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TFC get demolished at home

Posted on 29 May 2011 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

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After the game Wednesday against Vancouver Whitecaps getting called off due to weather, TFC remained at home to take on Philadelphia Union.

The starting line up saw a few changes from the midweek Canadian Championship game. 
Stefan Frei.
Defenders: Richard Eckersley, Dicoy Williams, Ty Harden, Dan Gargan.
Midfielders: Tony Tchani, Julian De Guzman, Mikael Yourassowsky.
Forwards: Nick Soolsma, Maicon Santos, Joao Plata.

This is a very tough game to talk about, it was a very horrible performance by Toronto FC.

In the first half TFC looked like they didn’t show up or were depending on mother nature to save them once again after falling down 2-0 after just 10 minutes and 3-0 by the half.

Second half changes provided a spark, with Javier Martina and Danleigh Borman coming on for Julian De Guzman and Dan Gargan. Danleigh Borman was what TFC needed  from the start of the game as he provided something that Dan Gargan did not provide at the left back position. With that in mind TFC was able to get themselves back in the game with Maicon Santos scoring a brace to make it 3-2.

Shortly after Maicon Santos’ second goal the Union scored another and that was when TFC fell apart letting in 2 more for a final score of 6-2.

It was a historical day with TFC suffering their worst loss at home and conceding the highest number of goals against in their history. Even Real Madrid didn’t score this many times against Toronto.

Luckily TFC has no midweek game and are staying at home next week, this will give them time to regroup and hopefully improve their performances.  On the negative side several players will be leaving for international call-ups which may have TFC short handed. Plata will be with Ecuador for their game against Canada on June 1st and against Greece June 7th. Julian De Guzman and Dicoy Williams have been called up by Canada and Jamaica respectively for the Gold Cup (June 5th – 25th) and are expected to be reporting to their teams this week. Therefore, TFC will likely be without Plata, De Guzman and Dicoy for some of their upcoming games.

On a side note, the TFC reserves tied the Philadelphia Union reserves 0-0.

Toronto will face  Sporting Kansas at BMO Field on Saturday June 4th.

Ratings for players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:

Toronto FC
Stefan Frei: 5
Not one of Frei’s best performances and maybe even his worst. Could he be to blame for all of the goals… no! Should all the work be put on him… no! But his performance was not the greatest, a bad clearance resulted in an easy goal in addition he almost let in what would have been the most embarrassing goal. All in all a bad performance but the defenders need to help him out.

Richard Eckersley : 7.5
Did well and may have been the best player on the field for TFC both defensively and offensively. The player with the most heart on the team on this day.

Ty Harden: 4
Should have been substituted way earlier in the game .Without Attakora or Cann on his side he is too much of a gamble .

Dicoy Williams: 5
Too much responsibly for him, the pair of Harden and Williams is not one that should exist.

Dan Gargan: 4
Another disappointing performance, was at fault for one or more of the goals in the first half.

Mikael Yourassowsky: 7
Did well overall, the effort and heart he puts into the game is what each player should be doing.

Tony Tchani: 5
Not his best performance, did not complete his passes and lost the ball too easily.

Julian  De Guzman: 5
DP? Not for much longer! With performances like this, TFC is lucky to have him be gone with the National team for a while. Lost the ball way too easily and was doing unnecessary things when he had the ball.

Nick Soolsma: 5.5
Has his moments and tries very hard but he is too slow.

Maicon Santos: 6.5
Did what he could in the second half for the team scoring a brace, but it was not his best performance overall.

Joao Plata: 6
Has his moments in the game and needs to be more consistent overall, but TFC shouldn’t be depending on him so much.

Subs Used:
Javier Martina: 6

Came on in the second half and provided something different but once Philadelphia figured his positioning out he was silent.

Danleigh Borman: 7
Provided the spark TFC needed from the start and contributed well in the second half.

Alen Stevanovic: N/A
Was only on for a short period of time and it was too late for him to make an impact..


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Toronto supporters to protest during All-Star game

Posted on 18 July 2008 by Scott Ferguson

A coalition of Toronto FC supporters groups plan to stage a silent protest during the upcoming Major League Soccer all-star game at BMO Field in Toronto.

TFC’s fans are noted for their boisterous support, but leading voices from each group are voicing their concerns about the possible expansion of BMO Field to accommodate CFL football and the Toronto Argonauts. Groups like the Red Patch Boys, U-Sector, Ultras 114 and the North End Elite feel are advising fans to wear black and remain silent, as the emerging fan culture at BMO Field is in large part due to the ground’s status as one of the league’s premier soccer-specific-stadiums.

It is not possible to fit a CFL field into the stadium without major reconstruction.

Toronto FC’s most rabid supporters in the south end and in the northwest corner will sit, rather than stand, during the All-Star game against English side West Ham United on July 24th. There will be limited chanting and cheering. Many of the most rabid supporters have pledged to boycott Toronto FC games should the stadium be retrofitted for CFL football.

BMO Field

“This is not an anti-Argos protest,” clarified Pedro Almeida of the North End Elite. “We have nothing against the Argos or the CFL… We wish them the best of success. But Toronto FC fans signed up in the thousands to support this team based on the premise of it being a soccer-specific stadium with real grass and an intimate setting. We didn’t get the grass. We better get to keep the intimate setting.”

“The supporters groups are united on this,” said Jack DePoe, president of the Red Patch Boys. “The club, the players, the media; everyone has acknowledged the contribution of the supporters groups in the club’s success. We want everyone to understand how upset we are about the possibility of a CFL football retrofit. We won’t stand for this kind of expansion.”

“This was supposed to be our national soccer stadium,” said Rudi Schuller of U-Sector, “but the national team players have already made it clear they prefer to play in other venues because of the Field Turf. Rebuilding for the CFL would further take BMO Field away from being the national soccer stadium.”

Soccer-specific-stadia have long been a key part of the league’s business plan. Seven of the league’s 14 teams currently play in SSSs. Two others will move into SSSs within the next year and the rest have plans to build one.

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Observations from the Emirates

Posted on 13 May 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Notes from 114

In addition to his reporting from the press box at BMO Field, Scott Ferguson is a Toronto FC season-ticket holder in section 114. Notes from 114 includes his musings not as a reporter but a fan of the Canadian MLS franchise.

Observations from the Emirates


Emirates Stadium

I recently had the chance to watch Arsenal vs. Everton at Emirates Stadium in north London. While there, I couldn’t help but compare certain aspects of the gameday experience at Arsenal’s stadium in comparison to BMO Field.

from Ultras 114:

1. They have nothing on the Ultras

Arsenal’s fans tend to stay seated for most of the game. Most of the “hardcores” are spread throughout the stadium, which means there are no tifo displays and few organized chants. The Emirates Stadium is more of a “family day out” than some of the traditional English grounds, but there were no signs of the classic hooligan element associated with British teams. There were a few songs going around, mostly centred in one corner of the stadium, but it’s difficult to get 60 000 people on the same page.

2. Their matchday organization is light-years ahead

There were huge crowds in and around the stadium, but it was remarkably easy to get in and out before and after the game. Compared to the log-jams of 20 000 people in the vast expanse of Exhibition Place, I was amazed at how easy it was for 60 000 people to make their way out of the tiny roads and residential areas surrounding the Emirates. Police and stewards were helpful and had exit routes planned and monitored from the final whistle. Granted, there were two or three local tube stations to stagger the flow of people, while at the Ex, the Go station and streetcars are in the same location; but it seems like that with more organization and coordination we could avoid the huge waits in the concourse, parking areas and public transit stations at BMO.

3. Less police problems

Things might be different at more working-class London stadiums like Milwall’s New Den, but the police seemed more likely to help direct people than to make arrests. With three times the flow of people — most of whom were drinking all morning — you’d expect a confrontation by Canadian standards, especially with the large amount of travelling Everton fans, but things went off without a hitch. I didn’t see anyone being told to pour their beer out or stub a cigarette, rather, the mounted police were more concerned with funnelling people into the proper tube stations. When the Canadian officers come out of the Ricoh on a Saturday morning determined to locate trouble, they’re going to find it — the truth is that more cooperation with fans and supporters groups would cause a lot less problems for all of us.

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Looking ahead: TFC Season Preview

Posted on 25 March 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Fans of Canada’s sole Major League Soccer franchise may have been hoping for more firepower in their squad ahead of the 2008 season opener, but the truth is that the team has nowhere to go but up.

The 2007 campaign saw TFC finish at the bottom of the league standings but with unprecedented success off the pitch, regularly selling out BMO Field and setting a benchmark in fan support for the rest of the league. With their expansion-season woes behind them, the pressure will be on Toronto to improve on last season’s 25-point mark and to make their debut in the MLS playoffs.

TFC have a new head coach in respected English tactician John Carver and have improved in defence ahead of Saturday’s season-opener at Columbus, but even the most ardent supporter will tell you that their goals for 2008 are modest in comparison to established heavyweights like Houston Dynamo and D.C. United.

The Reds can look to another young club, Chivas USA, as a model for what they hope to accomplish in the coming seasons. In their expansion year in 2005, Chivas struggled and finished dead last in the Western conference. One year later, they had climbed to 3rd in the West and qualified for the playoffs. Last year they stormed to the top of their conference before again losing in the quarterfinals of the MLS Cup. This year, many pundits have identified Chivas as the team to beat in the Western Conference (see ASN’s Chivas season preview here).

Along with general manager Mo Johnston, Carver will be more keen to emulate Chivas’ model rather than that of another 2005 expansion side, Real Salt Lake, who just pipped TFC to 12th place in the overall standings last season. A strong performance on Saturday in Columbus would be the perfect way to start Toronto’s own ascendancy into the MLS elite, while a resounding victory in front of up to 2000 traveling supporters would be a great way to get the fans on Carver’s side.

Greg Sutton will wear the gloves for Toronto FC once again this season, and will be backed up by draft-pick Brian Edwards. Sutton had his critics at the beginning of 2007 but was often hung out to dry by a porous backline. Last season’s on-loan deputy Kenny Stamatopoulos returned to Tromsø I.L. in Norway, a club that has the distinction of being the northernmost top-flight team in world football.

TFC captain Jim Brennan and Todd Dunivant will alternate duties at left back and left midfield, with youngster Gabe Gala expected to build on his cameo appearances last season. For his part, Brennan was optimistic about the coming campaign in a discussion with MLSnet.com.

“I think we’re going to have a very good season,” he told the club’s official website. “We had a taste of MLS last year, and now we have our feet on the ground and we’re looking to take the next step of getting into the playoffs.”

In central defense, Tyrone Marshall and Andrew Boyens are joined by Puerto Rican Marco Vélez and draft picks Julius James and Pat Phelan. Marvell Wynne is expected to take up the right back position once again, and is set to terrorize his left-sided opposition throughout 2008 in between a trip to the Beijing Olympics with USA.

Midfield reinforcements have been recruited in the form of Tyler Rosenlund and ex-LA Galaxy hardman Kevin Harmse, while rumors persist about the status of Amado Guevara and triallists Martin Brittain and Victor Pacheco. In central midfield, Carl Robinson and Maurice Edu will be backed up by the new arrivals as well as youngsters Joey Melo and Tyler Hemming, while Trinidadian veteran Collin Samuel can be deployed on either wing.

Danny Dichio is virtually guaranteed a first-team spot with the club until his retirement, already having gained legend status with the opening goal, red card, and last goal of the 2007 season. Jeff Cunningham is likely to partner him up front, and if both men can stay healthy, the potentially lethal partnership could see Cunningham score his 100th MLS career goal. The American striker is currently four away from a century after just three goals last season, and accordingly, he’ll wear 96 as his shirt number for the 2008 campaign.

After supporting their team through thick and thin (mostly thin) last season, Toronto fans will be backing Cunningham to regain the form that saw him claim the MLS Golden Boot in 2006. With a strong 2008 the goal for everyone associated with TFC, the fans will hope that Cunningham’s biggest worry in a year’s time will be how to reflect 100+ goals in a shirt number.

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