3:49 PM EST, Tue December 18, 2018
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Canada Soccer announces new Nike sponsorship

Canada Soccer announces new Nike sponsorship

New jerseys on the way, then. Canada Soccer announced this morning that Nike will be replacing Umbro as its apparel provider in 2019, for all levels of both its men’s and women’s national team programs. The program did release a new red jersey in May of this year, but it seems like there will be a new one revealed in the new year. The announcement today came with a promotional video, which featured top Canadian soccer players, including Christine Sinclair and Alphonso Davies, discussing the merits of a Nike sponsorship. Nike already supplies kits for U.S. Soccer, England, and a...
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Who we Were (Part 7): Warren Creavalle

Who we Were (Part 7): Warren Creavalle

Tried hard, but wasn’t that good at defending. Warren Creavalle first arrived in Toronto after he was traded from Houston Dynamo on July 23, 2014 in order for the Dynamo to acquire the number one allocation spot that helped Houston acquire DaMarcus Beasley. He came as a bit of a backup player who could play across a variety of defensive positions, such as right-back (which is where he mainly played), defensive midfield, and even left-back — which he really never played at Toronto FC. In 2014, Mark Bloom had his breakout season with Toronto FC, so his chances were really limited, though...
Dec 17, 2018
MLS adopts new playoff format: What that means for Toronto FC

MLS adopts new playoff format: What that means for Toronto FC

The playoffs will look very different next season. After heavy rumours over the past few weeks, MLS confirmed today that they’ll be changing the playoff structure from the 2019 season onward, with changes intended to accommodate league growth and shorten the playoff calendar. Starting next year, 14 (rather than 12) teams will make the playoffs, with only the top seed in each conference getting a bye through the first round. The tournament will now follow a single-elimination format throughout (rather than its current two-legged format in the conference semi-finals and finals), with the...
Dec 17, 2018
Toronto FC bring back defender Auro for 2019

Toronto FC bring back defender Auro for 2019

The promising fullback has returned after his option to buy was picked up. After he his impressive debut campaign, Toronto FC have exercised the option to buy Auro from Brazilian club Sao Paulo. The defender played in 18 league matches with Toronto FC last season, registering three assists. He was also a crucial player during the club’s Champions League run, and at the age of 22 still has plenty of room left to grow in his game. “Auro showed in 2018 that he’s a very capable two-way player and an important part of our team,” said Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko in a press release....
Dec 17, 2018
Toronto FC II sign 14-year-old homegrown forward

Toronto FC II sign 14-year-old homegrown forward

Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty becomes the program’s youngest homegrown signing. Toronto FC II announced today that they've signed 14-year-old Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty to a professional contract. That makes the homegrown forward the club's youngest-ever signing. Playing in the USSDA this past season with TFC’s U15 squad, he led the entire division by posting a whopping 20 goals in 12 games. We don't know a lot about Marshall-Rutty, but he could see some involvement with TFC II in their first season in USL League 1. We're all assuming he's going to be the next Alphonso Davies, but we'll wait...
Dec 16, 2018
Who is Nick DeLeon?

Who is Nick DeLeon?

Played in the U.S. capital for 7 years, until being deemed surplus at the end of this season. Last Friday, Toronto FC picked up 28-year-old right midfielder/defender Nick DeLeon in the 2018 MLS re-entry draft, where teams have the chance to pick up players who have had their options declined, and would be set to be released by the club otherwise. His MLS career started off in 2012 when he was drafted to D.C. United seventh overall. He made his first appearance for D.C. United on March 18, coming on as a substitute against LA Galaxy; he also scored his first MLS goal in the game, as he...
Dec 15, 2018
Ottawa Fury’s future in jeopardy after CONCACAF ruling

Ottawa Fury’s future in jeopardy after CONCACAF ruling

What happens now? Ottawa Fury FC and the club’s general manager Julian de Guzman were in the middle of assembling their roster for the 2019 USL season when news broke that Ottawa Fury were not sanctioned to play in the USL altogether. In a statement on the club’s website on Dec. 12, Fury FC said, “CONCACAF is seeking to prevent Fury FC from participating in the USL in 2019.” Some predicted this outcome, but still, it shocked many. Since then, CONCACAF has also made a statement: “Under international sanctioning rules, clubs that are affiliated to an Association may only join...
Dec 14, 2018
Clint Irwin traded to Colorado Rapids

Clint Irwin traded to Colorado Rapids

Farewell, Clint. Toronto FC announced today that they’ve parted ways with goalkeeper Clint Irwin, who they traded to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a second-round MLS SuperDraft pick (39th overall). The Reds originally got Irwin from Colorado back in 2016, so his return to Denver at the age of 29 is fitting. He was a key part of the Reds’ 2016 playoff run to the MLS Cup Final, as well as the past three Canadian Championship titles. It’s kind of impressive that TFC managed to get something in exchange for Irwin, after they declined his contract option in late November, but he...
Dec 14, 2018
Toronto FC select Nick DeLeon in MLS re-entry draft

Toronto FC select Nick DeLeon in MLS re-entry draft

The Reds have added to their depth on the right. Toronto FC added to their depth today, picking up Nick DeLeon in the MLS re-entry draft. The right-sided midfielder/fullback played for D.C. United the last seven seasons, making at least 20 appearances in most of them, minus the last year when he struggled with injuries. The 28-year-old was taken seventh overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft after playing at the University of Louisville. It seems that DeLeon is a pretty reliable depth option, with a high workrate and the ability to carry the ball in midfield. He could be useful for TFC off...
Dec 13, 2018
Mississauga MetroStars vs Kansas City Comets: Preview and Live Thread

Mississauga MetroStars vs Kansas City Comets: Preview and Live Thread

‘Sauga hope to keep building momentum after dominating 10-0 victory Preview: On Thursday night, the Mississauga MetroStars will take on the Kansas City Comets at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Five days after their first home game of the season, the MetroStars return to the their home turf to play the Comets, who haven’t played since the opening weekend of the season. The Comets lost that game 10-6 and haven’t played since, so the momentum could be with the MetroStars, who annihilated the Florida Tropics 10-0 on Saturday. A potential factor in the MetroStars victory was that the...
Dec 12, 2018
Footy Talks Podcast: Who might Toronto FC be looking at with their allocation spot?

Footy Talks Podcast: Who might Toronto FC be looking at with their allocation spot?

A minor trade could lead to a major signing. In the midst of a number of major MLS trades, Toronto FC made one that would appear fairly minor. The club sent $75,000 in general allocation money and $75,000 in targeted allocation money and the number six allocation spot, for the number two allocation spot. Because it is very hard to keep up with all of the MLS roster building mechanism, allocation order means Toronto gets the second pick of a specific group of foreign-based US and Canadian internationals. This was partially how Toronto acquired Jozy Altidore. It could just be a move for...
Dec 11, 2018
Canadian Soccer Watch: Ottawa Fury putting pieces together for 2019 and beyond

Canadian Soccer Watch: Ottawa Fury putting pieces together for 2019 and beyond

Fury FC slowly filling out there roster for 2019 USL season Ottawa Fury FC rejected the opportunity to join the Canadian Premier League in its inaugural season earlier this year, which caused ire among many Fury FC fans and Canadian soccer fans around the country. Very sad about this news to be honest.— CanSHA (@CanSoccerHist) September 5, 2018 Realistically, for Fury FC, a move to the CPL would have been risky and awkward, especially after jumping from the now-defunct NASL to the USL in 2017. The CPL’s endurance is still in question, even with all of the optimism and positive...
Dec 11, 2018
MLS Expansion Draft 2018: Who’s on the table for FC Cincinnati?

MLS Expansion Draft 2018: Who’s on the table for FC Cincinnati?

TFC spared from losing more in 2018 The 2019 MLS season will see the arrival of yet another expansion team in the form of FC Cincinnati. The newly minted MLS squad from Ohio will continue to bolster their roster via expansion picks today beginning at 2 p.m. Toronto FC fans will be all too familiar with the expansion drafts, having seen one of our own depart in last year’s rendition. If you need a refresher, take note of Raheem Edwards, who was selected by LAFC in last year’s draft. Edwards was selected with the fifth and final pick of the draft and immediately traded to Montreal and...
Dec 8, 2018
Mississauga MetroStars vs Florida Tropics: Preview and Live Thread

Mississauga MetroStars vs Florida Tropics: Preview and Live Thread

The MetroStars welcome the Tropics to Mississauga for their first home game of the season Preview: On Saturday afternoon, the Mississauga MetroStars will host the Florida Tropics at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly the Hershey Centre) in their first-ever home game. After being blown out by the reigning champion Baltimore Blast last week, the MetroStars look to bounce back in front of their home fans. In attendance will surely be a number of Toronto FC fans who are making the trip to Mississauga to catch former TFC players Mo Babouli, Adrian Cann and Dwayne De Rosario. De Rosario,...
Dec 8, 2018
Canada draws Netherlands, New Zealand and Cameroon at the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Canada draws Netherlands, New Zealand and Cameroon at the 2019 Women’s World Cup

A tricky, but winneable, group for the reds. Today Canada learned its path to the knockout stages at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. The group draw took place earlier today, with Canada drawing an almost identical group to the one they had at the last tournament. Joining Canada in Group E will be the Netherlands, New Zealand and Cameroon. It will mean tricky tests for the Canadians, but is also a winneable group for the national team. The Dutch drew Canada 1-1 in Montreal at the last World Cup and are currently ranked 12th in the world. They will be Canada’s most difficult opponent,...