well, this is surprising (imo). i though Preki was a good fit
Let the games, and the churning, continue.
...Toronto FC entered our big leaguesí cycle of despond on Tuesday ó a little late, but thatís been their way all along of never quite measuring up when it mattered. Sacking misdirector of soccer Mo Johnston and his coach, Preki, amounted to abject surrender, and only lacked white flags as the press conference accessory of choice.
It could have happened a year ago in Johnstonís case, and it certainly would have happened a year from now in Prekiís, the coach having alienated the roster ahead of his usual schedule, a dressing room that Johnston had failed to stock with any appreciable amounts of quality or even the MLS version thereof.
Many TFC supporters want Mo's head for a long time so it's a good riddance, but firing both Mo and Preki is a little bit surprising. Preki has done an okay job so far and probably is the best head coach TFC ever have (Mo sucks, Carver knows nothing about the league, Cummins is just an interim). Well, Preki is Mo's boy since KC Wizards days so he has to go too.
Too much of player-coach clashes since the club was founded and they have never done anything good.
The problem is now who is gonna take these hot seats for this season in which there are two cups to chase and the next.
TFC is now done with CONCACAF Champions League after a draw at home against Real Salt Lake. As of MLS Playoff? If they can't beat Seattle Sounders at QWest they will miss the playoff again, 4 years in a row.
Well, let's look at performances of everyone in the club house who has played and are still here, who to keep or to let go, shall we?
Stephan Frei - THE. BEST. YOUNG. GOALKEEPER. IN. THE. LEAGUE. PERIOD. KEEP! if TFC can hold on.
Jon Conway - He is very professional in his current position as a backup. He can become a starting keeper without problems if Frei is shipped to Europe. Keep
Milos Kocic - Well, he is as good as a third string keeper can be. Don't care
Nana Attakora - Much improved from last season, and still very young. Keep
Nick Garcia - Well, the only reason he still has a job is that Mo was here. Gone
Dan Gargan - Very hard working, which Toronto fans always like. His long throwing is a valuable asset. His contract is also cheap. Keep
Adrian Cann - He is the center defender TFC had looked for for a long time. Keep
Ty Harden - He injured most of the season, so it is hard to value him. Don't care
Maxim Usanov - This guy costs TFC games with his recklessness. Scrub. Gone
Raivis Hscanovic - Scrub. Gone
Doneil Henry - TFC Academy graduated. Well, he is young and cheap. Keep
Julian de Guzman - CAN DO EVERYTHING ON THE PITCH BUT SCORING!! Is he worth DP money? Well....... Keep, unless there are better options.
Dwayne De Rosario - 15 goals can't be wrong. Sign him a check! (but not a long one) KEEP!!
Joseph Nane - Well, as good as a late-round pick can be. Don't care
Nick LaBrocca - An avarage MLS winger who can cross and take freekicks a bit. Well..... Don't care
Jacob Peterson - Pure scrub. Gone
Martin Saric - Played well in some games, but injuries kept him out for a bunch of times. Hmm.... Don't care
Gabe Gala - Still a long way to go for this young Canadian. Don't care
Faud Ibrahim - No reserve league hurts his value a lot. If his Gen Adidas contract is done this season then... Gone
Mista - He has the touch but can't handle physical plays. DP money well wasted. Gone
O'Brian White - He just had a very poor season. Maybe his ACL injury holds him down from what he used to be in college. Gone
Chad Barrett - He finally did well this season. But should he move his position from a a striker to a winger where he has excelled in many matches? Keep
Maicon Santos - Surprisingly great mid-season pick-up. Thanks, Mo! Bye, Mo! Keep
Nicholas Lindsay - See Henry above. Keep
There will be one former TFC player from four different teams that are in the semi-final to win the MLS Cup at his old turf at BMO Field: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids), and Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes).
Now TFC fans should have something to root for the final game next week.
Well, Torontonians got maybe the worst possible matchup here; two obscured teams from the western conference, no real stars to sell, possibly bad weather with a chance of cold rain, this being a soccer match etc.
Could be ugly, but you'll never know. Both teams have played really well especially FC Dallas who beat BOTH MLS Cup Final teams from the last season.