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Toronto FC fires Preki and Johnston

Major League Soccer's Toronto FC fired coach Preki Radosavljevic and director of soccer Mo Johnston on Tueday.

Toronto is third in the East at 7-10-7 and appears likely to miss the playoffs following Saturday's 1-0 home loss to D.C. United, which has the poorest record in the league.

Preki, inducted last month into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, was in his first season with Toronto after earning coach of the year honors at ChivasUSA. Johnson had been with the team since its inception, and Toronto has never made the playoffs.


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Toronto FC: We're not afraid to go big in Draft



TORONTO – Toronto FC interim GM Earl Cochrane isn’t sure how Wednesday’s Re-Entry Draft will play out. Seeing that it’s the first time MLS has held the draft, all he can do is speculate – but he's not afraid to jump in head first.

“We kind of thought it would be a case of experienced guys that are generally a little expensive and that’s what you find here,” he told MLSsoccer.com from his office Friday afternoon.

The full list of available players was released by the league on Friday and contained some notable names, such as former MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Jeff Cunningham, Juan Pablo Angel and Jimmy Conrad. Despite the star power available, Cochrane says he expects most of the action to involve lesser-known names.

“It will likely be those mid-level guys that are willing to come down [in salary] that will be most valuable to teams,” he said. The stars might generate interest, he added, but only in specific situations where the fit is perfect.

Although Cochrane was tight-lipped about TFC’s plans for the draft, he did say that the club is always looking to address the areas that need improvement. If the right player is available, Toronto won’t hesitate to grab him.

“We’re looking at several key components that anyone that knows our roster will understand,” Cochrane says. “There are maybe six key starting-11 type players we are after. The rest is about filling out our roster.”

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/toronto-wont-hesitate-grab-re-entry-draft
 

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Winter, Mariner named in TFC's management team


TORONTO — Toronto FC announced Thursday that Aron Winter (pron. A-ron Vinter) has been named the club’s new head coach and technical director. Paul Mariner joins the team as director of player development.

“We have been working over the past few months to build an integrated soccer system that will give us the best opportunity to succeed on the pitch,” said Tom Anselmi, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “We wanted to establish a management team that is committed to the way the club wants to play, has an international perspective, knows Major League Soccer and believes in the potential of Toronto FC.”

“Aron will oversee our entire soccer operation and set the soccer direction of Toronto FC. Paul will be responsible for our club’s scouting, player acquisition, player development and our Academy,” added Anselmi.

Winter, 43, brings a wealth of international experience to Toronto as both a player and coach. He made 84 international appearances for the Netherlands and played in three FIFA World Cups and four European Championships. He started and ended his playing career in Amsterdam with Ajax (pron. I-axe) and also played in Italy for Lazio and Inter Milan, making over 400 career club appearances.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/winter-mariner-named-tfcs-management-team
 

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De Guzman seeks fresh start after knee surgery

Toronto DP admits injuries have so far hampered his MLS career

TORONTO — As the mercury plummets and the snow piles up at BMO Field, it seems like spring may never come for Toronto FC and their Designated Player, Julian de Guzman.

But the disappointment of 2010 hangs worse for de Guzman. The Canadian international with blazing speed and dazzling ball skills revealed last week that he is in the midst of a three-month recovery process after undergoing knee surgery to repair a damaged meniscus.

“It was the first time I have ever had this injury,” de Guzman told MLSsoccer.com. “I was told it was wear and tear from an accumulation of games, traveling and training on turf.”

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/de-guzman-seeks-fresh-start-after-knee-surgery
 

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De Rosario unsettled, but wants to move forward

Toronto FC captain, club look to resolve lingering contract issue

TORONTO — Dwayne de Rosario spoke to media on Wednesday for the first time since he returned from a training stint with Scottish giants Celtic, and the Toronto FC midfielder made it clear he wants to move forward after sorting out the details of his contract.

“It’s not settled – no, I’m not,” he said. “But, that’s between me and the club.”

De Rosario trained with Celtic from Dec. 26 to Jan 18. However, Toronto said he started the trial without informing them or arranging the proper paperwork.

“I didn’t think that there was any confusion until I saw a press release,” he said. “But the past is the past. I’ve moved on.”

The club confirmed that they turned down a request from Celtic to extend De Rosario’s stay in Scotland until March. New TFC director of player personnel Paul Mariner said the club and De Rosario were meeting this week to talk about his contract.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/de-rosario-unsettled-wants-move-forward
 

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Youngsters lead TFC past Red Star Belgrade

TFC Academy product Stinson scores lone goal in 1-0 victory


Young players are making their mark for Toronto FC as the club continues its preseason camp in Turkey.

On Sunday, TFC Academy product and 2010 Winthrop University MVP Matt Stinson scored TFC’s goal in a 1-0 win over Serbian side Red Star Belgrade.

According to first assistant Bob de Klerk, Stinson’s goal was just the reward for the work the young Reds have been doing in training.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the skill of the young guys,” de Klerk said. “[I have] big compliments [for them]. They have really picked up the new system and have done well with it.”

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/youngsters-lead-tfc-past-red-star-belgrade
 

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De Rosario: I'm happier than I've ever been in Toronto

Coach Winter has specific plans for Canadian playmaker


TORONTO—If Toronto FC star Dwayne De Rosario is feeling any resentment from the controversy that surrounded his training session with Celtic last month, he wasn’t showing it at training Thursday.

“Other than the day I signed this is probably as happy as I’ve been here,” De Rosario said.

The attacker indicated that he was excited by the tactics that new head coach Aron Winter is trying to bring to the club.

“Anyone that likes to play with the ball on the ground, movement off the ball ... it’s perfect for me,” he said.

Although neither De Rosario or Winter would confirm what position De Rosario will play this year, it was stressed that he would likely be assigned a specific role.

De Rosario indicated a preference

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/de-rosario-im-happier-ive-ever-been-toronto
 

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Toronto FC ride local popularity to new radio pact

The Fan 590 renews deal to air games, cover team throughout week


TORONTO – Toronto FC announced Thursday that radio station The Fan 590 will return for a third year as the official Toronto-area radio partner of the Reds.

Play-by-play voice Dan Dunleavy will once again be calling the games, and all 34 regular season matches will be aired on the radio station or over the Web at fan590.com.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/toronto-fc-ride-local-popularity-new-radio-pact
 

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Bouchiba bringing leadership quality to Toronto

Reds' new Dutch midfielder said team lacked passion v. Charleston



He’s only been signed by Toronto FC for a little more than a day, but midfielder Elbekay Bouchiba (pictured above, center) is not afraid to speak up when the Reds performance isn’t what it should be.

“There was no passion,” Bouchiba said of Toronto’s performance against the Charleston Battery at the Carolina Challenge Cup on Wednesday. The Reds lost 2-1 to the USL-Pro side.

Bouchiba was one of three Dutch players signed by TFC on Wednesday. Also joining the club were forward Javier Martina (above, left) and forward/midfielder Nick Soolsma. Where Martina provides Toronto with some much-needed speed on the wings and Soolsma is a first-rate prospect, Bouchiba’s greatest value could come from his leadership abilities.

“We were playing like we knew that that we didn’t need to win,” Bouchiba said. “I’m sure it will be different by the time we play Vancouver [on March 19], but you must always play with passion if you are going to win.”

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/bouchiba-bringing-leadership-quality-toronto
 

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Adrian Cann To Rejoin Toronto FC Preseason Friday

Canadian international back in the fold.


Adrian Cann will rejoin his Toronto FC teammates in preseason training at Charleston on Friday, the club's official site said in a terse note.

The Canadian international defender left the training camp a week ago, on March 2, over a contract dispute.

The release did not mention any possible punishment for Cann's unauthorized departure.

Since Cann has left, Toronto has lost two games in the Carolina Cup Challenge, falling 1-0 to the ten-man Chicago Fire and losing 2-1 to the lower-league Charleston Battery

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Toronto FC Signs Dicoy Williams

Jamaican international defender latest to join Reds.

TORONTO - Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have signed Jamaican international defender Dicoy Williams.

"Dicoy is a strong defender that is solid in one-on-one situations and has a lot of good qualities,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “He performed well in training camp but we couldn’t sign him until we made sure we had the international spot.”

Williams, 24, most recently played for Harbour View FC of the Digicel Premier League in Jamaica. Williams has earned six caps for the Jamaican national team. His most recent appearance was on October 10, 2010 against Trinidad & Tobago.

He spent time with the club during the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month.

Dicoy Williams #31
Position: Defender
Height: 6’2
Weight: 187
Birthdate: October 7, 1986
Birth Place/Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Nationality: Jamaica
Last Club: Harbour View FC
How Acquired: Signed on March 31, 2011
Pronunciation: “Dee-koy Will-iams”

http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2011/03/toronto-fc-signs-dicoy-williams
 

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Frings, Koevermans perfect duo to lead Toronto charge

TFC boss Winter says veterans will provide leadership club needs


TORONTO — Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter was looking for leadership for his struggling team, and he feels he finally found the perfect men for the role.

On Wednesday, TFC announced the signings of German international midfielder Torsten Frings and Dutch international forward Danny Koevermans as the club’s newest Designated Players.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/06/29/frings-koevermans-perfect-duo-lead-toronto-charge
 

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Toronto Acquires Terry Dunfield

Midfielder to arrive at BMO Field from Canadian rival Vancouver.


Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have acquired midfielder Terry Dunfield from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for allocation money and future considerations.

"We are pleased to add Terry to our midfield, he is a passionate player and he will fit in well, " said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. "He has played well this season for Vancouver and we have seen first-hand what he is capable of."


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Johnson Jumps To Toronto

Reds send three to San Jose for forward, allocation & international spot.


Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have acquired forward Ryan Johnson from the San Jose Earthquakes along with allocation money and an international roster spot in exchange for forward Alan Gordon, midfielder Jacob Peterson, and defender Nana Attakora.

"We are rebuilding the club and this deal was necessary to continue that process" said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. "I'd like to thank Alan, Jacob, and Nana for their contributions to Toronto FC. We are very pleased to add an experienced forward in Ryan Johnson. We expect him to make an immediate impact at our club."

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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.”

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/07/15/toronto-acquire-iro-griffit-send-tchani-columbus
 

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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.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/07/28/toronto-deal-defender-gargan-chicago-robinson
 

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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

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/08/11/tfc-rebuilding-also-means-developing-young-talent
 

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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.”

http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2011/11/reds-weigh-locatios-pros-cons
 
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