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DeRo, TFC aim for payback against Houston

Posted on 15 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

More than a month ago, Toronto FC went down 3-0 to Houston away from home. A result that was devastating to Dwayne De Rosario as he took on his old club for the first time. With the return game coming up, Dwayne aims for revenge and a crucial win–this time at BMO Field.

Toronto has struggled against teams sitting at the top three spots of either conference table; with the only win coming against Chivas USA back on April 22. To keep their playoff hopes alive, TFC must win their remaining home games and improve their road results.

There is much to aim for, with a heavy schedule in the next few weeks filled with friendly, league and CONCACAF Champions League matches.

Additionally, the Toronto squad is still missing Sam Cronin, O’Brian White and Ali Gerba.

What comes as a surprises is DeRo’s decision to miss the MLS All-Star game due to Toronto FC’s CONCACAF Champions League match on the same night.

This match is vital for Toronto FC as they are now tied for first place in the Eastern Conference on 25 points with a game ahead. But Houston has a lot to play for as well. The Dynamo are closely chased by the Seattle Sounders who are three points behind them at the top of the Western Conference.  

Previous 3 MLS game results for each team:
Houston Dynamo (9-4-4):

vs. Seattle Sounders FC(Away)= 2-1 Loss
vs. Kansas City Wizards(Away)= 1-0 Win
vs. Los Angeles Galaxy(Away)= 1-0 Loss

Toronto FC (7-6-4):
vs. San Jose Earthquakes(Away)= 3-1 Win
vs. Real Salt Lake(Away)= 3-0 Loss
vs. New York Red Bulls(Home)= 2-0 Win

Predictions for the upcoming game:

  • A Similar line up to the last game against San Jose, with a possibility of a position change between Marvel Wynne and Jim Brennan.
  • A strong approach toward the game from TFC will help them get something out it. The fan support, and confidence will help!
  • A 60% chance of TFC taking all 3 points from this game or an 80% chance of at least 1 point.
  • A score of 2-1 for TFC.

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DeRo to T.O.

Posted on 13 December 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Toronto FC announced the arrival of Dwayne De Rosario Friday, with defender Julius James joining Houston Dynamo as part of the trade. De Rosario, who hails from Toronto suburb Scarborough and played for Toronto Lynx at USL level previously in his career, spent three seasons in Houston after that side’s move from San Jose ahead of the 2006 season.

“Dwayne is a player we’ve admired for quite some time,” Toronto FC sporting director Mo Johnston told the media. “When the chance came to work with Houston to get this deal, we were obviously very happy.”

It has been over a decade since De Rosario last played professionally in Toronto before embarking on a career that took him to Germany and Major League Soccer. At San Jose and Houston, where DeRo won two MLS Cups in each city, he has earned a reputation as one of the league’s best with his performances, including two MLS Goal of the Year awards in 2004 and 2005 and a decent shout for a third in 2006. DeRo was MLS Cup MVP twice, in 2001 with San Jose and 2007 with Houston, scoring the winner in both finals.

De Rosario has been a fan favourite at both clubs during his in MLS, and since Toronto FC’s inaugural season in 2007, it was seen as a natural fit for the local boy to play at BMO Field one day. Two straight MLS Cups at Houston in 2006 and 2007, though, combined with a big new contract seemingly designed to scare off Mo Johnston’s prying eyes, meant that Houston had nothing to gain from losing their prized asset.

DeRo turned 30 this year, and a fantastic reception at BMO Field during the 2008 AllStar game may have brought Toronto to the front of his mind again. Events in Houston in recent weeks made that transfer all the more realistic.

Reports are indicating that Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear had told De Rosario that next season’s Dynamo side would place greater emphasis on the pace of youngsters like Stuart Holden and James Cameron, with the Canadian forward restricted to a cameo role. DeRo requested a move to Toronto, with Johnston and TFC boss John Carver willing to part with James and allocation money to bring him home.

De Rosario will be looking to add to his 51-goal tally in the league and can suit up anywhere in the front four of Carver’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation. His contract runs through 2010 and is at the league maximum without being considered a designated player.

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Beckhamania hits Toronto

Posted on 25 July 2008 by Scott Ferguson

David Beckham and the MLS All-Stars beat West Ham United 3-2 last night at BMO Field, marking the midfielder’s first game in Toronto and improving the league’s All-Star record against foreign opposition to 5 and 0. Chivas, Fulham, Chelsea and Celtic have all fallen to the All-Stars in recent years.

West Ham came out strong in the early minutes, with Carlton Cole showing the preseason form that saw him start the last Premier League campaign on fire.

FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper had the first real chance of the game, however, turning and firing in the 19th minute. The attentions of Hammers defender Joe Widdowson kept him from getting the shot on target towards Robert Green’s goal.

The game was quickly developing into a back-and-forth tug-of-war. The visitors opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Dean Ashton found himself free of the last defender and fired low into the far post.

The lead wouldn’t last, however, and with entertainment value the number one priority at BMO Field this week, Christian Gomez gave the fan’s their money’s worth with a quickfire equalizer. Beckham and Cuauhtemoc Blanco set up the Colorado Rapids midfielder, and Gomez coolly slotted home with West Ham having barely finished their goal celebrations.

The All-Stars kept up the attack and struck again just before half-time. Blanco collected a pass inside the area, cut inside onto his right foot and sent a curling effort past Green into the top corner.

Canadians and Houston Dynamo players Dwayne DeRosario and Pat Onstad entered the game in the second half to the delight of the Toronto crowd, but the fans were only truly placated when Toronto FC Captain Jim Brennan made his entrance close to the hour-mark.

Having played 90 minutes against Montreal on Tuesday, the full All-Star game would have been asking a lot from the Canadian international, but an extended run-out in front of his hometown fans was always on the cards.

The All-Stars looked capable of scoring again, but it was Ashton once again who quieted the crowd at BMO in the 67th minute. The former Norwich striker found space outside the area and struck a powerful shot that deflected off of Kansas City Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad and into the net.

Just as in the aftermath of Ashton’s first goal, the All-Stars responded quickly. Red Bull New York forward Juan Pablo Angel sprung DeRosario with a perfectly-weighted through ball, and with the Canadian bearing down on goal, West Ham captain Lucas Neill had little choice but to hall down DeRo.

Referee Mauricio Navarro awarded the penalty for the All-Stars but was perhaps reluctant to hand out a red card in what is ultimately an exhibition match. Having drawn the foul, DeRosario was given the chance to score a penalty in front of his hometown crowd ahead of Beckham and game MVP Blanco.

The Canadian ace blasted his penalty off the crossbar and in to make it 3-2 amid the roars of the crowd, who had to wait for the ball to rebound into the netting before they were sure it was a goal. Angel “scored” a goal of his own just a minute later with a curling right-footed shot, but the linesman’s flag was up. Replays showed that Calum Davenport may have played the Colombian onside.

The game marked the first major showpiece at BMO Field, a ground that has been slated to host the MLS Cup final in 2009 and CONCACAF Gold Cup games the same year. Black t-shirts were in abundance but a proposed sit-down fan protest was largely muted.

“MLS showed that they can compete,” West Ham manager Alan Curbishley told reporters after the game. “It was a great game for MLS. It showed off their talents and when we go home it will be a big memory.”

Beckham was, as usual, the center of attention in Toronto, but the Englishman was full of praise for his teammates.

“Everybody knows the quality of player [Blanco] is,” Beckham said of the Chicago Fire forward and game MVP. “He is a great player, winning the award shows that.”

Earlier this week, Toronto FC lost out on the chance to represent Canada in the CONCACAF Champions League by drawing Montreal Impact 1-1 at home on Tuesday. Montreal needed only a draw to win the Canadian Championship and their seventh straight Voyageurs Cup and will play Nicaraguan side Real Estelí in a two-legged qualifier to determine entry into the potentially lucrative Champions League group stages.

The Impact will have taken heart from MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s media address during All-Star week, in which the Don stated that the league was looking to expand to two more teams by 2011. Montreal and Vancouver were mentioned on a shortlist of expansion candidates.

Match Facts

West Ham United vs. MLS All-Stars
July 24, 2008 — BMO Field

Scoring Summary:

WHU — Dean Ashton 1 (Carlton Cole 1) 26
MLS — Christian Gomez 1 (Cuauhtemoc Blanco 1, David Beckham 1) 27
MLS — Cuauhtemoc Blanco 1 (Juan Toja ) 43
WHU — Dean Ashton 2 (Luis Boa Morte ) 67
MLS — Dwayne De Rosario 1 (penalty kick) 69

Lineups:
West Ham United — Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Calum Davenport, Anton Ferdinand, Joe Widdowson, Julien Faubert (Junior Stanislas 75), Hayden Mullins (Jack Collison 65), Scott Parker, Matthew Etherington (Luis Boa Morte 46), Dean Ashton (Kyel Reid 80), Carlton Cole (Tony Stokes 91+),

Substitutes Not Used: Jordan Spence, James Walker

MLS All-Stars — Matt Reis (Pat Onstad 70), Jonathan Bornstein (Edson Buddle 88), Frankie Hejduk (Steve Ralston 88), Jimmy Conrad, Pablo Mastroeni, David Beckham, Christian Gomez (Jim Brennan 59), Shalrie Joseph, Juan Toja (Dwayne De Rosario 59), Kenny Cooper (Juan Pablo Angel 46), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Landon Donovan 46).

Substitutes Not Used:

Misconduct Summary:
WHU — Scott Parker (caution; Delaying a Restart) 46+
MLS — Jonathan Bornstein (caution; Pushing, Holding) 52
MLS — Frankie Hejduk (caution; Reckless Foul) 56
MLS — Jimmy Conrad (caution; Reckless Foul) 82

Referee: Mauricio Navarro
Referee’s Assistants: Hector Vergara; Greg Barkey
4th official: Mark Geiger
time of game: 1:53
attendance: 20,844
weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 72 degrees

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