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06-11-2008, 06:02 AM
Carver on Hemming

Coach Pleased with Midfielder's return

Toronto FC Media Relations

Toronto FC coach John Carver is happy to have Tyler Hemming back at the club. The midfielder was waived by the team in April, but has now re-signed on a senior developmental contract. "I said at the time that I thought Tyler was unfortunate to have left the club," said Carver. "It was his decision to leave the club because we offered him a different slot and he wasn't prepared to accept that. But now that Jarrod Smith has been promoted, and the slot has opened up, Tyler can come back in."

Read more (http://www.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20080610&content_id=164591&vkey=news_t280&fext=.jsp&team=t280)

Toronto to make room for one more

Toronto FC have created space for an extra overseas signing - keeping alive the possibility of a Major League Soccer move for Darren Huckerby.

Huckerby, 32, released by Norwich City, has repeatedly been linked with the Canadian club, who already have two ex-Canaries in their squad in Jim Brennan and Carl Robinson.

The extra vacancy has arisen because Toronto defender Pat Phelan has moved to New England Revolution and the club received an international roster slot in return.

They have 12 international rosters spots, but only 10 are occupied, meaning there is space to bring in another non-Canadian.

American striker Brian McBride - returning to MLS after four years with Fulham - is another option for Toronto because they own his trading rights.

But USA international McBride, 35, has expressed a preference for joining Chicago Fire in his home state of Illinois, and Toronto director of soccer Mo Johnston said he was open to trading McBride's rights as long as TFC received “something big” in return.

Read more (http://new.pinkun.com/content/ncfc/story.aspx?brand=PINKUNOnline&category=Norwich&tBrand=PinkUnOnline&tCategory=Norwich&itemid=NOED11%20Jun%202008%2010%3A18%3A19%3A733)

Carver tries to solve Toronto FC's woes on road
Coach says he might tweak travel schedules to slash down time

Morgan Campbell
Sports Reporter
Toronto FC doesn't have another road game scheduled until June 28, and they're probably glad for that. Sunday's 3-1 thumping by the Houston Dynamo was TFC's fourth loss in five road games this season.
But even with another mini-homestand on the horizon, the folks running the team think it's never too early to figure out ways to start winning on the road, and before yesterday's practice coaches held an hour-long brainstorm session to figure out just what needs to change about TFC's road routine.
Head coach John Carver wondered if his team has too much down time on the road, and thought a game-day activity might keep them loose, maybe a game of bingo or bowling.
He also considered changing the practice schedule, training later in the day to mimic the game-day schedule, or booking an earlier flight to squeeze in an extra practice on the road.
While the answers aren't yet clear, Toronto's dilemma is.
Sunday's loss kept TFC in fourth place in Major League Soccer's competitive Eastern Division, and cost them a chance to gain ground on third-place Columbus and second-ranked Chicago.

Read more (http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Soccer/article/440894)

Carver fed up with loaning players to national teams
By DEAN MCNULTY (dean.mcnulty@sunmedia.ca), SUN MEDIA

Toronto FC coach John Carver has drawn a line on the pitch on loaning his players out for national team commitments.
Carver was livid yesterday looking at a lineup that has been depleted by callups to the U.S., Canadian, Honduran, Welsh and Puerto Rican national teams for mostly exhibition games.
His top two Canadians, defender Jim Brennan and goalkeeper Greg Sutton, his best American, Maurice Edu, and Puerto Rico's Marco Velez have been called up recently, and all have seen only limited national team duty, something that angers Carver.
"We have got to know that when these lads are called up that they are going to play," he said. "Or at least know what sort of training they will be doing while away from (TFC)."
Carver complained that some players are not coming back from these commitments in the same shape they left.

"If (national coaches) are not going to use players, then don't call them up," he said.
Carver was particularly upset that Edu was put into the U.S. game against Argentina this past weekend for just 29 minutes -- thus missing a TFC league game.

Read more (http://www.torontosun.com/Sports/OtherSports/2008/06/11/5838176-sun.html)

SUNSHINE (http://www.torontosun.com/SUNshineGirl/home.html) :noidea:

06-11-2008, 07:13 AM
The man takes a stand:

As a result Carver said he no longer will Mr. Nice Guy when national team coaches come calling.

"I am telling you right now if it's not an international FIFA date where you have to let (players) go, they are not going," he said.

"And I don't care (what country they are) or who they are playing. "I am going to make a stand. I have given and given but this has hit Toronto more than anyone else."

This is definitely something that the MLS has to take a look at.

06-11-2008, 09:07 AM
i can understand Carver's frustration. Amado Guevara has been away so long, and two of the 4 games Amado is away for are just friendlies. I know teams need to play together in friendlies to get to know each other, but the two qualifying games are against Puerto Rico, which Honduras destroyed 4-1 in the first game. Do they really need Amado for the second match?

06-11-2008, 09:10 AM
looking good for Hemming? and HUckerby? . . I hope they come!

Hemming, a native of London, was placed on waivers earlier this year to take at stab at playing in Europe for the Swedish side, Hammarby. When that didn't work out Carver came calling. "I like Tyler; I liked what he was doing (on the team), but he is still a developing player," he said. "When we had a roster opening (after trading Pat Phelan to New England) he was the first player I called."

06-11-2008, 09:12 AM
CSA Repsonse re: being called cheapskates for flights: (June 10 date)
Canada fights back
A few blog posts ago, I tossed a grenade in the direction of the Canadian Soccer Association, calling them 'cheapskates' for not flying their players home for internationals on direct flights.
That prompted a response from Morgan Quarry, the manager of the Canadian men's team. He was upset by the shot and wanted to clear the air. He told me that that practise has not been in practise for several years, and that Canada does everything it can to get its players back by the quickest possible routes. Money is tight, but Quarry told me that players take direct flights were possible. Players who have to come from out of the way places - Ante Jazic when he played for Russian club Krasnodar was an example Quarry gave - get multiple legs, but do them in business class.
In a clear, even way, Quarry asked me to take it back. And since I have no reason to doubt a man of such evident good will, I do. Sorry, Morgan. He realizes that we will continue to agree to disagree on some of the CSA's other policies and practices, but it was nice to hear something spirited from someone attached to Canadian soccer. In my experience, that's been rare.
Here's Quarry's last word:
"I can tell you that it is a daily struggle to try to get the absolute most of out what we have (ed. meaning money) and to give the players every chance of realizing what we all want more than anything in the world Cathal and that is to qualify for the World Cup. Almost all of us have sacrificed virtually years of our loves and years away from our families for that dream and for that goal."
Gives you a bit of a chill, doesn't it?


06-11-2008, 09:54 AM
How much will Fire give up to get McBride in uniform?

If your team was off to a 6-3-1 start and second in MLS in scoring, would you want to trade for a nearly 36-year-old target striker?
If you're the Fire and that player is Arlington Heights native Brian McBride, the answer is a resounding yes. Not only can McBride still contribute savvy and scoring on the field, he could draw more fans to the Toyota Park stands and attention from the Chicago-area media.
Nobody doubts his influence in the locker room or on the practice pitch, either.
"We want him to be here. We've stated that," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said.
What is reasonable to give up for McBride, who is coming home to finish his career after 4½ years in England with Fulham? Toronto FC gets the first shot at McBride, according to MLS rules, so the teams are talking trade.


Merely speculation, but a view from the other side nonetheless.

06-11-2008, 11:28 AM
not today I suppose but it'll be in Sports Illustrated this week. Thought it was interesting concept.


06-11-2008, 12:15 PM
not today I suppose but it'll be in Sports Illustrated this week. Thought it was interesting concept.


At least this "soccer hater' liked being with the BB. Maybe he'll get it some day.

06-11-2008, 12:31 PM
Some updated TFC salary numbers, via Steven Goff's Soccer Insider (http://blog.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2008/06/show_us_the_money.html):

Toronto's Amado Guevara is on $162,000/185,700. He was making $250,000 and $291,250 with Chivas USA last year before being let go.
TFC is also paying Olivier Tebily $156,960/156,960 and Rohan Ricketts $200,004/212,504.