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2014 Toronto FC Preview:
Building a brand new superclub at BMO Field



Spend big, win big? Toronto FC certainly won the offseason messaging war, laying out close to nine figures in transfer fees and contracts to land a trio of Designated Players in Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Gilberto. It's no guarantee of success, though – from the "Big Spenders" camp, only the LA Galaxy have claimed an MLS Cup.

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Three Players Assigned To Wilmington
Lovitz, Roberts & Aparicio are assigned on loan to USL Pro Club affiliate, Wilmington.



Toronto FC announced Monday that the club has assigned goalkeeper Quillan Roberts, along with midfielders Daniel Lovitz, and Manny Aparicio on loan to its USL Pro Club affiliate, Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

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MLSE's Leiweke:
Taxpayers would be paid back for BMO Field expansion

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke says
MLSE would pay “almost all” of the cost of expanding the Toronto FC stadium

BMO Field, at Exhibition Place, could be expanded from its present 20,000 capacity to 30,000 - and up to 40,000 on a temporary basis, as for the Pan Am Games in 2015.


BMO Field, owned by the city, is home to Major League Soccer team Toronto FC, owned by MLSE. CEO Tim Leiweke, fresh off a splashy $100 million investment in two players, wants to add a partial roof and more seats to a seven-year-old facility that he says has already “fallen behind the rest of the league.”

The $63-million stadium was built with about $45 million in public funds, including $10 million in cash from the city — plus a city donation of land worth $10 million.

Taxpayer funding of sports facilities is perpetually contentious. Leiweke said he believes the renovation agreement “will be a deal that won’t have a lot of controversy to it”: this time, he said, MLSE expects to pay the majority of the costs.

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Toronto city council approves co-investment partnership to expand BMO Field

TORONTO – Toronto FC’s home stadium is set for a massive facelift after the Toronto City Council voted 39-3 in favor of investing $10 million in improvements to BMO Field.

“We’re very grateful for the leadership and support of the City,” Toronto FC president Tim Leiweke (above) told the Toronto Star. “This is an important issue, not just for Toronto FC, but also the CFL, the Pan Am Games, our ability to host Winter Classics, Grey Cups, and the proposed 2026 World Cup bid for Canada.”


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Toronto FC to host English Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur in friendly on July 23

FC announced on Wednesday they will host English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur for a friendly at BMO Field on July 23.

The game, part of the transfer agreement between the two clubs for current TFC Designated Player Jermain Defoe in January, will be the first meeting between the teams and is part of a four-year advertising-rights agreement between Spurs and TFC owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.


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Collen Warner joins TFC from Montreal in exchange for Issey Nakajima-Farran.



Toronto FC announced Friday that the club has acquired midfielder Collen Warner from the Montreal Impact in exchange for midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran and allocation money. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed

COLLEN WARNER
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’10
Weight: 178 lbs.
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Birth Place: Denver, Colorado
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Nationality: American
Last Club: Montreal Impact
How Acquired: Trade with Montreal Impact on Friday, May 16, 2014 in exchange for midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran and allocation money
Pronunciation: “Call-in War-nurr”

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Canadian football plans removed
from Toronto FC's upcoming BMO Field expansion plans


It appears that Toronto FC won't have a new gridiron roommate at BMO Field after all – at least not any time soon.

On Tuesday morning the Toronto Globe and Mail reported that the plan to remodel TFC's stadium with an eye towards becoming the home of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts has hit a major snag, as the federal government in Ottawa is wavering on its planned CDN $10 million contribution toward the project.


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Toronto FC thrilled to add speedy,
versatile winger Dominic Oduro to arsenal of weapons


Early Friday morning, Toronto swapped wingers with the Columbus Crew and brought in Dominic Oduro in exchange for Alvaro Rey. The trade is the third for the club in a busy spring that has seen Collen Warner and Luke Moore also join the team in recent weeks.

“Dominic’s a guy that has proved in the league that he can be pretty devastating,” TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen told reporters at training Friday. “He’s a nice age, he’s got good MLS experience and can play a couple of positions. He’s going to be a valuable asset to our club.”


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Toronto FC Shocker: Coach Ryan Nelsen Fired

On August 30th, Toronto FC lost 3 – 0 to the New England Revolution in what many referred to as a “must win” game. Within twenty four hours of this sub par performance, management fired coach Ryan Nelsen and his staff.

In his post game press conference, Nelsen had openly expressed his disapproval of General Manager Tim Bazbatchenko’s earlier comments that for this assembled group of experienced professionals, the “time of gelling was over,” and the time had come to turn it up a notch.

Nelsen openly stated that he did not see the New England game as the pressure situation Bezbatchenko described. He also disapproved of the public nature of such comments, saying that they only served to “aggravate” players. He clearly he saw the GM’s comments as counter productive.

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Toronto FC announces USL PRO team
Reds successfully acquire rights to a USL PRO club


Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has successfully acquired the rights to a USL PRO franchise. In addition, the club has named Jason Bent as the head coach of the new USL PRO team.

The Toronto USL PRO team will train out of the club’s Kia Training Grounds. Additional information on club name, venue for home matches and tickets will be released at a later date.


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With a busy off-season already underway, Ali Curtis is excited for Toronto FC's future
20959

As always the off-season heralds a time of change for a soccer club.

This time for Toronto FC there will likely be more than most in recent memory.

“You can define change a lot of different ways,” began TFC General Manager Ali Curtis. “There's change in style of play, there's change in philosophy, change in personnel, all these different types of things.”

“We'll have some consistency as it pertains to our roster, but I do think it's important that we add some new players to the team,” he continued. “I'd like to do that in collaboration with a new head coach. In that sense, there's a lot of change that will occur when you do hire a new head coach. That was my experience when I was at Red Bull [New York], when I hired Jesse [Marsch]. There will be change for sure, but there will also be a lot of consistency as well.”

 
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