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On the Other Side - Carl Robinson on his time in Toronto and MLS Growth ahead of the Voyageurs Cup Final

Jun 29 2016 04:35 PM | James Grossi in 24th Minute

Carl Robinson is a legend around these parts, up there with the likes of Danny Dichio and Jimmy Brennan as a member of the 2007 founding class of Toronto FC.

And it causes some angst that he is now on the other side, coaching the Vancouver Whitecaps as they battle TFC for Canadian supremacy in the Voyageurs Cup.

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In Inexperienced Hands

Jun 29 2016 02:46 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, June 28, 2016

Toronto FC take a slender 1-0 lead into the Canadian Championship finale on Wednesday night, when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place (Kick-off 10:00 p.m. ET).

If the Reds, 5-6-4 in MLS play, are to win the Voyageurs Cup, it will be without goalkeeper Clint Irwin, who has been sidelined for six weeks due to a quadriceps strain suffered in the 3-2 loss away to Orlando last weekend.

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Toronto FC set for Voyageurs Cup Final

Jun 20 2016 02:03 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, June 20, 2016

Toronto FC will aim to put one hand on the Voyageurs Cup on Tuesday night, when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET).

The Reds haven’t tasted success in the tournament since 2012 while Vancouver will seek to retain the silverware they won last season.

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A few stars short of a galaxy

Jun 16 2016 06:56 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, June 16, 2016

After a three-week hiatus, Toronto FC are back in MLS action on Saturday night, when they take on Los Angeles Galaxy at BMO Field (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET), hoping to snap a four-game winless streak.

The Reds (4-5-4) will face a Galaxy side (5-2-6) missing a few of its stars, with Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane away on international duty at the Copa America and Euro 2016.

Ashley Cole and former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will run out for the first time in Toronto.

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TFC look to finish the job in Montreal

Jun 06 2016 05:39 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, June 6, 2016

Toronto FC head to Montreal on Wednesday night, looking to tie up a two-legged victory over the Impact in the semi-finals of the Canadian Championship. (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET)

Sebastian Giovinco may return for the Reds in the 401 Derby after limping off in the team’s last MLS outing against the New York Bulls.

However, some of TFC’s back up options are likely to be given the opportunity to complete the job they started. In an action packed game at BMO last week, a much changed line-up secured a deserved 4-2 win over Didier Drogba and co.

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Get To Know a National Team Player: Marcel De Jong

Jun 06 2016 12:00 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Name: Marcel De Jong Position: Midfield Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario Club Team: Ottawa Fury FC National Team Appearances: 45 You started to play with the Canadian National Team on the U-17 squad. How did you decide to play for Canada? Well, it’s a f...

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Get To Know a National Team Player: Marcel De Jong

Jun 06 2016 12:00 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Interview By: Kendra Lee Name: Marcel De Jong Position: Midfield Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario Club Team: Ottawa Fury FC National Team Appearances: 45 You started to play with the Canadian National Team on the U-17 squad. How did you decide to play...

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Ben McKendry looking to "showcase" what he offers Vancouver Whitecaps in Canadian Championship games

Jun 01 2016 07:00 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

It's been a tough year for Whitecaps homegrown midfielder Ben McKendry, but one which will be capped off on a very positive note on Wednesday night when he makes his first team debut for Vancouver against Ottawa Fury in the Canadian Championship semi-final.

Last May, after a string of solid performances for WFC2 and his first professional goal, Carl Robinson told us that McKendry was "knocking on my door" for MLS minutes.

The expectation was that McKendry would get the chance to further show Robbo what he could offer the first team with a strong showing in the 'Caps Canadian Championship games against Edmonton, but that chance was cruelly taken away from him with a knee injury that eventually required surgery and ended McKendry's footballing year prematurely.

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Episode 158 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (Dynamo, discipline and defending the Cup)

Jun 01 2016 12:52 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Another Saturday, another Vancouver Whitecaps sending off, another game where Carl Robinson and everyone else is sick of talking about referees, oh and a second half fight back to claim a point. It was an eventful game against a managerless Houston Dynamo side.

We pick over the bones, then throw them at referee Drew Fischer, as we look back over the main talking points from the match - the goals, the defensive breakdowns, the world class saves, the red cards. So much to say, so little time.

We hear from both coaches, Vancouver's Carl Robinson and Houston caretaker Wade Barrett, about those talking points and venture into the Dynamo dressing room to hear from goalscorer DaMarcus Beasley, goalkeeper Tyler Deric and defender Sheanon Williams about Houston's turbulent week and what the team needs to do to start climbing the table.

And there's still time to hear from Kendall Waston about his red card last week in Portland, look at the Whitecaps' disciplinary problems, the CONCACAF Champions League draw, the Crystal Palace friendly and what the line-up might look like in this week's Canadian Championship first leg in Ottawa.



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Off the Woodworkx Post-Game Edition IMFC vs LAG May 28th 2016

May 29 2016 10:03 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Off the Woodworkx Post-Game Edition

with

Bruce Arena
Mauro Biello
Nigel de Jong
Gio Dos Santos
Kyle Fisher
Cameron Porter
and
Didier Drogba

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Italian loss – Toronto gain

May 25 2016 09:07 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, May 25, 2016

Toronto FC will hope to break a three-game winless streak when they take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday (Kick-off 7:00 p.m. ET), armed with a piece of offensive weaponry they didn’t count on having at their disposal.

2015 MVP Sebastian Giovinco, still the consensus best player in Major League Soccer, was omitted this week from the Italian national team rooster for Euro 2016. A crushing development for the 29-year-old, the Reds (4-4-4) will be delighted to have the hitman to drive the team forward in the absence of club captain Michael Bradley, who departed for the United States Copa America training camp after the 0-0 draw at home to Columbus.

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Soccer Today! on SPN Radio

May 24 2016 07:35 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

From the award-winning makers of the Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast and the Sports Podcasting Network, we now present Soccer Today!

Your new live Soccer Radio Show where you can make your voice heard!

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This one’s personal

May 20 2016 04:27 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, May 19, 2016

Toronto FC go into what feels like a crunch game against the Columbus Crew on Saturday (Kick-off 5:00 p.m. ET) with tired legs, after all 11 starters played 90 minutes against New York City FC on Wednesday night. Jay Chapman did make way for Danny Lovitz but not until injury time.

After taking just four point from their opening three home games, the Reds will look to prove their mettle against the 2015 MLS Cup runners-up. They will do so in the continued absence of the injured Jozy Altidore. After a solid showing in which he set up the equalizing goal in the 1-1 draw with NYCFC, Mo Babouli is likely to lead the line alongside Sebastian Giovinco.

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The Italian Job

May 17 2016 03:09 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, May 16, 2016

All eyes will be fixed on two men from northern Italy at BMO Field on Wednesday night, where Toronto FC take on New York City FC (Kick-off 7:00 p.m. ET), hoping to bounce back from a 4-3 home defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

The Reds (4-4-2) will look to star forward Sebastian Giovinco to continue his rich vein of form. While his pair of goals and assist couldn’t make up for defensive lapses against the West Coast rivals, Giovinco has now been involved in a scoring or assisting capacity in all 13 of TFC’s goals this season.

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CSA presidential election likely to be held in 2017

May 13 2016 06:22 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

There will be an election to determine the next president of the Canadian Soccer Association during the first general meeting following the resignation of Victor Montagliani.

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Keep your friends close and your enemies on the other side of the country

May 12 2016 03:54 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, May 11, 2016

It’s Canadian derby time at BMO Field. Toronto FC welcome Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET) with all three teams north of the border sitting pretty in MLS.

Only the Montreal Impact stand between TFC (4-3-2) and first place in the East, while a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire Wednesday night keeps Vancouver (5-5-2) in the mix in the highly competitive Western conference.

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Canada to Host El Salvador Qualifier in Vancouver

May 10 2016 06:32 PM | Duane Rollins in World Cup 2014

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After getting immense support for the Mexico and Honduras home matches, Benito Floro’s side has decided to face Central Americans at BC Place come September, a move that will affect the online betting predictions to win the match.

Canada will conclude its CONCACAF semifinal stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the stadium it all began after corroborating that BC Place in Vancouver will host El Salvador on Tuesday, September 6th.

After receiving a positive reaction from the soccer fans on Canada’s west coast on last November’s 1-0 home victory over Honduras and an epic mammoth crowd of over 54,000 in attendance in last month’s 3-0 defeat to Mexico in downtown Vancouver, the head coach Benito Floro together with the Canadian Soccer Association came to a conclusion of playing the Group A finale at the BC Place following the Labor Day long weekend.

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Toronto FC vs FC Dallas - May 7, 2016 - Photos

May 08 2016 03:44 AM | Photo Hazard in PhotoHazard

May 7, 2016
Toronto FC 1 - FC Dallas 0

Toronto FC hosted FC Dallas in the recently renovated BMO Field.
The loan goal of the match was scored by TFC rookie Tsubasa Endoh, giving Toronto a 1-0 win.
The crowd of over 30 000 witnessed only the 2nd home opener win in club history.

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Those wild eyed boys are back in town

May 05 2016 04:08 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, May 5, 2016

Toronto FC are finally home. After a gruelling 8-game road swing to start the 2016 season, the Reds take on FC Dallas at a newly renovated sold-out BMO Field on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET).

Expectations are at an all-time high after solid off-season recruitment and some impressive performances to date secured a 3-3-2 record coming into the home opener. The 11-point haul equalled an MLS record for a team with a lengthy opening road trip.


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Introducing Soccer Today!

May 02 2016 10:48 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

Soccer Today! on SPN Radio
From the award-winning makers of the Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast and the Sports Podcasting Network, we now present Soccer Today!
Your new live Soccer Radio Show where you can make your voice heard!

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Report and Reaction: No-one really satisfied after ten man Whitecaps share points with Sporting KC

Apr 29 2016 06:06 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Who are the real Vancouver Whitecaps this season? No-one really knows yet. Not even Carl Robinson. It’s certainly been an up and down season and Wednesday night’s match at home to Sporting Kansas City show both the good and the bad side of the ‘Caps this year.

There was an exciting start, with some dangerous attacking play. A nice goal for Christian Bolaños, his first in MLS. But then some sloppy defending let KC back in it and the ‘Caps served up what Robinson described as a “catalogue of errors” in a second half that saw Kendall Waston sent off in the 51st minute.

So one point is better than none and it came against tough Western Conference, albeit one that rest their three dangerous attackers. Here’s our report and postgame reaction from both locker rooms.

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Almost Home

Apr 28 2016 01:54 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, April 27, 2016

Sebastian Giovinco stands on the brink of TFC history – a goal against the Portland Timbers on Sunday will make him the club’s all-time record scorer, ahead of Dwayne De Rosario with whom he sits tied on 28 goals.

Toronto FC (3-2-2) wrap up the eight-game road stretch that has started their season in Portland, where they take on the reigning MLS Cup holders.


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Maple Leaf Soccer: A 2016 Canadians in MLS round-up (Wk 8)

Apr 26 2016 06:34 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

Quite the weekend for Canadian teams and players. Vancouver beat the MLS leaders 3-0 and Toronto got the better of the 401 derby with a 2-0 win in Montreal. While elsewhere, Canadian players were involved in all sorts of goals and controversies in New York Red Bulls 3-2 home win against Orlando City.

In total, ten Canadian players saw MLS action in Week 8, playing a total of 646 minutes, the most gametime so far this season.

Six of those players started for their teams and played the full 90 minutes, and there was one goal, one own goal and an assist involving Canadians this week.



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Episode 155 - The AFTN Podcast - "There's Still Time" (Texas Toast - Vancouver v Dallas postgame show featuring Robinson, Pareja, Akindele, Rosales and Zimmerman)

Apr 25 2016 08:46 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

They may have had some luck, poor finishing by their opponents and an inspired David Ousted along the way, but Vancouver Whitecaps got back on the horse again on Saturday night with a 3-0 win over MLS leaders FC Dallas.

We look back over the win, the standouts, the key moments and what it might mean for the Whitecaps going forward, now that they've broken their three game winless streak and scored their first open play goal of the season.

We hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Carl Robinson and Dallas' Oscar Pareja, and visit the visitors' locker room to hear from Canadian striker Tesho Akindele, defender Walker Zimmerman and former Whitecap Mauro Rosales.

And there's still time to look ahead to Wednesday Western Conference clash at home to Sporting KC. What changes will Robbo make for that one?


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Report and Reaction: Outstanding Ousted propels Vancouver Whitecaps to win over MLS leaders

Apr 25 2016 08:44 AM | Michael McColl in AFTN

So this is what it feels like, when doves cry the Whitecaps score. We were starting to forget.

An own goal, a Jordan Harvey strike from a corner, a nice finish from Kekuta Manneh and a phenomenal goalkeeping display from David Ousted secured Vancouver's first win, and goals, in four matches.

3-0 over the MLS leaders ain't too shabby, but I'm not sure how many people will actually have left the match with a feeling that the 'Caps goalscoring issues are over. Still, baby steps, and in the words of Carl Robinson, we'll take the three points and move on.

Here's our match report and full postgame reaction from both locker rooms.

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