With our options limited and a match against Chivas USA coming up, the news that Torsten Frings and Adrian Cann are about ready to return is probably the best news that any Toronto FC supporter could get right now. While most aren’t holding their breaths for this weekend, a return by these two crucial pieces of the Reds’ midfield will be most welcome.
If you were party to the Montreal match, let’s just say leaving the already tenuous backline to its own devices is a bad idea. Frings is the field marshal, while Cann is a stablizing force. Combine them together and you get
an immediate presence in the backline that defenders can gather around.
After a heated affair in Toronto last Wednesday, we’re ready for round 2 of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-final between Santos Laguna and Toronto FC. Much has been made of the officiating by the Mexican side, with the word “gringo” being thrown around like it was beads at Mardi Gras including at the American referee Ricardo Salazar.
Our Toronto writer John is in Los Angeles covering the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal for Waking the Red. He gathered together a panel of Los Angeles Galaxy writers, including his gay4soccer associate Tommy, at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles for a CCL match preview
It only took 20 minutes for Toronto FC to put LA Galaxy in a position they had rarely experienced in their 2011 MLS Cup-winning campaign: On the wrong side of a two-goal differential.
Ryan Johnson and Luis Silva put away two confident strikes to give the hosts a commanding lead over the tournament favorites before a boisterous crowd of 47,568 at Rogers Centre last evening. The lead poised Toronto to head into next week’s away leg with firm control over their future.
But Los Angeles had other plans and would narrow the lead a little over ten minutes later from a Mike Magee finish. The visitors would equalize the score in the match’s dying minutes after Landon Donovan slotted home a loose ball left in the penalty area after a David Beckham corner kick.
My favourite moment? It would have to be the 3-0 win in Dallas last year that secured passage into the CONCACAF Champions League knockout rounds. Never before have we reached such lofty heights in any competition — sure, the MLS Cup playoffs are nice, but besides a shiny trophy they get us nowhere fast. Having a one-in-eight shot of going to the Club World Cup to face big name teams from other continents? (With a few Mexican teams and a certain underwear-flaunting ex-English national teamer standing in the way…)
What am I looking forward to? Definitely the Toronto-Montreal rivalry. For the first time since the old NASL, Toronto and Montreal will be playing in the same top-level soccer league in North America…and what a way to restart the rivalry: we’ll be playing at least five games against one another: three league matches, and two matches in the Canadian Championship.
Sorry Vancouver, but you’ll always have Cascadia!
It’s the day that most TFC supporters (like myself) have been waiting for — and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. In two days, 45,000 will be packing the Skydome (or Rogers Centre, if you so prefer) for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
While it’s going to be understandable that some in the audience (you know who you are) who will be looking at Beck’s assets instead of the match itself, TFC’s supporters’ groups are already promising an all-out display in the stands to help the Reds leave for LA with an advantage. While I won’t give anything away, all I can say is…whatever you’ve seen from the TV from BMO, was child’s play.
It’s been a long time since NBC released their schedule for all the stateside teams, but yesterday TSN here in Canada released the national TV schedule for their networks. All in all, 36 matches featuring at least one of the Canadian teams will be shown by the network, with 18 of them featuring Toronto FC.
Every all-Canadian match will be shown on the main TSN network, while the same family of networks will carry the MLS Cup final and the All-Star Game from Philadelphia. This of course means all the remaining league and Champions League will likely be found on the premium cable channel GOL TV Canada, while the Canadian Championship will be shown on Rogers Sportsnet.
So over half of our matches will be shown nationally. Can’t complain about that now!
It’s been rumoured for a couple of days, but it’s finally been announced — TFC is looking for a new “face”: the person who will represent the team, and appear in all of its promotional and game day videos.
Naturally your correspondent, being a supporter, has entered (all you lovely readers can vote for me here) — but when I was entering, I was sort of thinking: while I am using my “outsider” status as a campaign platform, is it perhaps the place to campaign for inclusiveness?
While I ultimately decided against it, it did get me thinking: if your team held such a contest, would you base a part of your entry on diversity? And do you think it would be a vote winner?
I’d like to hear from you!
(P.S.: Have I mentioned you could vote for me here?)
What could make Disney World even better than Gay Days?
No, not more princesses…you got it, pro soccer. More specifically, MLS teams playing in a pre-season tournament. Instead of heading for the Carolina Challenge Cup like we have for the past four seasons, the Reds are heading to Florida for a third straight year for the 2012 Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.
I don’t know if this is a good thing, but when the news of the day is a former Rongen prodigy is getting a trial with the team, it seems bound to be a slow news week, TFC-wise.
For the first time in our short six-year existence, we didn’t really have to start afresh again. After Johnston, Carver, Dasovic and Preki, it seems we’ve got a nice zen-like state going. We’ve got a full assortment of players, and with the additions of Miguel Aceval and Geovanny Caicedo along with the resigning of Richard Eckersley, we are heading into First Kick 2012 with the least drama since…ever.
If it was a reality show, it’d probably be cancelled by now. For a blogger like me — it gives me little to tell you about. Even before a ball has been kicked in anger (which will be soon, the Disney Cup — or as some of my colleagues in the TFC blogosphere like to call it, the Mickey Mouse Cup), this calm, it’s so…unusual.
Maybe this is what it’s like to have stability for once? I guess it’s sort of like a long-term relationship…let’s hope we can get a ring on that!