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Dumbfounded by DeRo’s departure

What if your favourite team just doesn’t want to win?  This is what I ask myself as Toronto FC reveals that it has traded Dwayne DeRosario to the New York Red Bulls.

First let’s look a little closer at the man known as “DeRo” and the reasons I hate this trade.

1) DeRo is the best Canadian player in MLS.  This is really not a debatable point, it’s a fact.   Oh and TFC, you have a quota of Canadian players.  You need three.  You will have three worse than DeRo.

2) Not only is he Canadian, he’s a hometown boy from Scarborough!  A great example for budding local soccer stars that they should stick with it.

3) He already has one goal this year out of the four that TFC have scored.  By the way, he had 15 goals last year and TFC scored 33.  Let me repeat, he had 15 of his team’s 33 goals.  And who knows how many of the other goals he set up.  In 57 total games for Toronto, he had 27 goals.

4) Next, I know he wanted a raise, but how could anyone blame him when he scored nearly half of the team’s goals and got paid $443,750.  Julian de Guzman, his far less valuable teammate, made $1.7 million.

5) I own a DeRo T-shirt.

So yeah, he publicly embarrassed the team a couple times with his cheque signing ceremony and taking off to train with Celtic.  But Earth to TFC… you should have paid him more in the first place. Who else on your team would be invited to train with Celtic!?!?!?!?!?! His contribution in his short time easily equals that of Danny Dichio and Jim Brennan, so I guess his jersey is going on the Hall of Fame wall? I won’t hold my breath.

Does anyone remember when we traded Edson Buddle to L.A. for Tyrone Marshall?  Buddle went on to score roughly 20 goals the following season.  I forget where Marshall is now.  Or trading Carl Robinson, another fan favourite, because we got de Guzman?  I really don’t see a huge difference in the two aside from Julian being younger.  And Robinson had a couple of sweet goals to his name during his time with TFC.  While I go over the recent calamities, why was Toronto the only place where Jeff Cunningham couldn’t score?   And why did we trade Marvell Wynne?  He’s only on the U.S. national team… but I guess Nick LaBrocca is better.  Oh wait, we traded Nick LaBrocca.

TFC, you are killing me.  Aron Winter: you are making me miss Mo Johnston.  I look forward to DeRo and Robinson lifting the MLS Cup for the New York Red Bulls this November.  Oh, and by the way, DeRo has won the MLS Cup four times.  TFC has never made the playoffs.  Gee, I can’t figure out why trading all the good players isn’t working for them…

Angry diatribe by fantasy guru Scott Ferguson, who also still misses Jim Brennan

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What’s so super about it, anyway?

The inappropriately-named MLS Super Draft is a tough place to generate super results, especially when all your picks are outside the top 25. With that in mind, Sportsnet.ca’s RJ will weigh in Sunday with his thoughts on TFC’s draft day activity…I believe the working title for his piece is is “Rejected TFC Marketing Slogans for 2011.” At least the local XI are getting DeRo back from bonnie Scotland.

For now, our friend Paul Attfield of the Globe & Mail did a nice job documenting TFC’s picks today:

Highlight #1: Multitple sclerosis cost  newly-drafted defender Demetrius Omphroy a contract in Portugal, but after returning to the US and  playing college soccer at Cal, he hopes he has the disease under control.

Highlight #2: Late pick Joao Plata of Ecuador stands just 5’2″ and was the leading scorer at the MLS scouting combine with three goals. I’d say that’s no small achievement, except it is. But the man I’m dubbing The Wee Assassin seems to have a nose for the goal.

Vancouver used the top pick on Omar Salgado, even though they need FIFA permission for a full transfer before his 18th birthday on Sept. 10, ruling him out for nearly all their debut MLS season. The Whitecaps like Salgado and know him: he trained with the team last year. And they didn’t want to get the Steve Francis treatment from Darlington Nagbe, who went second to Portland and had made noises about not wanting to leave the United State. Because Vancouver and Toronto are such foreign, scary, evil, ugly places.  What a doofus. He deserves to get booed in both cities this summer.

Englishman John Rooney doesn’t mind going abroad for a game of footy – he went to the New York Red Bulls in the second round. Henry and Rooney on the same team, they can’t lose.

Back in Blighty, big brother Wayne and his Man. Utd teammates will take on Tottenham this Sunday…RJ’s team against mine. He’s promised to deliver a reasoned, rational, FOXNews-esque account of the EPL encounter. Don’t miss it.

Ian Harrison

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Praise for MLS, but Toronto still in proper mess

High praise this week for MLS from veteran football reporter Gabriele Marcotti, who penned a piece in The Times of London that said the North American soccer circuit “has grown into a proper league with proper fans.”

I’d love to link to Marcotti’s piece, which describes contrasting experiences at two New York games, the first in year one of the league and a return trip for this season’s Red Bulls playoff game against San Jose, year 15 of MLS. But The Times website is subscription only, so I’ll just clip his final two paragraphs for your reading pleasure:

When MLS was launched, the founders talked abut growing the league slowly, from the bottom up, putting stability above all else. In that regard, it’s mission accomplished. The other part of the challenge wasn’t just about pushing football – the multitude of European and South American games on TV and the web can more than satisfy the armchair supporter – it was about peddling the real-life experience of going to games and creating a fan culture specific to MLS. Here, too, they’re well on their way.

The biggest difference between 1996 and 2010? 2010 feels real.

Kind words, to be sure. But while MLS may be a proper league and, in cities like Toronto, draws proper fans, those fans don’t always get to watch proper football. They might when the MLS Cup comes to BMO Field on Nov. 21, but they seldom do whenever TFC takes the pitch.

Juergen Klinsmann and his SoccerSolutions company have been called on to solve the woes of our local lads by serving as consultants during the hiring processes for a new coach and general manager. The German will make his first trip to Toronto on Thursday afternoon to outline his plans for world domination successful football by the shores of Lake Ontario. We’ll check back tomorrow with a look at what he says.

At The Rails

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Cruz-ing TFC gored by Red Bulls

Toronto finally stumbles at home

Toronto F.C. started a grueling schedule on Tuesday — three games in seven days — with a CONCACAF Champions League game versus five-time winnners, Cruz Azul.  The Mexicans arrived in Toronto after a 4-1 win over league rivals, Pachuca. Cruz Azul made six changes to their squad for the Champions League game, including starting national team member Gerardo Torrado on the bench.

TFC celebrate Mista goal vs. Cruz Azul

But La Maquina Celeste didn’t seem divinely inspired as Toronto forced the play from the start. The Mexicans found themselves down 1-0 in the fourth minute of play, after TFC midfielder Martin Saric took advantage of some poor clearing to head home his first of the year.  Perhaps Cruz Azul looked out of sync because of the shock of finding out BMO field had natural grass (they had practiced on artificial turf in Mexico to prepare for the match).  Toronto ended the half with newly-signed designated player Mista scoring his first from just outside the 18-yard box to complete TFC’s best half of soccer this year.

In the second half, Torrado came in, and clearly had an impact, controlling the midfield and creating chances as soon as he stepped on the pitch.  His play resulted in a goal — but too little too late.  The win gave  TFC three points in the group stage, which is rounded out by Panamanian side Arabe Unido and MLS champion Real Salt Lake.

Three days later, Toronto welcomed the New York Red Bulls in a battle for second place in the Eastern Division.  New York came into the game five points ahead of the Reds after a 1-0 win at home two weeks ago.  They were looking to extend their lead by bringing a star studded team to BMO, including designated players Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and Juan Pablo Angel.

Red Bulls' stars all over TFC

Surprisingly Toronto took it the stars — who seemed to be on a stroll — but couldn’t convert on three great chances from close. Nick LaBrocca hit the crossbar and Dwayne DeRosario’s shot from inside the 18-yard box was stopped by defender Tim Ream.  But on the Red Bulls’ next possession, Marquez found himself unmarked from about 25 yards out. He half-volleyed a bullet with the outside of his right foot into the top right corner, leaving TFC keeper Stefan Frei with no chance.

Toronto defenders did a pretty nice job defending against French international Henry, allowing him only one chance that he put over the bar. After the game, Henry said he wasn’t match-fit because of a nagging hamstring injury.  But he did say he liked BMO’s atmosphere — where he was loudly booed every time he touched the ball.

After an own goal by Joseph Nane made it 2-0 for the Red Bulls, Toronto came out of the second half with purpose. Their aggressiveness paid off as DeRosario scored from in close to cut the lead in half.

A straight red to TFC’s Nana Attakora for a hand ball in the box resulted in an Angel penalty that essentially sealed Toronto’s fate.  Adding insult to injury, former Toronto midfielder Carl Robinson made it 4-1 after Frei couldn’t control a cross. Robinson was let go earlier this year after failing to see eye-to-eye with coach Preki.  Afterwards, the classy Robinson said he didn’t celebrate the goal because he had too much respect for the fans and organization after spending three years here.

Toronto will now continue its Champions League run on Tuesday night in Panama before returning home next Saturday to host Real Salt Lake in MLS play.

Len Grammenopoulos

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Hello, I must be going…

News in the football world is dominated today by the international retirement of two, er, giants.

Just a day after the New York Red Bulls signed him (on Bastille Day no less), all-time French scoring leader Thierry Henry announced he would no longer play for Les Bleus. After France’s World Cup performance, saying you’re quitting is like crashing your car, and then saying you don’t want to drive it anymore. Henry will likely make his debut for New York against Tottenham Hotspur on July 22nd.  Look for our own Yid Army member — Ian Harrison — to file as he heads to the Big Apple for the second half of the Red Bulls challenge…NY vs. Man. City and Spurs vs. Sporting Lisbon.

Emile Heskey

As well, the much-maligned Emile Heskey has announced he’s retiring from the English team. The debate rages over Heskey’s value to the Three Lions. The hulking forward didn’t score a lot of goals.  But teammates like Michael Owen said they wouldn’t want to play off anyone else.

German prosecutors have expanded their probe into match-fixing.  The thing now covers more than 270 games in nine countries.  It’s reminds me of my oh-so-clever scheme to try and fix the International Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament.  Good ol’ rock. Nothing beats rock.

If you’re Michael Ballack’s agent, you’re probably blaming gay people for the crime.

The Premier League kicks off in a month… and with Roy Hodgson up on Merseyside trying to convince his big players to stay, Fulham is looking for his replacement.  There are rumours that U.S. coach Bob Bradley will take over. I hope not. He scares me

The English FA is thinking about eliminating FA Cup replays in order to make room for a winter break.  It seems the poor poppets in England are tired.  Rich and tired.  So very, very tired…

Apparently, Manchester United’s gaffer — Sir Alex Ferguson — is sitting pretty after the World Cup.   The Red Devils are in Toronto tonight and we’ll bring you details from the presser with SAF and Man U midfielder Darren Fletcher later.

Finally one more reason to love Steve Gerrard-Gerrard.  Wow.

Brent Lanthier

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