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    • Wilt to Toronto: Make it happen

      56 points, MLS Cup champions. 48 points, playoff berth. 57 points, second over all and MLS Cup finalists. 53 points, second over all and semi-finalists. 37 points, playoff berth. 53 points, Supporter’s Shield champions, MLS Cup finalists.

      The first six seasons of the Chicago Fire. It’s enough to make a Toronto FC fan weep. Yes, it was during the so-called MLS 1.0 era, but even with that caveat it’s an impressive run – only one off-season and two major championships. If it weren’t for goal differential, the Fire would have added two more Supporter’s Shields as well.

      From its launch, Chicago was one of the league’s brightest stars and it remains a solid club that is always in the mix. However, the years highlighted were the glory years. And, the man that was ultimately behind that early success was Peter Wilt.

      Wilt was fired by the Fire in 2005. The fans did not react well to the move. Tifos were made. The supporter’s refused to take their seats for the first eight minutes of a game. They demanded answers that they never received.

      See, Wilt was unique in management. Although he was successful on the business side of things – Wilt was behind the move to a soccer specific stadium – he was primarily known as a “soccer guy” – with an emphasis on the word “soccer” (as opposed to football). He was also the first MLS executive to reach out and build significant relationships with the rowdy, loud and occasionally over-served fans that sit behind the goals.

      An argument can be made that without Wilt, and the successful relationship he built with Section 8 in Chicago, many of the current supporter’s groups in other cities would have never been given the chance to grow and succeed. He was the first to see the groups as a benefit, rather than a pain in the ass.

      For his effort he’s effectively been shut out from any other MLS management jobs. There has likely never been a better example of the country club nature of MLS ownership than Wilt’s continued unemployment. Name another example of a sports executive or coach that has had that type of success, but who has failed to find work. Ted Nolan in hockey, maybe? It makes little sense.

      CSN confirmed that Wilt reached out to Toronto FC both originally in 2006 and following Mo Johnston’s firing (and CSN advocated for him to be hired at the time). We’ve been told that he reached out following Aron Winter’s dismissal too.

      It’s time TFC reached back. It’s been seven years since Wilt worked in MLS. He’s clearly been blackballed for some reason.

      That’s criminal.

      Hire him Toronto. Yesterday.
      Comments 17 Comments
      1. DCorr's Avatar
        DCorr -
        For what role - as a president-type to oversee TFC and have Mariner report to him, or are you saying fire Mariner?
      1. Duane Rollins's Avatar
        Duane Rollins -
        As head of soccer operations. It would be his call on all soccer hires, including whether to keep Mariner.

        I suspect he would, but what I want is a guy in charge that knows the sport and the league and that can re-gain the trust of the fans.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Bad example of Ted Nolan. He was fucking and fucking-with players wives. You do that wrong and you will never work again....maybe this Wilt guy has the same issue...
      1. Dcorr's Avatar
        Dcorr -
        Quote Originally Posted by Duane Rollins View Post
        As head of soccer operations. It would be his call on all soccer hires, including whether to keep Mariner.

        I suspect he would, but what I want is a guy in charge that knows the sport and the league and that can re-gain the trust of the fans.
        I agree with you Duane.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        It makes so much sense that MLSE will never do it.
      1. Initial B's Avatar
        Initial B -
        I looked up some online info about him and he seems solid. There must be some reason he's not being offered jobs. That's what worries me. Perhaps he is focussed on developing 442 hoofball formations?
      1. Panos Kelamis's Avatar
        Panos Kelamis -
        I am sorry Duane, but unless you have been working on this article for a while it seems that you are taking an idea that was up on Grantland since August 30th - http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-tr...-of-peter-wilt
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        That Grantland article is interesting. One thing it mention's is that Wilt believes in openess and transparency. Definitely attributes I wouldn't use to discribe the idiots currently running TFC. I doubt Anselmi is interested in a guy with qualities like that.
      1. Panos Kelamis's Avatar
        Panos Kelamis -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        That Grantland article is interesting. One thing it mention's is that Wilt believes in openess and transparency. Definitely attributes I wouldn't use to discribe the idiots currently running TFC. I doubt Anselmi is interested in a guy with qualities like that.
        Yeah the Grantland article is a solid read . . . . I doubt someone who is open and transparent will fit in at TFC. In my opinion, they (TFC Front Office) will claim they are open and forthright via Paul B's twitter feed, but in reality it is a cryptic mess inside that organization
      1. Initial B's Avatar
        Initial B -
        The article on building a team is also enlightening - showing how many of the top teams keep a core of players and coaches together for 4 or 5 years. I can't even name one TFC player who has been around for that length of time. I can't name a coach who has been around for more than two years. Is there any doubt as to why TFC is so terrible?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I read that Grantland article a few days back too. I agree with Duane that it sounds like a great idea to have him come to Toronto and take over soccer operations. He can be the guy with the vision and hire managers that will support that vision. Then finally we can have a long term solution that lasts longer than a year.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Panos Kelamis View Post
        I am sorry Duane, but unless you have been working on this article for a while it seems that you are taking an idea that was up on Grantland since August 30th - http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-tr...-of-peter-wilt
        From August 2010:
        http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/sh...o-Peter-Wilt-a

        Duane
      1. Poor Service's Avatar
        Poor Service -
        Solid article D
      1. Panos Kelamis's Avatar
        Panos Kelamis -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Saw that as well when I did a search but the podcast isn't working . . . reason for my comment was that with the Grantland article and your article it seemed rather familiar, just wanted to keep you on your toes . . . I am sure you get your fair shake of crap from enough people, didn't mean to pile on, just wanted to see if you were sitting on it for a while
      1. pudgym29's Avatar
        pudgym29 -
        I owe so much of my soccer expertise due to Peter Wilt.
        I am so much on the outside of the contemporary Chicago soccer market - it is not funny.
        He might retweet content from this blog; but not this reply.
        Through the mid 2000s, even after the Chicago Soccer FanAddicts booster club dissolved {I could not save it. }, I published a print zine, "Incendiary Words", in which I put out text on a spectrum of soccer activities, unconfined to the Chicago area. As such, I got more inquiries from out-of-market persons than those in northeastern Illinois.
        I bought a season ticket for the FIRE when they signed Tony Sanneh. Then, weeks later, Peter Wilt was discharged.
        I ascribed the reason being - in the meantime, the Major Indoor Soccer League [III] team in Chicago, the STORM, which played their games at the UIC Pavilion, and whose schedule had been known since September 2005, found their last home game of the year being played at the same time as the FIRE home opener. The STORM pulled forward their game by 6 hours.
        And then Peter Wilt offered a discount on tickets to the FIRE home opener that night v San Jose to those with a STORM ticket stub.
        This perturbed MLS to the extent that he was terminated that next Tuesday!
        MLS would prefer to believe that it is the only professional soccer conglomeration in the USA. Lord have mercy if any of its sides lose to lower division sides in the U.S. Open Cup. {This is why some of its sides do not take it seriously.} Acknowledging the existance of the bastard indoor soccer (w| barriers ~ so it's not FIFA's version) is a no-no, and a severe one at that.
        Mind you, Toronto has had forays at indoor soccer. The last attempt, the SHOOTING STARS, being a bad example (but not a worse one than I had). (Nick De Santis scored the last Game-winning-goal for my indoor soccer team.) MLS knows that were Peter Wilt to be hired for one of its sides, he would be accomodating to indoor soccer. MLS does not want there to be any soccer with which it doesn't have an investment or interest.
        I wish you success at convincing MLS to allow Peter Wilt to be hired by Toronto F.C. I doubt it will allow it.
        If it did, I would be willing to move from Chicago to Toronto to work in its front office.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Bad example of Ted Nolan. He was fucking and fucking-with players wives. You do that wrong and you will never work again....maybe this Wilt guy has the same issue...
        That is pure an utter rubbish. It had nothing to do with players and their wives and more to do with his relationship with John Muckler. But the former makes for a juicier rumour.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Looks like Earl Cochrane got the job. The nightmare for TFC fans continues...
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