Archive for May, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010 181 Comments
What a difference a month makes.
Before May, many TFC fans needed to be talked off the ledge, as the Reds struggled out of the gate under the new Preki regime. As the month comes to a close, some are now preparing the parade route.
Of course, the reality is that while Toronto is a good, hardworking club that has found its stride over the past four weeks, it’s still far too early to know which version of the team is the real one. That said, it’s hard not to be optimistic.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 243 Comments
Vancouver Whitecaps fans (and organization): Be careful what you wish for.
Last year, it seemed that everyone connected to the Whitecaps was whining high and low about the Montreal Impact “bending over” for Toronto in last year’s final Nutrilite Canadian Championship match.
Montreal was, as you all well know, already eliminated from Voyageurs Cup contention heading into that match, and decided to rest some regulars ahead of a crucial league game against those same Vancouver Whitecaps only two days later.
Friday, May 21, 2010 264 Comments
The zombies are coming!
Actually no, that’s just Toronto FC and the New England Revolution.
The two sides meet up tomorrow at BMO Field, both sporting numerous injuries and absences more befitting of an ER than a soccer match.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 34 Comments
Well, that was ugly.
In what hopefully will be the most forgettable TFC performance of the season, Toronto held on for dear life to scratch out a 0-0 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps.
You could tell before kickoff that this one wasn’t going to be a classic. The pre-match weather forecast called for gale-force winds and possible thundershowers that threatened to postpone the match. Toronto’s starting line-up included names like Jon Conway, who had yet to play a single minute for TFC this year, along with recent dog house dweller Raivis Hscanovics. Julian de Guzman was out again, replaced by 18-year-old wrecking ball Amadou Sanyang. Even everyone’s new favourite Red Chad Barrett saw himself pinned to the bench to start the match, with a still-hobbled O’Brian White – who sat out Saturday’s match at LA with an ankle ailment – taking his place up top.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 25,215 Comments
Fans of the Vancouver Whitecaps are mired in all sorts of mathematical permutations that would see their team win the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship. With Vancouver currently sitting five points below Toronto with three matches left to play, a host of different possibilities present themselves.
For TFC fans, the answer is simple: Win.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1,495 Comments
On a night when everyone in Montreal will be cheering for a team in red, that city’s newest major league club will be attempting to finally defeat a different one.
Toronto FC – who sources say will ditch the grey kits for its primary red – has never lost to the Montreal Impact. Many of us take great pleasure in reminding their fans of that fact.
Monday, May 10, 2010 41 Comments
Now that’s more like it.
Terrible conditions, a listless opponent, and Chad Barrett’s awakening combined to give Toronto FC its biggest victory since the historic “Miracle in Montreal” back in June, 2009.
And while Saturday’s victory over the visiting Chicago Fire wasn’t nearly as monumental as last year’s Voyageurs Cup finale, it certainly was just as satisfying.
Make no mistake, TFC dismantled the Fire. That the conditions surrounding the game were a convergence of factors that will likely never coincide again just added to the fun.
Saturday, May 8, 2010 46 Comments
After a well deserved week off, Toronto FC hosts Eastern Conference foe Chicago Fire today in the first of a gruelling stretch that will play a large part in determining whether 2010 is a success or failure.
Between now and the MLS-mandated World Cup break (which starts following the June 5 match vs. Colorado), TFC will play eight matches. The Reds will see MLS action five times in that span, as well as three more matches in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship.
By the time this stretch of games is over, the NCC champion will have been crowned, and TFC will have completed more than one-third of it’s league campaign. To say that the picture of TFC’s season will be much clearer by then is an understatement.
Monday, May 3, 2010 854 Comments
You simply cannot sit your two best players and expect a result.
Preki did just that, of course, when he kept Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman on the bench to start Saturday’s road loss at Salt Lake.
That Real Salt Lake jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead came as a surprise to no one.
Saturday, May 1, 2010 1,151 Comments
After the high, there is the inevitable low.
One of the main tenets of being a Toronto FC fan is that the team will find a way to disappoint you after giving you just enough to believe that they have turned the corner.
TFC has rattled off two consecutive victories. Last Sunday they dispatched the visiting Seattle Sounders in relative style, and on Wednesday they stood toe-to-toe with the hacks from Montreal and sent their pink-clad foes back up the 401 with yet another loss at the hands of TFC.
It goes without saying, then, that TFC is due to lay an egg tonight. Right?