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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old January 6th, 2011, 18:38
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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.

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well, I renewed my seasons. Only reason being that I don't want to give up the seats, they're not replaceable.

Interesting appointment Winter, I never saw him play and know only what Wiki said. This seems more like an appointment for a coach to prove his game rather than a tried and true (in my mind) appointment. I hope it works out, but I feel as he may be discouraged early on once he sees our players play like Ajax u-10s

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LA Galaxy Acquire Chad Barrett from Toronto FC

BALTIMORE – The LA Galaxy today acquired forward Chad Barrett from Toronto FC in exchange for future considerations. A six-year MLS veteran who was raised in Southern California, Barrett has 34 career regular season goals in 147 games with the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC.

The 25-year-old was traded to Toronto in July 2008 and had an immediate impact with the club, scoring four goals and adding three assists in 13 games with the club to finish the season with a career-high nine goals, including four game-winning goals. He went on to have 16 goals and eight assists in 65 regular season games with Toronto, including seven goals in 2010 when he finished as the club’s second leading scorer. Barrett also helped TFC qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in club history in 2010, leading them to the Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

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Toronto say no to De Rosario's Celtic loan

Winter issues statement, tells DeRo he's needed in Toronto


TORONTO — Toronto FC head coach and technical director Aron Winter says that Dwayne De Rosario will continue to play a key role for the Reds despite the misunderstanding regarding his trial with Celtic.

In fact, Toronto valued De Rosario so much that they turned down a request from Celtic to extend his stay at the club.

"Celtic inquired about the possibility of extending Dwayne's time with them,” Winter said. “My preference is for Dwayne to start the season with Toronto FC right from training camp. We are making a fresh start and need a strong competitive camp. Dwayne is the captain and leader and needs to be part of building a new winning culture."

De Rosario trained with the Scottish club on Dec. 27 without telling Toronto or having the proper documentation in hand. However, the confusion was quickly resolved, allowing De Rosario to train with Celtic until Friday.

Toronto always maintained that De Rosario would return to Toronto at the end of the trial.

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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.”

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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old January 22nd, 2011, 04:36 Thread Starter
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Preseason schedule as of January 20, 2011.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - PLAYERS REPORT TO CAMP
Thursday, January 27, 2011 - TRAVEL TO ANTALYA, TURKEY
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - MATCH V. PARTIZAN BELGRADE
Sunday, February 6, 2011 - MATCH TBA
Thursday, February 10, 2011 - MATCH V. DINAMO ZAGREB
Saturday, February 12, 2011 - RETURN TO TORONTO
Monday, February 21, 2011 - TRAVEL TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Thursday, February 24, 2011 - MATCH (Disney Tournament) v. TBA
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - MATCH (Disney Tournament) v. TBA
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - TRAVEL TO CHARLESTON, SC FROM ORLANDO
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - MATCH (2011 Carolina Challenge Cup) V. CHICAGO FIRE, 5:00 P.M., CHARLESTON, SC
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - MATCH (2011 Carolina Challenge Cup) V. CHARLESTON BATTERY, 7:15 P.M., CHARLESTON, SC
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - MATCH (2011 Carolina Challenge Cup) V. D.C. UNITED, 5:00 P.M., CHARLESTON, SC
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - RETURN TO TORONTO
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Toronto plan big push with academies in 2011

New training facility facilitates the expansion of youth programs

— This will be an exciting year of growth for youth development programs at Toronto FC, according to the club's academy director Stuart Neely.

With TFC ownership approving a $17.6 million investment in a new training facility, planning is underway for the creation of a third academy team. Neely said he expects a program made up of U-14 and U-13 players to be up and running by spring 2012.

And that’s just the beginning, Neely said.

“It’s exciting,” Neely said. “We are looking to create U-15, U-13, U-11 all the way down to U-7 [teams]. That’s been the plan from Day 1.”

With a new management team boasting experience in the world renowned Ajax youth system, it’s a reasonable assumption that the Reds will be relying on homegrown talent a great deal moving forward, Neely said. Last year, the club signed academy standouts Doneil Henry (pictured above) and Nicholas Lindsay (pictured below) to professional contracts.

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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.

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Toronto Sun, January 28:

The writing was on the wall for former Toronto FC interim head coach Nick Dasovic earlier this month when Aron Winter and the new coaching staff were hired on.

The TFC head coaching role was one Dasovic wanted on a permanent basis. As it turned out, Dasovic wasn’t the preferred option, and now, as the month comes to an end, apparently so has his time with the club.

It was reported Friday morning Dasovic is done at Toronto FC. QMI Agency has since learned that the situation is not resolved. Dasovic was offered a significantly inferior role with the club by management, and such a demotion wasn’t well received by the former Canadian International, who has been with TFC since 2008. Dasovic would have been happy in a first-team coaching role or with the reserves, but such a position was not offered.
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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.”

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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

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Jason Bent Named Assistant Coach

Former Canadian international to work alongside Winter and De Klerk.

Toronto FC announced Tuesday that Jason Bent has been promoted to the position of Assistant Coach. Bent, 33, takes on the new role after spending three years as Head Coach of Toronto FC’s Senior Academy Team.

“Jason has played a big role in establishing our Academy and has proved he is ready to take the step up,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “Developing our young players is a key part of our philosophy at this club, and having Jason working with the first team squad will help us with that. It is also the next step in his development as a coach and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Under Bent’s leadership, Toronto FC Academy’s Senior Team qualified for the Canadian Soccer League Playoffs in 2009 and 2010, and last summer two players from his squad graduated to sign professional contracts for the first time

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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.

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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.”

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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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I really hope our new signing help out. Then need to be integrated and get to know the team so we can move forward.

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The hope is that Toronto fans realize this is a MAJOR work in progress because they can't possibly take shape until mid-season and that's an ambitious expectation to say the least. There's so much to be done with the FC that I hope the season's ticket holders don't expect too much and start throwing waffles on the pitch like they do with the Leafs.

Hate to say it but it starts with an ugly loss to V-City tomorrow.
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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”

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