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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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