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Toronto FC: New jersey to be unveiled

tfc new jersey

Toronto FC has announced they will be officially unveiling their new alternate jersey on March 6th, at the MLSE Foundation Players gala. However, as is often the case these days, the shirt has been leaked on the Internet, as you can see above.

Toronto FC advised the shirt has World Cup-inspired design lines and is made from ultra light Adizero material. Apprently it feels like you’re not even wearing it, but if the team doesn’t live up to their considerable pre-season hype, they may be wishing that really was the case.

Credit: @ArmenBedakian

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MLSE: Tim Leiweke visits Covenant House

Tim Leiweke took just enough time out from making grandiose statements, to spend the night at Covenant House.  Located at 20 Gerrard Street East in downtown Toronto, it provides 24/7 crisis care for homeless youths between 16-24:

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that Leiweke got involved in this type of thing to help raise awareness and money.  However, surely MLSE has more than enough cash to spare towards helping take these children off the streets……………………

Click here for more information on what Covenant House do.

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Toronto FC: Win tickets for tonight’s game versus Seattle Sounders

BMO Field

Fancy winning a pair of tickets for Toronto FC’s game tonight against the Seattle Sounders, including new signing Clint Dempsey?  It couldn’t be easier, courtesy of this tweet by striker Andrew Wiedeman:

As you may or may not be aware, Wiedeman has a wicked sense of humour, so keep that in mind when deciding what picture to send him.  In fact, I’d likely to get the ball rolling, by nominating hardcore Jays fan (and apparently also hardcore sunbather) Laurie, who deserves kudos for posting this photo on Twitter:

Blue Jays fan sunburned

Beat that if you can TFC fans!  Mr Wiedeman is waiting in anticipation……..

Photo credit: @LaurieWulfand

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Toronto FC: Top Eight things we took from attending training

Blue Toro attended Toronto FC’s training session earlier today at Downsview Park.  Here’s eight things we took from being there:

1) THE WEATHER

Toronto FC Training Academy

Not that you should really be complaining if writing about sports is your profession, but it’s still always preferable to cover training when you have decent weather.

2) THE BOOT ROOM

Toronto FC boot room

I’ve always gone by the rationale that only the best footballers should wear coloured football boots.  If the photo above is anything to go, Toronto FC must have a lot of talented players working their way through the ranks.

3) PRESIDENT & GM KEVIN PAYNE

Kevin Payne

Kevin Payne has earned a sterling reputation during his involvement with MLS.  Whether this helps Toronto FC in the long terms remains to be seen, but it’s encouraging to note his presence for training today.

4) INTERVIEWS 

One of the best things about a job like this, is getting the chance to speak to professional athletes, such as Darren O’Dea. 

5) BOBBY CONVEY

Bobby Convey

It was interesting to be in attendance for the first media scrum with new signing Bobby Convey.  Even better was hearing his response to a question about if he’s ready to play:

“I’m going to go out there for training and if (the coach) say’s I can’t play tomorrow, maybe I’ll slide tackle him a couple of times and see how that goes.”

6) ROBERT EARNSHAW

Robert Earnshaw

Robert Earnshaw’s contract situation may be up in the air at the moment, but if TFC fans are looking for any positive signs, he’s enjoying life in Toronto:

“Almost right away, you get an instinct of a place. I felt this was the right place and I needed to be here.  And that’s how I still feel now.  The people are great and the city’s amazing.”

7) RYAN NELSEN

Ryan Nelsen

I was amused by the disregard everyone had for Ryan Nelsen’s sore throat, by continually bombarding him with questions. (Yes, yes. I realise everyone has a job to do.)

8 ) TRAINING

I feel like I’m forgetting something here……………..ah yes, that’s right!  We also enjoyed actually watching the players train.

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Toronto FC: Robert Earnshaw does some modelling

Toronto FC is greatly improved from last season, but despite (or maybe because of) this, the current campaign has been a frustrating one to date.  Saturday’s 1-1 draw at BMO Field represented yet another game where points were lost, after a late equaliser by Houston Dynamo.

However, what shouldn’t be lost in all this is that Robert Earnshaw has been an instant success for Toronto FC.  With five goals so far, the forward currently sits joint-second in the MLS scoring charts.

One of the benefits of being good at professional sports is you often get asked to help promote products.  At least I think that’s what’s happening here as Earnshaw models a Msongo Clothing hoody in the BMO Field locker room:

Robert Earnshaw in BMO Field dressing room

I’ll admit I’m not ‘down with the kids’ (i.e. young) so Earnshaw’s style doesn’t particularly appeal to me. (It’s all I can do not to tell him to turn his baseball cap the right way around.)  However, as long as the Welsh international continues to score goals for Toronto FC, he can wear whatever the hell he wants.

Photo credit: @RobertEarnshaw

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Toronto FC: Andrew Wiedeman admits his addiction

Andrew Wiedeman playing for Toronto FC

It’s often said that when you have an addiction, to get better you have to start off by actually admitting that you have a problem.  If this is true, Toronto FC’s Andrew Wiedeman has taken that vital first step:

Hopefully Wiedeman’s counsellor can help him on the road to recovery.  If not, perhaps the forward can at least transfer his addiction to another area of his life.  For example, maybe he could start collecting a few more goals after only scoring two last season.

Photo credit: www.zimbio.com

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Toronto FC ambush local men’s league soccer game

It was just a normal Tuesday evening with two local men’s league teams getting ready to play a soccer game in Vaughn.  And then Toronto FC turned up unannounced to surprise everyone with an ambush:

Toronto FC ambush two soccer teams
Toronto FC ambush local soccer game

Mind you, when you’re getting lots of free gear, maybe ‘ambush’ isn’t really the appropriate word to use.  Here’s Etobicoke FC and Team Dutch respectively in their new jerseys, together with Toronto FC’s Stefen Frei and some of his teammates:

Etobicoke FC with Stefen Frei of TFC
Team Dutch with members of Toronto FC

TFC’s Rachel Bonnetta was also present but made sure to remain neutral so as not to offend either team:

Rachel Bonnetta not picking sides

TSN’s Luke Wileman was even on hand to provide play-by-play commentary to put the finishing touch to a fun evening.  Etobicoke FC, who went on to win the game, took to Twitter afterwards to express their appreciation:

Let’s hope Toronto FC is as successful in surprising Sporting KC with an ambush on Saturday in their home opener at the Skydome.

Photo credits: @rachelbonnetta & @Stefen24Frei

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Toronto FC: Stefan Frei is ready for the new season………..or is he?

Stefan Frei of Toronto FC

As per our last blog, Toronto FC are preparing for the new season, which starts this weekend in Vancouver against the Whitecaps.

If TFC are to rebound from last year’s disastrous campaign, when they set franchise lows for wins and points, a good place to start is to have a more solid defence.  As such, this tweet from Stefan Frei may or may not have fans feeling slightly anxious:

 

The first couple of games?!?!  That doesn’t sound good!  Is he expecting to face that many shots from the opposition?!  Does he really think he’s going to spend that much time picking the ball up out of his own net?!

Let’s just hope he was joking as opposed to suffering from a crisis of confidence after missing virtually all of last season with injury.

Photo credit: www.zimbio.com

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Toronto FC advances to champions league semis

Toronto FC defeated the LA Galaxy on wednesday night in the return game of the CONCACAF champions league by the score of 2-1, to advance to the American (the continent) champions league semifinal.

Unlike last week, Toronto FC was able to hold their lead. In the 89th minute of the game in Toronto, David Beckham produced a beautiful corner kick, after almost receiving a beer bottle on the head from a drunk fan, to help Landon Donovan tie up the game at 2.

Ryan Johnson and Nick Soolsma scored for the winners, who become the first canadian team to reach the champions league semifinal.

Toronto FC will now face the Mexican team Santos Laguna, who had no problem defeating the Seattle Sounders by an aggregate of 7-3.