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Youth Movement: Toronto FC II impacting TFC from match one of the Armas era

Youth Movement: Toronto FC II impacting TFC from match one of the Armas era

Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/ TFC has the best player development system in Canada, and Chris Armas is ready to embrace that. TORONTO, Canada—When Jacob Shaffelburg sent a cross to Jozy Altidore to nearly open the scoring in the first few seconds of TFC’s Wednesday night match against Leon, it highlighted the football club’s development pathway’s latest success. In TFC’s first competitive match of 2021, debut head coach Chris Armas played eight players that have featured in TFC II matches and Luke Singh, who signed with TFC II in 2019 but has not played for...
Waking The Red Apr 10, 2021
Report: Jozy Altidore to undergo MRI after leaving CCL match vs. León with an injury

Report: Jozy Altidore to undergo MRI after leaving CCL match vs. León with an injury

Photo by Leopoldo Smith/ This doesn’t look great for Toronto FC. TORONTO, Canada—After limping off during Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Club León, Jozy Altidore will undergo an MRI to discover the extent of the injury. Per John Molinaro—who is re-joining the TFC beat(!) by the way—Toronto FC President Bill Manning and co. are still unsure how serious Altidore’s injury is, thus the need for an MRI. Spoke with Bill Manning today. Tells me Jozy is having an MRI, so we'll see how serious the injury is. #TFCLive— John Molinaro...
Waking The Red Apr 10, 2021
The Big Shots: Toronto FC’s vaccination campaign is underway in Orlando

The Big Shots: Toronto FC’s vaccination campaign is underway in Orlando

Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/ In a season full of irregularities, the team has taken the first step towards a return to normality under the Florida sun with the specter of what could be still looming large.  After their 1-1 draw in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League matchup against Club León on Wednesday, Toronto FC will be arriving “home” to some encouraging news: members of the TFC camp have begun receiving their COVID-19 vaccines. Last week, TFC General Manger Ali Curtis mentioned that the club had undergone “positive conversations” with...
Waking The Red Apr 9, 2021
Christine Sinclair leaves Canada match vs. Wales with apparent injury

Christine Sinclair leaves Canada match vs. Wales with apparent injury

Canada’s striker Christine Sinclair writhes in pain after sustaining an injury | (MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty) It did not look pretty ... but there’s hope. TORONTO, Canada—The Canadian women’s national team sustained a significant blow Friday afternoon during their friendly with Wales, as all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair was forced to leave the match after sustaining what appeared to be a very painful leg injury. Christine Sinclair subbed off after an injury, appeared to be her ankle, coming together in a tackle with a Wales player. FWIW, she did walk...
Waking The Red Apr 8, 2021
How a European move for Richie Laryea could be the shape of things to come for TFC

How a European move for Richie Laryea could be the shape of things to come for TFC

ichie Laryea #22 of Toronto competes for the ball with Yairo Moreno #11 of Leon during a first leg match of round of sixteen between Leon and Toronto as part of Concacaf Champions League 2021 at Leon Stadium on April 7, 2021 in Leon, Mexico. | (Smith/Getty) With Laryea continuing his stellar play, the WTR Weekly crew discuss what may be the best move for the 26-year-old fullback. With more and more Canadian players drawing interest from top European leagues, it’s no surprise to see Richie Laryea’s name in the headlines. And after Atiba Hutchinson recommended Laryea...
Waking The Red Apr 8, 2021
WATCH: Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas speaks to media following his first match in charge

WATCH: Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas speaks to media following his first match in charge

Chris Armas head coach of Toronto looks on during a first leg match of round of sixteen between Leon and Toronto as part of Concacaf Champions League 2021 at Leon Stadium on April 7, 2021 in Leon, Mexico. | Photo by Leopoldo Smith/ After Toronto FC’s 1-1 gutsy draw vs. Club Leon, TFC’s new head coach and veteran defender Omar Gonzalez addressed the media. TORONTO, Canada—Following his first match in charge of Toronto FC—last night’s 1-1 first-leg draw against Club León in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16—head coach Chris Armas spoke to media about...
Waking The Red Apr 8, 2021
Champions League: 5 takeaways from Toronto FC’s draw at the Estadio León

Champions League: 5 takeaways from Toronto FC’s draw at the Estadio León

Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/ It’s advantage TFC following the first leg in Mexico. Toronto FC fought back from a goal down to secure a 1-1 away draw against Club León in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 first leg. The tie is still far from over, but a Pozuelo-less Toronto squad put up an inspiring performance against a León side who have played 19 more games since TFC’s last competitive outing in November 2020. With lots to look forward to ahead of next week’s second leg at the Osceola County Stadium, here are five important takeaways from TFC’s...
Waking The Red Apr 7, 2021
Jozy Altidore and Erickson Gallardo leave Club Leon game with injuries

Jozy Altidore and Erickson Gallardo leave Club Leon game with injuries

Photo by Leopoldo Smith/ Already missing a lot of players, Toronto FC lost another pair to injuries on Wednesday night Toronto FC were already banged up going into Wenesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Club Leon, but their injury woes seem to have continued. Already missing reigning MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo, Jonathan Osorio, Chris Mavinga, and Ayo Akinola, among others, both Jozy Altidore and Erickson Gallardo were forced out of Wednesday’s match. 75’ | Pair of changes.↪️ @Liam_Fraser27↩️ @JozyAltidore↪️ @griff_dorsey↩️...
Waking The Red Apr 7, 2021
Short but sweet debuts for Toronto FC young guns Noble Okello and Luke Singh

Short but sweet debuts for Toronto FC young guns Noble Okello and Luke Singh

Jose Ramirez (L) of Leon fights for the ball with Noble Okello (R) of Toronto during a first leg match of round of sixteen between Leon and Toronto as part of Concacaf Champions League 2021 at Leon Stadium on April 7, 2021 in Leon, Mexico. | Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/ Okello was sacrificed at half-time for away-goal catalyst Erickson Gallardo, but showed enough to excite TFC fans, while Luke Singh came in late to help shore up the Toronto defense. MANITOBA, Canada—Noble Okello may be disappointed with the length of his first start for Toronto FC, with the TFC...
Waking The Red Apr 7, 2021
Recap and Highlights: TFC’s bold performance carries them to 1-1 draw against Club León

Recap and Highlights: TFC’s bold performance carries them to 1-1 draw against Club León

Jose Ramirez of Leon competes for the ball with Jacob Shaffelburg of Toronto | Photo by Leopoldo Smith/ Chris Armas’ Reds performed admirably in the season opener despite a depleted roster and a surfeit of negative expectations. Toronto FC showed an abundance of determination and drive in their unexpected 1-1 draw against Mexican champions Club León on Wednesday night. The silhouette of uncertainty had in many ways consumed Toronto FC since they last played in November. With Greg Vanney making way for Chris Armas — a head coaching selection that underwhelmed many...
Waking The Red Apr 7, 2021
LIVE: Toronto FC 0-0 Club León—Match thread, preview, and how to watch

LIVE: Toronto FC 0-0 Club León—Match thread, preview, and how to watch

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Questions? Comments? Join us for Toronto FC’s first match of the season as they take on Liga MX’s León in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16. Follow along all of the action tonight with Michael Singh. Live Match Thread 3’—GOA—nevermind! Tight one there as León almost open the scoring after a Michael Bradley challenge sends the ball past the TFC backline, however, the León player who eventually put the ball into the back of the net was certainly offside. 1’—CHANCE! What a great start for Toronto FC, with Jacob...
Waking The Red Apr 7, 2021
LIVE: Toronto FC 0-1 Club León—Match thread, preview, and how to watch

LIVE: Toronto FC 0-1 Club León—Match thread, preview, and how to watch

Photo by Leopoldo Smith/ Questions? Comments? Join us for Toronto FC’s first match of the season as they take on Liga MX’s León in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16. Follow along all of the action tonight with Michael Singh. Live Match Thread HT—Toronto FC 0-1 Club León: It’s a wonderstrike that’s the only difference in this match so far. What are your thoughts on the first half so far? And what changes would you like to see made in the second half? Remember! This is the first of two legs. The return fixture will be played on April 14 in the Orlando...
Waking The Red Apr 7, 2021
WATCH: 6 questions ahead of Toronto FC’s encounter with Club León

WATCH: 6 questions ahead of Toronto FC’s encounter with Club León

Toronto FC forward Patrick Mullins (13) and Nashville SC midfielder Randall Leal (8) work for the ball. | (Butler II/USA TODAY) Managing Editor Michael Singh hopped on Footy Talks’ Fast Money to help tee up tonight’s match. How big an impact is the potential loss of Poz for the first game? He’s the reigning MLS MVP. He’s the only player to play every minute of a single season. He’s a game changer and the heart of the team. And he’s NOT available against Club Leon. Michael Singh discusses how TFC will fare without their talisman Alejandro Pozuelo. How big...
Waking The Red Apr 7, 2021
Exclusive | Out of the shadows and into the spotlight: The emergence of Ralph Priso

Exclusive | Out of the shadows and into the spotlight: The emergence of Ralph Priso

(Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty) The 18-year-old Toronto FC midfielder spoke to WTR about his breakout season and how he hopes to build on what was a strong start to his career. “I remember my mom went to a meeting and Greg Vanney said that only two out of 60 kids get to the first team. And I told my mom: there’s no reason that can’t be me.” TORONTO, Canada—For any footy fans growing up in Greater Toronto Area, you already know what it means to represent Toronto FC. Not only has pulling on the red shirt with that TFC crest become one of the most...
Waking The Red Apr 7, 2021
Toronto FC add Luke Singh to CONCACAF Champions League roster

Toronto FC add Luke Singh to CONCACAF Champions League roster

Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via The Toronto FC II defender signs on a short-term deal to join the squad in Mexico. MANITOBA, Canada—As the team gets set for it’s Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matchup against Club León this evening, Toronto FC have announced that they have added defender Luke Singh to the roster on a short-term deal. Singh, 20, is signing from Toronto FC II on a four-day short-term agreement in accordance with MLS rules stating that clubs may sign players from their USL affiliates on short-term deals for CONCACAF Champions League,...