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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Supplemental Draft Picks - Initial Reaction

Thu 18th Jan, 2007 6:49pm - news

MLS held its supplemental draft today in which Toronto FC have acquired 4 new players.

  • Jarrod Smith (22) - Forward - 6'1" - New Zealand - Pick 1
  • Daryl Roberts (23) - Forward - 6'1" - Trinidad - Pick 14
  • Hunter West (23) - Forward - 5'11" - USA - Pick 27
  • Tyler Hemming (21) - Midfielder - 6'0" - Canada - Pick 40
Thus reads the list of latest acquisitions for Mo's men. At first glance it is an interesting bunch.

First pick Jarrod Smith was a surprise. Most expected vaunted Canuck Riley O'Neill to be selected first, though once again the managers must be in the know. Suggestions are he's looking to a career in Germany, and his selection by Colorado in number 36 may seem to affirm that. They are holding his option in case things do not pan out. Smith joins fellow Kiwi Andrew Boyens, our Superdraft pick, and has 5 full international caps to his name. He is the first of three strikers selected today. Perhaps this was just based on the relative quality of players available, but maybe Mo is seeing the relative imbalance up front that the squad still has to an extent. No second keeper was signed as was also strongly expected.

Daryl Roberts, from Trinidad, is a large striker. His nationality will be popular with the large Caribbean population in Toronto and his selection fits well with several other mooted Soca Warriors (Densil Theobald and Dwight Yorke have both been suggested by torontomls.blogspot.com). The other Liberty Flames Trini I had suggested - Osei Telesford - was picked by Chicago Fire in slot 21, so Mo obviously favored Daryl more.

Hunter West is a voracious striker, top scorer for his team 3 seasons running, but has a history of injury problems. His hamstring was detached in order to remove some calcified bone in 2003, and he sat out most of 2005 through injury. Not much more on him at this point, but there must have been something the coaching team liked.

Finally there is Tyler Hemming. Another to add to the Canadian contingent of the team. He was bounced about as a possible later SuperDraft pick, but ended up slipping to 4th pick in the supplemental. Native of London, Ontario, he will come in as a native player unlike the other three who all will fill Youth International slots (of which we have five this year, three the next).

So, that wraps up the official channels of player selection, bringing the squad total to 20. Expect the rumoured signing of 1 or 2 players in the coming week - one of whom is the Captain of his international team according to Mo. Jacek Bak and Martin Andresen are names bobbing in the blogosphere. Also expect a second-string goalie to be signed in the near future. The final fixture list should be out before the end of the month for those of you planning holidays/weddings etc for later in the year. More on all of those stories as they come. Got a question? send me an email