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Head Coach John Carver resigns
April 25, 2009, 1:45 PM
Filed under: Announcement, John Carver, Toronto FC

Toronto FC announced Saturday that head coach John Carver has tendered his resignation with the club for personal reasons. His resignation will take effect immediately. Carver was hired as head coach on February 1, 2008.

“We would sincerely like to thank John for his work with Toronto FC during his time here. We appreciate all his hard work in helping this team become more competitive, and we wish him all the best.”

The rest of the technical staff will remain in tact with assistant coaches Chris Cummins and Nick Dasovic overseeing the game Sunday against the Kansas City Wizards. A decision on the vacant head coaching position will be made early next week.

Manager and Director of Soccer Mo Johnston will be available to media in the post game press conference after the Wizards game on Sunday.

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2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship Schedule released

Vancouver @ TFC – May 6
Montreal @ TFC – May 13
Vancouver @ Montreal – May 20
Montreal @ Vancouver – May 27
TFC @ Vancouver – June 2
TFC @ Montreal – June 17

The Canadian Championship is a seasonal club football competition organized by CONCACAF and the CSA. The inaugural tournament was contested between May 2008 and July 2008 and won by the Montreal Impact. The tournament consisted of a home and away series between the Impact, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps. As the Canadian champions, Montreal will compete in the qualifying round of the CONCACAF Champions League 2008-09.

Originally the tournament had been planned among representatives from the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, and the Vancouver Whitecaps as a friendly competition. Only after the new format for the CONCACAF Champions League was announced did the upcoming tournament gain more importance.

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Confirmed: MLL coming to Toronto
February 19, 2009, 11:12 PM
Filed under: Announcement, BMO Field, Toronto FC
Could this mean Lacrosse lines on BMO Field?
TORONTO – Major League Lacrosse (MLL) will expand its borders into Canada for the 2009 season and introduce a new Toronto franchise. This new Toronto team will consist of an all-star roster that includes many familiar names such as Brodie Merrill, Colin Doyle, John Grant Jr., Gavin Prout and Jeff Zywicki.

A press conference will be held this Friday February 20th at 3:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre and will include the official announcement of this new Toronto MLL franchise along with a team name introduction and a logo unveiling.

Stuart Brown, President and General Manager of this Toronto franchise will be present as well as MLL Commissioner David Gross and MLL player Brodie Merrill. The above guests will be available for interviews and photo opportunities following the press conference.


TORONTO MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE PRESS CONFERENCE

What: Official Announcement of Toronto’s Major League Lacrosse Team
Team Name and Logo Unveiling

When:
Friday, February 20, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.

Where:
Rogers Media Centre
Air Canada Centre
40 Bay St.
Toronto, Ontario
(Enter at Gate 2B)

Who:
David Gross, Commissioner, Major League Lacrosse
Stuart Brown, President and General Manager, Toronto MLL Team
Brodie Merrill, Player, Toronto MLL Team

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Vitti to wear #8
February 14, 2009, 2:42 PM
Filed under: Announcement, Pablo Vitti, Toronto FC

His name is Pablo Vitti, or now call him “The Ocho”. Confirmed by TFCnews.ca, the new Toronto FC striker will wear #8 upon the colour TFC Red.

Vitti, 23, joins from FC Chernomorets Odessa of the Ukrainian Premier League where he was on loan from Independiente of Argentina.

Toronto FC fans may remember Vitti from last summer when Independiente paid a visit to BMO Field on July 15. Vitti scored the lone goal in the game in the 68th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 victory. His best season was in 2004/05 when he played for his hometown club Rosario Central when he scored eight goals in 29 appearances.

Vitti was part of the Argentina U-20 squad that competed at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands where Argentina defeated Nigeria for the title.



Training Camp Starts Feb 2nd
January 31, 2009, 6:05 PM
Filed under: Announcement, BMO Field, Toronto FC

Preseason begins for Toronto FC 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. The players will report to BMO Field for the first official day of training camp.

Players will undergo medical testing in the morning, and in the afternoon they will take part in fitness tests in the gym under the watchful eye of Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Winsper. They will also be training on the pitch, undercover in the bubble.

Most of the squad will be at BMO Field for the start of preseason although Marvell Wynne is away with the United States Men’s National team at a training camp in Los Angeles. Nana Attakora-Gyan and Gabe Gala are away on international duty with Canada Under 20s. Draft pick O’Brian White will meet the team in Florida later in the week as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.

The team is training at BMO Field Monday to Thursday and will fly to Bradenton, Florida on Friday.

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Nana & Gabe to Canada U-20
January 24, 2009, 10:09 AM
Filed under: Announcement, Canada, Development Roster, Toronto FC

Toronto FC announced Friday that defender Nana Attakora-Gyan, and defender/midfielder Gabe Gala have been named to the 18 man training camp roster by Canadian head coach Tony Fonseca.

The camp runs between January 25 to February 4 and will be held in Florida. This will be the final camp before the squad will gather again in March for the 2009 CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship. The tournament runs March 6-15 in Trinidad & Tobago. Canada has been drawn into a group with Mexico, Costa Rica and the hosts T & T. The four Group B teams will play a round-robin series at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, T & T beginning on March 6. The top two teams will advance to the semi-final’s and also qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt that runs from September 25 – October 16.

Both Attakora-Gyan and Gala were members of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup team that was held in Toronto at BMO Field. Both players were also involved in three friendly matches in various locations in 2008 that saw Canada face opponents such as Argentina, the Swiss Confederation, and the United States. Most recently Attakora-Gyan was named the 2008 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year.

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Official DeRo Announcement this thursday
January 20, 2009, 1:14 PM
Filed under: Announcement, Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

Toronto FC will introduce Canadian national team star Dwayne DeRosario as its newest player on Thursday afternoon in Toronto, signaling the long-awaited return of the local standout and putting an end to speculation that DeRosario might not come home after all.

DeRosario has agreed to a new long-term contract that should keep the Scarborough native with Toronto FC for the rest of his career, sources told SBI on Monday. He will not take up the club’s Designated Player slot but is expected to earn the highest possible non-DP salary, between $350,000 and $400,000 a year.

Acquired via trade from Houston last month, DeRosario joins a stacked TFC midfield that includes former MLS MVP Amado Guevara, Welsh international Carl Robinson and recent No. 2 overall draft pick Sam Cronin.

The DeRosario signing is one of a handful of moves Toronto is expected to make in the coming months. TFC is looking to add a striker and a central defender before the start of the season. Argentine striker Pablo Vitti has been reported as one of the team’s targets.

The club is coming off an impressive haul at the 2009 MLS Draft. The club selected Cronin, striker O’Brien White and standout goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

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2009 Carolina Challenge Cup Announced
January 20, 2009, 12:18 PM
Filed under: Announcement, Carolina Challenge Cup, Toronto FC, USL

Charleston, SC. The Charleston Battery will square off with DC United in a re-match of the 2008 U.S. Open Cup final during the 2009 Carolina Challenge Cup to be held at Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston SC, March 7 – 14. United defeated the Battery 2-1 in last year’s national championship game, the match was played at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

DC will join two other sides from Major League Soccer, Toronto FC & Real Salt Lake plus the USL First Division’s Charleston Battery for the prestigious pre-season tournament. Toronto returns for a third consecutive tournament appearance while Real Salt Lake make a first ever visit to Blackbaud Stadium. 2009 marks the sixth consecutive year that the Charleston Battery has hosted the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Charleston Battery head coach, Mike Anhaeuser,

“Once again the organization has brought together three fantastic teams from Major League Soccer and as in past years this will be a great test for the Battery players as we begin to build for our season. It is good have Toronto back again and also to welcome Salt Lake for a first visit. I am also looking forward to having DC United back in Charleston as our games in the past, including last year’s cup final have always been exciting matches.”

All three MLS teams will spend the week in Charleston, SC, training between the games as they prepare for the start of the Major League Soccer season.

The competition format will remain unchanged in 2009 with three match day’s each featuring a double-header. The games will be played on Saturday (March 7) – Wednesday (March 11) – Saturday (March 14), with each team playing the other in a round-robin tournament.

DC United
The match versus DC United gives the Charleston Battery an opportunity to reverse the result from last year’s Cup Final. The Open Cup win capped a mixed season for United who just missed the MLS playoffs and also suffered an early exit from the CONCACAF Champions League. However the U.S. Open Cup victory guarantees DC entry into the 2009 Champions League tournament.

United returns to the Carolina Challenge Cup for a fourth appearance; DC participated from 2004 – 2006 but has never lifted the trophy. United’s roster includes two designated players, Brazilian striker Luciano Emilio and Argentinean midfielder Marcelo Gallardo.

Toronto FC
Despite a second stellar season at the turnstiles that saw anther 15 consecutive sell-outs Toronto F.C. missed the MLS post-season finishing in 7th position in the Eastern Standings albeit just four points outside the playoffs.

Led by second year head coach John Carver, TFC bolstered its roster during the off-season acquiring Canadian striker and two-time MLS Cup MVP (2001, 2007) Dwayne De Rosario. This is the third consecutive year that TFC will have visited Charleston for its pre-season.

Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake makes a first ever visit to Charleston for this year’s Carolina Challenge Cup; the tournament will also mark the first time that RSL has squared off against the Charleston Battery. Real Salt Lake joined MLS in 2005 as the leagues 12th team, last summer RSL celebrated its third season with the opening of a new soccer-specific facility, Rio Tinto Stadium.

RSL also enjoyed considerable success on the pitch in 2008. After finishing third in the Western Conference Salt Lake advanced to the Western Conference championship (MLS Cup semifinal) but lost 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls.

Carolina Challenge Cup Tickets
Tickets for the 2009 Carolina Challenge Cup are on sale now with prices frozen at 2008 levels. Fans can purchase tickets for each doubleheader or for the six match series. Tickets for single doubleheaders (includes two games) are priced at $25 Club / Box & just $15 bleacher.

Series Tickets (includes all three double-headers) Club / Box $50 – Bleacher $35

2009 Charleston Battery Season Ticket holders receive a discount on their series tickets and can purchase Club / Box seats at a 50% discount for just $25 (includes all matches).

Group Discount – Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more; to purchase tickets or for more information please call (843) 971-4625 or visit http://www.charlestonbattery.com.

Carolina Challenge Cup past participants and winners
Bold denotes tournament winner
2004
Charleston Battery (USL1)
Columbus Crew (MLS)
DC United (MLS)
Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2)

2005
Charleston Battery (USL1)
Columbus Crew (MLS)
DC United (MLS)
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

2006
Charleston Battery (USL1)
DC United (MLS)
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
MetroStars (MLS)

2007
Charleston Battery (USL1)
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Toronto FC (MLS)

2008
Charleston Battery (USL1)
New York Red Bulls (MLS)
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Toronto FC (MLS)

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TFC declines options on Elkinson, Ruiz, Melo and Gaudet
January 12, 2009, 5:39 PM
Filed under: Announcement, MLS Preseason, Toronto FC, Waived

Toronto FC has 16 roster spots available for International Players (5 of which must be used on US Domestic Players). The club did not exercise the option for the following players from its 2008 roster: defender Killian Elkinson, midfielder Joey Melo, forward Carlos Ruiz, and defender Derek Gaudet.

The final touches are also being put on the pre-season schedule for Toronto FC. All players will report to Toronto for medicals on February 2 and the team will remain here through till February 5. Notice of media availability for players and coaches will be sent out at a later date. The team will also spend some time in Florida, here are the dates:

Feb.6 – Feb.14: Team trains in Bradenton, Florida

Feb. 15 – Feb. 19: Team trains in Toronto

Feb. 20 – Feb. 27: Team trains in Sunrise, Florida

Feb. 28 – Mar. 5: Team trains back in Toronto

The rest of the March schedule will be released at a later date.

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Reds get new goalkeeper coach
January 8, 2009, 6:52 PM
Filed under: Announcement, Coaching, Toronto FC

Toronto FC announced that Prescott, Ontario native Michael Toshack has joined the club as Goalkeeper Coach. Toshack, heads back to his native Canada after three seasons in Major League Soccer with the Houston Dynamo. As per team policy terms of the contract were not released.

“We are excited to have him on board,” said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston. “Mike comes highly recommended; he’s coming here from a winning organization that will greatly benefit us and he knows all about our goalkeeper Greg Sutton. We felt we needed to move Eddie Kehoe over to ProZone fulltime because that requires 100 percent commitment.”

“It will be great having Mike as a part of the team this year,” said Sutton. “I know him well from my days in University and at the pro level. He’s a class act and I look forward to reuniting with a good friend in the pre-season.”

Kehoe served as the team’s goalkeeping coach since its inaugural season in 2007. His new position as ProZone Video Analyst will better assist the club in using the technology to its fullest and increasing the in-depth scouting and trend analysis throughout the season.

Before joining MLS, Toshack was hired as the Director of Goalkeeping at United Soccer League First Division side, the Vancouver Whitecaps in February of 2005. He was responsible for the development and training of all goalkeepers in the club, from youth teams to professional. He served as an assistant coach when Vancouver won the USL First Division championship in 2006. Toshack also spent time with the Montreal Impact, serving as an assistant coach in 2002-2003, where he worked with current Toronto FC goalkeeper, Greg Sutton. In 2003, Sutton was named the A-League goalkeeper of the year.

Toshack worked with one of the top youth clubs and PDL franchises in the country when he served as goalkeeping director for Mass Premier Soccer in Boston. There he was responsible for the development of all goalkeepers for the 28 Super Y-league teams as well as the Cape Cod Crusaders of the PDL.

From 1994 to 2003, Toshack was the assistant coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y and was a part of the team that won the NCAA Division III championship in 1999. During his time in New York, Toshack also kept busy by serving as goalkeeping coach with the Canadian U-20 national team from 1998-2001. That position took him around the world including a stop in Argentina where the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championships took place.

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