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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy_Stone_FNS View Post
    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.

    Oh, and no name change please. We like it just fine.
    TORONTO FC, 2017 MLS CHAMPIONS!!! (Still the greatest in league history!)

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    Waking the Red end of season awards.

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

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    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

    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

    TFC Academy graduation class of 2012/13

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    Quote Originally Posted by spark View Post
    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

    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

    TFC Academy graduation class of 2012/13
    One more relevant piece

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

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    Tfc top 40 countdown continues

    number 39: Kyle davies

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

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    Important Dates Ahead for Toronto FC

    http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/20...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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgnewf View Post
    Important Dates Ahead for Toronto FC

    http://viewfromthesouthstands.com/20...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.
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    The TFC top 40 countdown continues. number 32 on the pitch, but number 38 in your hearts, ladies and gentlemen, Dasan Robinson.

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    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.

    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.

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    Pick your poison. New strip now up East Side Stand Up!

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    Armen and I (among a whole crapload of other people) are on this podcast...
    http://www.rednationonline.ca/5outof...earsofTFC.aspx

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFCRegina View Post
    Armen and I (among a whole crapload of other people) are on this podcast...
    http://www.rednationonline.ca/5outof...earsofTFC.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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlofletch View Post
    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

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    Top 40 countdown continues, slowly getting closer to the players you care about. In the meantime though, here's number 36, Eddy Viator

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    Angry fuck all of this MLS hate.

    honestly, im growing tired of it.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/9...s-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



    (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 already shutting down any indication that the league might actually be any good. 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.

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    It's cite, not site.

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    ^ 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by __wowza View Post
    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by __wowza View Post
    ^ 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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ageroo View Post
    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


    Quote Originally Posted by Yohan View Post
    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.

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    well said, wowza. fucking right.

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    Top 40 countdown get's a bit melancholy, as we remember the recently departed.

    Number 35: Demitrius Omphroy

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    Suspicious minds. New strip now up at East Side Stand Up!

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    Last edited by Darlofletch; 11-06-2011 at 11:38 AM.

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    Thinking warm thoughts. New strip now up at RedNation Online!

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    Top 40 countdown continues with 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.

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    Bunch of New RNO MLS/CanMNT related content:

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

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

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

    Across the Pond, November 6, 2011 - Update on Canucks overseas.
    http://www.rednationonline.ca/Across...mber62011.aspx

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    My latest discussion about the playoff format and grown men saying "Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pops": www.jimmystone.wordpress.com

 

 

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