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Oldtimer
09-14-2011, 07:45 AM
The purpose of this thread is to consolidate all TFC and MLS-related blogs, cartoons, videoblogs and podcasts from other than regular media in one handy area, and avoid board clutter. To read the latest blogs, come back to this area often.

TOBOR !
09-14-2011, 08:11 AM
YES !

Oldtimer
09-14-2011, 08:26 AM
Let's start with my favourite cartoon:


Where's the money? New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Parkdale
09-14-2011, 08:40 AM
Let's start with my favourite cartoon:

I've got it bookmarked. Always brings a smile to my face (ps. get out of my head!)

Detroit_TFC
09-14-2011, 08:40 AM
These ESSUs just get better and better, I love this salary cap one!

TOBOR !
09-14-2011, 08:40 AM
OT - will you be compiling all Blogs/links into the OP ?

Oldtimer
09-14-2011, 08:42 AM
The bloggers have been asked to post their links here directly.

Roogsy
09-14-2011, 08:43 AM
Ugh...sorry but this combining everything into one thread is an awful idea. I might just do what Parky did and bookmark it instead.


As for the latest ESSU!


BWUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! :smilielol5:

TOBOR !
09-14-2011, 08:46 AM
The bloggers have been asked to post their links here directly.

yeah, but you have to organise them into one post at the top, right ?

Oldtimer
09-14-2011, 08:57 AM
yeah, but you have to organise them into one post at the top, right ?

Good idea. I'll add links to the blogs that commonly post here above.

JuliquE
09-14-2011, 11:34 AM
Ugh...sorry but this combining everything into one thread is an awful idea. I might just do what Parky did and bookmark it instead.


As for the latest ESSU!


BWUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! :smilielol5:
There. Someone said it. :)

TOBOR !
09-14-2011, 12:37 PM
Ugh...sorry but this combining everything into one thread is an awful idea.

I think it cleans up the boards a ton. This way (hopefully) there won't be such a proliferance of threads created for the sole purpose of drawing the reader to someone's blog.

You know, threads like this :

Title - CONCACAF is all screwed up
OP - read what I have to say about it here (link to my blog).

bgnewf
09-14-2011, 02:59 PM
Thanks for doing this. I think its an excellent idea.

The NEE have been doing this for a long time for me on their board and I for one really like that it keeps everything tidy and in one place.

By the way I came across this excellent blog post today that is in defense of Mo Johnston and his tenure with Toronto FC. I am not a huge Mo fan by any means but that does not take away from what I think is an excellent read and a well reasoned argument.

http://www.partiallyobstructedview.com/2011/09/in-defence-of-mojo.html

Oldtimer
09-14-2011, 03:31 PM
That MoJo defense sure was interesting but hard to read due to a selective use of facts.

How many times did Mo lie to us? To DeRo? How many times did his "scouting trips to Brazil" and his unnamed great players that somehow never signed happen? Far too often, I'm afraid.

ML$E's greatest error (besides ripping off the fans) was keeping MoJo on when it became evident that he couldn't do the job.

Darlofletch
09-15-2011, 08:12 AM
alright, new home, smells nice.

anyway, I knwo you're all just dying to read another report on last night's game, so here it is, a fitting tribute to Mo Johnston (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/14/2426360/pumas-unam-4-0-toronto-fc-a-fitting-tribute-to-mo). their goalie made the early saves, ours didn't, the defence was awful, the offside trap inept, and we're lucky it was only 4.

Darlofletch
09-16-2011, 07:48 AM
Kyle davies, is he any good (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/15/2428375/toronto-fc-trade-for-kyle-davies-is-he-any-good). Opinion from La blogger here

bgnewf
09-16-2011, 08:08 AM
TFC Get A Reality Check at Pumas

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/reality-check/

In this post game video blog after TFC's back down to earth loss in Mexico City vs Pumas in the CONCACAF Champions League I make the argument that the loss was an unlucky loss (not disappointing or for that matter embarrassing) based much on the timing of the fixture.

I take a brief look ahead at the speed bump for the Reds on Saturday versus Colorado and what TFC needs to do when they return to Champions League play next week against Tauro. And finally I urge the TFC coaching staff to start fining (if they are allowed to do so) or benching defenders who stop running and put up their arms up for offsides instead of running the plays out and letting the officials do their jobs, which happened time after time Wednesday evening in Mexico City.

__wowza
09-16-2011, 09:04 AM
Ugh...sorry but this combining everything into one thread is an awful idea. I might just do what Parky did and bookmark it instead.

i agree, i love reading what the fellas are writing, but how about we include it in the days news instead? you just ship out a PM about your update to d before he does the morning report, no need to put TFC news, analysis and thoughts in two separate threads, ya know?

TOBOR !
09-16-2011, 09:06 AM
what I like here is the discussions/comments can take place on your blogs (better for you). I was never sure what the protocol was - post here or there - so did neither.

Oldtimer
09-16-2011, 01:20 PM
i agree, i love reading what the fellas are writing, but how about we include it in the days news instead?

there are pros and cons to each method. Many boards choose to do what we've done here. Blogging tends to be more analysis-oriented than news-oriented so it deserves its own spot. Anyways, please lets limit discussion to what the bloggers are writing, and place Board Suggestions in the appropriate area.

ArmenJBX
09-16-2011, 01:22 PM
There's no place like home! :D

bgnewf
09-16-2011, 02:56 PM
Go Young and Go Cheap

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/go-young-and-go-cheap/

I explain why I like the trade between LA and TFC that sees TFC go younger and cheaper with the acquisition of Kyle Davies and Elbekay Bouchiba nears his long awaited debut for TFC after a season long injury.

Darlofletch
09-17-2011, 09:34 AM
meaningless mls game after a tough trip to mexico, and with a crucial game on tuesday. but season ticket renewals coming up. what to do, what to do? (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/16/2430189/colorado-rapids-v-toronto-fc-time-to-set-priorities) Will we see a B team?

bgnewf
09-17-2011, 08:50 PM
Koevermans And The Capos

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/koevermans-and-the-capos/

In this post game video blog I take a look back at Saturday’s game that saw Toronto FC, on a brace from Danny Koevermans and a somewhat less brittle than normal defensive effort overall, beat the Colorado Rapids at home 2-1. I also take some other TFC supporters to task who chose Saturday to criticize us in the supporters section for what was by our standards a less than enthusiastic start to our chanting and cheering efforts. And finally I throw some huge praise towards those TFC Fans that choose to give up their game as paying customers to work hard on getting everybody else cheering loudly for the team.

denime
09-17-2011, 09:19 PM
Kudos to the Capos today.

TFCRegina
09-17-2011, 10:53 PM
The purpose of this thread is to consolidate all TFC related blogs in one handy area, and avoid board clutter. To read the latest blogs, come back to this area often.

Bloggers that commonly post on this board:

bgnewf: http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/

Darlofletch: http://www.wakingthered.com/

Armen JBX: posts on: http://rednationonline.ca/

tictoc: http://www.eastsidestandup.com/

TFCRegina posts on RNO as well.

But I don't consider what we do blogging. We're a magazine :)

Darlofletch
09-18-2011, 11:39 AM
Good result on the pitch, christmas future in the stands. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/17/2431795/toronto-fc-2-1-colorado-rapids-good-result-on-the-pitch-christmas#comments)

who knows what caused it, but yesterday's first half was a great reminder of why football needs supporters groups. on the pitch, good for danny, he's the anti chad barrrett, and we've now got 10 points in our last 5 games, not too shabby at all.

tictoc
09-19-2011, 05:00 AM
Next up. New strip now up at RedNation Online (http://www.rednationonline.ca/)!

Darlofletch
09-19-2011, 07:46 AM
Danny Koevermans, 6 goals in 7 league games sounds good, but why not break down his stats more and make him sound even better than that. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/18/2434427/stat-attack-danny-koevermans)

Oldtimer
09-19-2011, 08:12 AM
Danny Koevermans, 6 goals in 7 league games sounds good, but why not break down his stats more and make him sound even better than that. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/18/2434427/stat-attack-danny-koevermans)
Those stats really highlight his worth.

spark
09-20-2011, 07:19 AM
Another recap of the week that was - TFC-heavy pod where PJ has his thoughts on what it was like to play in Mexico, the redeeming effort against Colorado and a pretty long segment on Ashtone Morgan and his thoughts on his potential. Of course goes coast to coast and no names are named but someone in Vancouver is not up to the task in preparing the side, and CWNT results.

PAUL JAMES ON SOCCER PODCAST: EPISODE 26 (http://rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode26.aspx)

Also another couple TFC-centric articles

Resurgent De Guzman enjoying life at TFC (http://rednationonline.ca/ResurgentDeGuzmanEnjoyingLifeAtTFC.aspx)

Koeverman's best has yet to come (http://rednationonline.ca/KoevermansGladToBePlayingForWinterAtTFC.aspx)

Darlofletch
09-20-2011, 07:19 AM
Tfc v tauro preview. three points a must here. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/20/2436703/toronto-fc-v-tauro-fc)

game preview.

tictoc
09-20-2011, 08:32 AM
Bigger than big. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Carefree
09-20-2011, 09:00 AM
Don't forget this relative newcomer:
http://jimmystone.wordpress.com/

He already has his own thread somewhere on this forum but he should also be included here.

Oldtimer
09-20-2011, 09:13 AM
Resurgent De Guzman enjoying life at TFC (http://rednationonline.ca/ResurgentDeGuzmanEnjoyingLifeAtTFC.aspx)



The one on De Guzman is a must-read!

Yohan
09-20-2011, 11:19 PM
http://rednationonline.ca/KoevermansGladToBePlayingForWinterAtTFC.aspx

Love this article about Koevermans

Darlofletch
09-21-2011, 07:44 AM
Not the greatest performance, but tauro have upset better teams than us, so three points is all that matters. here's to at least one more week of relevance (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/21/2439555/toronto-fc-1-0-tauro-fc-win-keeps-the-reds-relevant-for-now).

bgnewf
09-21-2011, 04:52 PM
Toronto FC Still Alive in the CCL

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/still-alive/

Six points in four games in the group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League after Toronto FC defeats Tauro of Panama 2-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday.

In this video blog I take a look back at the game and I try and place the relative success TFC has recently had in all competitions into some sort of context. And I take a look ahead at the scenarios that might still give Toronto a chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League during the upcoming winter/spring.

Darlofletch
09-22-2011, 07:34 AM
CCL qualification permutations here (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/21/2441604/tfc-qualify-if-ccl-permutations-aplenty).

anything less that 3 points in 2 games is completely useless. 3 points might be enough with the right help from Tauro. tie then win more than 1-0 is all good no matter what tauro do. win by less than 4-0, then tie is no good without help from tauro. 2 wins and we're golden.

if either we get a point or dallas drops points next week, we're still alive going into the last game.

bgnewf
09-22-2011, 01:48 PM
Champions League vs MLS – Time To Decide

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/champions-league-over-mls/

Why its time for Aron Winter to face reality such as it is and place his bets on the Champions League over a slim mathematical chance of making the MLS Playoffs.

Oldtimer
09-22-2011, 01:50 PM
Champions League vs MLS Ė Time To Decide

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/champions-league-over-mls/

Why its time for Aron Winter to face reality such as it is and place his bets on the Champions League over a slim mathematical chance of making the MLS Playoffs.

link doesn't work.

bgnewf
09-22-2011, 03:31 PM
link doesn't work.

oops

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/champions-league-vs-mls-time-to-decide/

ArmenJBX
09-23-2011, 07:08 AM
Via RedNation Online, I interview Eric Avila about his adjustment to TFC, playing with Frings, and life in the big city:

Eric Avila Finding Himself At Toronto FC

http://www.rednationonline.ca/AvilafindinghimselfatTFC.aspx

Oldtimer
09-23-2011, 08:34 AM
Via RedNation Online, I interview Eric Avila about his adjustment to TFC, playing with Frings, and life in the big city:

Eric Avila Finding Himself At Toronto FC

http://www.rednationonline.ca/AvilafindinghimselfatTFC.aspx

Really good interview, I particularly liked this:



ďOf course, itís always a learning experience,Ē he says of his newfound playing time, which has seen him utilized as a centralized attacking midfielder, the top point of a 4-3-3 triangle. For Avila, a fixed position doesnít restrict his game


That's really good that he can be creative within the system. It's so important.

tictoc
09-23-2011, 10:17 AM
Decisions. Decisions. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Darlofletch
09-24-2011, 11:52 AM
Bulls and Goats and Pumas, oh my! (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/23/2445148/chivas-usa-v-toronto-fc-when-animals-attack-part-2)

My TFC preview, featuring B.A Baracus, and doing bad things to goats. we can rest players for tuesday (but we won't) and still put out a respectable-ish side.

Darlofletch
09-25-2011, 10:53 AM
that was worth it (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/25/2447741/chivas-usa-3-0-toronto-fc-that-was-worth-it). My report on last night's game

and looking beyond that

4-3-3 or not 4-3-3, that is the question. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/24/2446875/4-3-3-or-not-4-3-3-that-is-the-question) Even without the man the 5 at the back has been built around so far, do TFC go with that extra man back there on Tuesday, can it work?

yes they should, and maybe, hopefully, probably not but it's likely our best chance of getting the point we need.

bgnewf
09-25-2011, 04:56 PM
Winter Gambles - Winter Loses - TFC Out of Playoffs

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/winter-loses/

My video look back at the loss in Los Angeles Saturday evening that saw TFC's slim mathematical chances of a late season run getting them into the back door of the MLS playoffs to an end in a 3-0 loss to Chivas USA.

Instead of taking much of a look back at a forgettable game I instead speak about the gamble that Aron Winter took with his lineup Saturday evening and how anything less than a win on Tuesday in the Champions League versus Pumas will likely open him up to a huge torrent of criticism from the fans based on the choices he made Saturday in California.

tictoc
09-26-2011, 06:05 AM
Something in common. New strip now up at RedNationOnline (http://www.rednationonline.ca/)!

Oldtimer
09-26-2011, 08:51 AM
Nigel Reed has a blog on the Whitecaps:


The Whitecaps are on course to become the worst expansion team since Toronto FC in 2007. Four years ago, Mo Johnston's hastily assembled motley crew won just six games. Vancouver, by contrast, has tasted victory just four times in 29 starts.

The loss to Seattle hammered the final nail in the coffin. As a result the Whitecaps officially became the first team to be eliminated from the post-season. No playoffs, no Cascadia Cup - not even a Canadian Championship to show for their months of endeavour.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/nigelreed/2011/09/the-whitecaps-end-of-an-empire.html

ArmenJBX
09-26-2011, 10:16 AM
Plata Ready to Go Against Pumas (http://rednationonline.ca/PlatareadytogoagainstPumas.aspx)

Joao Plata speaks to RNO about the upcoming Pumas game, his recent injury, contract for next year, and his gratitude to supporters

Yohan
09-26-2011, 11:04 AM
Plata Ready to Go Against Pumas (http://rednationonline.ca/PlatareadytogoagainstPumas.aspx)

Joao Plata speaks to RNO about the upcoming Pumas game, his recent injury, contract for next year, and his gratitude to supporters


Being capped at that level, Plataís value skyrockets in the eyes of his former employers, LDU Quito. MLS rules, however, have given Toronto the right of first refusal, and Plata wants them to pick up his option.

ďIíve got one year left with a buyout option. I still donít know [if Iíll stay] but I hope the coaches keep me.ĒDo it. Buy Plata

sulfur
09-26-2011, 11:21 AM
I wrote something up about the TFC Academy II CSL Reserve game played in Kingston on Saturday. I posted it in the TFC Academy thread in the Canadian Soccer section of the forum, but may as well add it to the "TFC blog" thread, even though the rest of the blog isn't TFC related. :)

Here's my writeup (http://supportlocalsoccer.blogspot.com/2011/09/kingston-prospect-fc-1-tfc-academy-ii-9.html) about the game. I don't have any of the names from either side (since numbers don't match up with the CSL Rosters or anything else that I could find), but I'm hoping to be able to update it with more details.

bgnewf
09-26-2011, 11:29 AM
DeRo And Revisionist History

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/dero/

In this post, on the anniversary of "cut me a cheque", former Red Dwayne de Rosario makes a bid for the MLS MVP Award and why I feel that this should not give any TFC supporter reason to doubt that he still had to leave Toronto.

prizby
09-26-2011, 02:12 PM
this is a great idea...bloggers can post their links here and i don't have to be scurring around looking for the ones to read

fantastic!

bgnewf
09-26-2011, 08:33 PM
I am writing occasional pieces going forward for a British football comentary site called It's Round & White about TFC, MLS and the sport in general in North America.

Here is my most recent piece for them regarding how the the character Owen Hargreaves has shown in achieving a comeback to the top flight in English football is to be commended but that this perception I feel should be tempered by the lack of character I think was on display a decade ago in choosing to turn his back on Canada to play for England.

http://www.itsroundanditswhite.co.uk/2011/09/26/owen-hargreaves-hardly-a-saint/

spark
09-27-2011, 08:42 AM
Another week, another roundup from Paul James - once again pretty heavy on TFC with the two games, as well as thoughts on tonight's game against Pumas. Thoughts on Winter's tactics/strategies and ideas how to approach the match.

And once again with two players there is always a blunt assessment on - De Ro and Hargreaves - two questions come in on their recent performances.

PAUL JAMES ON SOCCER PODCAST: EPISODE 27 (http://rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode27.aspx)

Darlofletch
09-27-2011, 09:30 AM
Another week, another roundup from Paul James - once again pretty heavy on TFC with the two games, as well as thoughts on tonight's game against Pumas. Thoughts on Winter's tactics/strategies and ideas how to approach the match.

And once again with two players there is always a blunt assessment on - De Ro and Hargreaves - two questions come in on their recent performances.

PAUL JAMES ON SOCCER PODCAST: EPISODE 27 (http://rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode27.aspx)

I'm guessing any praise is grudging at best.

Darlofletch
09-27-2011, 09:32 AM
Season on the line. TFC/pumas preview here (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/26/2450677/toronto-fc-v-pumas-unam-season-on-the-line)

and also

thoughts on rumoured additions to Canada's WCQ squad. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/26/2450465/cmnt-october-call-ups)

spark
09-27-2011, 09:51 AM
I'm guessing any praise is grudging at best.

Haha yeah well he's been consistent in saying no doubt he's a great player but the baggage that comes with him he'd rather pass on. The question is pretty bold and puts him on the spot.

bgnewf
09-27-2011, 11:56 AM
TFC Has Been Here Before

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/tfc-has-been-here-before/

A brief look ahead to the Pumas game Tuesday through a brief look back at what happened the last time a Mexican side came to BMO Field.

tictoc
09-28-2011, 07:21 AM
Taking one for the team. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com)!

johntv
09-28-2011, 07:47 AM
I decided to watch the game at home and shades again of the old days,constant serious picture problems during the whole game including no play by play audio yet field audio was there even in the second half.
It simply makes no sense.

Darlofletch
09-28-2011, 09:07 AM
I decided to watch the game at home and shades again of the old days,constant serious picture problems during the whole game including no play by play audio yet field audio was there even in the second half.
It simply makes no sense.

did you pay attention to that scrolling apology they had. they spelt apologise appoloogise. seriously.

also our season going to mid October at the least, is 3 1/2 months longer than vancouver's did, which amuses me.

that and other random observations, along with some pearl jam here (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/28/2454955/tfc-are-still-alive-in-concacaf), as well as a more traditional match report here (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/27/2454751/toronto-fc-1-1-unam-pumas-biggest-game-ever-round-1).

all in all very impressed with winter and all the players last night.

Borga
09-28-2011, 09:18 AM
My brother-in-law loses his mind:

http://the-penaltyarea.blogspot.com/2011/09/tfc-on-paper-is-better-than-unam-pumas.html

bgnewf
09-28-2011, 04:22 PM
TFC Still Alive in CONCACAF

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/tfc-still-alive-in-concacaf/

TFC is still alive in CONCACAF after Tuesday night's draw versus Pumas. In this video blog I look back at the game and the clear task ahead.

bgnewf
09-29-2011, 10:09 PM
TFC Supporters Town Hall 2011

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/tfc-supporters-town-hall-2011/

Some interesting observations, including tidbits of news about the club, plans for the games ahead and a look ahead to the future discussed during the TFC Supporters Town Hall held Thursday evening Sept. 29th at BMO Field.

ArmenJBX
09-29-2011, 10:24 PM
Just thought I'd post it for those who follow us:

RedNation Online has been nominated for a Canadian Online Publishing Award!

Oldtimer
09-30-2011, 07:02 AM
TFC Supporters Town Hall 2011

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/09/tfc-supporters-town-hall-2011/

Some interesting observations, including tidbits of news about the club, plans for the games ahead and a look ahead to the future discussed during the TFC Supporters Town Hall held Thursday evening Sept. 29th at BMO Field.

Thanks for doing this!



Just thought I'd post it for those who follow us:

RedNation Online has been nominated for a Canadian Online Publishing Award!

It deserves it! A great combination of quality interviews, news and analysis.

:party:

tictoc
10-01-2011, 11:42 AM
Best served cold. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com)!

Darlofletch
10-01-2011, 11:44 AM
gameday, here's my preview, we want 5 (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/30/2456909/toronto-fc-v-new-york-red-bulls-we-want-5)!

and here's a bit of a q and a with a new york blogger (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/9/30/2460665/how-you-doin-new-york-red-bulls), talking about the impact of de ro's exit, rafa marquez, and hans backe's job security.

bgnewf
10-02-2011, 12:30 PM
TFC v NYRB Post Game Video Blog

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/tfc-v-nyrb/

A video look back at the TFC v NYRB game and some of the very encouraging things on display in the 1-1 draw at BMO Field.

Oldtimer
10-03-2011, 10:31 AM
TFC v NYRB Post Game Video Blog

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/tfc-v-nyrb/

A video look back at the TFC v NYRB game and some of the very encouraging things on display in the 1-1 draw at BMO Field.

I share your optimism.

spark
10-03-2011, 01:03 PM
A couple TFC articles/interviews that came in today

Inside the MLS: Andy Iro (http://rednationonline.ca/InsidetheMLSAndyIro1022011.aspx)

Morgan ready for CMNT challenge (http://rednationonline.ca/MorganreadyforCMNTchallenge.aspx)

tictoc
10-04-2011, 06:07 AM
Keeping it positive. New strip now up at RedNation Online (http://www.rednationonline.ca/)!

spark
10-04-2011, 12:02 PM
We're dominating the thread - where's Bgnewf and Darlofletch!?

Another Paul James pod - ramping up for the World Cup Qualifiers and team selection from Hart, segueing into his comments on Terry Dunfield and PJs thoughts on him as a player, then into the two improved results against Pumas and NYRB.

PAUL JAMES ON SOCCER PODCAST: EPISODE 28 (http://rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode28.aspx)

bgnewf
10-04-2011, 05:49 PM
TFC Gets The Week Off

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/practice/

TFC players apparently have the week off to rest for the remainder of the season and the crucial Champions League game in Dallas two weeks from now. Thoughts on Aron Winter's choice.

Darlofletch
10-05-2011, 08:00 AM
We're dominating the thread - where's Bgnewf and Darlofletch!?



Good question. off wallowing in what the fuck's the point land would be my own answer.

anyway, here's an article where I depress myself by looking at the options for Canada at the centre forward position.

Can Occean be the man for Canada? (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/5/2469866/can-occean-be-the-man-up-front-for-canada)

Yohan
10-05-2011, 08:28 AM
Good question. off wallowing in what the fuck's the point land would be my own answer.

anyway, here's an article where I depress myself by looking at the options for Canada at the centre forward position.

Can Occean be the man for Canada? (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/5/2469866/can-occean-be-the-man-up-front-for-canada)
Canada needs to develop some big, strapping Saskatchewan farm lads to play centre forward? lol

Oldtimer
10-05-2011, 08:33 AM
TFC Gets The Week Off

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/practice/

TFC players apparently have the week off to rest for the remainder of the season and the crucial Champions League game in Dallas two weeks from now. Thoughts on Aron Winter's choice.

I think that Winter has got it right.
Some time off, followed by some time for practice.
Obviously the focus will be on the CCL match and not Philly.

Given that Dallas have been suffering from exhaustion, a fresh team could be the best offense. It might help to know that Dallas has given their players 4 days off.

TFCRegina
10-05-2011, 01:39 PM
Canada needs to develop some big, strapping Saskatchewan farm lads to play centre forward? lol

Just gonna point out Rob Friend was born in a farming community in western Saskatchewan.

*dodge*

TFCRegina
10-06-2011, 01:05 AM
Newest from RNO

http://www.rednationonline.ca/CanadavStLuciaBeausejourStadium.aspx

http://www.rednationonline.ca/BouchibaLookingForwardTo2012.aspx

tictoc
10-06-2011, 08:50 AM
Thanks for next year. East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com)! hits 100!

Darlofletch
10-06-2011, 12:48 PM
preview of Canada v St Lucia. the game you won't see. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/6/2473298/cmnt-v-st-lucia-the-game-you-wont-see)

Jimmy_Stone_FNS
10-06-2011, 06:23 PM
Hi would love to get my MLS/TorontoFC blog on this thread it is www.jimmystone.wordpress.com

TFCRegina
10-06-2011, 10:26 PM
Lots and lots of interviews in this baby.

Gavin Day in St. Lucia for the WCQ
http://www.rednationonline.ca/GavinDayStLuciavCanadaPreview.aspx

Countdown St Lucia.
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CountdownCanadaStLucia1062011.aspx

Have at it.

Shakes McQueen
10-06-2011, 10:31 PM
Hi would love to get my MLS/TorontoFC blog on this thread it is www.jimmystone.wordpress.com (http://www.jimmystone.wordpress.com)

Jimmy definitely needs his blog added to the list!

- Scott

james
10-07-2011, 03:34 PM
T-O-R-O-N-T- Ohhh ohhh ohhh TFC!! :D

Darlofletch
10-08-2011, 09:47 AM
We scored one, we scored two, we scored seven more than (St.) lu(cia).

match report here on a record breakingly good night for Canada (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/7/2476284/st-lucia-0-canada-7)

Darlofletch
10-08-2011, 11:57 AM
here's a bunch more links to article, interviews, videos and such like (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/8/2476520/canada-7-st-lucia-0-post-game-links). A lot of it's bloggy though, so will put it here rather than in today's news.

tictoc
10-08-2011, 12:01 PM
I remember way back when. New Canadian Men's National Team strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com)!

Redcoe15
10-08-2011, 12:36 PM
^^ Nice one! :)

moralis
10-08-2011, 07:15 PM
Toronto Star: Indepth interviews with Ashtone Morgan & Torstan Frings

http://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/mls/t...ward-for-canada (http://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/mls/torontofc/article/1067050--tfc-s-young-defender-puts-his-left-foot-forward-for-canada)

http://www.thestar.com/article/1067078--fr...life-in-toronto (http://www.thestar.com/article/1067078--frings-swapped-german-soccer-stardom-for-simple-life-in-toronto)

bgnewf
10-08-2011, 07:57 PM
Simeon Jackson Ė Forcing the Issue at Norwich City

http://www.itsroundanditswhite.co.uk/2011/10/08/simeon-jackson-forcing-the-issue-at-norwich-city/

Simeon Jackson's hat trick and strong performances for Canada might give him his shot finally at Norwich in the EPL.

Darlofletch
10-09-2011, 01:16 PM
Ashtone Morgan: A Canadian success story. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/9/2478290/ashtone-morgan-a-canadian-success-story)

TFCRegina
10-09-2011, 06:31 PM
Been away for a day and a half.

RNO updates:

http://www.rednationonline.ca/wcqinterviewsstluciapostgameaspx.aspx

http://www.rednationonline.ca/XIoutof10CanadaStLucia10811.aspx

http://www.rednationonline.ca/CanadaRoutStLuciaInWorldCupQualifying.aspx

TFCRegina
10-10-2011, 01:37 AM
Steve Bottjer interviews Andrew Ornoch
http://www.rednationonline.ca/RedNationInterviewsAndrewOrnoch.aspx

Darlofletch
10-10-2011, 06:41 PM
Canada v Puerto Rico preview. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/10/2480742/canada-v-puerto-rico)

can we wrap up qualification? probably not. hope morgan doesn't start but he can come on as a sub, hope de ro can at least tie mitchell's record, on home soil, that'd be nice for him.

TFCRegina
10-11-2011, 12:27 AM
Whole raft of RNO updates including multiple pieces on Canadian National Team players, Puerto Rico pre-game and Paul James on Soccer Podcast 29:

Puerto Rico Countdown from Ian Clarke
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CountdownCanadavPuertoRico10102011.aspx

JDG Piece from Steve Bottjer
http://www.rednationonline.ca/DeGuzmanatFiftyCapsandCounting.aspx

Straith Piece from Steve Bottjer
http://www.rednationonline.ca/Straithusingexperiencestocontinuegrowth.aspx

Kenny S on Rejoining the CanMNT from Steve Bottjer
http://www.rednationonline.ca/Stamatopolousgladtobeback.aspx

Simeon Jackson Piece from Steve Bottjer
http://www.rednationonline.ca/JacksonFindingHisFormInWorldCupQualifiers.aspx

And

Paul James on Soccer Podcast with Paul James and Steve Bottjer
http://www.rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode29.aspx

ENJOY! :)

TFCRegina
10-12-2011, 09:13 AM
Canada Unable to Breakdown Puerto Rico (two interviews included)
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CanadaunabletobreakdownPuertoRico.aspx

Darlofletch
10-12-2011, 12:09 PM
Boring with a side of nothing. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/12/2484994/canada-0-0-peurto-rico-boring-with-a-side-of-nothing)

bgnewf
10-12-2011, 04:00 PM
Do Us A Favour Dan Gargan

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/gargan/

Former TFC defender Dan Gargan and his Chicago Fire side can greatly help TFC's Champions League ambitions Wednesday evening when they play FC Dallas in MLS action.

Darlofletch
10-13-2011, 09:37 AM
I believe the children are out future. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/13/2487045/i-believe-the-children-are-our-future)

getting back to a tfc focus with thoughts on the academy groundbreaking.

Darlofletch
10-13-2011, 01:04 PM
Frei or kocic in goal on tuesday? (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/13/2487831/kocic-v-frei-stats-v-opinion)

Kocic has been the CCL starter the whole way, should we stick with that, or put frei in. I'd say go with whoever gives you the best chance to win, but which of them gives you that chance?

Oldtimer
10-13-2011, 02:01 PM
Frei or kocic in goal on tuesday? (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/13/2487831/kocic-v-frei-stats-v-opinion)

Kocic has been the CCL starter the whole way, should we stick with that, or put frei in. I'd say go with whoever gives you the best chance to win, but which of them gives you that chance?

It's great that we can even ask the question. Not one, but two good GKs.

tictoc
10-14-2011, 10:17 AM
Just crazy enough to work. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com)!

TFCRegina
10-14-2011, 10:27 AM
More stuff from RNO

TFC Philly Countdown
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CountdownTorontoFCPhiladelphia10142011.aspx

Steve Sandor Interview.
http://www.rednationonline.ca/RedNationInterviewSeriesStevenSandor.aspx

Darlofletch
10-14-2011, 03:37 PM
No Doop for you! (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/14/2488928/philadelphia-union-v-toronto-fc-one-game-at-a-time) hopefully frei can play doop nazi and stop the union.

I'm hoping to see the first team out there, tough game against a good team, ideal warm up for tuesday.

Darlofletch
10-15-2011, 09:59 AM
A chat with Philly blogger. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/15/2491280/how-you-doin-philadelphia-union)

talking, mondragon, adu, le toux, frings, iro, ccl and playoffs.

bgnewf
10-15-2011, 11:03 PM
TFC Ready For The Dallas Showdown With A Draw in Philly

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/philly/

In this post game video blog I take a look at the "almost perfect" preparations Coach Aron Winter made Saturday evening for the upcoming Champions League tilt in Dallas on Tuesday.

I take a look at the lineup, the substitutions, the mistakes that led to the Philadelphia goal and the fact that TFC chose a new script Saturday night for how to play out a road game. I also take a look ahead to Tuesday and to the two questions still unanswered from Saturday's game.

TFCRegina
10-16-2011, 11:32 AM
TFC redeem themselves in Philly
http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCredeemthemselvesinPhiladelphia.aspx

Darlofletch
10-16-2011, 03:18 PM
Biggest game ever, how did we get there. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/16/2493941/group-c-lookback-how-the-stage-was-set)

a recap of the whole ccl adventure so far.

also

A professional warm up. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/15/2492556/philadelphia-union-1-1-toronto-fc-a-professional-warm-up)

a very impressive road performance. That, + koevermans, - mistakes = win in dallas.

Darlofletch
10-16-2011, 07:32 PM
Biggest game ever? maybe. Biggest game of the season? definitely not. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/16/2493942/biggest-game-of-the-season-maybe-not)

TFCRegina
10-16-2011, 10:12 PM
Across the Pond
http://www.rednationonline.ca/AcrossthePondOctober162011.aspx

Player Ratings for TFC at Philly
http://www.rednationonline.ca/XIoutof10TorontoFCPhiladelphia10162011.aspx

bgnewf
10-16-2011, 10:25 PM
Losing Tuesday Not The End Of The World for TFC

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/not-end-of-the-world/

Why a loss Tuesday for Toronto FC in the Champions League Tuesday will be a disappointment but not enough of one to forget all the goods things that have happened for the team since the summer.

tictoc
10-17-2011, 04:43 AM
Cabs and refs. New strip now up at RedNation Online (http://www.rednationonline.ca/Home.aspx)!

tictoc
10-17-2011, 11:32 PM
The last strip I did could have gone a couple of ways. And I didn't decide which way until two were written. So, here's (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/) an East Side Stand Up! redux.

TFCRegina
10-18-2011, 12:23 AM
CSL Playoffs Semi Final Round Up
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CSLPlayoffsTheSemiFinalsRoundup.aspx

Stepping Up and 9 Other Things
http://www.rednationonline.ca/Steppingupand9otherthings.aspx

Countdown to Dallas
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CountdownTFCFCDallas10172011.aspx

Paul James on Soccer Podcast Episode 30
http://www.rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode30.aspx

Darlofletch
10-18-2011, 08:14 AM
Biggest Preview Ever! of the Biggest Game Ever! (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/17/2497019/toronto-fc-v-fc-dallas-biggest-game-ever-period)

Strans
10-18-2011, 05:22 PM
Hogtown Hooligans: TFC Plays First Meaningful Game Ever (http://hogtownhooligans.blogspot.com/2011/10/toronto-fc-plays-meaningful-game.html)

Strans
10-18-2011, 10:10 PM
Hogtown Hooligans: TFC Plays First Meaningful Game Ever (http://hogtownhooligans.blogspot.com/2011/10/toronto-fc-plays-meaningful-game.html)

and, the follow up:

TFC OWNS DALLAS' FACE 3-0 (http://hogtownhooligans.blogspot.com/2011/10/tfc-owns-dallas-face-3-0.html):scarf::scarf::scarf:

bgnewf
10-19-2011, 01:33 AM
TFC Off To The Knockout Stages

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/tfc-off-to-the-knockout-stages/

Did this actually happen? TFC are through to the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Champions League on the heels of arguably the best 90 minutes the team has ever played. beating Dallas 3-0.

Darlofletch
10-19-2011, 07:52 AM
Qualifiers, qualifiers. ole, ole, ole! (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/19/2499862/toronto-fc-3-0-fc-dallas-qualifiers-qualifiers-ole-ole-ole)

Oldtimer
10-19-2011, 07:54 AM
Waking the Red had a blog on the Dallas CCL match:

http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/19/2499862/toronto-fc-3-0-fc-dallas-qualifiers-qualifiers-ole-ole-ole

tictoc
10-19-2011, 09:57 AM
Four stories. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com)!

Darlofletch
10-19-2011, 10:10 AM
thanks oldtimer. this one isn't mine, it's from partially obstructed view. a bit of a love letter to plata, and a great read.

http://www.partiallyobstructedview.com/2011/10/rookie-of-year-drafting-of-joao-plata.html#more

Darlofletch
10-19-2011, 10:11 AM
Four stories. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com)!


nice. very nice.

Redcoe15
10-19-2011, 10:31 AM
Four stories. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com)!
He's just a little bit excited (and who can blame him?). :D

TFCRegina
10-19-2011, 12:09 PM
The Boot Room: Winter Gets It All Right
http://www.rednationonline.ca/TheBootRoomWintergetsitallright.aspx

Player Ratings
http://www.rednationonline.ca/XIoutof10TorontoFCFCDallas10192011.aspx

Match Report
http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCStunDallastoreachknockoutstage.aspx

anto7
10-21-2011, 07:27 AM
Jimmy Stone's latest blog on TFC

http://jimmystone.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/half-a-year-for-the-quarter-finals-my-mls-journey-continues/

Jimmy_Stone_FNS
10-21-2011, 07:28 AM
Any chance I can get my Football Not Soccer blog on here. Newest post up today.

Darlofletch
10-21-2011, 07:32 AM
TFC top 40 countdown (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/20/2502339/tfc-top-40-countdown-reader-participation-required)

As a way to rate the players at the end of the season, given how we've used a nice round 40, I'll be doing a countdown from 40-1 over the next month or so.

Looking for input though, want to get as many people's rankings as possible to get an idea of what the fanbase as a whole thinks. So, if you want in, click on the link for contact info, or just pm me here with an email address and I'll send you the form to fill out.

a pre-emptive and presumptive thanks to all who help out.

Darlofletch
10-21-2011, 07:33 AM
Any chance I can get my Football Not Soccer blog on here. Newest post up today.

I second that motion.

here's his latest post by the way.

half a year for the quarter finals (http://jimmystone.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/half-a-year-for-the-quarter-finals-my-mls-journey-continues/)

TFCRegina
10-21-2011, 01:23 PM
Collection of the last couple days:

Countdown TFC v New England
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CountdownTorontoFCvNewEngland10212011.aspx

Elation
http://www.rednationonline.ca/LowtherElation.aspx

Join me in looking disgusting next month
http://www.rednationonline.ca/RouseJoinmeinlookingdisgustingnextmonth.aspx

bgnewf
10-21-2011, 08:53 PM
TFC Post Mortems Come Later

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/tfc-post-mortems-come-later/

Its time Saturday to celebrate TFC's historic Champions League win vs Dallas & what I feel is a renewed sense of hope for 2012. There will be time for post mortems later.

Darlofletch
10-22-2011, 08:59 AM
It's a celebration bitches! (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/21/2505950/toronto-fc-v-new-england-revolution-the-search-for-meaning)

Game preview there

and this is a new england blogger answering my questions about revs crap season, nicol's future prospects, suppport the fort and AJ Soares. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/21/2505950/toronto-fc-v-new-england-revolution-the-search-for-meaning)

bgnewf
10-22-2011, 07:26 PM
Season Five Ends for TFC

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/season-five-ends-for-tfc/

In this last video blog for the 2011 season I take a final look back at the game, the club and the season, and why for perhaps the first time in years I for one feel some genuine excitement and opportunity is on the horizon for Toronto FC going forward.

Darlofletch
10-23-2011, 11:53 AM
pics from pre game and the 90th minute party (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/22/2507784/photos-from-final-game-day-of-the-season)

and

Audio of player interviews (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/23/2507841/tfc-vs-new-england-audio-interviews). Hear Morgan talk about the influence of De Guzman, Kocic talk about being good friends with frei, Koevermans talk about the dangers of downtown toronto, and Dunfield talk about how Vancouver got a bit carried away with themselves at the start of the season.

TFCRegina
10-23-2011, 01:52 PM
TFC End 2011 With a Draw at Home
http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCend2011withadrawathome.aspx

bgnewf
10-23-2011, 10:10 PM
Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly Way Off About TFC

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/cathal-kelly/

I take a critical look at recent articles about TFC by the Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly and how they have both distorted the facts and contradicted one another.

Alonso
10-23-2011, 10:52 PM
I second that motion.

here's his latest post by the way.

half a year for the quarter finals (http://jimmystone.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/half-a-year-for-the-quarter-finals-my-mls-journey-continues/)

I triple the motion, I don't think Oldtimer has been through this thread in a while and has obviously missed Jimmy's request twice.

Jimmy you might need to send Oldtimer a PM.

tictoc
10-24-2011, 06:28 AM
Until next year. New strip now up at RedNation Online (http://www.rednationonline.ca/Home.aspx)!

ArmenJBX
10-24-2011, 08:37 AM
End of the Season: the good, the bad and the ugly

http://rednationonline.ca/EndoftheSeasonThegoodthebadtheugly.aspx

Stouffville_RPB
10-24-2011, 08:42 AM
Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly Way Off About TFC

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/cathal-kelly/

I take a critical look at recent articles about TFC by the Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly and how they have both distorted the facts and contradicted one another.

Thank you for this! This was the best thing I've read all season.

I stopped reading newspapers because quite frankly all they write is negative bullshit. Both the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun add nothing to the soccer scene in this city and they don't get any of my attention. These guys don't get a single click or newspaper read from me. Thank you for calling him out.



Also thanks to everyone in here who blogs about the team. While I don't always agree with your views I still find the blogs by you guys the best place to go if I want to read about TFC.

Thanks everyone.

Darlofletch
10-24-2011, 09:26 AM
2011 season in review. Part One, preseason to June: The sufffering. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/24/2509552/toronto-fc-2011)

recap of the season, turns out it's going to be long so I split into two halves. this is the 'depressing as fuck' half.

tictoc
10-24-2011, 10:34 AM
I enjoyed the first part of your season summary. Even if it made me relive some unpleasant memories! Looking forward to the second installment.


2011 season in review. Part One, preseason to June: The sufffering. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/24/2509552/toronto-fc-2011)

recap of the season, turns out it's going to be long so I split into two halves. this is the 'depressing as fuck' half.

TFCRegina
10-24-2011, 11:41 AM
Morgan: Academy Grads Feeding off of Each Other's Success
http://www.rednationonline.ca/MorganAcademyGradsFeedingOffOfEachOther.aspx

Frings: It's a New Era for TFC
http://www.rednationonline.ca/FringsItsaNewEraForTorontoFC.aspx

Good, Bad, the Ugly: End of Season
http://www.rednationonline.ca/EndoftheSeasonThegoodthebadtheugly.aspx

New England Player Ratings
http://www.rednationonline.ca/XIoutof10TorontoFCvNewEngland10232011.aspx

Redcoe15
10-24-2011, 01:29 PM
Until next year. New strip now up at RedNation Online (http://www.rednationonline.ca/Home.aspx)!
Does this mean no new strips until next year? :(

tictoc
10-24-2011, 03:00 PM
Oh I'll have some for sure! The frequency of them will depend on what's going on with the team though.


Does this mean no new strips until next year? :(

TFCRegina
10-24-2011, 11:22 PM
Oh I'll have some for sure! The frequency of them will depend on what's going on with the team though.

I envision an offseason of much "refresh" button clicking on my browser hoping for updates on anything in Canadian soccer at all.

Darlofletch
10-25-2011, 12:15 AM
Here's a big rundown of the season ending press conference. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/24/2511879/end-of-season-press-conferences-the-highlights)

Darlofletch
10-25-2011, 07:52 AM
season review part 2. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/25/2511305/toronto-fc-2011-season-review-part-2-july-to-october)

A new team, improvements, tangible achievements, sighs of relief all round.

tictoc
10-25-2011, 08:02 AM
2 out of 3 ain't bad. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

TFCRegina
10-25-2011, 11:20 AM
More RNO Content:

Paul James on Soccer Episode 31
http://www.rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode31.aspx

2011 CSL Final Preview
http://www.rednationonline.ca/2011CanadianSoccerLeagueFinal.aspx

TFCRegina
10-26-2011, 01:07 AM
The Training Edge: Training for Elite Goalkeepers - Part 1
http://www.rednationonline.ca/TheTrainingEdgeTrainingforEliteGoalkeepers.aspx

Darlofletch
10-26-2011, 08:19 AM
Weeeeee Love you! but we hate you! and you! and especially you! (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/26/2514201/weeee-love-you-but-we-hate-you-and-you-especially-you)

A guide for who to cheer for and against in the playoffs.

and here's a more traditional preview of the wild card games (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/25/2512825/the-2011-mls-cup-playoffs-wild-card-preview)

TFCRegina
10-26-2011, 11:59 PM
Stinson: A Potential Future Leader for TFC
http://www.rednationonline.ca/StinsonAPotentialFutureLeaderForTFC.aspx

Lindsay determined to make an impact in 2012
http://www.rednationonline.ca/LindsayDeterminedToMakeAnImpactIn2012.aspx

TFCRegina
10-27-2011, 07:56 AM
Piece from Daniel Rouse: Spectacles envy and fighting the CBC at an awards ceremony
http://www.rednationonline.ca/SpectaclesenvyandfightingtheCBC.aspx

Darlofletch
10-27-2011, 08:08 AM
rating winter

first up tactically, what he's trying to do, and the compromises and adaptations he had to make through the season (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/26/2516931/total-football-after-one-year-evaluating-aron-winter)

and

secondly, rating all the tfc trades of the last year or so. who won, who lost. what was the point of dasan robinson. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/27/2518074/grading-aron-winter-and-cos-trading)

Jimmy_Stone_FNS
10-28-2011, 05:49 AM
Not Toronto FC based this week but visit www.jimmystone.wordpress.com to read my views on play-offs. Will be continuing writing about TFC next week and before the play-offs end.

tictoc
10-28-2011, 08:32 AM
I wish I could see it to believe it. New @CanWNT strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

TFCRegina
10-28-2011, 11:37 AM
Interview with Patrice Bernier
http://www.rednationonline.ca/RedNationInterviewSeriesPatriceBernier2.aspx

Oldtimer
10-28-2011, 12:40 PM
Interview with Patrice Bernier
http://www.rednationonline.ca/RedNationInterviewSeriesPatriceBernier2.aspx

Love that interview series. Been an iTunes subscriber for a while.

bgnewf
10-28-2011, 12:59 PM
The Hundred Days

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/10/the-hundred-days/

I ask in this post season look back of the season that was for Toronto FC, what might have been if MLSE had not wasted most of "the hundred days" between firing Mo Johnston and hiring Aron Winter.

TFCRegina
10-28-2011, 06:15 PM
No Offseason for Dwayne De Rosario
http://www.rednationonline.ca/NoOffseasonForDwayneDeRosario.aspx

TFCRegina
10-28-2011, 06:24 PM
Love that interview series. Been an iTunes subscriber for a while.

Thanks for the support! Ian, Steve and Rick work really hard on that content.

Alonso
10-28-2011, 06:54 PM
Thank you for this! This was the best thing I've read all season.

I stopped reading newspapers because quite frankly all they write is negative bullshit. Both the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun add nothing to the soccer scene in this city and they don't get any of my attention. These guys don't get a single click or newspaper read from me. Thank you for calling him out.



Also thanks to everyone in here who blogs about the team. While I don't always agree with your views I still find the blogs by you guys the best place to go if I want to read about TFC.

Thanks everyone.

Agreed. "Professional" writers tend to be jaded, and over rated.

TFCRegina
10-29-2011, 03:04 PM
Countdown: MLS Conference Semi Finals
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CountdownConferenceSemiFinals10292011.aspx

tictoc
10-30-2011, 10:43 AM
Jewels. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Also, I am interested to know how people feel about me posting links to new strips, which aren't directly related to TFC. As I go forward I'm going to broaden what the strips are about but if people don't want to know about non-TFC strips, I'm OK with that. I can just update the old Twitter and RSS feed.

Oldtimer
10-30-2011, 11:32 AM
Jewels. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Also, I am interested to know how people feel about me posting links to new strips, which aren't directly related to TFC. As I go forward I'm going to broaden what the strips are about but if people don't want to know about non-TFC strips, I'm OK with that. I can just update the old Twitter and RSS feed.
MLS related strips are still relevant IMO.

Redcoe15
10-30-2011, 02:05 PM
Jewels. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Also, I am interested to know how people feel about me posting links to new strips, which aren't directly related to TFC. As I go forward I'm going to broaden what the strips are about but if people don't want to know about non-TFC strips, I'm OK with that. I can just update the old Twitter and RSS feed.
I'm cool with it.

Is there a reason why your recent strips are black and white?

tictoc
10-30-2011, 02:56 PM
The main reason is time. Believe it or not, colouring adds quite a bit to it. I've found that it takes me about half the time to do them in just black and white.

And with the extra time, I would like to do more strips, more often.

So right now I'm experimenting with it. Of course if the strips aren't working as well, that kind of trumps everything and I'll go back to colour.


Is there a reason why your recent strips are black and white?

TFCRegina
10-30-2011, 04:21 PM
The main reason is time. Believe it or not, colouring adds quite a bit to it. I've found that it takes me about half the time to do them in just black and white.

And with the extra time, I would like to do more strips, more often.

So right now I'm experimenting with it. Of course if the strips aren't working as well, that kind of trumps everything and I'll go back to colour.

I think they work fine in black and white so long as we don't have to distinguish between fans/players of various teams.

Keep up the great work Paul!

tictoc
10-30-2011, 04:24 PM
That's what I'm thinking too. Gotta' figure out some way to deal with team colours.

And thanks!


I think they work fine in black and white so long as we don't have to distinguish between fans/players of various teams.

Keep up the great work Paul!

Darlofletch
10-30-2011, 09:37 PM
a final review of the 2011 season. Just on it's own, a shit sandwich. In the grand scheme of things, this is when we started to do things right.

All in all, a good year. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/30/2523313/toronto-fc-2011-all-in-all-a-good-year)

sulfur
10-31-2011, 06:41 AM
That's what I'm thinking too. Gotta' figure out some way to deal with team colours.
What about partial colouring? Splashes of colour (ala Frank Miller in Sin City). Primarily black and white, but occasional uses of colour to differentiate...

Darlofletch
10-31-2011, 08:08 AM
The TFC top 40 countdown begins. We used 40 players, they've been ranked 1-40, every day for the next 40 days, i'll be counting down from the crappest to the best, and profiling that player. today...

Number 40, Leandre Griffit. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/31/2525724/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-40-leandre-griffit)

tictoc
10-31-2011, 09:00 AM
What about partial colouring? Splashes of colour (ala Frank Miller in Sin City). Primarily black and white, but occasional uses of colour to differentiate...

I thought about that and have not ruled it out. Maybe the next one!

tictoc
10-31-2011, 09:01 AM
Stress is good. New strip now up at RedNation Online (http://www.rednationonline.ca/)!

Jimmy_Stone_FNS
10-31-2011, 11:17 AM
www.jimmystone.wordpress.com A bewildered Englishman trying to get to grips with Major League Soccer. Series continues with "Natural Disasters FC". This week I explain why I think Toronto will be MLS Cup winners in 2012.

Redcoe15
10-31-2011, 01:34 PM
www.jimmystone.wordpress.com (http://www.jimmystone.wordpress.com) A bewildered Englishman trying to get to grips with Major League Soccer. Series continues with "Natural Disasters FC". This week I explain why I think Toronto will be MLS Cup winners in 2012.
Keep writing for Toronto FC, Jimmy. Good things can only happen when you do. :D

Oh, and no name change please. We like it just fine. :tfc:

Darlofletch
10-31-2011, 06:42 PM
Waking the Red end of season awards. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/10/31/2527759/mls-and-tfc-end-of-season-awards-waking-the-red-style)

MVP, best rookie, blah blah blah. also, best red card, worst tweet, Danny Dichio award for worst acting and many many more.

spark
11-01-2011, 11:12 AM
Another PJ Podcast as the season winds down, mostly on the 'Caps and their gutting of staff, but does weigh in on Frei v Kocic and the end of season events with Winter and De Klerk

PAUL JAMES ON SOCCER PODCAST: EPISODE 32 (http://rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode32.aspx)

A few others an interview with Soolsma on his year with TFC, as well as looking at the next batch of potential TFC Academy grads

TFC's emerging youth includes Soolsma (http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCsemergingyouthincludesSoolsma.aspx)

TFC Academy graduation class of 2012/13 (http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCAcademyCandidatesforthe20122013.aspx)

TFCRegina
11-01-2011, 12:38 PM
Another PJ Podcast as the season winds down, mostly on the 'Caps and their gutting of staff, but does weigh in on Frei v Kocic and the end of season events with Winter and De Klerk

PAUL JAMES ON SOCCER PODCAST: EPISODE 32 (http://rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode32.aspx)

A few others an interview with Soolsma on his year with TFC, as well as looking at the next batch of potential TFC Academy grads

TFC's emerging youth includes Soolsma (http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCsemergingyouthincludesSoolsma.aspx)

TFC Academy graduation class of 2012/13 (http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCAcademyCandidatesforthe20122013.aspx)

One more relevant piece ;)

Hainault proving crucial to Dynamo revival (MLS playoff related)
http://www.rednationonline.ca/HainaultprovingcrucialtoDynamorevival.aspx

Darlofletch
11-01-2011, 12:42 PM
Tfc top 40 countdown continues

number 39: Kyle davies (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/1/2528332/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-39-kyle-davies)

"one of the best kyles we've ever had"

bgnewf
11-01-2011, 09:53 PM
Important Dates Ahead for Toronto FC

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/11/important-dates-for-tfc/

A brief look ahead to some of the more important off season dates for Toronto FC between now and the start of the 2012 season.

Oldtimer
11-02-2011, 07:20 AM
Important Dates Ahead for Toronto FC

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/11/important-dates-for-tfc/

A brief look ahead to some of the more important off season dates for Toronto FC between now and the start of the 2012 season.

(Bookmarks) + (Add this Page)

Thanks, a very useful summary, all in one place.

Darlofletch
11-02-2011, 11:15 AM
The TFC top 40 countdown continues. number 32 on the pitch, but number 38 in your hearts, ladies and gentlemen, Dasan Robinson. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/2/2530689/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-38-dasan-robinson)

Darlofletch
11-03-2011, 07:35 AM
A few bits for you today.

Alex Bunbury wants Canadians to forgive Teal, and actually makes a reasonable case (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/2/2534103/the-teal-bunbury-story-a-case-of-mistaken-identity)

CCL quarter finals: the case for Santos laguna as our opponent. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/3/2534709/far-west-stand-11-3-the-case-for-santos-laguna)

and number 37 in the top 40 countdown: Boo-Ya! it's Keith Makubuya (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/3/2530983/toronto-fc-top-40-countdown-number-37-keith-makubuya)

Stouffville_RPB
11-03-2011, 07:45 AM
A few bits for you today.

Alex Bunbury wants Canadians to forgive Teal, and actually makes a reasonable case (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/2/2534103/the-teal-bunbury-story-a-case-of-mistaken-identity)

CCL quarter finals: the case for Santos laguna as our opponent. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/3/2534709/far-west-stand-11-3-the-case-for-santos-laguna)

and number 37 in the top 40 countdown: Boo-Ya! it's Keith Makubuya (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/3/2530983/toronto-fc-top-40-countdown-number-37-keith-makubuya)

A second argument is that we can achieve what the Montreal Impact failed to do in 2008-2009: beat Santos Laguna.
That's exactly what I said yesterday. :D

Never forgive Teal. I believe he was going to play for Canada until the US gave him a shot and that is what changed his mind. I don't think he would've been a large piece for us (or will be for the US) but he would've brought some unique qualities to the player pool.

tictoc
11-03-2011, 08:41 AM
Pick your poison. New strip now up East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

TFCRegina
11-03-2011, 12:32 PM
Armen and I (among a whole crapload of other people) are on this podcast...
http://www.rednationonline.ca/5outof5FivequestionsforfiveyearsofTFC.aspx

TFC Ready for Anyone in the knockout round
http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCreadyforanyoneinknockoutround.aspx

Darlofletch
11-03-2011, 01:34 PM
Armen and I (among a whole crapload of other people) are on this podcast...
http://www.rednationonline.ca/5outof5FivequestionsforfiveyearsofTFC.aspx



count me among the crapload. good review of all of the lows and lows of the first 5 years, as well as the highs, and the best players (and jacob peterson).

TFCRegina
11-03-2011, 01:40 PM
count me among the crapload. good review of all of the lows and lows of the first 5 years, as well as the highs, and the best players (and jacob peterson).

The question about the players threw me off. I thought he wanted 1 guy out of all the outfield positions instead of 3. So I had Nana picked and basically just reverted to stock answers without thought for mid/forward.

Also, you know Armen gave him the shout out! hahah

Darlofletch
11-04-2011, 09:34 AM
Top 40 countdown continues, slowly getting closer to the players you care about. In the meantime though, here's number 36, Eddy Viator (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/4/2530996/toronto-fc-top-40-countdown-number-37-eddy-viator)

__wowza
11-04-2011, 11:06 AM
honestly, im growing tired of it.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/924861-5-major-problems-with-the-mls

how can you say you don't support the league and then give it flack? this doesn't come off as "here's why i dont watch it", it comes off as "here's why the league will never make it"

what's the fucking point? the only thing i ever read is a reminder that MLS isnt EPL, la liga, serie a, or bundesliga (in case we hadnt noticed). im sorry, i just read shit like this everywhere. im thinking of starting up a campaign to try and shoot down this ignorance. anyone else be with me?

here's a very rough excerpt from an article im writing for bleacher report, it's going to lead into an article called "5 things that wont change anytime soon in MLS" which is akin to the one i wrote here (http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1820555)



(keep in mind this was stream of consciousness, i havent edited it since i wrote it, and i wrote it when i was pissed)

Major League Soccer: founded 1996 as part of the United States bid to host the World Cup in 1994. Since its inception fifteen years ago the league now spans two countries and saw two teams become defunct only to welcome another ten teams, with one more on the way. With its struggle to gain recognition on national level, local supporters are often questioned by media outlets, amateur bloggers, and even other supporters as to why the North American model differs so much from our international counterparts. Make no mistake about it; the league is still a work in progress, but Iíd like to use this fact as my strongest counter-point.

Where the critics make their strongest stand is the comparison of the leagues quality to other top tier leagues in England, Spain or Italy. It is the first point of contention, and ultimately the loudest. This is an unfair comparison to make, but itís made regardless. The first reason is due to the vast head start these leagues have on MLS. The second is due to the widespread fame and fortune that comes with that head start. In addition to this, many of the world leagues MLS competes against don't have a major market rival, let alone 4 (NFL/NBA/MLB/NHL) of them, each with as equally wide a head start, and the television deals that go with them.

The issue with criticism of the league is that most of it is unfounded, unjustified, and in no way shape or form constructive. Enter the EuroSnob: the North American fan that doesnít understand that each league is a separate entity. They see the quality soccer as a whole, without realizing that the game itself is the sum of its parts. They will distribute criticism, and readily disown their local North American club while having absolutely no birth affiliation to the one they support overseas. The club they follow may dazzle them with a stunning flurry of passes or a shelf full of trophies, but it will never be ďtheirĒ team more than the New York Yankees would be for a Toronto native because they play ďbeautiful baseballĒ. They may support them, and know the clubs history back to front, but at the end of the day, most of the vocal critics of the MLS wouldnít have a Birmingham kit hanging up anywhere in their closet.

Instead of article after article pointing out how ass-backwards the MLS is, few, if any, offer a constructive look as to why the league is where it is, and how it can adapt to fit the model of its European equivalent without effectively self destructing in the process. They can cite a variety of reasons the league is doomed to fail, and how the league needs to adapt quickly or face destruction, yet they often overlook the fact that attendance has steadily increased league wide or that MLS has signed its highest sponsorship and media sponsorship to date.

The thing I love the most about these articles is that they will often describe how they are fans of the sport and donít regularly watch MLS. If you donít watch MLS, what makes you the authority on condemning the league? Iím not a fan of Serie A, so I donít feel fit to comment on it. See where Iím going with this? The only thing writers can do at this point is remind us that North American soccer is not like football in Europe, like we somehow hadnít noticed. The fact of the matter is that MLS has created substantial growth at a maintained pace. It has tried to ensure that the league avoids the pitfalls of its predecessor, the NASL, and it does this fighting an uphill battle to gain recognition in North America. Make no mistake about it, Iím not trying to sway your opinion on the league. If you are a fan of the European leagues, chances are youíre still a fan of the European leagues. If you wouldnít be caught dead watching the MLS, chances are that you still wouldnít be caught dead watching the MLS after youíve read this. Thereís no changing your mind in an argument and thatís what this is. If you want to shoot down the legitimacy of the MLS, youíre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bias_blind_spot) already (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias) shutting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrast_effect) down (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distinction_bias) any (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expectation_bias) indication (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irrational_escalation) that (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loss_aversion) the (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mere_exposure_effect) league (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativity_bias) might (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outcome_bias) actually (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactance_%28psychology%29) be (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_perception) any (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semmelweis_reflex) good (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wishful_thinking). However, if thatís the case, why are there still so many who feel the need to speak out against the league?

Those who site their love for EPL, Serie A or La Liga based off of the quality of the sport serve to only emphasize one thing: they donít love the game as much as they love being entertained by it. Do you love watching your favourite team play the fourth string against Scunthorpe? Quality can be achieved when youíve got a 100 year, multi-million dollar head start on us, but if you donít love the game at every level, hereís a newsflash: you donít really love the game.

TFCRegina
11-04-2011, 11:11 AM
It's cite, not site.

__wowza
11-04-2011, 11:25 AM
^ caught that on the edit.

anything else you think about this? im not trying to sound snarky, im just thinking that if that's all someone took out of this, that im not doing a good job expressing my opinion.

also, can this be moved to a football forum? it was supposed to be an MLS/other league discussion, i dont think it fits the fold of a blog. however, i could be wrong.

Ageroo
11-04-2011, 11:30 AM
also, can this be moved to a football forum? it was supposed to be an MLS/other league discussion, i dont think it fits the fold of a blog. however, i could be wrong.

We feel this is bloggish....if that is a word. Topic can still be discussed here...

Yohan
11-04-2011, 11:39 AM
^ caught that on the edit.

anything else you think about this? im not trying to sound snarky, im just thinking that if that's all someone took out of this, that im not doing a good job expressing my opinion.

also, can this be moved to a football forum? it was supposed to be an MLS/other league discussion, i dont think it fits the fold of a blog. however, i could be wrong.
why get mad about typical, uneducated eurosnob view of MLS?

__wowza
11-04-2011, 01:55 PM
We feel this is bloggish....if that is a word. Topic can still be discussed here...

fair nuff, i was feeling bloggish before but it turns out it was just gas :D



why get mad about typical, uneducated eurosnob view of MLS?

its just so prevalent! i found it dominates everything i read about the sport in north america. you always see that reporters are "surprised" by crowd turnouts and at pubs where the world cup is played.

i dont know, im feeling particularly pissed about it as of late.

Brooker
11-04-2011, 02:43 PM
well said, wowza. fucking right.

Darlofletch
11-05-2011, 10:36 AM
Top 40 countdown get's a bit melancholy, as we remember the recently departed.

Number 35: Demitrius Omphroy (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/5/2536654/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-35-demitrius-omphroy)

TFCRegina
11-05-2011, 10:14 PM
Mr Bedakian's latest
http://www.rednationonline.ca/TFCgreatestinitiativeItsallinthename.aspx

Countdown: MLS Conference Final:
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CountdownMLSConferenceFinals1152011.aspx

tictoc
11-06-2011, 10:58 AM
Suspicious minds. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Darlofletch
11-06-2011, 11:21 AM
Top 40 countdown continues with another player recently shown the d'Or.

Number 34: Matt Gold (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/6/2536658/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-34-matt-gold)

also, trying to figure out salary cap details, how much space tfc has and what they should do with it. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/5/2540329/the-salary-cap-issue)

tictoc
11-07-2011, 07:52 AM
Thinking warm thoughts. New strip now up at RedNation Online (http://www.rednationonline.ca/)!

Darlofletch
11-07-2011, 12:27 PM
Top 40 countdown continues with number 33: Oscar Cordon. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/7/2542652/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-33-oscar-cordon)

also, we're running a contest to win a sweet, though as yet unspecified Patrice bernier related prize. Share your canada fan story. serious, humourous, good or bad, the lengths you've gone to to support, how you became a fan, whatever you want to do with it really. Full details here. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/6/2543120/o-canada-its-contest-time)

TFCRegina
11-07-2011, 01:31 PM
Bunch of New RNO MLS/CanMNT related content:

Ryan Johnson: Positional Flexibility Key
http://www.rednationonline.ca/JohnsonPositionalFlexibilityFundamentalForTFC.aspx

RNO Interview Series with Issey Nakajima-Farran
http://www.rednationonline.ca/rednationinterviewisseynakajimafarran.aspx

Impact 2012-2013 Graduating Class
http://www.rednationonline.ca/MontrealImpactAcademy201213GraduatingClass.aspx

Across the Pond, November 6, 2011 - Update on Canucks overseas.
http://www.rednationonline.ca/AcrossthePondNovember62011.aspx

Jimmy_Stone_FNS
11-07-2011, 06:57 PM
My latest discussion about the playoff format and grown men saying "Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pops": www.jimmystone.wordpress.com

bgnewf
11-07-2011, 09:48 PM
Who TFC should Protect From The Noisy Neighbours

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/11/noisy-neighbours/

My list of who I think TFC should protect from (& who they might lose to) the Montreal Impact during the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft coming in late November.

Darlofletch
11-08-2011, 08:42 AM
tfc top 40 countdown.


i had fun with this one. number 32, alen fucking stevanovic (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/8/2542653/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-32-alen-stevanovic)

Darlofletch
11-09-2011, 08:39 AM
but this one was a whole lot of meh.

Number 31: Gianluca zavarise (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/9/2545727/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-31-gianluca-zavarise)

Darlofletch
11-09-2011, 08:42 AM
and here's my debut blog for sportsnet

TFC's expansion draft options (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/11/08/tfc_blog/)

Looking at who I'd protect, and looking at the squad we had in July, who the hell would you protect from that one?

tictoc
11-09-2011, 03:31 PM
Being reasonable. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Stouffville_RPB
11-09-2011, 04:27 PM
and here's my debut blog for sportsnet

TFC's expansion draft options (http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2011/11/08/tfc_blog/)

Looking at who I'd protect, and looking at the squad we had in July, who the hell would you protect from that one?

Nice work Darlo.

Darlofletch
11-09-2011, 04:57 PM
Nice work Darlo.

thanks man, been an interesting ride from that league two thread, which is basically what i consider my first blog given the time I put into it.

Darlofletch
11-10-2011, 09:03 AM
Number 30, the curious case of nana Attakora (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/10/2548260/toronto-fc-top-40-countdown-number-40-nana-attakora)

also

Canada roster breakdown: who needs to impress? (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/9/2550511/canada-roster-breakdown-who-needs-to-impress) looking at all the players used in these wcq games, and what part they could play in the rest of the qualifying cycle.

and

reader participation req'd with an mls cup final project (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/10/2551418/the-mls-cup-final-your-chance-to-weigh-in).

TFCRegina
11-10-2011, 02:11 PM
Missed a couple days worth of stuff, will fill you in here:

Who will the Caps avoid casting off?
http://www.rednationonline.ca/WhowilltheCapsavoidcastingoff.aspx

Training for Elite Goalkeepers Part 2 (contains video and written descriptions of exercises)
http://www.rednationonline.ca/RichardBucciarelliNovember82011.aspx

Paul James on Soccer Podcast Episode 33
http://www.rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode33.aspx

Paul talks about CanMNT matches for WCQ, Bernier, Hainault, Omphroy, Gold, NCAA (CIS) vs. Academy, optimal CCL opponent (from before the draw), Why the Rogers Centre is better for Canadian soccer than BMO Field for the CCL, Plus a bunch of stuff about the Whitecaps.

A Look at Warner Park (CanMNT content)
http://www.rednationonline.ca/AlookatWarnerPark.aspx

TFCRegina
11-11-2011, 12:37 AM
More CanMNT Coverage in advance of tomorrow's WCQ:

Just One Point Away (Podcast, Video interviews, article)
http://www.rednationonline.ca/Onepointaway.aspx

Hart Happy to have Bernier back with Canada
http://www.rednationonline.ca/HartHappyToHaveBernierBackWithCanada.aspx

Stouffville_RPB
11-11-2011, 08:19 AM
thanks man, been an interesting ride from that league two thread, which is basically what i consider my first blog given the time I put into it.

Number 30, the curious case of nana Attakora (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/10/2548260/toronto-fc-top-40-countdown-number-40-nana-attakora)



I miss the League 2 thread. (Burton having a nice bounce back year this season btw)

It is a shame that Nana left the way he did. While I can't blame him for wanting a shorter term I do think some flack should fall on him as he and the team should've been able to find a middle ground (3 year deal?).

Darlofletch
11-11-2011, 10:53 AM
I miss the League 2 thread. (Burton having a nice bounce back year this season btw)
.

me too, there are so many of my usual internet time wastey reading stuff that have alarmingly fallen by the wayside in the last year or so for me. just not enough time.

anyway. number 29 in the top 40 countdown is Dicoy Williams (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/11/2553270/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-29-dicoy-williams)

here's a canada/SKN preview (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/10/2552586/canada-vs-st-kitts-and-nevis-preview)

as well as links to all the articles about the game (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/11/2553712/canada-vs-st-kitts-nevis-game-day-links) i could find this morning, though I'm sure I missed plenty.

Darlofletch
11-12-2011, 08:47 AM
Top 40 countdown. Number 28, it's TFC's biggest boyz II Men fan, Danleigh Borman (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/12/2553281/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-28-danleigh-borman)

and here's my report on Canada/St Kitts

you can't spell through without ugh. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/12/2553281/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-28-danleigh-borman)

tictoc
11-12-2011, 10:31 AM
Moments to celebrate. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

ManUtd4ever
11-12-2011, 10:37 AM
Moments to celebrate. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Well done.

TFCRegina
11-12-2011, 11:59 AM
Bare Minimum
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CanadavStKittsBareminimum.aspx

Darlofletch
11-13-2011, 01:51 PM
TFC Top 40 countdown continues, at number 27, it's the greatest player tfc have ever had, or if you're not armenJBX, that guy who hates canada.

Jacob Peterson (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/13/2556411/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-27-jacob-peterson)

TFCRegina
11-13-2011, 04:32 PM
Player Ratings for the St Kitts match
http://www.rednationonline.ca/xioutof10canadastkitts111211.aspx

ArmenJBX
11-13-2011, 04:34 PM
TFC Top 40 countdown continues, at number 27, it's the greatest player tfc have ever had, or if you're not armenJBX, that guy who hates canada.

Jacob Peterson (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/13/2556411/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-27-jacob-peterson)

I don't appreciate the sarcasm Mr. Fletcher! :D

It's a known fact that Jacob "Badass" Peterson is the greatest player to don a Toronto FC shirt. It's scientifically proven. There's no "maybe" or "no he wasn't" or "you're high on crack." It's the truth.

He's number 27 because he wanted his teammates to have a slice of glory too, so he let them have higher spots!

tictoc
11-14-2011, 07:51 AM
Going out with a bang. New strip now up at RedNation Online (http://www.rednationonline.ca/)!

Darlofletch
11-14-2011, 08:41 AM
Top 40 countdown, Number 26: Dan Gargan (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/14/2559991/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-26-dan-gargan)

and, actual journalism alert,

news and quotes from Canada's sunday training session. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/13/2560024/time-to-move-on-cmnts-head-coach-and-players-say)

had wrong link originally, but it's there now.

Darlofletch
11-14-2011, 12:40 PM
and now video of the interviews with hart, de guzman, and jackson is up. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/14/2560648/hart-de-guzman-jackson-video-interviews)

TFCRegina
11-14-2011, 05:23 PM
RNO Content:

Anything but Meaningless
http://rednationonline.ca/HartHomeMatchAgainstStKittsIsAnythingButMeaningles .aspx

TFC Protection List (ARMEN)
http://rednationonline.ca/TorontoFCsprotectionlist2011.aspx

The Need for a Canadian Second Division
http://rednationonline.ca/TheneedforaCanadianSecondDivision.aspx

Attakora Focused on Return to Full Fitness
http://rednationonline.ca/AttakoraFocusedOnReturnToFullFitness.aspx

TFCRegina
11-14-2011, 05:28 PM
I don't appreciate the sarcasm Mr. Fletcher! :D

It's a known fact that Jacob "Badass" Peterson is the greatest player to don a Toronto FC shirt. It's scientifically proven. There's no "maybe" or "no he wasn't" or "you're high on crack." It's the truth.

He's number 27 because he wanted his teammates to have a slice of glory too, so he let them have higher spots!

Is the greatest player to don a Toronto FC shirt...you forgot the qualifier: "If openly hating Canada is the only criteria we measure the players by." ;)

Darlofletch
11-14-2011, 07:30 PM
whole bunch of canada related stuff here

Notes from training (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/14/2561931/cmnt-monday-practice-notes), simpson talking about travel, johnson bigging up jackson and more.

a preview of tomorrows game (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/14/2561797/canada-v-st-kitts-and-nevis-the-last-hurrah)

and the finalists for our 'supporting canada story' contest (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/14/2561961/o-canada-contest-the-top-3). tales from winnipeg, st johns and prizby's big day out in detroit.

bgnewf
11-14-2011, 09:53 PM
TFC Need To Paper The House

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/11/paper-the-house/

Why the Rogers Centre (with one large caveat) is the right choice as the venue for the Champions League game this coming March.

Darlofletch
11-15-2011, 09:10 AM
on and on and on and on it goes.

Number 25, Earl's big move, mr first round pick: Nathan Sturgis (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/15/2562666/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-25-nathan-sturgis)

menefreghista
11-15-2011, 09:29 AM
TFC Need To Paper The House

http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/2011/11/paper-the-house/

Why the Rogers Centre (with one large caveat) is the right choice as the venue for the Champions League game this coming March.

TFC FO will never do that. They will not devalue their product.

If people can get cheap tickets to this game they will wonder why they pay expensive prices at BMO Field.

I predict CCL group stage pricing.

TFCRegina
11-15-2011, 11:52 AM
Paul discusses the Canadian National Team's latest "performance," Stephen Hart, David Testo, MLS Cup Final, Andre Hainault, David Beckham, and who TFC should protect in the Expansion draft.

http://www.rednationonline.ca/PaulJamesonSoccerEpisode34.aspx

Canada's Right Back Conundrum
http://www.rednationonline.ca/CanadasRightBackConundrum.aspx

Jimmy_Stone_FNS
11-15-2011, 08:18 PM
Football Not Soccer

A bewildered English football fan trying to appreciate MLS with: Chants & Champions:

www.jimmystone.wordpress.com

I discuss discovering one of our wonderful chants and how I feel about MLS 2011 ending.

Alonso
11-15-2011, 09:45 PM
tfc top 40 countdown.


i had fun with this one. number 32, alen fucking stevanovic (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/8/2542653/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-32-alen-stevanovic)

Haha brilliant stuff here. And I like the idea and format that you took with this blog. Can anyone comment/vote?

Alonso
11-15-2011, 10:27 PM
Being reasonable. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up (http://www.eastsidestandup.com/)!

Dude, your "stress is good" strip made me howl.

You are seriously talented.

Comic strips is obviously your calling in life.

Good on you.

Darlofletch
11-15-2011, 11:15 PM
Haha brilliant stuff here. And I like the idea and format that you took with this blog. Can anyone comment/vote?

too late for voting, but you can always feel free to comment, either in the comments section as each player comes along, or if you want to send comments along to be included in the main piece going forward for the remaining 20 odd players, feel free to email any comments, criticism, praise and bile to me at duncanfletcher@gmail.com

glad you're enjoying, it's proving more work that I guessed it would, but i'm having fun with it, and hey 40 off season days with posts, even if nothing at all happens.

TFCRegina
11-16-2011, 02:09 AM
Canada Bounce Back With Much Needed Victory (Pics from manic in a rolling carousel).
http://www.rednationonline.ca/Canadabouncebackwithmuchneededvictory.aspx

Lots of Videos and an Article also included

tictoc
11-16-2011, 08:09 AM
Dude, your "stress is good" strip made me howl.

You are seriously talented.

Comic strips is obviously your calling in life.

Good on you.

I really appreciate that. Thanks!

Darlofletch
11-16-2011, 08:43 AM
Number 24, everyone's favourite diving Belgian, Mikael Yourassowsky (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/16/2562673/toronto-fc-2011-top-40-countdown-number-24-mikael-yourassowsky)

and

here's my report on the canada game from last night. 4 goals but still not much hope. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/16/2565699/canada-4-0-st-kitts-and-nevis-4-goals-but-not-much-hope)

Darlofletch
11-16-2011, 10:23 AM
all sorts of multimedia action from last night for you here.

first up Stephen hart press conferecne and de ro media scrum (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/16/2566143/stephen-hart-press-conference-dero-interview)

and also, crowd photos and game action in this photo gallery (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/16/2566126/photos-from-canada-vs-st-kitts)

Darlofletch
11-17-2011, 08:48 AM
Top 40 countdown just keeps on going.

Number 23: Javier Martina. (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/17/2567599/toronto-fc-top-40-countdown-number-23-javier-martina)

TFCRegina
11-17-2011, 11:00 AM
Canada Player Ratings
http://www.rednationonline.ca/XIoutof10CanadavStKitts11162011.aspx

No excuses: TFC can learn from Houston
http://www.rednationonline.ca/NoexcusesTFCcanlearnfromHouston.aspx

Darlofletch
11-18-2011, 08:59 AM
who was the biggest loser in all the de ro trades?

the man who went from new york to toronto to columbus, that's who.

number 22 is poor, poor Tony Tchani (http://www.wakingthered.com/2011/11/18/2567600/toronto-fc-top-40-countdown-number-22-tony-tchani)