Toronto FC add Welsh international striker Robert Earnshaw
Toronto FC announced Friday the club has signed Welsh International striker Robert Earnshaw. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Earnshaw, 31, most recently spent time on loan in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv from Welsh club, Cardiff City FC. He began his career with Cardiff's youth program and turned professional in 1998. The Welshman made 168 appearances, scoring 83 goals in all competitions in his first stint with the Bluebirds.
In 2004, Earnshaw was transferred to Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion FC. He went on to score 12 goals in 43 appearances over two seasons with the Baggies.
Traveling TFC fans expected to nearly double their own record set in 2008
Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC still might feel like a fairly new rivalry to many MLS fans given their recent additions to the league as expansion teams.
But the history runs deeper than you think. Here’s all you need to know about this weekend’s Rivalry Week matchup at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium (4 pm ET, TSN/RDS in Canada, MLS Live in the US): A soon-to-be-new MLS record 4,200 traveling supporters will be making the trek from Toronto (TFC fans already hold the all-time MLS record for traveling supporters with 2,400 in Columbus back in 2008).
“We absolutely expect to beat that record on Saturday,” Toronto FC senior director of business operations Paul Bierne told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Monday afternoon. “We worked with the front office in Montreal to arrange for a special allotment of tickets to be made available to TFC fans. As a result, over 5,000 tickets have been requested. We’ll see how many actually travel to Montreal. After this week’s win against Sporting Kansas City, I expect it will be a good solid number.”
Toronto FC add New Zealand international forward Jeremy Brockie on loan
Toronto FC were busy on Tuesday, getting Scottish defender Steven Caldwell on loan and then announcing later that they've acquired New Zealand international forward Jeremy Brockie (above, left) on loan from Wellington Phoenix FC.
The 25-year-old Brockie – who was a teammate of now-TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen with New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup – joins the Reds after spending the past season with the Hyundai A-League outfit, where he appeared in 24 matches and scored 16 goals; finishing second in league scoring. Brockie has scored 32 career goals in 98 A-League matches.
Toronto FC acquire Israeli international defender Tal Ben Haim on loan from Queens Park Rangers
Toronto FC coach Ryan Nelsen's foraging for England-based talent continued on Thursday as the club announced the acquisition of defender Tal Ben Haim on loan from Queens Park Rangers, Nelsen's former team who are bracing for relegation from the English Premier League.
The 31-year-old Israeli international joins Toronto FC after signing with QPR in January. He made six appearances for the London club in all competitions. He has made more than 300 appearances during nine seasons in England, eight of which have been in the EPL.
Toronto FC waive midfielder John Bostock,
end loan agreement with Tottenham
Toronto FC have waived midfielder John Bostock and terminated his loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur, the club announced Friday.
Bostock, 21, joined Toronto FC on loan from the English Premier League side on March 8. He made nine combined appearances for the club in league and Amway Canadian Championship play without registering a goal or an assist
Toronto FC and Monaco lining up $10 million bids
for Carlos Tevez
It is being reported in Italy and Brazil that Toronto FC are looking to bring Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez over to play in MLS.
This report on Lancenet claims that Toronto FC and Monaco have made similar offers for the striker with a reported transfer value of $10 million USD. They also suggest that the contract offered to the player would be in the range of $85 million over three years. That number would be a drop in the bucket for Monaco who are throwing cash around to sign anyone available in recent weeks but for MLS it would be completely unheard of.
Califf Announces Retirement
Defender Danny Califf retires after 14 year playing career, will become scout for TFC
Danny Califf's Retirement Letter:
"Today, I am announcing my retirement from soccer. It is a very emotional day for me. My family has moved around the world to watch me play the sport I love. Now, I get to watch my three kids play the same sport that has given me so much," said Danny Califf. "Thanks to my family and friends for their love and support. Also to my teammates, and to my fans, the people who really make playing worth it."
Another TFC overhaul
Have they learned from past mistakes?
What can you say about a team that only has seven total shots on target in eighteen games from the midfield? Either the team is playing some weird 6-1-3 formation or the team is very bad. TFC haven't played a 6-1-3 this year, so yes, they are very bad. Despite only doing slightly worse than projected in the standings, the team has done it in a very boring, and in many ways, a scared fashion.
Let’s be honest. Like Johnston, Preki, Klinsmann (to a different extent), Winter, and Mariner, MLSE have been scammed again by a coach who was totally unprepared and provides zero assets to the club, as well as by a new President and General Manager whose greatest skill is knowing when to leave a sinking ship. DC United, who by the way last won the title almost 10 years ago, are probably the only greater disappointment this season than the Reds.
Osorio levels, Wiedeman wins it late in 2-1 BMO Field triumph.
TORONTO - Jonathan Osorio and Andrew Wiedeman each scored a late goal to spearhead a dramatic comeback victory Saturday afternoon, as Toronto FC defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 for their first league victory at BMO Field in over a year.
The win also snapped a six-game winless streak for Toronto FC (3-10-8), who had won just once in 17 league matches against the Crew all-time before their heroics in the final seven minutes, played in a torrential downpour.
Toronto FC announced Friday that the club has acquired Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti. As per club and league policy terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
"We are thrilled to finally get this deal concluded for Maximiliano Urruti. He is a player that we have been aware of for nearly two years and we have scouted him extensively in person," said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. "We think he's really going to help our team and he is going to be an exciting player for our league so we couldn't be happier about this outcome."
Urruti, 22, joins Toronto FC after spending the past three seasons at Newell's Old Boys of the Primera División de Argentina (Argentina's First Division). He made 56 appearances and scored 14 goals combined in league and Copa Libertadores play for the club. This past season, Urruti was part of Newell's Old Boys' Torneo Final championship winning side.
"Maximiliano is a promising young striker and he is a natural goal scorer," said Toronto FC Head Coach Ryan Nelsen. "He has great character and work ethic and we are really excited to have him join Toronto."
Maximiliano Urruti #37
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Birth Place: Rosario, Argentina
Hometown: Rosario, Argentina
Last Club: Newell's Old Boys
How Acquired: Signed with Toronto FC on Friday, August 16, 2013
Pronunciation: "Max-a-mill-ee-ano Urr-oo-tee"
TOR 1, CHI 1:
Fire can't gain the ground they want as Reds hold the line
TORONTO — Dilly Duka and Robert Earnshaw scored first half goals for Chicago and Toronto respectively as two Eastern Conference sides battled to a 1-1 draw in front of 15,217 at BMO Field on Wednesday evening.
The Fire opened the scoring in the 20th minute on a peculiar play in which Duka chipped a pass to forward Mike Magee, who had made a run into the Toronto box. While the current second-highest goalscorer in the league was unable to get a foot on the ball, TFC keeper Joe Bendik played the ball as if Magee was going to redirect it and ultimately saw Duka’s pass bounce over him into the back of the net.
Toronto FC hire league player relations pro Tim Bezbatchenko as new GM
FC went looking for an expert on the Major League Soccer salary cap to serve as their next general manager, so they went right to the source to find their man.
The club announced Friday that Tim Bezbatchenko, a 31-year-old attorney who has spent the past three years negotiating and drafting player contracts as the senior director of player relations and competition with MLS, is now the new man on the job in Toronto, replacing former GM Kevin Payne, who was let go earlier this month.
A season later, did Toronto FC draft well in 2013?
Oh, to be the shirts, shorts and socks of Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman on laundry day.
A one-rinse cycle gets the sweat out and not a touch of detergent more is used to rid their kits of those non-existent grass or mud stains. Freshly laundered and delivered as they always are, it may seem tedious for these two players to dress up every game, sit on the bench and wait for a chance that sometimes – oftentimes – never comes.
Bekker and Welshman were drafted this year by a Toronto FC side looking to not only fix a tarnished reputation from the season last, but also looking for ways to gain as much valuable allocation money as any team can at such an event
Toronto FC relish composed win over Montreal:
"We looked like the team that was going to the playoffs"
TORONTO - A first-half strike by Robert Earnshaw was enough to see Toronto FC dispatch a desperate Montreal Impact side by a 1-0 margin on a cold, soggy Saturday afternoon at BMO Field.
TFC opened the scoring in the 16th minute when a lucky bounce allowed midfielder Jonathan Osorio to unleash a shot in the Impact penalty box that Earnshaw redirected past Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
Toronto were worthy winners and had multiple chances to increase their lead during the first half. The first arrived via another fortuitous bounce in the 33rd minute that enabled Earnshaw and Bright Dike to go in alone on Perkins. However, the two TFC strikers got in each other’s way and the Impact 'keeper blocked Earnshaw’s shot.
Alberto Gilardino is set to become Toronto FC’s next Designated Player.
RedNation Online has learned that Gilardino has agreed to a move to Toronto FC, who offered him a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract. The deal is rumoured to be valued at $3 million a year for four years, with a $6 million transfer fee going to Genoa.
Gilardino has not yet signed a contract with Toronto FC, but three separate sources have confirmed to RedNation that Gilardino’s signing is imminent. A tweet from Sky Sports writer Tancredi Palmeri seems to indicate that Gilardino is close to signing as well.