• Duane Rollins

      Covering the world’s game from a Canadian perspective, the 24th Minute has been at the forefront for Toronto FC coverage since 2008. It is the source for breaking news, analysis and all things Canadian soccer.

    • Michael Crampton

      Mike Crampton has been an avid follower of Canadian club soccer and participant in the emergent Canadian soccer supporters scene for over a decade. When not playing, watching, or writing about the game he continues to serve the grassroots as an administrator at the local level. You can follow Mike on Twitter @BHTC_Mike

    • James Grossi

      James began covering the game in 2011 after a slow process of two decades saw him gradually consumed by it. He contributes to The Shin Guardian, Waking the Red, and had a piece featured in Issue Two of The Blizzard, as well as maintaining his own site, Partially Obstructed View. He covers the rest of MLS in the hope of providing context to fans on the edge.

    • MLS to break for WCQ

      Reports from Toronto are suggesting that it will be an early start to the 2012 MLS season.

      Speaking at the annual season ticket holders town hall meeting yesterday, TFC executives said that the 2012 season is expected to start on the week of March 10. If history is any indication that would mean the First Kick game would go Thursday, March 8.

      It would represent the earliest start to am MLS season. The league wants to break for each of the three World Cup qualifying breaks in 2012, thus necessitating the early kick-off.

      It was indicated that the league plans to play a 34 game schedule again. How that schedule would be composed was not revealed.

      It's highly unlikely that TFC would play March home dates at BMO Field because of the cost associated with getting the pitch ready. It was strongly suggested that if the Reds advance to the CONCACAF Champions League that the games would be played at Rogers Centre, the near 50,000 seat home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

      At the meeting it was also suggested that TFC fans "circle April 7 on their calendar," leading some to speculate that would be the date of the first MLS game between historic rivals Montreal and Toronto.
      Comments 12 Comments
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Nice of MLS to finally start acting like a real league.
      1. Fhurion's Avatar
        Fhurion -
        Good call on the breaks. I don't see why they can't just start earlier every year with the opening games ceded to southern/warmer climate clubs. I'd love to see MLS maintain a balanced sched through 20th team expansion and this would be feasible if they A) started earlier and B) limited international friendlies to 1 or 2 "Friendly Weekends" (as per your suggestion on the pod, Duane). Here's hoping they get it.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        So circle Easter Weekend for the trip to Montreal.
      1. mastermixer's Avatar
        mastermixer -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        So circle Easter Weekend for the trip to Montreal.
        Or for them to make the trip to Toronto.
      1. Tuscan's Avatar
        Tuscan -
        Will definitely have to contemplate taking the flight to whichever of the two hosts for this one. Also very exciting to see what kind of tifo appears for this one as well. I sure hope you guys cook up some massive ideas for it, the more recognition and publicity the better (lets get some pyro in there, s'il-vous plait!)
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Please please please let Montreal come to Toronto on Easter Weekend. I sure as hell know my marriage is over if I am forced to leave my family at Easter! ;-)
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        TFC: ruining marriages and making men single since 2007
      1. CanadianSoccerFan's Avatar
        CanadianSoccerFan -
        To be fair, MLS is already breaking for all three FIFA windows this fall
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I don't see to point in suggesting a move to the 50,000 seat Rogers Centre for Champions League when you
        can't sell out bmo.
        Would it not make to concentrate on selling out a 20,000 first???
      1. Marc B.'s Avatar
        Marc B. -
        Wonder if Klinsmann played a part in this?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        @unregistered 7:28

        The second round of the CCL will be at the SkyDome (I refuse to call it by any other name) because March 6-8 & 13-15. The field will not be ready as the article stats about the start of the MLS season.
      1. Newby112's Avatar
        Newby112 -
        No way it should be held at Rogers Centre. One of the reasons this club started off as successful was becauseof stadium atmosphere. The Rogers centre takes that away, image 10,000 in the 50,000 seat stadium. It just sucks the life right out of the place.
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