right team leadership combination which can utilize
the right players.
the season on a
tough seven-game road trip Toronto FC returned home
riding a 2-game winning streak and with a record of
three wins and 4 loses. However, the home opener loss is
not a good sign since the Reds will have to protect home
field to finish the season strong.
In their first
home stand Houston took a 2-goal lead when Garcia scored
the rebound of his penalty in the 44th minute after
saved his initial attempt and Will Bruin slammed home
another that gave Houston the second.
FC made it interesting at the end after Jozy Altidore
got a header past Dynamo ‘keeper Tyler Deric at the
first post but it was a case of too little to late for
TFC starts 2015 on good foot
on the Road
Toronto FC kicked off its 2015 MLS season with a 3-1 win
in Vancouver against the Whitecaps. While some may disagree, I think the heavy dosage of away games to start
the season can turn out to be a blessing in disguise
for Coach Greg Vanney and his Reds team.
Michael Bradley is now the captain of the team and
seemed to have influenced his USA teammate Jozy Altidore
to sign with the Reds.
scored two to open his account after Robbie Findley
equalized for TFC. It was the third time that the
Canadian rivals battled to open the regular season but
the first time that the Reds left with the upper hand
and all three points.
Rivero gave Vancouver the lead but Altidore completed
his brace with a penalty conversion to take the scenic
route out of Vancouver.
Let's not forget however, that many believed the hype surrounding
the Bloody Big Deal signing of Jermaine Defoe and
Michael Bradley that cultivated a false sense of
superiority due to the club's early
success in 2014.
Hopefully there is a learning curve this time around and everyone
recognize that a
productive late run in September and October is what is needed to make the
Nevertheless, It is very
encouraging to see that
an opening day win on the road is beginning to
be a habit for Toronto FC.
Stars Soccer Review magazine "TFC Playoff Journey"
remains relevant because it gives
a comprehensive view of the the Reds manyroller coaster rides
to try and make what has been an extremely elusive MLS playoff since its inception in 2007.
New Coach for TFC 2014 playoff countdown
big countdown for the playoffs began when
Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko
wasted no time in announcing that Greg Vanney
was the new head coach of the club after the
Reds 3-0 lost against New England Revolution.
brought out the broom and released Ryan Nelsen
and the entire coaching staff.
The media seemed to be convince that it was based
on words exchanges prior to and after the game
but from where I sit there are two scenarios to
take into consideration.
take on the situation is that
the release of Nelsen was based on the Reds
performance over the season and gradual drop
from playoff contention.
I had endorsed Nelsen heading into the season to
see how he would develop after his first year of
G.M.Tim Bezbatchenko introduces Greg Vanney as
head coach for Toronto FC 08-31 (Photo Credit:
But, his limited progression in systems and
analysis combined with what seemed like a bias
in his team selection, and substitution made me
believe that Nelsen release on Sunday
August 31st was inevitable
The good news however, is that the coaching
change was done with the Reds still in position
to make the playoffs, the bad news is that TFC
fans are beginning to have their doubts in a
franchise that has never made the playoffs.
those who may think that new coach
Greg Vanney’s hiring will affect the team I can
only assume that they did not watch Toronto FC
perform over the last 13 games under coach
Nelsen. Toronto FC won just one of its last six
games and three of its last 13.
So it goes without saying that if that trend
continued for the final 10 games the team would
have been out of the playoffs. There is no way
that such a situation should have been allowed
to occur after Nelsen was given every
opportunity to succeed in terms of player
personal, comfort and continuity.
Nelsen was also surrounded with some of the best
minds in the sporting business in G.M Tim
Bezbatchenko and Maple Leafs Sports and
Entertainment (MLSE) President and CEO Tim
Leiweke who freed up money for Nelsen to
practically walk his TFC team into Major League
Soccer (MLS) playoffs.
the few who are upset with the firing, maybe you
should also look into the way Dwayne De Rosario
was treated by Nelsen. As the most accomplished
Canadian player and one of the most accomplished
in the MLS, Nelsen selected rookies and players
who showed less ability and scope over Dwayne.
He took De Rosario off his 18-man roster against
(2-2) Chicago Fire and because he felt the heat
after Canada called up De Rosario as part of the
roster for the upcoming International friendly
against Jamaica on September 9 at BMO Field
Nelsen became politically motivated.
TFC needs effective ball possession game
Weather and field conditions can present
difficulties for a team to deliver according to
plan. But it does not negate the fact that the
two teams play under the same conditions and has
the same level of difficulty.
The Reds 1-0 home opener win at BMO Field
against DC United under tough conditions showed
that Toronto FC lacked team chemistry and the
second in a 1-0 loss against Colorado with
several starters out, looked like some players
were looking for individual glory.
a Bloody big deal with the marquee players
Coach Nelsen had a perfect
when his bench players stepped up and added
their contribution to the team's 2-0 victory in
Inflated egos were an anticipated problem by all the
attention that was paid to the TFC players heading into the
season. From where I sat in the Colorado
match it looked like the bench players may have
to be brought back down to earth if they want
extra playing time.
The disturbing part of this is that the team
still has a lot of work
to do since the visitors had the better of the
ball possession in the two home games.
The only solution for coach Nelsen is for the
players to continue to go down fighting on the road
start controlling the run of play at home. But that may be
easier said than done with Michael Bradley out
of the midfield due to injury.
been a major contributor to
TFC winning two of its three matches on the road
and with the next game on the road at FC Dallas
a win without ball
possession is acceptable. But before the home
fans the Reds has to
improve to instill confidence in the
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delivers with bench help
FC defeated Columbus Crew 2-0 at Crew stadium to
register it third win in four games. TFC star
midfielder Michael Bradley
scored the first goal when he surprised goalkeeper
Rodriguez with a scorcher from a tight angle at the
first post that gave Toronto FC early lead in the 11th
minute. Canadian international midfielder Issey
Nakajima-Farran came off the bench to score with a neat
deflection for the Reds to leave Columbus with a 2-0
Toronto FC line up were Forward Jermain Defoe,
Defender Doniel Henry, Alvaro Rey, and captain
and central defender Steven Caldwell.
strikes again for TFC second win
Defoe scored his third goal in two games as Toronto
Defeated DC United 1-0 in their Home Opener at BMO Field
in Toronto. It was the first game for Brazilian forward
Gilberto but unfortunately it seems like it was at the
expense of home town boy Dwayne De Rosario. It was a
noticeable omission since De Rosario holds the record as
the only player in the MLS who have scored against all
his previous teams. But player selection is coach
Nelsen's decision to make and he decided to sit De
Rosario as his team won its second game in as many
the best start the Toronto franchise has experienced
although DC United was more comfortable on the ball and
enjoyed the better of the ball
possession. It is the
second game that Toronto has won ugly but it takes a
good team to accomplish an ugly
win and start a winning
have been said about the condition of the field but for
me the more disruptive element has been the weather. It
seemed like because of the snow Toronto could not
practice at BMO Field as the team would have liked and
as a result the field may have well be that of DC United
for Toronto FC home opener.
two teams played on the same field and Toronto players
movement off the ball is lacking. There is no flank
penetration as TFC players are very hesitant to go
flat-out to the end-line
Jermain Defoe scored his third goal in two games as
Toronto Defeated DC United 1-0 in their Home Opener at
BMO Field in Toronto. It was the first game for
Brazilian forward Gilberto but unfortunately it seems
like it was at the expense of home town boy Dwayne De
Rosario. It was a noticeable omission since De Rosario
holds the record as the only player in the MLS who have
scored against all his previous teams. But player
selection is coach Nelsen's decision to make and he
decided to sit De Rosario as his team won its second
game in as many outings
Defoe Dazzles as TFC wins season opener
fans clamouring for a change fortunes
Toronto FC went out and signed English
International and Tottenham Hotspurs forward Jermain Defoe. It’s a Bloody Big Deal was the
headlines as the club kept up the momentum by
signing US International Michael Bradley and
Brazilian International goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Toronto FC major off season signing Jermain
Defoe proved that he still has the scoring touch
after scoring two goals in the Reds a 2-1
victory over Seattle Sounders for its first ever
season opener win. Defoe debut was a delightful moment for
Reds fans who have experienced more than their share
of busted deals. Defoe has been voted MLS Player
of the Week for his opening day performance
Michael Bradley was also impressive as he did
his impersonation of the energizer bunny by
putting relentless pressure on the ball to reset
most of the Sounders offensive surges. He also
came out on the better end of the battle of the US Internationals between
himself and Clint Dempsey although Dempsey
managed to score the Sounders'
Brazilian International goalkeeper Julio Cesar
also played a role in Toronto historic win. He made
crucial stops when they were needed and as a welcome change from
past seasons the Reds did not allow a late goal.
As a result, Red fans are on a high going into the
home opener against DC United at BMO Field in
Toronto on March 22nd.
every result will be a big deal in Toronto
Fasten your seat belts and prepare for Toronto FC
Bloody Big deal ride of 2014. The Reds are in a season
where they are preparing to land into the Major League
Soccer (MLS) playoffs for the very first time.
So that in itself is a big deal added to the fact that
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) as the parent
company of the club has put out big dollars to
secure marquee players for coach Ryan Nelsen to achieve
Tim Leiweke, as President and CEO of MLSE, and TFC
General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko can sit back, relax and
enjoy the ride in their first class seats since they
have delivered on their promise by ensuring quality
players are signed. At the
end of last season they
promised Reds fans that the club will recruit high
profile players in the offseason to enable the Reds to
make the elusive playoffs.
Designated Players (DP); English International and
Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermain Defoe, US
International and AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley and
Brazilian forward Gilberto Junior were signed, in
addition to the acquisition of two experience winners in
Dwayne De Rosario (Re-Entry Draft) and Brazilian
International goalkeeper Júlio César on loan from Queens
Park Rangers (QPR) of the Championship League in
are still pinching themselves to make sure that it is
not a dream, but barring injuries, the playoff is TFC spot
to lose. Having the privilege of covering the club
from day one it is refreshing to experience the positive
vibes and optimism in just about
every area of the organization.
started last season with the hiring of new coach Ryan
Nelsen and the impressive way he evaluated the games and
assessed the players in relation to the level of
competition in the League. Why this was not done sooner
is anyone's guess, but whatever the reason, it
seems like the Reds may have finally
a formula that should bring the desired results.
supporters should not miss a moment of what seems to be
a historic journey this season. Maple Leaf Sports and
Entertainment (MLSE) deserves a lot of credit for
bringing back Dero in a situation where he can now
experience the twilight of his career in his hometown.
The pieces to TFC success have all been delivered at the
doorsteps of TFC coach Ryan Nelsen ...Stay Tuned
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Toronto FC 2011 MLS Update
bounce back to win home opener
Toronto FC rode the wave of two timely goals
Javier Martina, to register a
2-0 win over the expansion Portland Timbers in front of 20,086
at BMO Field in downtown Toronto in sub-zero
TFC fans supported their team throughout the
match in spite of the temperatures which
seems to indicate that they have seemingly
gotten over their frustrations of last
season end, when the team failed to make the
playoffs and of their ticket price dispute
While a victory in the first at home is
usually a good start towards the healing
process, it is no secret that the win was
against the expansion Timbers and a loss
would have had devastating affect on the
fans that needs nothing less than a playoff
The Reds was coming off a 4-2 lost to the
Vancouver Whitecaps in a game which the Reds
played fairly well offensively, but could
not make heads or tails of what was required
in their defensive coverage.
But the Reds were welcome the team back home
with supportive banners which read, “Loyal
we started, loyal we remain”.
Toronto will be playing 4 of its first 6
games at home and with the fan support would
need positive results. Thanks to some nifty
clean up work by Dutchman Javier Martina,
the Reds got on track last Saturday with its
It was also Coach Aron Winter first career
win as a manager before a festive crowd at
BMO Field. The celebrations started as early
as the 14th minute, when De Rosario poked a
pass backwards to an incoming Martina who
drove the ball low pass the keeper and into
the Timbers net.
But Toronto’s has been in a giving mood this
season with generous turnovers in dangerous
position. This is a problem that Coach
Winters will have to sort out since it’s
beginning to look like his players may lack
confidence on the ball and a reshuffled back
line does not help.
Whatever the case, coach Winter had a full
week’s practice to sort out the problem
which was evident the previous game in
Vancouver. With his starting central back
Nana Attakora missing this game and expected
to return next Saturday, he needs to address
the problem head on.
It is obvious that coach Winter wants to
maintain his offensive 4-3-3 formation to
which I am a supporter, but that also goes
with the players having to move away from
formations which they have played for most
of their careers and keep more possession of
While Rome was not built in a day, I must
admit that Toronto FC has had a potent
offensive base on the formation. De
Rosario’s scored in transition against
Vancouver and Martina’s second goal is also
a tribute to the extra attacker available in
It was on a counter attack in the 70th
minute that Javier Martina was able to put
the game out of reach of the Portland
Timbers. Martina received a 60-yard pass
straight from goalkeeper Stefan Frei, which
he ran unto and scored with only one touch
over and beyond the ‘keepers reach.
However, in order for the Reds to win
decisively they will have to at least reduce
the giveaways in the middle area of the
field that is the most direct path to the
TFC goal. This should not be difficult since
Coach Winter made his living as a defensive
Granted Julian De Guzman is on the injured
list and has not played in the two matches.
But even De Guzman with his customary high
percentage of ball possession cannot control
when his team mate decides to turn the ball
What De Guzman can help and control is the
central area of the field where these
turnovers are allowed and are the most
dangerous. But until De Guzman returns coach
Winter will have to find a band-aid solution
which can stop the bleeding and to maintain
possession of the ball.
The Reds effectiveness of defending against
opposing strikers should be another area of
concern for coach Winter. Timbers forward
Kenny Cooper created havoc with TFC's back
line throughout the game and so did Eric
Hassli up front for the Whitecaps last week.
But jump high or jump low you can’t beat the
atmosphere at Toronto’s BMO Field where the
Reds fans are determine to maintain their
status as the best fans in the MLS league.
Toronto plays Chivas USA this Saturday at
BMO Field at 1pm (TSN). ....Stay Tuned
Whitecaps mobilize its 12th man to
win MLS debut over Toronto
Vancouver Whitecaps made an
impressive start to its
inaugural MLS season with a
decisive 4-2 victory over
Toronto FC. The game was played
before a sold out crowd of
22,592 here at Empire Field last
The Whitecaps rode the rhythm of
an energetic home crowd in a
highly entertaining match in
which the partisan crowd got its
money worth in thrills and
chills, after it was realized
that their Whitecaps four-goal
offensive outburst, did not make
them a clear cut winner.
The spotted Toronto FC
supporters on hand also had a
few joyous moments, but
unfortunately those moments were
half as much as the Whitecaps
fans enjoyed. The historic game
was yet another bench mark in
the winning tradition of the
Vancouver Whitecaps franchise
history as Designated Player
Eric Hassli registered the first
Vancouver Whitecaps goal while
Dwayne De Rosario’s scoring
mastery continues as he put a
halt to the Whitecaps extended
celebration which also included
a stoppage in play.
But captain cook did spoil their
fun somewhat as TFC Captain De
Rosario broke free down the
right side to score the Reds
equalizer to silence the crowd.
Then it was announced that De
Rosario’s goal was the 8,000
goal in MLS history.
The stoppage in play
occurred when Whitecaps FC
fans threw their packages of
white ponchos which they had
received from the team onto
the pitch as part Eric
Hassli historic first goal
celebration. It was a break
which I am sure worked well
into the Whitecaps player’s
It was also a moment in
which the Whitecaps
management could have
reflected on their years of
investment and the positive
way in which the city and
the team had reacted from
their two years wait to play
in the MLS after acceptance.
Though the stats sheet shows
De Rosario’s goal as being
scored five minutes after
the Whitecaps historic first
goal, the time which had
elapsed was much shorter due
to the celebration stoppage
of the Whitecaps as the
clock continued to tick.
Vancouver capitalized on Toronto
questionable flank coverage to
regain the lead, when Chiumiento was
allowed to dribble through the TFC
left side to set up Terry Dunfield's
who in turn beat Frei with a low
shot to the last post for a 2-1
What little ponchos were left was
thrown onto the field for Dunfield's
goal and a very exciting first half
of soccer ended with 5 minutes of
extra time added on. The first MLS
game in Vancouver was providing a
high level of soccer and excellent
two days of rain and overcast
condition prior to the game, the sun
appeared two hours before kick off.
This set the stage for an
electrifying atmosphere at Empire
Field Stadium where the city came
out in white to support its new MLS
The fact that the Whitecaps never
trailed in the contest made life a
lot easier for the Whitecaps
faithful but they were aware that
Toronto was pushing forward in
search of the equalizer before the
However, Toronto lack of confidence
on the ball was Vancouver's gain.
Harris opened up a 3-1 lead in the
63rd minute when he converted on a
Russell Teibert corner kick which
found its way to the steady
struggled to get into a rhythm, and
while swiveling the ball beautifully
across its back four there was no
movement in the central midfield
position to create alternative
plays. Hence the Reds flank plays
were predictable and getting the
ball to the byline was extremely
Vancouver went ahead 4-1 in the 72nd
minute when Hassli scored his second
of the game to set up an
embarrassing situation for Toronto
FC to be blown out. The fact that Hassli scored in an empty net from a
2 and 1 breakaway on goalkeeper Frei
did not help the situation either.
But give Toronto FC credit. At a
time when many teams would have
folded, the Reds responded with a
Maicon Santos scored in the 74th
minute. Maicon's goal was a bullet
from the left side just outside the area.
His left footed cannon whisk passed
goalkeeper Joy Nolly who did not
even have time to think far less
move. It was undoubtedly the goal of
the game, but Vancouver four
goals were enough as the 'Caps rode
the momentum of their home crowd to
win their debut game in the MLS 4-2.
Vancouver travels to play
Philadelphia while the Reds will
have to make defensive adjustment to
face the expansion Portland Timbers
at BMO this Saturday at 2pm.
Whitecaps coach cautiously optimistic against Toronto FC
what will be Major League Soccer
(MLS) first ever all Canadian
chances against the restructured
Toronto FC at Empire Field on
Saturday afternoon. Under new head
coach and Technical Director Aron
Winter, Toronto's 4-year franchise
will be severely tested by their
arch rivals. If Whitecaps has an
edge it will be in its team
chemistry from building around its
USSL Division 2 team of last season
before its home crowd.
MLS opens with TFC vs Vancouver
On Saturday March 19, 2011,
Vancouver Whitecaps will face
Toronto FC to open their inaugural
season in Major League Soccer (MLS),
and will have the luxury of playing
in front of their energetic home
crowd at Empire Stadium in Downtown
Though the Whitecaps may have a few
nervous energies to start their
first match in the MLS, it may be
safe to say that Toronto FC under
new coach Aron Winter will have
share of anxieties depending on the
run of play and final score of the
Toronto FC has a front loaded 2011
MLS schedule and will be playing at
BMO Field regularly towards the
early part of the season. With 4
years seniority advantage over the
Whitecaps in the MLS, Toronto FC is
favored to gain a positive result on
However, Toronto preseason record is
2-5-2 while Vancouver is 4-5-2.
Vancouver has nothing to lose
besides in a mere opening match of
its first MLS season, and is in the
driver's seat, while Toronto FC has
a lot to lose especially as the
defending Nutrilite Canadian
Whitecaps FC can suffice its home
fans with a close final score and a
good competitive performance while
the Reds and coach Winter may have
to win on Saturday to show that the
organization has made the right
choices after making full scale
changes in the off season.
After accepting Toronto FC as the
first Canadian franchise in 2007,
the American run MLS league has
opened its doors to its northern
neighbours by including Vancouver for
its 2011 season and allowing
Montreal Impact to debut as the
third Canadian team in 2012.
Toronto FC has made the MLS and
Canada proud through its ability to
market the sport of soccer in
Toronto and Canada, while Vancouver
Whitecaps is a safe bet to be a
successful Canadian franchises in
the MLS based on its experience as a
Vancouver has the experience,
expertise and a history of winning
championships, while Toronto FC has
proven that one can also be a very
quick learner with savvy business
skills to survive in the soccer
While TFC has been promoted as the
blue print for soccer franchises in
North America, the Reds has found it
extremely difficult to facilitate
the number one fans in the league by
making the MLS playoffs since its
In trying to change the tides for
the 2011 season, the Reds
organization has made household
changes in the off season and hired
former German soccer star and now
business consultant Jurgen Klinsmann
who in turn brought in Dutchman Aron
Winter as the coach.
The Reds much publicized problem of
the past is an area in which
Vancouver is miles ahead. TFC set up
its operation based on a 1-man show
with Mo Johnson holding all the
cards on all important soccer
During his TFC tenure Mo Johnson was
the Coach, Technical Director,
General Manager, and Director of
Soccer Operations in an inexperience
franchise to soccer. In contrast,
Vancouver Whitecaps has been in
existence since 1974 and played in
the USSF Division II League in 2010.
Combined with a rich soccer history,
winning is also part of the
Whitecaps tradition. Whitecaps FC
won the NASL Soccer Bowl
championship IN 1979 and from 1987
to 1992, won 4 straight CSL titles
as a member of the Canadian Soccer
Since 2004, Whitecaps FC have won 2
United Soccer Leagues 1st Division
championships and two USL W-League
championships. The Whitecaps has
playing facilities, and will be
moving from Empire Field where they
will open the season to the new BC
Place Stadium in early October.
However, not to be totally
overlooked, Toronto FC has won back
to back Nutrilite Canadian
Championships in 2009-2010 over the
likes of Montreal Impact and these
same Vancouver Whitecaps and should
not be taken lightly, in spite of
its growing pains.
With a big difference in the history
of these two franchises, there is no
doubt that both coaches Aron Winter
and Teitur Thordarson of the
Whitecaps will be going to win the
game on Saturday. Tune in on
Saturday on TSN at 6:30PM, to watch
Canada's biggest soccer cities do
Whitecap experience in the business
should be its biggest asset, but
watching at the two team's off
season player acquisition and
requirement preference I think only
Saturday will tell which tale of the
tapes holds the advantage.
Stay Tuned right here, for more
updates on the Whitecaps and Toronto
FC clash direct from Vancouver.
Stars SR to Release 4-REAL Magazine
Stars Soccer Review
magazine is called 4-REAL and it features Portuguese
captain and Real Madrid's star forward Cristiano (CR7) Ronaldo on the cover.
magazine has covered David Beckham (Back to
Basics), Thierry Henry (Accomplished) and Lionel Messi
football assets in our earlier volumes. In this Volume
12 we will be featuring Cristiano Ronaldo
physical attributes which is the best
football fans have seen in a top footballer
since the sport has been revolutionized.
Over the better part of a highly competitive
six years of football there is a concensus
that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is
the two best players in the world.
what has been reported as
the most highly competitive last six years in
soccer/football there has been a consensus that
the two best footballers in the world are
both playing in Spain’s La Liga. Beyond the
biases it should
come as no surprise that the two players are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
at Stars Soccer Review
magazine we have established that Lionel Messi
unstoppable player based on his quickness,
low sense of gravity and creativity. There
was no debate to Thierry Henry's
accomplished world cup record and signature
did do not agree with the terminology of
anyone being the
best ever since as mentioned it is a
disrespect to past and future players and
virtually impossible to determine over-time.
Even while we may all agree on the two best
players at present, the emergence of Brazil’s star
players and Barcelona leading scorer Neymar
could make for a completely different
conclussion in the next year or two.
what is for certain is that beyond the biases, beyond the
crests, beyond the numbers you'll find
the player with the best physical attributes
in Cristiano Ronaldo. For anyone to question
such an obvious and compelling visual
observation is to try to defy logic.
With a big difference in the history
of these two franchises, there is no
doubt that both coaches Aron Winter
and Teitur Thordarson of the
Whitecaps will be going to win the
game on Saturday. Tune in on
Saturday on TSN at 6:30PM, to watch
Canada's biggest soccer cities do