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After the end of the season, changes were expected and several players were released while others were signed. Toronto FC still has missing pieces to fill but here is a brief look at the current squad, important dates and other news/notes.
Some rumors and News:
-Krzysztof Krol formerly of Chicago Fire has stated on his twitter last week that he is heading back to MLS and coming to Toronto, whether it was to negotiate a deal or just for a trial that is unknown. Yet he said he is interested in returning to Chicago, but Toronto were the ones showing interest. Nothing official from MLS, or Toronto FC as of right now so it will be interesting to see what this leads to.
- Reports last week have indicated that Victor Turcios has a trial set with Toronto FC and will be reporting on January 23rd if his trials in Europe don’t go well.
- News broke out today that Dicoy Williams has signed on for next year, with his salary and what he has shown this is not a complete surprise. Let’s just hope he is healthy soon and is just as good as we last saw him.
- The 2012 TFC Away kit was released by Work Soccer Shop today and can be seen here: http://www.worldsoccershop.com/29144.html. This was expected as it was displayed at the 2011 home opener. This design was the winning design of the contest Adidas and Toronto FC hosted. Personally I am not a big fan of some minor things, but I do not hate it either.
It is evident that Toronto FC is looking at defenders more than anything right now. Pre-season is not that far off so the players should be coming in soon whether as signings, trades, draft picks or trials.
After a long wait, CCL ticket prices are expected to be released on Friday January 6th 2012.
The 2012 adidas MLS player combine occurs from January 6-10th with the MLS Super Draft on January 12th, and supplemental draft is January 17th. With TFC’s two first round picks it is expected that they will go for the best available rather than a defender. But it is really hard to predict what Winter and his staff do especially with the possibility of trading these picks + a player or two for decent established players.
Lastly, it is expected that Toronto FC players are set to report to camp on January 23rd 2012. Below is a list of some of TFC’s scheduled games.
vs. Orlando City SC - February 25th 2012 6pm ET
vs. BK Hacken - February 28th 2012 6pm ET
vs. FC Dallas March 1st 2012 6pm ET
Possibly a game on March 3rd time and opponent TBD.
CONCACAF Champions League:
vs. LA Galaxy - March 7th 2012 8pm ET (Rogers Centre)
vs. LA Galaxy - March 14th 2012 10pm ET (The Home Depot Centre)
MLS Season: (Full Schedule http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2012/01/reds-open-mls-season-march-17)
Season Opener vs. Seattle Sounders March 16th 2012 10pm ET (CenturyLink Field)
Home Opener vs. San Jose Earthquakes – March 24th 2012 1pm ET (BMO Field)
Games vs. Montreal Impact – April 7th 2012 1pm ET (Montreal Olympic Stadium), June 27th, 2012 7:30pm(Saputo Stadium), October 20th, 2012 2pm ET (BMO Field)
Trillium Cup vs. Columbus Crew – March 31st 2012 2pm ET(BMO Field), August 11th 2012 7:30pm ET and October 28th 2012 4pm ET (Columbus Crew Stadium).
Game vs. Whitecaps – July 11th 2012 7pm ET(BMO Field)
Home Closer vs Montreal Impact on October 20th, 2012 (BMO Field)
Season Closer vs. Columbus Crew October 28th, 2012 (Crew Stadium)
vs. FC Edmonton – May 9th 2012 time TBD (Foote Field)
vs. FC Edmonton – May 16th 2012 time TBD (BMO Field)
Cup Finals May 23rd and 30th 2012.
Current Squad: We have 26 players, leaving room for at least 4 new signings depending on trades etc..
Richard Eckersley (Status of new deal still unknown)
Joao Plata (Status of new deal still unknown)
Ashtone Morgan (HG)
Matt Stinson (HG)
Doniel Henry (HG)
Julian De Guzman
Jeremy Hall (New Signing)
Reggie Lambe (New Signing)
Nicholas Lindsay (HG)
Keith Makubuya (HG)
Oscar Cordon (HG)
This post was written by @MahmoudShoblaq of @amersocc and @TorontoFCasn.