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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MLS Combine 2007 Preview

Wed 3rd Jan, 2007 3:21pm - news

A summary of what the MLS Combine is, as well as look at the potential Canadians on display that TFC may be interested in.

The MLS Combine is an annnual showcase of available College Senior players that is held as a scouting event prior to the Superdraft. It is designed to allow teams to have a better look at players they are considering signing in the draft - consider it like the paddock in horse racing. It takes the form of 'Performance testing' sessions, small matches, training sessions and several matches between arbitrary 'teams' managed by University coaches. This year the Combine starts January 4th (tomorrow), running until the 8th. The SuperDraft is to be held on the 12th January. The Combine is on an invitation basis, and any player there is automatically available as a selection in the SuperDraft, although the draft also includes other eligible players as necessary.

The Combine itself has drawn fire in the past as a fruitless excercise due to players out of their element and sometimes position, as well as the possibility to under or overperform on the day, that said, it is a final chance for teams to perhaps double check preformed conclusions. All teams will have representation at the combine for scouting, and it is not public who Toronto will be sending, but the GM is expected to turn up, in Toronto's case this would appear to be Mo Johnston.

The league has today released the list of players to be at the Combine which includes 2 Canadians likely to be under the watchful eye of Toronto staff, Nigel Marples and Rich Asante.

Foremost of those two is probably Richard Asante. The North York born Syracuse player is a solid defensive midfielder, and was co-captain of his university side in 2006. Not really expected to score goals in his role, he still managed 2 last year, and one assist. He is likely to fit with Johnston's idea of a rugged team player, and can be seen as a possibility for the Draft.

Nigel Marples is a central defender, though at 5'10" he would perhaps be better moved to the flanks. Like Asante Marples was in the Canada U20 pool, but an already defence-heavy squad at TFC may not find a need for him.

There were two other Canucks named on the original MLS list released in november who have not been included on this latest release. They are forwards Jeff Gonsalves (Rhode Island) and Riley O'Neill (Kentucky). Note, as said above this does not omit them from the Draft. I assume that the later list is complete, although the MLS site additionally has this ambiguous remark as a prelude: "Additional players may take part in the Combine or SuperDraft as part of the Generation adidas program".