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TFC Advance to CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage

Posted on 03 August 2011 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

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After a 2-1 win at home, Toronto FC went into Nicaragua forced to put Real Esteli’s away goal  behind them and grind up a result.

A great performance by Ryan Johnson gave him a pair of goals and gave the team another 2-1 win, this time away from home giving them a 4-2 win on aggregate.

A hostile environment and a horrible field was what TFC had to face, but strong character from the young players mixed with experience excelled over the Nicaraguan side. Overall TFC played well vs. Real Esteli, it was evident with some of the mistakes made that the field impacted the play. On this day CONCACAF refereeing did not play a role in deciding the game.

Toronto FC will continue their CCL journey in the group stage versus Tauro, UNAM and FC Dallas or Alianza starting on August 18th.

On a side note, @TorontoFCasn made twitter headlines during the Toronto FC game as many TFC supporters expressed anger and disappointment after Rogers Sportsnet decided to show the game on tape delay. Whether that was the correct decision or not for Rogers, the fans were not happy. Fans rushed to find the best online stream to watch the game live and support their team. It will be interesting to see how Rogers approaches this situation and what they will do for future games.  We did our part in this and provided necessary coverage through twitter and provided live game updates.  Our voice made us trend in Toronto and in all of Canada, thanks to all those who follow us on Twitter and make our time worth while.

TFC continue their road trip as they head to face against D.C. United where former Toronto player De Rosario now plays.

 

The writer of this post and the person who runs @TorontoFCasn can be found on twitter @MahmoudShoblaq.

 

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Reunited Reds take to San Jose

Posted on 28 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earthquake will be a great test to see how The Reds are able to perform when they have all of their squad reunited.

Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman will be returning from international duty, while Nana Attakora and Maksim Usanov should be prepared to return to duty on the pitch.

The Reds (4-4-1) have yet to register a victory on the road during the current MLS campaign, but the return of a full bench and a full weeks rest after playing 8 games 27 days could give TFC a boost for this road match.

The Earthquake (5-2-1) have won their last 3 home dates after starting the season with a loss and draw at Buck Shaw Stadium. It is also impressive that the last time they allowed the opposing team to find the back of the net was April 24.

Saturday will see the return of TFCs Nick Garcia to the San Jose pitch, where he was the team captain before being shipped off to BMO field, but he will need to be in top form to neutralize the Earthquake’s Chris Wondolski, who has 5 goals in his last 6 games.

This match is expected to be a defensive struggle, with Preki’s defense first approach and San Jose’s ability to shut down opposing offense.

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Disney Tournament Preview

Posted on 22 February 2010 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

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Toronto FC has just ended their stay at Bradenton, Fla., and has headed over to Orlando for the second portion of their preseason.

One of the major additions to the 2010 preseason is the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. The tournament involves four major MLS sides including Toronto FC, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, and New York Red Bulls taking place  at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

In a the semifinals of the tournament, the New York Red Bulls will talk on Houston Dynamo on February 25 at 6:00 p.m. ET and Toronto FC will take on FC Dallas at 8:30 p.m.  The losers of these matches will face off two days later on February 27 at 6:00 p.m. while the winners will face off at 8:30 p.m.

Notes:

– Toronto FC (1-0-2)  has had a dull and dry preseason this far managing to score two goals in three games but only conceding one goal. TFC has made a few changes this off season with the signings of Jacob Peterson and Ty Harden;  in addition to the draft picks and the trailists at hand.

– Houston Dynamo’s (3-0-0) scoring has not lacked this preseason and will be tested against MLS opposition. They made a few changes with the signing of former TFC player Kevin Harmse and a few trialists on board.

– FC Dallas (3-0-0) also did not fail to score this preseason with 4-0, and 7-1 wins and will be tested against MLS opposition in this  tournament. FC Dallas has a few trialists and many of their draft picks on board and will be looking forward to this tournament.

– The New York Red Bulls (3-0-1) have had a decent preseason under their new coach and it will be interesting to see how they will do against MLS opposition.  They have made a few new signings to add depth to the team.

These preseason record may not be accurate due to the minimum coverage available.

Tournament Predictions:

February 25th-
Houston vs. New York: Houston WIN with a score of 2-0
Toronto vs. Dallas: Toronto WIN with a score of 1-0

February 27th-
New York vs. Dallas: New York WIN with a score of 1-0
Toronto vs. Houston: Houston WIN with a score of 1-0

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TFC head West to face the Galaxy

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Following the win against Colorado, Toronto needs to stay consistent as they are in desperate need of points in Saturday’s match at the LA Galaxy. With the standings very tight, every game and every point is important for all teams; therefore making this a very crucial match!

Carl Robinson
is out with an ankle injury and Adrian Serioux is questionable for the match; while everyone else is available for selection.

If Toronto continues to score as they have shown they are capable of doing, they will have a good chance of achieving a result. The Galaxy will also be aiming to get maximum points to keep possession of their solid spot in the Western Conference standings.

An entertaining match is expected, with Julian de Guzman possibly making his debut in Toronto’s midfield from where he will go toe-to-toe with David Beckham.

TFC keeper Stefan Frei won his fourth MLS Save of the Week honors for his performance at BMO against Colorado which guaranteed Toronto the three points. The rookie continues to impress with his great performances and will play a major role in TFC’s future.

Previous three MLS results for each team:

Los Angeles Galaxy (9-5-11):
vs. FC Dallas (Home)= 6-3 Loss
vs. Chivas USA (Home)= 1-0 Win
vs. D.C. United (Away)= 0-0 Draw

Toronto FC (9-9-7):
vs. Colorado Rapids (Home)= 3-2 Win
vs. Colorado Rapids (Away)= 1-0 Loss
vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Away)= 0-0 Draw

PREDICTIONS FOR THE UPCOMING GAME:

  • Everyone is healthy to play with the exception of Carl Robinson. Adrian Serioux is questionable.
  • Likely TFC starting line-up: GK: Stefan Frei. DF: Marvel Wynne, Nana Attakora, Nick Garcia,  Jim Brennan. MF: Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman, Amado Guevara, Sam Cronin . FW: Chad Barrett, Ali Gerba.
  • The line-up could be slightly different depending on Chris Cummins’ tactical choices.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 40%, a draw at 30%, and a loss at 30%.
  • Final score prediction: TFC WIN,  Toronto FC 2 – LA Galaxy 1

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TFC, Rapids to play two

Posted on 05 September 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Robinson's health may hold the key to both games

Following the draw against Seattle, Toronto is desperate for points as they play against the Colorado Rapids in their next two games.  These matches are critical for both teams in the home stretch of the regular season. TFC is aiming to achieve their first ever play-off birth.

Carl Robinson
is questionable with an ankle injury and Amado Guevara is away on international duty; everyone else is available for selection. 

If Toronto’s performance Saturday is as strong as it was against Seattle they may guarantee themselves the three points. But consistency has not been part of Toronto’s game.

Colorado has been in very decent form the past few weeks, yet with a few key players missing, Toronto may just have the advantage this weekend.

These matches are expected to be entertaining as both teams are fighting for every point in the final weeks of MLS play.

TFC keeper Stefan Frei won his second MLS Save of the Week honors for his performance in Seattle which guaranteed Toronto the point. The rookie continues to impress with his great performances and will play a major role in TFC’s future.

Previous three MLS results for each team:

Colorado Rapids (9-7-6):
vs. Houston Dynamo (Home)= 1-0 Win
vs. Chicago Fire (Away)= 3-2 Loss
vs. Chivas USA (Home)= 4-0 Win

Toronto FC (8-8-7):
vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Away)= 0-0 Draw
vs. Chivas USA (Away)= 2-0 Loss
vs. D.C. United (Home)= 2-0 Win

PREDICTIONS FOR THE UPCOMING GAMES:

Game One (At Colorado):

  • Everyone is healthy to play with only Carl Robinson questionable, and Amado Guevara  away on international duty.
  • Likely TFC starting line-up: GK: Stefan Frei. DF: Nana Attakora, Emmanuel Gomez, Nick Garcia,  Jim Brennan. MF: Pablo Vitti, Amadou Sanyang, Sam Cronin, Marvel Wynne. FW: Chad Barrett, Dwayne De Rosario.
  • Yet the line-up could be anyone’s guess with Chris Cummins’ past selections.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 30%, a draw at 40%, and a loss at 30%.
  • Final score prediction: DRAW,  Toronto FC 1 – Colorado Rapids 1 

Game Two (At Toronto):

  • Everyone will be available for selection with exception of Amado Guevara  who may still be away on international duty.
  • Likely TFC starting line-up: GK: Stefan Frei. DF: Nana Attakora, Emmanuel Gomez, Nick Garcia,  Jim Brennan. MF: Pablo Vitti, Carl Robinson, Sam Cronin, Marvel Wynne. FW: Chad Barrett, Dwayne De Rosario.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 40%, a draw at 40%, and a loss at 20%.
  • Final score prediction: TFC Win,  Toronto FC 2 – Colorado Rapids 1

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TFC head to Qwest Field

Posted on 29 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Following a decent result against D.C. then a disappointing one against Chivas, Toronto FC aim to bounce back when they head to Qwest Field to face the Seattle Sounders FC. TFC fell to Seattle 2-0 earlier in the season and now look to earn something away from home and get some revenge.

Toronto will be without Adrian Serioux and Carl Robinson due to card accumulation suspensions. Everyone else is fit and available to play.

This match is critical for Toronto FC as they are in the final stretch of games and need every point to make it to the playoffs for the first time in club history.

Previous three MLS results for each team:

Seattle Sounders FC (8-6-9):
vs. Houston Dynamo (Away)= 1-1 Draw
vs. New England Revolution (Home)= 1-0 Loss
vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (Away)= 2-0 Win

Toronto FC (8-8-6):
vs. Chivas USA (Away)= 2-0 Loss
vs. D.C. United (Home)= 2-0 Win
vs. New England Revolution (Away)= 1-1 Draw

Predictions for the upcoming game:

  • Everyone is healthy to play. After much anticipated rumors and speculation about Danny Dichio he too is fit to play and will be on the roster for the game.
  • Likely TFC starting line-up: GK: Stefan Frei. DF: Nana Attakora, Emmanuel Gomez, Nick Garcia,  Jim Brennan. MF: Pablo Vitti, Amadou Sanyang, Sam Cronin, Amado Guevara. FW: O’Brian White, Dwayne De Rosario.
  • Yet the line-up could be anyone’s guess going into this crucial game.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 20%, a draw at 30%, and a loss at 50%.
  • Final score prediction: TFC LOSS,  Toronto FC 1 – Seattle Sounders FC 2

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Reds host D.C. United at BMO Field

Posted on 14 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Following a disappointing few weeks with CCL, MLS and friendly matches TFC got themselves a week off to get back on track. Around the TFC camp there is a serious tone with only one target, and that being the MLS play-offs. TFC will host D.C. United at BMO Field for a very important Eastern Conference clash with a much needed victory for either team.

Toronto drew DC earlier this season away from home with a score of 3-3 and will look to get the win at home this time around.

Following a few changes on the TFC roster, the team will have a different feel going into the final stretch of games.

Chad Barrett will not be on the roster for this match due to suspension, and Marvel Wynne will be out with an injury. While Nick Garcia is doubtful and will be a last minute decision alongside Amado Guevara who has just returned from international duty and maybe fatigued.

This match is critical for Toronto FC as they are one point behind third placed D.C. United and nine points out of first place in the Eastern Conference. TFC currently holds the 8th and last play-off spot going into the weekend. The Eastern Conference is very tight  at the moment and every game is crucial for all teams.

Previous three MLS results for each team:

D.C. United(6-4-10):
vs. Houston Dynamo (Away)= 4-3 Loss
vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Away)= 2-2 Draw
vs. Colorado Rapids (Home)= 3-1 Win

Toronto FC (7-7-6):
vs. New England Revolution (Away)= 1-1 Draw
vs. Columbus Crew (Away)= 3-2 Loss
vs. Houston Dynamo (Home)= 1-1 Draw

Predictions for the upcoming game:

  • The team will see many changes as Coach Chris Cummins himself said he will “freshen things up with a few changes.”
  • Marvel is out with injury and Nick Garcia is doubtful for the game.
  • Nana Attakora will make his return from injury, and Lesly Fellinga will possibly make his TFC debut. Yet it is more likely that Emmanuel Gomez will see the start ahead of him.
  • Likely TFC starting line-up: GK: Stefan Frei. DF: Nana Attakora, Emmanuel Gomez, Adrian Serioux,  Jim Brennan. MF: Pablo Vitti, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson. FW: O’Brian White, Dwayne De Rosario, Ali Gerba.
  • Yet with the looks of thing the line-up could be anyone’s guess.
  • The TFC camp has a serious tone and will go into this game very strongly as they push for a play-off spot.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 45%, a draw at 35%, and a loss at  20%.
  • Final score prediction: TFC WIN,  Toronto FC 2 – New England Revolution 1.

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TFC, Real Madrid face off at BMO Field

Posted on 06 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Friday, Aug. 7 marks a historic occasion for Toronto FC as they take on one of the most successful clubs in the world.

Real Madrid will play in the first match of their North American tour when they come to Toronto. This will mark Real Madrid’s first visit to Canada this century and second overall after Aug. 25, 1961 when they played Toronto City in Vancouver. In addition, this match will mark BMO Field’s first match on (temporary) grass and second with extra stands; which TFC fans hope is a good sign for the future of the facility and club.
Real Madrid arrived Thursday afternoon and will be having an open practice later that evening. It has been announced that the game is sold out and more than 16, 000 seats have been sold for the open practice.

This will mark the end of the clustered portion of Toronto’s schedule which included a few disappointing results and elimination from the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Canadian side must showcase a decent result against the Spanish giants to ensure self respect.

A few players are rumored to be on trial and/or negotiating contracts with the club and may in fact see action on the field against Real Madrid. The rumored names include Lesly Fellinga and Dominique van Dijk.

Following this match TFC stays home to take on D.C. United on Saturday of the following week.
TFC players are excited about this experience and are looking forward to playing against the caliber of the Madrid players.

Official Game Squad List:
GK:
Stefan Frei, Brian Edwards.
DF:
Marvell Wynne, Amadou Sanyang, Emmanuel Gomez, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Adrian Serioux, Nick Garcia.
MF:
Pablo Vitti, Amado Guevara, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson, Gabe Gala.
FW:
O’Brian White, Chad Barrett, Dwayne De Rosario, Ali Gerba, Danny Dichio.
*Nana Attakora and Fuad Ibrahim are still questionable and may not be included due to injury and being away with the national team camp respectively.
*Marco Velez’s appearance may be in question as rumours have surfaced suggesting a possible loan to Puerto Rico Islanders.

Previous four match results:
vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (Away) = 0-0 Draw
vs. New England Revolution
(Away) = 1-1 Draw
vs. Puerto Rico Islanders
(Home) = 1-0 Loss
vs. Columbus Crew
(Away)= 3-2 Loss

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Real Madrid:
Following a decent first half of their preseason; Real Madrid will now head to North America for their second half to face-off against TFC and D.C United.
The Spanish giants will include a few names that will be making their debuts for the club such as Kaka, Albiol and Arbeloa. While Iker Casillas will be seeing action with the club for the first time in preseason following his Confederations Cup involvement.
Everyone else will be available for selection including new signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Negredo, Esteban Granero, and Karim Benzema. Ezequiel Garay will also be available after returning to Real Madrid following his loan spell at Racing Santander.
In recent news, Xabi Alonso has  just signed for Real Madrid this week and has passed his medial; and will travel with the team for the North American tour. With the surface of these news he may in-fact make his debut in Toronto.
Following this match Real Madrid will travel to face-off against D.C. united in their second match of the North American tour. Then they will travel back to Madrid for the rest of their preseason with matches against various other opponents including Real Sociedad,  Borussia Dortmund and  AC Milan.

Official Game Squad List:
GK:
Casillas, Dudek, Adan.
DF: Pepe, Albiol, Metzelder, Garay, Torres, Arbeloa.
MF
: Lass, Xabi Alonso, Sneijder, Robben, Guti, Drenthe, Granero, Kaka.
FW:
Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain, Negredo.
*Ramos, Gago, Marcelo, Van der Vaart, Diarra and Van Nistelrooy are not included due to injury or transfer speculation and will stay in Spain.

Previous four match results:
vs. Juventus (Away)= 2-1 Loss
vs. Liga de Quito (Home)= 4-2 Win
vs.
Al-Ittihad (Home)= 1-1 Draw
vs. Shamrock Rovers (Away) = 1-0 Win

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Match Predictions:

  • Line-ups for both teams will be anyone’s guess as this friendly will possibly see everyone be included.
  • Real Madrid should dominate and win the match with ease.
  • Toronto FC will play for pride rather than for the win.
  • Record attendance for TFC and BMO Field.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 20%, a draw at 25%, and a loss at  55%.
  • Final score prediction: Toronto 0, Real Madrid 3

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TFC heads to Puerto Rico for the second leg of CCL prelim

Posted on 04 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Following a decent performance on Saturday’s draw at New England, Toronto FC travel to Puerto Rico to face the Puerto Rico Islanders on Tuesday in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round.

TFC continue to have a few players questionable for play such as defender Nana Attakora, and midfielder Amado Guevara. On the other hand they will have their young players to choose from with the likes of Amadou Sanyang and Emmanuel Gomez impressing coach Chris Cummins.

After being the hosts of the first leg and falling 1-0 to Puerto Rico, Toronto have no choice but to win and score at least two goals to advance to the next round. This will be a difficult, yet not insurmountable task as TFC tends to perform well when called upon away from home.

Following Tuesday’s match  Toronto FC will head home to face off against Real Madrid at BMO Field on Friday for their second international friendly of the season.  BMO Field will be blessed with grass for the game!

Predictions and notes:

  • Following Saturday’s performance it is hard to imagine many changes to the line-up for this match.
  • The only thing that may influence a change in the line-up is Amado Guevara’s fitness. If he is able to play he may see the start ahead of Barrett.
  • TFC will take a somewhat positive performance from Saturday to help boost their confidence  and attempt to achieve a result in Puerto Rico.
  • The odds of the win are in favor of the team who scores first.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC a win at 45%, a draw at 15%, and a loss at  40%.
  • Final score prediction: Toronto 3, Puerto Rico 1

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Reds visit Revs in a key clash

Posted on 01 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

The last few weeks have been a strong test of character for Toronto FC, yet they struggled to get results when needed. The Reds now head to New England in a very important Eastern Conference match-up. A victory is needed.

Toronto beat the Revs at BMO Field in their first encounter this season with a score of 3-1. 

At Gillette Stadium, Toronto has a few players questionable to play due to injury. Yet on a more positive note  Amadou Sanyang will be eligible for selection for the first time, as game day will be his 18th birthday.

This match is critical for Toronto FC as they are two points behind third place team D.C. United but only four points out of first place. A loss will see them fall to fifth, as New England is currently only 3 points behind TFC. The Eastern conference is very tight  and every game is crucial for all teams.

Previous three MLS results for each team:

New England Revolution (6-5-5):
vs. Houston Dynamo (Away)= 1-0 Win
vs. Chivas USA  (Home)= 2-0 Win
vs. Kansas City Wizards (Home)= 0-0 Draw

Toronto FC (7-7-5):
vs. Columbus Crew (Away)= 3-2 Loss
vs. Houston Dynamo (Home)= 1-1 Draw
vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Away)= 3-1 Win

Predictions for the upcoming game:

  • The line may not see any changes over thePuerto Rico Islanders game.
  • Adrian Serioux, Nana Attakora and Amado Guevara are still questionable coming into this game.
  • After Emmanuel Gomez’s performance in the last game he could see the start once again, while Brian Edwards could also see a start ahead of Stefan Frei, after Frei’s poor performances and with a congested schedule ahead for TFC.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC a win at 23%, a draw at 34%, and a loss at  43%.
  • Final score prediction: DRAW (Toronto FC 2 – New England Revolution 2)

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