Archive for August, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Comments Off
If you find yourself in Frisco, Texas this weekend, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to suit up for TFC.
Toronto heads to Dallas with a skeleton squad, a result of injuries to key attacking personnel and international call-ups to the three best Canadian players on the roster.
Thursday, August 26, 2010 Comments Off
It’s a phrase that gets thrown around far too often in sports, especially in today’s world of instant gratification. It’s one that I am loathe to use very often, but in the case of Saturday’s TFC match versus Real Salt Lake, I’m saying it.
It’s a must win game.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Comments Off
Hello Arabe Unido. Thank you for consistently showing us North Americans how true football is played. Our teams foolishly do things like stay on their feet when brushed up against. Such naivete needs to be corrected, and fortunately you guys are more than willing to educate the rest of us.
Sunday, August 22, 2010 Comments Off
Are you frustrated yet?
You will be, almost from the moment the opening whistle is blown. Arabe Unido, the obscure Panamanian side that play hosts to Toronto FC on Tuesday, seem to be aiming for the title of Most Vilified Team In The History Of Club Soccer(TM).
Of course, this is the CONCACAF Champions League, and the stature of the tournament (and the teams involved) won’t actually allow for such a momentous title to be thrust upon a relatively unknown side in the world of football, at least not when there are far bigger clubs in far more meaningful competitions acting the fool week in and week out.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 Comments Off
Sometimes things just don’t go your way.
Toronto FC found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon, when the visiting Red Bulls of New York ended the Reds’ seemingly infallible home unbeaten streak with an emphatic 4-1 result.
It was not for a lack of trying on TFC’s part, though.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 1 Comment
Cockiness begets cockiness.
Cruz Azul displayed the unbecoming characteristic in spades last night, and when all was said and done, it was Toronto FC that had a swagger to its step.
Monday, August 16, 2010 Comments Off
Forget Real Madrid. Tomorrow night, TFC faces its biggest challenge since the team kicked its first ball in anger back in April 2007.
Mexico’s Cruz Azul storms into town for the CONCACAF Champions League, looking to continue its dominance over the region — specially MLS teams — en route to yet another CCL final.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 1 Comment
TFC really needs to figure out how to play on the road in MLS. For 15 or so minutes in the first half, it seemed as though the mojo that Toronto had recently found (in Honduras) would continue to be on display at beautiful brand new Red Bull Arena.
The Reds were looking the livelier of the two teams. Toronto was passing with purpose, making smart runs, and keeping the ball away from New York’s double-headed monster in the form of Juan Pablo Angel and Thierry Henry.
Monday, August 9, 2010 2 Comments
I try to block out the memory of October 24, 2009.
With monsoon-like conditions setting the scene for the final soccer game ever to be played at Giants Stadium, TFC’s hopes of a first ever playoff berth were washed away that night in a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the godawful 2009 New York Red Bulls, one of the worst teams in MLS history.
All Toronto needed was a draw to advance, as they held the tiebreaker over Salt Lake, Colorado, DC and Kansas City. As it was, Salt Lake squeaked by the hapless Reds and proceeded to go on a hot streak that gave that side an improbable MLS Cup championship. The Utah side has arguably never come off that hot streak, as they are now sport one of the best records on the league nearly a year later.
Thursday, August 5, 2010 Comments Off
Are you rested yet, TFC?
Toronto FC returns to BMO Field Saturday after pulling off the Herculean task of securing a result in Honduras on Tuesday, allowing the team to move on in the CONCACAF Champions League. Nearly as impressive was the fact that the Reds scored a whopping two goals in less than 45 minutes.
Toronto hadn’t scored more than a single goal in a match since the May 29 road win over San Jose. In the two months between, TFC played nine games, scoring a total of five goals in the process. The wells had dried up as summer hit, making the two-goal second half that the Reds put together in Tegucigalpa a rare treat.