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      by Published on 04-22-2014 01:09 PM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact,
      5. Canada

      An extension to Canadian Soccer News’ MLS Week in Review, this article provides a closer look at the performances of the Canadian players who saw the pitch this week.

      As suckers for getting on the score-sheet, Issey Nakajima-Farran and Rob Friend take the top two spots this week, while third could go to any number of players for strong, if unspectacular, outings this round – special mention for Maxim Tissot, who made his first appearance of the season for Montreal.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 04-21-2014 06:04 PM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact

      The seventh round of MLS took place over the Easter Weekend – chocolate and soccer, does it get any better than that?

      Leaving aside the midweek fixture for a moment, nine matches were played through the weekend, resulting in five draws (including a pair of scoreless ones) and the return of a sense of normalcy with just one away win.

      Goals were again at a premium with a mere nineteen tallied, including two from the spot – though Chicago fluffed the third, another glorious chance for a winner at the death – and another own-goal, this one off the head of Montreal’s Callum Mallace.

      Though some were reluctant to make the tough calls this round, the referees found another way to insert themselves into matches with 28 yellow cards and some six reds - four straight and a pair of double-yellows – most of which were controversial, raising the ire of coaches around the league.

      Before the results, the goals of the round: ...
      by Published on 04-21-2014 09:35 AM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Canada

      So, Toronto lost. Gilberto was robbed (and needs to score soon, eh?). Bradley looks exhausted.

      It's 3-3 after six games. Many people thought two wins would be a possibility after what was undoubtably a tough start to the schedule. So, three wins is OK. But, they were 3-1. So two straight losses is disappointing.

      In short, TFC in a MLS team. That's more than we could have claimed for most of the last seven years so we take it and we move on.

      But, this week's column isn't really about TFC. We have all year to talk TFC. We only have today to talk about the first ever home game of a new Canadian pro team.

      The Ottawa Fury launched Saturday. I was privileged to be there.
      ...
      by Published on 04-19-2014 08:00 AM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC

      Toronto FC is set for a visit to Frisco, Texas Saturday evening for a match against table-topping FC Dallas and, as has been the case since the loss to Real Salt Lake in late March, injuries remain the major dilemma.

      Jermain Defoe has, to date, still scored more than half the team’s goals but, for the third straight game, will be unavailable. Now Dwayne De Rosario, who had become a virtual starter-by-default in Defoe’s absence, has joined the Englishman on the injured list.

      While Reds fans will be less concerned, some degree of reshuffling will also be necessary in the midfield. ...
      by Published on 04-15-2014 02:46 PM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact,
      5. Canada

      An extension to Canadian Soccer News’ MLS Week in Review, this article provides a closer look at the performances of the Canadian players who saw the pitch this week.

      The top three spots this round go to an imperious Will Johnson, a tenacious Russell Teibert, and dead-ball specialist, Kyle Bekker, with honourable mentions for Karl Ouimette, Jordan Hamilton, Tesho Akindele, and Kofi Opare.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 04-14-2014 01:02 PM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact

      After the goal-explosion of the past two weekends, MLS can be forgiven for coming back earth in round six.

      Nine matches took place over the weekend, with eight on Saturday and a lone Sunday fixture in San Jose, resulting in four draws and two more away wins.

      It should be noted that no match was decided by more than a single goal this weekend, indicative of that much-discussed parity. The last few seasons of MLS have been marked by one or two teams falling away from the pack, propping up the league from their position in the basement – based on the opening salvos, it is hard to say whether that will be the case this season as no team has looked entirely out of its depth.

      A mere twenty goals were scored this round, a stark contrast with last round’s 31, though by rights there could have been at least one more, had not the penalty kick been well-saved in Philadelphia. Of course, Stephen Keel would have rather there been one less, his own-goal drew the natural reaction to such a situation – head in hands.

      With the calming of the action came a calming of the officials, who, in the more-mellow spirit of the round, flashed just 28 yellow cards and did not eject a single player this weekend – were it not for the eight-card monte in Dallas, a very chippy match indeed, that number would be further reduced. In fact, there were two ‘clean’ matches this round that did not see a single booking.

      All told it was a weekend of top goal-scorers continuing their good form, winless sides extending their search for elusive victories, immediate dividends from an early season trade, and one heart-warming tale, at a much-needed time.

      Before the results, the goals of the round: ...
      by Published on 04-11-2014 12:01 PM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC

      Saturday, springtime and, on the back of a statement win in Columbus, the sense that maybe, just maybe, the long winter of Toronto FC has finally come to an end. Visits by the Colorado Rapids have regularly brought joy before, even in seasons where the most minute traces of joy were hard to find. Should that pattern continue TFC will have begun an important second phase to their season in the same way they began (and completed) the first.

      Yes, mark it down: weather included, Reds supporters should be fully looking forward to attending a match at BMO Field!

      Not that Colorado can be discounted or taken for granted. ...

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