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Wynne ready to defend unbeaten start
April 2, 2009, 7:13 AM
Filed under: Marvell Wynne, Toronto FC

Toronto FC defender Marvell Wynne believes the unbeaten start to the season is a good base to build on as the team prepares for Saturday’s home opener against Seattle Sounders FC (kick off 4:00 p.m. live on CBC).

The Reds started the season with a win at Kansas City Wizards and then tied 1-1 with the defending MLS champion Columbus Crew in Ohio on Saturday. “It has been a good start for us,” said Wynne. “It’s always good to get something away from home. Winning at Kansas City and then going to the defending champions and taking a point is a great start and gives us something to build on. There are always improvements to be made, but we have done well in the opening two games.”

Wynne is happy to be returning to BMO Field where Toronto FC lost just twice in the 2008 season. “I’m always excited to play at home whoever it is against,” he said. “It will be great to get out there and play in front of our fans again. It should be a good game because Seattle came out of the gates firing and are on a roll. Hopefully we will be able to stop them and keep our unbeaten start going.” The Sounders are new to MLS in 2009 and have started the season with two wins at home to New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake.

Wynne scored two goals last season, but has been concentrating more on the defensive parts of his game during the first two matches of the season. “Getting forward wasn’t the plan for the game in Columbus, so if I had the space I would take it but I was trying to keep defense the priority. The main goal was to make sure we were solid at the back. It takes a little bit of adjustment when the players alongside you change because you get used to how a player plays and what the strengths and weaknesses are. Overall I think everyone has done well. I know Adrian Serioux and Marco Velez pretty well so it wasn’t too much of an issue and I am confident in the overall defensive play of the team,” explained Wynne.

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Carolina Cup starts Saturday
Toronto FC trained at BMO Field on Friday morning before leaving for South Carolina where they will compete for the third consecutive season in the Carolina Challenge Cup at Blackbaud Stadium, Dainel Island. The tournament gets underway on Saturday with the Reds taking on hosts Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League at 7:15 p.m. The game follows the opening match of the tournament between D.C. United and real Salt Lake (kick off 5:00 p.m.).
TFC have had a successful preseason so far and won 3-0 against Florida Atlantic University before beating Swedish Premier Division side Hacken 3-0 on the most recent trip to Florida. “The team is coming along very nicely and we are looking really strong,” said Toronto FC winger Rohan Ricketts. “I’m excited because I have never been to Charleston and I just want to go there and win the tournament.”

Defender Marvell Wynne believes the team is in good shape heading into the tournament. “We have a pretty good idea what our team is going to look like at the start of the season and that is a big difference compared to previous years. With the additions that have been made and the guys returning from previous seasons, we are all feeling very comfortable. We have a lot of confidence and high expectations,” he said.

Charleston enter the tournament with just a week of preseason training in the books. Fifth-year coach Michael Anhaeuser has retained the core of the lineup that overcame two MLS sides to earn a spot in the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup finals including Dusty Hudock in goal, Nelson Akwari and John Wilson in defence, Ian Fuller and Stephen Armstrong in the midfield, and Randi Patterson up front.

Previous meetings

Toronto won their first ever clash with Charleston Battery in the 2007 tournament as the Reds prepared for their first season in Major League Soccer. It finished 3-0 with goals from Alecko Eskandarian, Edson Buddle and Abbe Ibrahim. In the 2008 Carolina Cup, Toronto were beaten 2-0 by the Battery with both goals scored by Randi Patterson. 

TFC Schedule (all times local)

• Saturday March 7: Toronto FC vs. Charleston Battery, 7:15 p.m. • Wednesday March 11: Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 5:00 p.m. • Saturday March 14: Toronto FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 5:00 p.m.

  • Marvell Wynne on Toronto FC TV
  • Rohan Ricketts on Toronto FC TV

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    Guevara / Wynne in WC Qualifiers
    February 12, 2009, 9:52 AM
    Filed under: Amado Guevara, Honduras, Marvell Wynne, Toronto FC, USA, World Cup Qualifiers
    Toronto FC’s Amado Guevara endured a disappointing start to the final phase of FIFA World Cup Qualifying on Wednesday night.Guevara played the full game as Honduras lost 2-0 to Costa Rica. Andy Furtado scored twice in the space of 11 minutes just after half time to give Costa Rica the win.

    TFC defender Marvell Wynne was an unused substitute as the United States beat Mexico 2-0 in Columbus. Michael Bradley scored both goals for the U.S.

    Wynne will now join up with Toronto for preseason training for the first time. He missed the first two weeks of preseason as he was away with the U.S. at a training camp.

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    Wynne on USA roster vs Mex
    February 8, 2009, 6:25 PM
    Filed under: Marvell Wynne, USA

    Marvel Wynne was called in to the U.S. national team’s 20-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Wednesday (7pm, ESPN2 HD/ESPN2/Univision). The roster was revealed on Sunday afternoon.

    Here is the 20-man roster (18 will be in uniform for Wednesday’s match):

    GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan

    DEFENDERS: Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Frankie Hejduk, Heath Pearce, Dan Califf, Jonathan Bornstein, Marvell Wynne

    MIDFIELDERS: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Jose Francisco Torres, Ricardo Clark, Robbie Rogers

    FORWARDS: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Brian Ching, Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies

    Missing from the list were Kenny Cooper and Freddy Adu to name two. Steve Cherundolo is out with an injury while Pablo Mastroeni is suspended for the match.

    Most of the European-based members of the squad arrive in Columbus on Sunday ahead of Wednesday’s match. Most of the Mexican team arrived on Saturday night.

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    Wynne invited to USA training camp
    January 29, 2009, 5:55 PM
    Filed under: Marvell Wynne, Toronto FC, USA

    Toronto FC announced that defender Marvell Wynne has been called into the U.S MNT training camp by head coach Bob Bradley. Players will depart for camp in Los Angeles at the Home Depot Center on January 29, with the camp running until February 7. The 20 players will gather to prepare for their FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier on February 11 in Columbus, Ohio against Mexico. Players not selected to the final roster for the match will be released on February 7 and return to their domestic club.

    Wynne has been training with the U.S. squad since early January and was involved in the full 90 minutes on Saturday, January 24 when the Americans defeated Sweden 3-2 in a friendly at the Home Depot Center. This camp is made up almost entirely of players who participated in the previous camp from January 4-24.

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