Toronto Soccer Fans to Relaunch

The more observant among you may have noticed that Toronto Soccer Fans has been dormant for some time.
Various work/life changes have meant that there was insufficient time to keep this site updated to the extent that it deserved.

The Home game on Saturday was an opener in more ways than one. An Eye Opener. The passion of the crowd was fanstastic to see, and was reflected by most of the team. I am shortly relaunching this site as a suitable complement to that.

Check back soon, and any suggestions can be sent via the contact form

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'Beckham Exception' realised by Galaxy

Thu 11th Jan, 2007 11:18am - news

News that LA Galaxy have signed David Beckham to a 5 year deal starting this summer can only be a good thing for Toronto FC

I don't normally write about general MLS news, as I try to keep this site as on-topic Toronto FC as possible. That said, the news that LA Galaxy have signed David Beckham is significant enough to break that rule, and in fact will have several positive effects for Toronto FC.

Why would I say that? The naysayers argue that Becks is past his best at 31yrs of age, that he was never actually that good, and that the MLS is specifically designed to avoid the 'big-name' fever that felled NASL. I would say instead that most midfielders careers last until 35, that Beckham is indisputably famous whatever you think of his talent, and that Toronto FC will indirectly receive publicity because of that fact.

Soccer is still considered very much a third rate game in North America. Ask your average hockey fan to name soccer players and they'll be hard pushed to manage more than maybe 3 or 4 names. David Beckham is one of those names. Ask yourself this: which are you more likely to see as a sports headline in the Toronto papers tomorrow - that it is the day of the MLS SuperDraft, or that Galaxy signed Becks? Your average Torontonian would not give a thought to coming to BMO to see Brennan, Pozniak or Esky (no offence guys), but to see arguably one of the better players of the last decade, and assuredly one of the most hyped, it may be the draw which gets them to pull out the credit card*. We have currently sold over 6500 season tickets which is a fantastic number, but there are still boxes available, and the higher-end tickets still to go. Anything that can raise the profile of the MLS and bring more supporters to the ground can only be a good thing for the inaugural year of TFC's MLS journey. The chance to see Golden Balls in action will certainly lead to a few extra sales, and in that sense, is definitely a good thing.

From a league perspective the introduction of the 'Beckham Exception' this year - the allowance for a club to purchase above and beyond the salary cap for a 'name' star - was designed for precisely this. Additionally it will help slow the 'talent drain' from the MLS to other leagues; if young players are honing their skills against/with the likes of Beckham they may think twice about moves to the more lucrative but less glamourous Scandinavian leagues. The arrival of the rule is perfectly timed with Toronto's entry - if the league is set for growth in the coming few years it is the perfect time for us to have got on board. And I for one am looking forward to watching him grace the FieldTurf at BMO Stadium*.

It should be noted here that Beckham is not arriving in the MLS until August when the league has been underway for months. Although the schedule has not been released, the club announced today that LA will play at BMO late in the season, making a Beckham visit to Toronto a certainty (fitness allowing).