Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Dean McNulty of the Toronto Sun provides an update on the Conor Casey situation this morning. The Sun also reports that Toronto FC draft pick and former University of Rhode Island product Jeff Gonsalves, is back training with the team at the University of Toronto. Abbe Ibrahim is not with the team as he is having immigration problems.

By tomorrow (March 1st), all MLS teams must have ensured that current player rosters conform to league rules and the salary cap restrictions. That is, a maximum of 28 players on the roster, with contracts not to exceed the salary cap, estimated to be around $2.1 million. The aforementioned deadline does not effect Toronto as much as it would a more established MLS team. Toronto FC is still slowly building their roster, and have plenty of salary cap room to spare by all accounts. MLS teams can continue to sign and bring in players on trial for the remainder of the pre-season. Tomorrow's deadline serves primarily as a first check towards salary cap compliance. The Official Toronto FC website has added both Richard Asante and Andrew Boyens to its official roster page. The MLS transfer window closes on April 15th according to the New Jersey Star Ledger.

I've noticed Toronto FC have changed the start times for 3 home games when comparing to the original schedule emailed to season tickets holders last month. The first is the home opener on Saturday April 28th, it will begin at 12:30 p.m from the original 3:30 pm start. The second match is Sunday July 29th, as the start time has been changed from 4:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and finally on Saturday October 20th will have a new start time of 12:30, instead of 3:30. Make corrections to your calenders or print off a new copy of the schedule just in case.

FC Dallas is in Brazil for training this week where they will be taking a look at a couple of players on trial; young Colombian Juan Carlos Toja, and Argentinian defender Pablo Richetti.

The National Post reports on the ticket mess surrounding the July 8th World Youth Championship game originally scheduled for Toronto. FIFA moved the match to Montreal from BMO Field in Toronto on the weekend. Makes you wonder how much tax payer money was provided by the City of Toronto to build BMO Field again partly because of the exposure the city would receive on a worldwide basis from hosting the event. You probably have a couple of unhappy politicians who voted on the stadium - especially if the game moved involves a high profile team like Portugal.

Trinidadian Goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, who had a very good professional career in England, after a stint in the NCAA ranks, is set to receive his American Green Card. With the Green Card in hand, Hislop will no longer count as a Senior International in MLS. Hislop, will compete with incumbent number 1 keeper - Argentinian Dario Sala, for the starter position in Dallas this year.

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