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Waking The Red Aug 10, 2020
Toronto FC loan defender Julian Dunn to Valour FC for ‘The Island Games’

Toronto FC loan defender Julian Dunn to Valour FC for ‘The Island Games’

Houston Dynamo forward Romell Quioto (31) kicks the ball as Toronto FC defender Julian Dunn (52) defends during the second half at BBVA Compass Stadium. | (Taormina/USA TODAY) Dunn and TFC II’s Dante Campbell are joining the Winnipeg-based CanPL side, while 2020 first-round pick Nyal Higgins is loaned overseas. Toronto FC and Toronto FC II loaned a pair of players to Canadian Premier League side Valour FC on Monday morning, as defender Julian Dunn and defender/midfielder Dante Campbell became the latest youngsters to go on loan to the league ahead of The Island Games. NEWS | Dante...
Waking The Red Aug 6, 2020
Return of the Reds: What we know so far

Return of the Reds: What we know so far

Ayo Akinola #20 of Toronto FC celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal to complete a hat trick in the 83’ during a Group C match against the Montreal Impact as part of the MLS Is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 16, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. | Photo by Michael Reaves/ TFC appear to be gearing up for action once again in the coming weeks, but where will they play and who will the opponents be? ST.JOHN’S, Canada—The departure of Toronto FC from the MLS is Back tournament came earlier than the Reds faithful might have hoped for when they crashed out...
Waking The Red Aug 4, 2020
Greg Vanney confirms that TFC II may loan players to CanPL, USL, overseas

Greg Vanney confirms that TFC II may loan players to CanPL, USL, overseas

Toronto FC II After withdrawing from their 2020 season, TFC II players will likely need a new home for the upcoming year making the Canadian Premier League an intriguing destination. Toronto FC Head Coach Greg Vanney confirmed on July 14 that the club is looking to send out Toronto FC II players out on loan after The Young Reds were forced to withdraw from the 2020 USL League One season. TFC II withdrew from the season earlier this month due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, citing “public health restrictions,” likely referring to the logistical issues relating to regularly crossing...
Waking The Red Aug 4, 2020
OFFICIAL: Former Toronto FC attacker Mo Babouli joins Forge FC

OFFICIAL: Former Toronto FC attacker Mo Babouli joins Forge FC

Mo Babouli taking on Will Trapp in an MLS game | Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via The ex-TFC forward joins the defending Canadian Premier League champions. One of the most captivating stories over the Canadian Premier League's short history has been if (or when) former Toronto FC forward Mo Babouli will join a CPL club. Today we have an answer. Babouli will be playing for Forge FC in 2020, after agreeing a contract with the Hamilton-based side. Although a shortened season, dubbed "The Island Games", the North Star Shield is still on the line, and this is a big signing as Forge FC look...
Waking The Red Aug 3, 2020
Toronto FC II loan defender Terique Mohammed to FC Edmonton

Toronto FC II loan defender Terique Mohammed to FC Edmonton

Terique Mohammed in action against FC Tucson | Toronto FC II The young left back joins The Eddies for The Island Games Toronto FC II announced on Monday afternoon that they have loaned left back Terique Mohammed to Canadian Premier League side FC Edmonton for the 2020 season. “The Island Games,” as the 2020 season will be known, begins on August 13 in Charlottetown, PEI. Welcome to the team, Terique and Sam! @FCEdmontonNow @CanPL pic.twitter.com/VSqUfG4XdG— FC Edmonton (@FCEdmontonNow) August 3, 2020 Mohammed, 20, spent last season with The Young Reds, and had a breakout...
Waking The Red Jul 29, 2020
6ix on a Wave: Hey MLS, why not Canada?

6ix on a Wave: Hey MLS, why not Canada?

June 15, 2019—A Canada fan flies a flag prior to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group E match between Canada and New Zealand at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, France. | (Johannes Simon FIFA/FIFA via Getty) As The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke pointed out on the latest installment of WTR Weekly, should MLS consider Canada as a potential “hub” for the remainder of the 2020 season? Toronto, Canada - 1:13PM Tuesday July 28, 2020 The Season Finale of Waking the Red Weekly is in the books, earlier than we expected, and here I sit, still marinating in rage following that “game” on...
Waking The Red Jul 28, 2020
What went wrong for Toronto FC at the MLS is Back Tournament?

What went wrong for Toronto FC at the MLS is Back Tournament?

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports The reds make an unexpectedly early exit from the Orlando bubble. Toronto FC always seemed to have New York City FC’s number, but clearly forgot to pack it for their trip to Orlando. An unexpectedly early flight back is the result as the reds were handily defeated 3-1 in the MLS is Back tournament’s round of 16. There will be a lot to unpack once the team returns to Toronto, a lot of questions for Greg Vanney and his team to answer. Some of the issues that arose during the competition are likely unique to the situation they found themselves in Orlando,...
Waking The Red Jul 28, 2020
Brampton Soccer Roundtable: WTR speak to Valour FC signing Shaan Hundal

Brampton Soccer Roundtable: WTR speak to Valour FC signing Shaan Hundal

Shaan Hundal in action with Toronto FC II in 2017 | Martin Bazyl The Bramptonian joined Benedict Rhodes and Tej Sahota to chat all things Brampton and soccer-related BRAMPTON, Canada—If you know, you know. Brampton, Ontario has long been a hot spot for Canadian soccer. It has been said that if you don’t know where a Canadian soccer player is from, there’s a 90 per cent chance they’re from Flower City. Shaan Hundal is one of those players, and after a recent move to Valour FC in the Canadian Premier League, he joined WTR’s Benedict Rhodes and Tej Sahota for an in-depth...
Waking The Red Jul 28, 2020
LIVE SOON: Episode 4 Waking The Red Weekly—MLS is Back knockout recap

LIVE SOON: Episode 4 Waking The Red Weekly—MLS is Back knockout recap

WTR WEEKLY goes live at NOON on Tuesday! Make sure to join the live audience if you have any questions! | (Photo: Sean Pollock | Graphic: Jeffrey P. Nesker) The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke joins Mitchell Tierney, Jeffrey P. Nesker, and Michael Singh to discuss Toronto FC’s lacklustre performance against NYCFC. WELCOME BACK TO WTR WEEKLY! We’re breaking down everything #TFCLive at the MLS is Back Tournament as hosts Mitchell Tierney, Jeffrey P. Nesker and Michael Singh are joined by The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke. We’ll discuss everything from Sunday’s stinker against NYCFC to...
Waking The Red Jul 27, 2020
TFC Notebook: 5 things noticed as Toronto FC fall short at MLS is Back Tournament

TFC Notebook: 5 things noticed as Toronto FC fall short at MLS is Back Tournament

Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney speaks during a press conference. The Reds fell 3-1 to NYCFC in the Round of 16 at the MLS is Back Tournament yesterday. | (Buchanan/USA TODAY) Let’s breakdown what went wrong for TFC as they head home in the Round of 16 after a disappointing loss to NYCFC ”So, tonight that’s what happened. They were better than us and they deserve to win, and we go home.” - TFC coach Greg Vanney TORONTO, Canada—We’ve had some time to dwell on Toronto FC’s 3-1 loss to New York City FC in the Round of 16 at the MLS is Back Tournament, and I’ve come to the...
Waking The Red Jul 26, 2020
Recap: Toronto FC knocked out of MLS Is Back tournament with loss to NYCFC

Recap: Toronto FC knocked out of MLS Is Back tournament with loss to NYCFC

Photo by Emilee Chinn/ 2020 is weird as New York got their revenge for past major losses on Sunday night Toronto FC were knocked out of the MLS Is Back tournament on Sunday night after a 3-1 loss to a clinical New York City FC side. Before the match, it was revealed that Ayo Akinola, the breakout star of this MLS Is Back tournament, was forced to pull out with a hamstring problem. This allowed 17 year old Jayden Nelson to make his long-awaited MLS debut. NYCFC got off to a great start, scoring the game’s opening goal just five minutes in. After a cross in from a free kick, Anton...
Waking The Red Jul 26, 2020
Win-or-go-home: TFC vs. NYCFC—Pregame match thread, predicted starting XI, and how to watch

Win-or-go-home: TFC vs. NYCFC—Pregame match thread, predicted starting XI, and how to watch

Toronto FC star Alejandro Pozuelo warms up before a match at the MLS is Back Tournament. | (Devin L’Amoreaux and Jared Martinez/MLS) Win or go home, let’s do this. Follow along as Toronto FC are back in action—a must-win game if the team wants to advance to the quarter-finals of the MLS is Back Tournament. PREGAME MATCH THREAD 6:30 p.m. EST—Please no penalties. Please no penalties. Just a heads up, this game will go to penalties if tied at the end of extra time. If it does go to the spot kicks, we know how the Reds’ struggle already, but for what it’s worth, they’ve scored...
Waking The Red Jul 26, 2020
Round of 16: Toronto FC vs. NYCFC—Pregame match thread, predicted starting XI, and how to watch

Round of 16: Toronto FC vs. NYCFC—Pregame match thread, predicted starting XI, and how to watch

Toronto FC’s Jayden Nelson watches the ball during warm ups before the MLS regular season match between Toronto FC and New York City FC on March 7, 2020, | (Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty) Win or go home, let’s do this. Follow along as Toronto FC are back in action—a must-win game if the team wants to advance to the quarter-finals of the MLS is Back Tournament. PREGAME MATCH THREAD 7:42 p.m. EST—BREAKING: According to TSN’s Kristian Jack, Ayo Akinola will miss the match due to hamstring tightness. 17 year old Jayden Nelson will make his MLS debut. 7:40 p.m. EST—I’m not...
Waking The Red Jul 26, 2020
LIVE: Toronto FC vs. NYCFC—Match thread, starting lineups, and how to watch

LIVE: Toronto FC vs. NYCFC—Match thread, starting lineups, and how to watch

Toronto FC midfielder Marky Delgado (8) passes the ball against the New York City FC in the second half at BMO Field. | (Hamilton/USA TODAY) Win or go home, let’s do this. Follow along with Michael Singh as Toronto FC are back in action—a must-win game if the team wants to advance to the quarter-finals of the MLS is Back Tournament. PREGAME MATCH THREAD 8:20 p.m. EST—Yikes. The TSN broadcast just said weather may play a big factor tonight and panned to the skies...rain looks to be on the horizon. Let’s pray it can hold off long enough for some footy tonight. 8:10 p.m....
Waking The Red Jul 26, 2020
2020 Toronto FC Prediction League: Round 6 (MLS is Back - Round of 16 vs. New York City FC)

2020 Toronto FC Prediction League: Round 6 (MLS is Back - Round of 16 vs. New York City FC)

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Penalties and Panenkas, these are a few of my favourite things. I’d like to think I’m getting in the groove here with the addition, subtraction, speadsheets, and formatting shenanigans, but we all know I’m projecting confidence in the face of terror of weekly (deserved) call-outs from the community. Let’s see, shall we? Here is the Read-Only link to that ultra fun, not at all the bane of my existence spreadsheet. And here is last round’s hero graphic: Jeffrey P. Neker/Waking The Red We’ve got a serious pile-up at all levels...

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