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Toronto FC: Jermain Defoe questionable for Dallas

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Despite being desperately unlucky to lose 1-0 against Colorado on Saturday, Toronto FC’s injury-depleted roster is already being tested to the limits. The MLS season may be only five games old, but it is imperative TFC continue their fine start, if they are to finally make the playoffs.

As such, the news that Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley both missed training on Tuesday is likely to concern Toronto FC fans. Defoe has missed the last two games, while Bradley was also absent for the Colorado clash.

However, head coach Ryan Nelsen insisted it is too early to know if both players will be missing for Saturday’s game in Dallas. As he told the Canadian press: “We’ve still got a long way to go. We’ve still got five days, so it’s too early to make any predictions at the moment.”

Any decision regarding Defoe and Bradley will likely be influenced by the fact there is still a lot of football ahead. After the weekend, Toronto FC do not play for two weeks, meaning plenty of time for players to relax and recover from any injuries.

Two players certain to miss the next game are Dwayne De Rosario and Doneil Henry. De Rosario suffered a muscle strain against the Rapids, while Henry is still missing with a knee strain.

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Toronto FC: Jermain Defoe to miss Colorado game

After several days of speculation, it has been confirmed that Jermain Defoe will not play in today’s game against the Colorado Rapids. The striker is still recovering from a hamstring pull, and coach Ryan Nelsen will not risk him with a long season ahead.

As well as Defoe, Nelsen also announced that Doneil Henry and Ashtone Morgan will not be taking part in the clash at BMO Field. All three players missed last weekend’s 2-0 win in Columbus.

However, if Toronto FC are to repeat that impressive performance, they may well have to do it without Michael Bradley. The midfielder, who scored in the victory against the Columbus Crew, will be a game-time decision.

Completing Toronto FC’s ever-growing injury list, Jonathan Osorio is doubtful, while Alvaro Rey is questionable. There is some good news however, with Dwayne de Rosario and Kyle Bekker expected to participate, despite missing training earlier this week.

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Toronto FC: Player salaries for the 2014 season

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Have any of you Toronto FC fans being wondering exactly how much more the likes of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley are getting compared to their teammates? Well wonder no more, because the MLS players union have released the salary details for every player:

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I’m sure it won’t surprise you to hear Toronto FC has the highest payroll in the MLS this season. For the record, the only MLS player earning more than Defoe and Bradley is Clint Dempsey, who will make $6,695,189.00 during the 2014 campaign.

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Toronto FC: Growing injury concerns ahead of Colorado clash

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Toronto FC will look to maintain their strong start to the season, when they take on the Colorado Rapids tomorrow afternoon at BMO Field. After four games, TFC finds themselves joint top in the Eastern Conference, with nine points.

However, despite winning 2-0 in Columbus with a depleted lineup, there are concerns about Toronto FC’s growing injury list. Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley, Doneil Henry and Jonathan Osorio have all been absent from training this week.

Coach Ryan Nelsen confirmed that Dwayne De Rosario, Alvaro Rey and Kyle Bekker are also carrying knocks after last weekend’s game: ”There’s a chance that quite a few might miss Saturday’s game.”

The biggest concerns obviously surround designated players Defoe and Bradley. Defoe is still dealing with hamstring issues, while Bradley is nursing a couple of strains after playing for both Toronto FC and the U.S. last week.

Nelsen advised that Defoe is progressing well, while admitting they are being cautious with Bradley. We should have a better idea of whether either will play this weekend, after training today.

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Toronto FC: Brek Shea set to come to Toronto?

Despite Toronto FC already looking like a good bet to finally make the MLS playoffs, there are still questions surrounding their depth. According to reports, they are apparently interested in Brek Shea.

The American international is currently plying his trade in England for Stoke City. However, he has experience of the MLS, having previously played for FC Dallas between 2008-12, scoring 19 goals in 98 appearances.

Toronto FC are in the enviable position of holding the number one position in the MLS allocation order. This means they get first priority on any U.S. National or former MLS player heading to North America.

While Shea’s ability is unquestioned, having been drafted 2nd overall in the 2008 MLS Superdraft, there are doubts about his commitment. The winger was also recently involved in a post-match confrontation with Barnsley fans, which resulted in the end of his loan spell in South Yorkshire.

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Toronto FC: Growing injury list cause for concern?

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As you all know, Toronto FC had arguably their best performance in franchise history at the weekend, coming away from Columbus with a 2-0 win. However, at training today, Ryan Nelsen advised of an ever-growing injury list, as confirmed by this tweet from Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press:

What the hell is going on! Do they get trained by the same people as Joffrey Lupul or the Blue Jays pitching staff?! (And yes, that was an entirely contrived attempt to elicit a cheap laugh.)

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Toronto FC: Jermain Defoe discusses Drake recruitment phone call

Jermain Defoe appeared on George Stromboulopoulos tonight yesterday evening and, as usual on that show, it was an interesting interview. However, as you’d expect, what everyone really wanted to know about was the Drake recruitment phone call to the Toronto FC striker:

Call me cynical, but I still think it was the salary that clinched Defoe’s decision to move to Toronto.

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Toronto FC: Michael Bradley scores from tight angle

I don’t care what anyone says, not many people (in Columbus or Toronto) gave Toronto FC much hope of coming away with a win yesterday. And why would you, with the likes of Jermain Defoe, Steve Caldwell and Jonathan Osorio not playing?

In the end, TFC did get the win, with arguably the best performance in franchise history. Michael Bradley led the way with one of the sweetest goals you’ll see this season (at least from a Toronto FC perspective).

Even better, was the reaction of the Columbus Crew fans when Bradley celebrated his goal:

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We may only be four games in but, like the Raptors, this is shaping up to be a special season for Toronto FC. Whoa, Toronto sports teams having success?! Who would have thought it…………….

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Toronto FC: Projected starting 11 versus Columbus

Toronto FC were already facing a tough task against the Columbus Crew, who come into today’s clash with a 100% record after three games. However, the challenge has now been made even more difficult, as TFC look to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-0 defeat against Real Salt Lake.

It was already know that Jermain Defoe (hamstring) and Steven Caldwell (suspension) would be missing for the Trillium Cup clash in Columbus. Unfortunately, it has since been confirmed Doneil Henry and Ashtone Morgan will not be taking part in the game either.

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen also advised that Jonathan Osorio is unlikely to play. As such, here is the projected lineup for the game, which kicks off at 6:00 pm ET:

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Toronto FC: BMO Field $10 million expansion approved

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MLSE has moved another step closer to renovating BMO Field, with Toronto city council voting 39-3 in favour of supporting the $10 million financing plan. Mayor Rob Ford was amongst the three who voted against the proposal.

If the plan goes ahead, the city will loan MLSE $10 million and it will be repaid over a 20 year period with interest. In effect, this would mean a profit of $4 million for taxpayers.

MLSE are looking to expand seating from its current capacity of just under 22,000 to 30,000, with the ability to add 10,000 more temporary seats for special occasions. With the Argonauts expected to move to BMO Field, this could include future Grey Cup games, especially with a roof included as part of the revamp.

However, there is still some way to go before the BMO Field renovations become a reality. MLSE is looking for $10 million from each of the three levels of government, while planning to spend $90 million of its own money.

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