Today's Toronto Star article claims several players were cut after the morning practice yesterday. York Universiy product Jamal Smith was one. The article claims that Paulo Nagamura will join the team next week along with Carl Robinson. I can confirm however that Paulo Nagamura was definitely in camp this week (perhaps he wasn't there on Friday morning). It could be the reporter is not familiar with all the players yet. However, calls of "Nagy" & "Paulo" were unmistakable during scrimmages as he was one of the key distributors of the ball in the middle of the field this week. http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/180327
Toronto Sun reporter Dean McNulty is providing the best print coverage of any of the TFC beat reporters in my estimation. He is not afraid to confront Sir Mo with tough questions and critique some of the transactions. Jamal Smith & Jeff Gonsalves have been cut (they were offered Developmental Contract deals apparently - I don't quite understand how that works though). Joey Mello, Richard Asante, and Tyler Hemming have all made it through to Florida according to the article. I think he is very much correct in that many fans are perhaps purchasing the tickets blindly, thinking MLS is something it isn't and bringing with them some unreasonable expectations. http://torontosun.com/Sports/OtherSports/2007/02/10/3578157-sun.html
The fellas over at the USECTOR, yet another of the very large Toronto FC supporter groups, have posted this article link on Big Soccer Boards regarding local product Andrea Lombardo. The former Atalanta product is coming home from the Italian leagues to attend camp in Florida next week. Another striker to join the ranks - what could that mean?
Anyone else notice that The Score Network has reduced their Toronto FC coverage since showing the MLS Superdraft Live (including Sportsworld)? Is it a result of a backlash from European Soccer fans throughout Canada complaining about TFC coverage, or perhaps something dealing with the TV rights negotiations? Have to wonder.