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Let’s try that again

Sep 23 2016 12:45 AM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, September 22, 2016

After a minor MLS mathematical miscalculation, Toronto FC can officially unwind if they wrap up a second consecutive playoff berth against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at BMO Field (Kick-off 5:00 p.m. ET) and they might not even have to do the wrapping themselves.

Even if Toronto picks up a big fat 0 against Philly, they will still lock down their place in the post-season if the New England Revolution fails to win in Columbus, DC United don’t pick up maximum points at home to Orlando or if the New York Red Bulls beat the Montreal Impact.

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Back to work

Sep 08 2016 04:50 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, September 8, 2016

With summer officially over, it’s back to work in Major League Soccer for Toronto FC. They travel to Chicago to take on the Fire this Saturday aiming to erase the memory of defeat to Montreal the last time they played. With both New York clubs winning during this pseudo international break, the Reds will hope to come out victorious at Toyota Park (Kick-off 8:30 p.m. ET) to take them back to the top of the Eastern Conference.

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A message to all Voyageurs

Sep 02 2016 05:01 PM | Duane Rollins in 24th Minute

It can’t get worse.

It can’t. Even if it literally is worse – say we lose 10-1 – it won’t be worse. Nothing can ever match that day. You can only have your heart torn out of your chest once.

If you survive that – and if you are reading this you did – you can survive anything. You are part of the zombie army of Canadian men’s national team fans. We may not be big in numbers, but we are stubborn in our irrational beliefs that one day this will all make sense.

It probably won’t. But, that’s OK. It’s the journey that counts, right?

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After the Storm

Aug 19 2016 07:29 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, August 19, 2016

Toronto FC remain undefeated in five games as their road trip heads to Philadelphia on Saturday. Despite the disappointment of only drawing with a shorthanded Dynamo in Houston amidst the chaos of a 24-hour rain delay, the 1-1 result secured the club’s highest ever points haul across five consecutive games.

The Reds (10-7-7) remain one point behind New York City FC in the race for the Eastern Conference title, with ten regular season games left to play. Meanwhile, the Union remain hot on their heels and a win on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium (Kick-off 7:00 p.m. ET) would pull Jim Curtin’s side level on points with their Canadian rivals.

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Away from the comforts of home

Aug 11 2016 05:22 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, August 11, 2016

After matching the most successful home-stand in franchise history, Toronto FC travel to face the Houston Dynamo on Saturday with more than just playoff ambitions.

Just one point separates the Reds from top spot in the Eastern Conference. With a superior goal difference to New York City FC, it feels like a matter of time before Toronto leads the way down the final stretch. The final whistle in Houston will mark ten games to go for Greg Vanney’s charges.

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Don’t look down!

Aug 04 2016 07:41 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, August 04, 2016

Toronto FC would be forgiven for feeling a little light headed on Saturday when they host the New England Revolution. Following three wins on the bounce, the Reds find themselves in unfamiliar heady climbs.

Less than three weeks ago, the Reds suffered what was arguably their worst defeat of the season, turning a two-man advantage into a 2-1 loss away to the San Jose Earthquakes. Nine points in three subsequent home games has seen them storm to second places in the Eastern Conference, three points behind New York City FC, with a healthier goal difference and a game in hand.

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You wait for a bus…

Jul 27 2016 03:42 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, July 27, 2016

Sebastian Giovinco snapped an eight-game scoring drought in spectacular fashion against D.C. United last Saturday but with a sense of timing only the Toronto soccer gods could conjure, he may be missing for the visit of the Columbus Crew on Sunday (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET).

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Tosaint or not Tosaint? Jozy?

Jul 21 2016 08:08 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, July 21, 2016

When Toronto FC welcome D.C. United to BMO Field on Saturday night (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET), it will be a test of steel and character. The Reds will seek to bounce back from arguably their worst defeat of the season last weekend.

Tying 1-1 with a two-man advantage in the second half following successive San Jose red cards, Greg Vanney’s charges contrived to lose the game. Whilst the head coach has tried to play it down as just points lost, it has caused significant murmurs amongst supporters, who will need convincing against their Washington rivals that this season is not going off the rails. The loss against the Earthquakes snapped a three-game undefeated run.

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Sebastian - Do you know the way to San José?

Jul 14 2016 08:10 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, July 14, 2016

Toronto FC welcome back ESPY award-winning Sebastian Giovinco to the line-up for their trip to face San Jose this Saturday (Kick-off 10:30 p.m. ET). The 29-year-old Italian was named best MLS player on Wednesday. Giovinco didn’t attend the awards ceremony in Los Angeles but was rested for the 1-1 draw in Columbus the same night.

It remains unclear if Jozy Altidore will join his strike partner on the field this weekend as he continues his return from injury. Jordan Hamilton made it three goals in four games against the Crew so coach Greg Vanney isn’t feeling any pressure to rush the American back.

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Jozy Altidore you know he's gonna score – or maybe be on the bench

Jul 12 2016 03:27 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, July 12, 2016

Toronto FC return to Trillium Cup action on Wednesday night, as they take on the Columbus Crew for the second time this season, in a game that may see the return of TFC striker Jozy Altidore.

Altidore returned to training last week after rehabbing the hamstring injury that has kept him out of much of this season. The game at MAPFRE Stadium (Kick-off 7:00 p.m. ET) will the first of two installments of the rivalry this month with the Crew returning to Toronto on July 31.

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With Giovinco not on Fire, Chicago won’t be terrified.

Jul 06 2016 09:04 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, July 6, 2016

Toronto FC will battle basement club Chicago Fire on Saturday night (Kick-off 7:30 p.m. ET) as they continue to negotiate what has become an injury-plagued season.

Local boy Jordan Hamilton has been the brightest light for the short-handed Reds and will hope to add to his two-game scoring streak. He will be motivated by Jozy Altidore’s return to training this week. The American striker hasn’t played since May 14.

Sitting sixth, TFC (5-6-5) remain in the playoff spots but more in thanks to a weak Eastern Conference rather than any of their own on-field exploits. Coach Greg Vanney has seen his side win only once in their last seven MLS encounters.

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Back home with the Cup

Jun 30 2016 05:48 PM | Canadian Soccer News in 24th Minute

by Ciarán Breen, June 30, 2016

2016 Canadian Champions.

Toronto FC will walk out at BMO Field on Saturday to take on the Seattle Sounders having lifted the Voyageurs Cup in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

Despite missing key pieces, including goalkeeper Clint Irwin, captain Michael Bradley and the still sidelined Jozy Altidore, the Reds tasted success in the tournament for the first time since 2012. The victory qualifies them for Canada's lone spot in CONCACAF Champions League.

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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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