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Toronto FC Update 2008  

  

Toronto FC 2008 Schedule

date

opponent

time (ET) / result

attendance

 

March

 

03/29 - Saturday

@ Columbus Crew

L, 2-0

13,843

 

April

 

04/05 - Saturday

@ D.C. United

L, 4-1

20,161

 

04/13 - Sunday

@ Los Angeles Galaxy

W, 3-2

20,426

 

04/19 - Saturday

Real Salt Lake

W, 1-0             .

20,219

 

04/26 - Saturday

Kansas City Wizards

W, 2-0

20,045

 

May

 

05/01 - Thursday

New York Red Bulls

T, 1-1

19,816

 

05/17 - Saturday

Columbus Crew

T, 0-0

20,358

 

05/21 - Wednesday

D.C. United

W, 1-0

19,791

 

05/24 - Saturday

@ D.C. United

L, 3-2

18,647

 

05/31 - Saturday

Los Angeles Galaxy

W, 2-0

20,096

 

June

 

06/07 - Saturday

@ Houston Dynamo

L, 3-1.

 

 

a06/14 - Saturday

Colorado Rapids

W, 3-1.

20,135

 

06/21 - Saturday

Kansas City Wizards

T, 0-0

20,293

 

06/28 - Saturday

@ New England Revolution

L, 2-1

 

 

July

 

07/05 - Saturday Pachuca - Carlsberg Cup L, 1-1 (4-3)  PKs)

18,097

07/09 - Wednesday @ Vancouver Whitecaps % T, 2-2  

07/12 - Saturday

@ Chicago Fire

L, 2-1

15,118

 

07/15 - Tuesday Independiente & L, 1-0

18,741

07/19 - Saturday

San Jose Earthquakes

T, 0-0

20,264

 

07/22 - Tuesday Montreal Impact % T, 0-0

20,107

Thursday, July 24

 

2008 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game at BMO Field - Toronto, Canada

 

MLS All-Stars

West Ham United

MLS 3, WHU 2

20,844

 

07/28 - Monday

@ Real Salt Lake

L, 2-1

12,319

 

August

 

08/03 - Sunday

FC Dallas

L, 2-0

20,247

 

08/09 - Saturday

@ Colorado Rapids

W, 1-0

11,752

 

08/17 - Sunday

@ New York Red Bulls

L, 2-0

11,119

 

08/23 - Saturday

New England Revolution

T, 1-1

20,461

 

08/30 - Saturday

@ Chivas USA

L, 2-1

12,561

 

September

 

09/06 - Saturday

Chivas USA

L, 3-1

19,863

 

09/13 - Saturday

Columbus Crew

T, 1-1

19,657

 

09/20 - Saturday

@ Kansas City Wizards

L, 2-0

8,270

 

09/27 - Saturday

Houston Dynamo

T, 1-1

20,074

 

October

 

10/04 - Saturday

@ New York Red Bulls

W, 3-1

13,756

 

10/11 - Saturday

@ FC Dallas

T, 2-2

14,114 

 

10/18 - Saturday

Chicago Fire

W, 3-2

20,294

 

10/25 - Saturday

@ San Jose Earthquakes

L, 2-0

 10,526

 

Sunday, November 23

 

MLS Cup 2008 - Home Depot Center - Carson, CA

3:30 p.m.

....

 

 

 Toronto FC cannot wait to play in the friendly confines of BMO Field after losing their first two games on the road to Columbus Crew 2-0 and DC United 4-1. The Reds boost  the best fans in the MLS after the team played before a sold out BMO Field for the entire 2007 season. Stay Tuned! 

 

Johnston makes move to TFC front office

 

Mo Johnston has moved to the executive offices at BMO Field as the manager and Director of Soccer Operations of the Toronto FC while Englishman John Carver, 43, was hired to fill the coach position. Johnston said he was ecstatic with the chance to manage the club as he can now devote his time to finding the best available players for Toronto FC. "I'm really excited at the chance to try a totally new challenge," he said. "It's a great opportunity to step into a job like this having been involved with the team from the outset."

Mo Johnston is confident that his move to the front office would not impact the TFC team performance and the 6-17-7 record of last season should be attainable and improved by new coach John Carver that is providing the team is not hit with the amount of injuries it suffered last season.

"John is someone who is very organized and he has a good eye for talent," Johnston said. "He brings extensive experience from the Champions League and the Premiership." Carver will consult with Johnston over personnel decisions, and long-term player procurement planning.   

"We are pleased to expand Mo Johnston's duties to club manager and director of soccer operations," said Tom Anselmi, chief operating officer for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. "Mo will continue to be responsible for all aspects of soccer operations and we are providing him with more resources to support his objectives."

Toronto FC opens their preseason Feb. 4 in Bradenton, Florida. The season kicks off March 29 in Columbus against the Crew. The club's home opener is set for Sat. April 19 against Real Salt Lake.
Mike Ulmer is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.

 

TFC grab five players with top-level college experience for 2008             

Toronto FC's selected Julius James and Pat Phelan in the first round of the MLS 2008 Super Draft James, who is also a Trinidad and Tobago youth international, anchored the back line for a strong University of Connecticut side, while Phelan's consistency and versatility helped Wake Forest University win the NCAA championship

Mo Johnston and his staff compiled another promising group of young talent as TFC grabbed five players with top-level college beginning with highly touted defenders Julius James and Pat Phelan in the first round,

 

"It's going to be a process, and my mind is really open," said James, who was quick to cite Toronto's large West Indian community as a major factor that should ease his adjustment to a new environment. "So I'll have to go through a very steep learning curve, and I hope the technical staff and the guys over there are going to help me with that."

 

Johnston clearly believes that both players possess the ability to make a splash on par with Edu's MLS Rookie of the Year performance in 2007. "We are delighted to have two players of the quality of Julius and Pat," said Johnston. "Both had superb senior years and we think they are capable of battling for a place in our first eleven.

 

From what we have seen and heard they have all the attributes to be solid professionals."

Phelan's college teammate Brian Edwards soon joined him in TFC colors, as the Reds sent allocation money to the LA Galaxy in exchange for the 28th overall pick and selected the former Demon Deacons goalkeeper.

 

 Edwards was delighted to join his fellow Wake product, and in light of Toronto's struggles between the posts in 2007, expressed high hopes for garnering significant playing time in his rookie season.

"As a player, you're very competitive and you always want to challenge for those minutes on the field, and I feel like this is a great situation to do that," said Edwards. "I'm really looking forward to it."

 

"I'm just really excited to play in that environment in Toronto," said Edwards. "I know they sell out all their games, and you could hear them here over the course of the draft giving some of the other fans a little bit of stick. As for me, I'm going to put all my efforts forward, just going to lay it out on the line for them, and hopefully they'll really respect that."

 

Johnston selected defender Mike Zaher, a former U.S. youth international, in the third round (30th pick overall) before using TFC's final draft selection to take a flyer on striker Joseph Lapira with the 35th overall slot.

The Notre Dame standout and 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner holds an Irish passport and is understood to be strongly considering the European club opportunities that it opens up. But should Lapira wind up in MLS, Toronto will own the rights to a prospect worthy of a first-round pick.

 

Even more promising, TFC's fanatical fan support and cozy BMO Field home have already established the young club as an inviting destination for quality players.

 

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