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Rookie head coach Carl Robinson has a squad full
Posted on 6:48pm Jul 18, 2017
TORONTO -- A tweet from Jermain Defoe. Alisson AS Roma Jersey . A plea from Michael Bradley. The Toronto FC stars may not have been aligned, but they both had something to say Wednesday. Defoe, from his perch in England, took to social media to announce he will be back in Toronto on Monday. Previously the club had told reporters that the 31-year-old with the wonky groin -- and a question mark over his future -- would be back Saturday. "Rehab has gone well! Back to Toronto Monday, and ready for playoff push .goals," said the clubs leading scorer in his second TFC-related tweet since Toronto turned down a club-record transfer bid for its star striker amidst reports that he wanted to go home. Rather than dash out a tweet, Bradley took the unusual step of volunteering to chat with the media after practice Wednesday. Usually the club controls access to its stars like the Prime Ministers Office handles Stephen Harper and Bradley had already been made available to reporters Tuesday. But the stand-in captain, after huddling with a pair of public relations types, was ready for a second go-round in as many days. His message was for Toronto FC fans to get behind the team Sunday when it welcomes hapless Chivas USA (6-16-6) to BMO Field. The game is the first of seven remaining for a 9-11-7 Toronto team struggling to reverse a slide down the standings. "The thing that I cannot stress enough is how much we need our fans to make BMO the best stadium, the best atmosphere that we all know it is and can be in the league," said Bradley. The U.S. international is as intense as they come. Smoke was virtually pouring out of his ears Saturday in the wake of a controversial call in Chicago that cost Toronto a much-needed two points. So Bradleys commitment to the TFC cause is not in doubt. But hes also a company man. And the Toronto FC faithful need a push despite the outlay of millions this season and subsequent culling of manager Ryan Nelsen and five assistant coaches. This weekends game is a rare Sunday outing at BMO Field -- and features the leagues second-worst team in Chivas. And while the last home game -- a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union -- was announced as another sellout of 22,591, more than a few ticket-holders elected to stay at home. And with an announcement expected Tuesday on the plans to expand/renovate BMO Field, empty seats would serve as a poor intro. But fan fervour can be in short supply when a team is winless in six games (0-4-2) and has won just three of its last 16 (3-7-6). TFC has not won at home since July 12 (0-3-2) and has a 5-6-2 record at BMO Field this season. And four of those wins were before June 8. Rookie defender Nick Hagglund enthusiastically lent his voice to Bradleys, talking up the Toronto crowd. "When theyre on fire and theyre holding up their scarves and singing the Canadian national anthem, it transfers from the stadium to the guys on the field," he said. "And we just want to win for them." There were no words of wisdom from journeyman English striker Luke Moore, who had a brief stint with Chivas earlier in the season. He declined to speak to the media. Bradleys message, while clearly well-intentioned, seemed like the latest salvo from an MLS franchise that has started to resemble a reality TV show. Last Thursday it was outgoing MLSE CEO Tim Leiwekes turn for a Big Brother-style confessional when he told a room full of Ryerson MBA students that Bradley and new manager Greg Vanney were the only ones "looking around and going We aint going down unless we go down fighting." The sly words of a master executive looking to take the focus away from his soccer team? Or an honest aside delivered en route to the airport? You choose. But Vanney and Toronto FC players found themselves starting the week by having to answer questions about their CEOs swipe. Leiweke also told the Ryerson crowd he did not expect Defoe to be back next year, saying he expected they would have to bring in new designated player talent. Defoe cannot go anywhere until the January transfer window opens so Toronto is his only available port of call. While Defoe will be back next week ahead of the Sept. 27 game against the visiting Portland Timbers, Vanney suggested that the star striker may not see action until the Oct. 4 game in Los Angeles against the Galaxy. "My concern is Portland would be a quick jump," said Vanney. "He doesnt know 100 per cent how he would respond to a full training session. The key is to get him back and get him in and then well go from there, well see how hes feeling and manage him from there." Vanney was slated to speak to Defoe later Wednesday, his first conversation with the forward since he took over as manager on Aug. 31. "Weve kind of played phone tag in the past weeks," he said. "Hes been in contact with Tim (Leiweke) and the rest of the crew. But now that things are getting closer, he and I are going to sit down and chat." Also Wednesday, Vanney added Dan Calichman to a coaching staff that already included Nick Theslof, Jason Bent, Jon Conway, Michael Rabasca and Jim Liston. Calichman is a former MLS all-star who played with Vanney at the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has been brought in to work with the Toronto defence. Thomas Vermaelen AS Roma Jersey . Speaking on TSN Radio 1050s TSN Drive with Dave Naylor on Monday, Colangelo said he had no intention of tanking the shortened 2011-12 season, but definitely wanted a high pick in the draft. "I wish that word wasnt used for headline reasons," said Colangelo, "but the story behind it was: how can we fix the system? How can we tweak the system to make it less likely that teams are rewarded for losing records? "I do believe that if youre as transparent as we were at the time - with our season seat holders, our fans, the market place and the media - everybody knew what the plan was and what we were going through. Edin Dzeko AS Roma Jersey . - Robert Griffin III has a sprained throwing shoulder that limited him in practice Wednesday as the Washington Redskins prepared for their season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.With new head coach Carl Robinson at the helm, the Vancouver Whitecaps will look to get back into the MLS Western Conference playoff picture.  TSN soccer analyst Luke Wileman tells you everything you need to know about the 2014 Whitecaps, while TSN soccer analyst Jason deVos tells you how they will succeed or fail during the new campaign. Luke Wileman: After missing out on the playoffs in 2013, Vancouver Whitecaps have re-tooled ahead of the new season. They lost their leading scorer, Camilo, in controversial circumstances, but the Caps will enter the 2014 season with a stronger overall squad. The biggest change of the offseason was the departure of head coach Martin Rennie. After two years with the club, Rennies contract was not renewed, and after a long search, the Whitecaps promoted Carl Robinson from his role as assistant coach to take the top job. I said at the time that Robinson was the perfect choice. He already knew the inner workings of the club from his time on Rennies coaching staff, but has brought a fresh outlook. Robinson is heading into his rookie season as a head coach, and it will be a steep learning curve, but theres little doubt he is ready for the task ahead. The way he handled difficult situations during the offseason was superb, and his leadership and communication with players through preseason has earned him plenty of respect within the locker room. So what can we expect from Robinsons team? The Whitecaps coach has made no secret of the fact that he wants to play an attractive entertaining style of soccer. He has also said he wont be afraid to give youth a chance. Robinsons squad is young, but with experience in key areas throughout the team. In fact there is a strong veteran presence down the spine of the team with David Ousted in goal, Jay DeMerit and Andy OBrien at the back, Nigel Reo Coker in midfield and Kenny Miller up front. The Whitecaps have made some strong additions in the offseason but the biggest question mark is whether they will be able to replace the league-leading 22 goals scored by Camilo. There wont be one person who shoulders the responsibility of filling the void left by the Brazilian, it will need to be a team effort, and the way the squad has been built should help that to happen. Uruguyan duo Sebastian Fernandez and Nicolas Mezquida have shown evidence of their creativity and technical ability during preseason, and the expected arrival of Chilean attacking midfielder Pedro Morales from Spanish side Malaga will be a massive piece of the puzzle. Vancouver already has quality in attack. Keeping Kenny Miller fit is key for the Caps. It will also be interesting to see the development of youngsters Kekuta Manneh, Darren Mattocks, Erik Hurtado, Omar Salgado and Russell Teibert. All five of those players have the ability to contribute significantly to the Whitecaps attacking play. The Whitecaps added former MLS All-Star Steven Beitashour at right back to replace the retired YP Lee and have options in the central defensive positions with DeMerit and OBrien likely to be favoured to open the season, but Carlyle Mitchell, Johnny Leveron and draft pick Christian Dean all capable of stepping in at any time. With Carl Robinson likely to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, the two defensive midfield players will need to protect the back four but also start a lot of the Whitecaps play moving forward. On his day, Nigel Reo-Coker can be one of the top midfielders in the league, but Robinson will want to see more consistency from the Englishman this season dictating the play and getting box to box. One of the Whitecaps big offseason additions was young Argentine midfielder Matias Laba who arrived from Toronto FC. Hes a superb signing who will commplement the qualities of Reo Coker. Bruno Peres Jersey. Laba is a destroyer. He breaks up the play and gets it going again in an effective manner. The defensive midfield pairing of Reo Coker and Laba could be particularly strong for the Whitecaps this season. Despite my view that the overall squad is better than a year ago, the Whitecaps wont find it easy to achieve their goal of making the playoffs in a Western Conference that is packed with quality. Last year, Vancouver improved on their points total from a year earlier, but didnt make it to the postseason. They improved, but not enough because the other teams around them had made bigger strides. This time around, the Whitecaps have made some significant changes. It might take them time to settle into their new identity, but it should be a fun ride. TSN Soccer analyst Jason deVos weighs in on how the Whitecaps will succeed or fail during the 2014 season. Jason deVos: Vancouver Whitecaps will succeed if… …the young guns come out firing. Rookie head coach Carl Robinson has a squad full of talented youngsters. Russell Teibert, Kekuta Manneh, Gershon Koffie, Omar Salgado, Darren Mattocks, Nicolás Mezquida, Matías Laba, Erik Hurtado, Andre Lewis and Sam Adekugbe are all under the age of 23. With youth comes inconsistency; an amazing performance one week, followed up by a flat one the next. If Robinson can get the young players to find a measure of consistency, the Whitecaps will fare far better than many predict this season. The reason for that is that this team is quick - and I mean, lightning fast. Mattocks, Manneh and Hurtado are whippets, and will win races against virtually every player in MLS. If the experienced players in the squad - Nigel Reo-Coker, Andy OBrien and Jay DeMerit - can shepherd the young players along the right path, the Whitecaps are going to surprise a few people this season. Vancouver Whitecaps will fail if… …they show up one week and not the next. Succeeding in professional soccer is all about finding a level of consistency from week to week. Reliability comes with experience - something that is severely lacking from this squad of players. The onus is on Robinson to set the standards of performance that he expects from all of his players. Experienced campaigners like Reo-Coker, OBrien and DeMerit wont be the issue - they know what they need to do to succeed in the game, and will rarely dip below a 7 out of 10 performance. It is the young players that need to learn this. They need to learn that you cannot turn it on one week, then not bother showing up the next. That will be Robinsons biggest challenge this season - getting a consistent level out of his talented crop of youngsters. If he can do that, this will be an exciting season for Whitecaps fans. If not, the Whitecaps will again fail to make the playoffs. 2013 finish: 13-12-9 (seventh in Western Conference). Did not qualify for MLS Cup playoffs. Whos In?: M Mehdi Ballouchy (Re-Entry Draft), D Steven Beitashour (traded from San Jose), M/F Sebastian Fernandez (loan from Boston River), M Matías Laba (trade from Toronto), M/F Nicolas Mezquida (transfer from Boston River), GK Paolo Tornaghi (signed). Whos Out?: GK Joe Cannon (option declined), M Jun Marques Davidson (option declined), F Tommy Heinemann (option declined), F Corey Hertzog (option declined), D Greg Klazura (option declined), GK Brad Knighton (traded to New England), M Daigo Kobayashi (option declined), D Lee Young-Pyo (retired), D Brad Rusin (option declined), F Camilo Sanvezzo (transfer to Queretaro), GK Simon Thomas (option declined). SuperDraft: D Christian Dean (1-3), MF Andre Lewis (1-7), F Mamadou Diouf (2-30). Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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