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Old 07-15-2011, 10:50 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Toronto acquire Iro, Griffit, send Tchani to Columbus

TFC head coach Winter said team needed help on defense


Toronto FC continued to make major changes to their roster on Friday, bringing in central defender Andy Iro and midfielder Leandre Griffit in a trade that sent midfielder Tony Tchani to the Columbus Crew.

Per club and league policy, no further terms of the deal were disclosed.

"We needed help on defense and Andy is a defender that we have wanted to bring in for some time," Toronto FC head coach and technical director Aron Winter said in a statement. "After our deals yesterday, we felt we could move a central midfielder of value to acquire an important piece. Leandre also provides us depth in the midfield.”

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Toronto deal defender Gargan to Chicago for Robinson

Longtime Fire DF is 11th new face to join Reds since First Kick


Toronto FC continued their midseason overhaul on Thursday, sending defender Dan Gargan to Chicago in exchange for defender Dasan Robinson and a second-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

The 28-year-old Gargan (above, left) had been a stalwart of the Toronto defense since joining the club last season, making 37 starts in 43 appearances with the Reds. But with Aron Winter trying to make over his roster on the fly — and with TFC already having conceded a league-high 41 goals through 23 league games — the Philadelphia native became a casualty of Toronto’s wheeling and dealing.

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Toronto Trades For Eric Avila
Maicon Santos dealt to Dallas in exchange for 23-year old midfielder.



FC announced Tuesday that the club has acquired midfielder Eric Avila from FC Dallas in exchange for forward Maicon Santos.

“We are very happy to add Eric Avila to our club, he is an attacking midfielder that fits into our immediate and long term plans,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “All of the trades that we have made in the last few weeks have been to acquire players who fulfill a specific need for our team or fit into our style of play philosophy. I'd like to thank Maicon for his contributions to our club and for serving as Captain. We wish him well with his new club."

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For TFC, rebuilding also means developing young talent
Winter taking a cautious approach to blooding academy products



TORONTO — Toronto FC’s lineup has undergone considerable change in recent weeks, and not only from the number of new players brought in.

The club has also began the process of giving more exposure to young players such as Ashtone Morgan (pictured above), Doneil Henry and Matt Stinson, the latter of which graduated this year from the Toronto FC Academy.

That these youngsters are seeing more playing time is part of a rebuilding program under head coach and technical director Aron Winter. However, Winter is taking a cautious approach as he gradually introduces them into the senior team.

“I’ve always said we are rebuilding," he said. "It’s long-term plans, and I want to use as much as possible Home Grown players or youth players. [But] when you use them, you have to be careful because those guys are young and they have to improve a lot.”

This approach means that Winter is picking his moments to bring in the youngsters

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BMO Field or Rogers Centre?
Toronto FC executives mull decision for Champions League quarterfinal match in early March.


Toronto FC senior director of business operations, Paul Beirne, Tweeted on Tuesday night asking fans if they prefer BMO Field or an indoor venue for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg match to be played in early March.

A crowd of upwards of 30,000, perhaps far more would likely be expected for the quarterfinals in March.

But there’s a hitch. Where to play?

Certainly, the preferred site is BMO Field. The team is obviously used to the surroundings, the hardy fans who fill it would no doubt be in splendid voice and any of the three warm weather opponents would likely not fancy playing in what will be, based on the calendar, less than ideal soccer weather.

That could swing home field advantage more clearly toward TFC. But as tempting as that March matchup would be, there are obstacles.

“The field is the least of our worries,” said Earl Cochrane, TFC’s director of team and player operations. “We can get the field up and running and ready to play and it could be in great shape. It’s all of the other stuff."

Start with the seating. Rogers Centre would easily accommodate the flow of spectators. The domed stadium can hold 50,000 fans, more than twice the number of fans that can squeeze into BMO.

Then there are the logistics of holding an event that can be turned into a circus by a snowstorm or ice shower.

“We have to make sure the stands are safe,” Cochrane said. “Plumbing, the rest rooms, amenities. Even the scanners ticket takers use don’t operate really well depending on the temperatures. “

From a comfort level and the ease of staging indoors, the Rogers Centre beckons.

“Weigh all that versus being indoors and it’s an easy one, but there are challenges of a different venue,” Cochrane said. “We’ve got obligations here to partners and sponsors.”

The pitch would likely be problematic at Rogers Centre. While the sightlines are passable, the field is an artificial surface.

“It’s ok. It’s not great,” Cochrane said. “Whether they could groom it up to the level we are looking for is debatable.”

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Toronto Waives Reserve Squad Players
A group of seven used primarily in Reserve League matches released Wednesday.



Toronto FC released seven players on Wednesday following the 2011 Expansion Draft.

Defenders Kyle Davies, Demitrius Omphroy, Eddy Viator; midfielders Leandre Griffit, Matthew Gold, Gianluca Zavarise; and forward Javier Martina have all been waived according to MLSsoccer.com (later confirmed by the club).

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Toronto FC deal for FC Dallas defender Hall

Youngster heads to fourth team in little more than a year


Toronto FC continued their ongoing roster overhaul on Tuesday, acquiring 23-year-old defender Jeremy Hall from FC Dallas in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

The well-traveled Hall joins his fourth club in barely more than a year, after making a combined 21 league appearances for the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas last season. The Timbers picked up Hall via trade last November with the New York Red Bulls, the team that drafted him 11th overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft

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Stuart Neely Out = Major Shake Up within the TFC Academy


Earlier this week Toronto FC announced the club and Academy Director Stuart Neely have parted ways with the Scotsman resigning from his post. Even this has come as something of a shock with respect to how sudden it happened and with everyone from fans, players, club staff and parents of current/former players only having nice things to say about Neely, it does indicate that major changes are set to take place within the club’s youth development structure.

With the club set to open its new academy facility in the summer, bringing in the right man is a key part of the overall package that will lure some of the best and brightest to the club, given that an important role of an Academy Director is to act as a hype man of sorts and someone with vast experience and known clubs/players on their resume will garner instant credibility. However, as we all know, in sports people whom occupy new positions tend to bring in familiar faces which brings up an intriguing question.

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Cann Could Be Ready For Preseason
Toronto centre back returns from rehabilitation, keeps fitness momentum going.



TORONTO – Toronto FC’s central defence was supposed to be a strong point in 2011. But injuries wrecked that notion, leaving the Reds to spend most of the year improvising.

But they got some good news on Friday: Adrian Cann is coming back strong from season-ending surgery on his right knee.

“Adrian Cann is a super-fit guy, his progress has been quite remarkable,” TFC director of player development Paul Mariner told MLSsoccer.com this week. “I’m surprised that he’s so far along.”

Cann, the rock upon which the TFC defence was supposed to be built, suffered a torn ACL during training on May 31 and had surgery in July.

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Toronto to host first leg vs. LA at Rogers Centre
Reds decide on roofed venue to avoid inclement winter weather



TORONTO – Toronto FC are going indoors for the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against the LA Galaxy on March 7.

The club confirmed on Wednesday that game will be played under the roof of Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball, so as to avoid inclement weather for both players and fans.

The move to play under the retractable roof has seemed likely for some time, but there were decisions to be made before TFC concluded on playing there instead of BMO Field, their usual home.


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League sources have confirmed to CSN that the first Toronto-Montreal derby will take place April 7 in Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
The game will be in the afternoon, with a NHL game between Montreal and Toronto scheduled for that evening.

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Rongen Joins TFC As Academy Director
Former U.S. U-20 World Cup coach brings extensive experience.



Toronto FC announced on Friday that the club has hired Thomas Rongen as the club’s new Academy Director.

“We are very pleased to welcome Thomas Rongen to Toronto FC. He has both great coaching experience with youth and in the MLS,” said Toronto FC Head Coach & Technical Director, Aron Winter. “Thomas will be a welcomed addition to our club and an important asset for the continued development of our Academy program.”

Rongen, 55, is a native of Amsterdam and joins Toronto FC after most recently serving as the head coach of the national team of America Samoa. Prior to his post at American Samoa, Rongen served his second term as the head coach of the Under-20 United States men’s national team. He led the team to two FIFA U-20 World Cups in 2007 and 2009 during his five year tenure.


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TFC Agree To Terms With Joao Plata
Ecuador international made 26 MLS appearances & scored eight goals in all competition.



Toronto FC announced Wednesday that the club has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with forward Joao Plata, keeping the Ecuadorian international at Toronto FC. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very happy to get this deal completed and keep Plata at our club,” said Toronto FC Head Coach & Technical Director, Aron Winter. “Plata had a great year with us in 2011. He made a strong contribution on the pitch


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Moving On
Iro & Marosevic decline contract offers, will not return in 2012
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Toronto FC announced Friday that defender Andy Iro and forward Peri Marosevic will not be back with the club for the 2012 season.

“Both Andy and Peri declined our contract extension offers and now the club is ready to move on,” said Toronto FC Head Coach & Technical Director Aron Winter. “We met with both players at the conclusion of the season and presented them with fair offers that they have declined. I’d like to thank them for their contributions to our club and wish them well in the future endevours.”

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In other news, 35,000 tickets have been sold for the Champions League game vs LA Galaxy. My cousin says it's being advertised like crazy around the GTA so it's no shock they've sold that many tickets. It'd be cool to have most of the stadium full. Seattle isn't the only team who can draw 35,000+ it seems (assuming everyone with tickets goes).
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Reds hit 35,000 mark for CCL match, more tickets released.



Toronto FC announced Friday that an additional 1,000 tickets have been released for its CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal match against Los Angeles Galaxy at Rogers Centre.

The new seats are located in the 200 Level at the North End of the Rogers Centre and are priced at $25.00. The lower bowl has sold out, however tickets as low as $12 remain in the upper bowl. As of Friday morning ticket sales had passed 35,000, with the total soccer capacity for the match being 45,000

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