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      by Published on 04-19-2014 08:00 AM
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      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
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      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
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      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 12:23 PM
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      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact

      Welcome to the first edition of the CSN power ratings!

      It's the TSR rank. As a reminder, TSR is Total Shots Ratio and it's been demonstrated to be the single best predictor of a team's success over the long term. Pretty much everywhere it's applied.

      It's still early, but not so early to not have a look.
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      by Published on 04-11-2014 12:01 PM
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      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. ...
      by Published on 04-10-2014 08:08 PM
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      2. Toronto FC

      This past off-season did not lack for story lines when it came to TFC. A bloody big deal and all that.

      There was so much action that by the time the season started the decision to re-sign Dwayne DeRosario had almost been forgotten. It was a decision that was not without controversy when it took place and even among those that supported the return there was an admission that there was a degree of risk involved.

      DeRo is not a young man in soccer terms. There was always a chance he could be physically done.

      The early returns have been inconclusive to the eyes. He's had plenty of playing time and has had some chances, but he has yet to score a goal back in the red.

      So, we decided to look deeper at his play so far. What are DeRo's advanced stats so far this year and how do they compare to other starting forwards in MLS.

      Find out below the jump.
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      by Published on 04-08-2014 11:05 AM
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      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.

      Once more it was a fairly sparse weekend for Canadians getting on the pitch, only six saw any time this round, while a further five went unused on the bench – the injuries in Toronto did not help the CanCon quota.

      The top three spots go to Issey Nakajima-Farran, Kyle Bekker, and Will Johnson, with special nods to Russell Teibert and Dwayne De Rosario who put in excellent shifts for their clubs.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 04-07-2014 02:46 PM
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      2. Toronto FC

      Do you believe in miracles!!!1!11!

      In the lead up to Toronto's game Saturday you would have thought that there had been no greater mismatch in football history. The Canadian minnows were doomed against the powerhouse from Ohio.

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      by Published on 04-07-2014 12:45 PM
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      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact

      As if last week’s cracking round was not enough to draw the eye towards the early season, MLS Rivalry Week ratcheted up the entertainment this weekend with a series of hard-fought matches.

      Beginning with a Cascadia Derby that will live long in the memory, moving on to a Trillium Cup that turned the all-time series on its head, before taking a trip through Texas where the Battle for El Capitan turned on a questionable red card decision.

      As if that were not enough, a rematch of last season’s MLS Cup provided plenty of eye-catching action, though goals proved more difficult to come by, before Sunday’s LA derby put a neat little bow on the round.

      All told, nine matches were played (eight on Saturday and a lone fixture on Sunday), resulting in four draws and a surprising four away wins – implying that just one home side took the full points this round, DC; though of course, Los Angeles and Chivas both play at the same ground.
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      by Published on 04-03-2014 09:29 PM
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      Back when Toronto FC first entered Major League Soccer games in Columbus were some of the more anticipated on the schedule. The, by MLS standards, relatively short drive down to central Ohio meant at least a regular contingent of Reds’ supporters made the trip, even excluding the record setting number achieved in 2008.

      In addition to proximity there was almost always the perception that Toronto could take something from the match. In those earliest days Columbus weren’t very good and the Mighty Reds, all piss-and-vinegar and backed by a then heretofore unseen level of support, were certainly destined to soon surpass the little club from the city most Torontonians would never visit otherwise.

      Ironically, as any Crew supporter will tell you, Toronto failed to record a victory against the Black-And-Gold until nearly the conclusion of TFC’s fifth season. As the Reds went from bad, to mediocre, to diabolically terrible, the Crew always stayed at least a little bit ahead: bad, to very good, then slowly back to mediocre. Toronto FC has still never managed to finish a season ahead of Columbus in MLS’ Eastern Conference standings.
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      by Published on 04-01-2014 01:52 PM
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      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.

      Top three spots this round go, almost by default, to the three who started their respective matches – Will Johnson, Russell Teibert, and Doneil Henry – though special mentions for Issey Nakajima-Farran, Kyle Bekker, and Karl Ouimette who made their season, or MLS in the case of Issey, debuts this round.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 04-01-2014 06:30 AM
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      2. Toronto FC

      Sources close to the situation have confirmed that embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford is putting together a $100-million bid to buy Toronto FC.

      He plans to re-brand the team the Argonauts Soccer Team and investigate the possibility of sharing a front office with the CFL football team of the same name, which he will also purchase.

      His brother, Doug, is expected to serve as team president.
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      by Published on 03-31-2014 05:59 PM
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      2. Toronto FC

      Sorry for the delay. I only write when we're winning...

      So, yeah. About that.

      Three nil. Sigh.

      I think it goes without saying that most people understand that MLS is a place where you can go from world beaters to bums pretty much overnight. And, then just as quickly go back to being world beaters.

      Logically, most TFC fans understand this. Emotionally, maybe not. After a two week run that made the Reds the talk if the league, it was a bit difficult going back to being, well, Toronto FC.

      Add to that the sight of Jermain Defoe limping off the field in the second half and logic becomes the last thing anyone is interested in.

      Losing sucks. Screw logic.
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