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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Villa Visiting? Not likely.

Wed 20th Dec, 2006 12:44pm - rumour

There are rumours of a visit to Toronto by English Premier club Aston Villa. I am a little sceptical.

Some sources are suggesting that Aston Villa may make a stop by Toronto on their preseason tour next year. Manager Martin O'Neill confirmed that Villa's owner - Randy Lerner, owner of the Cleveland Browns - is keen on a visit to the US next summer. In the article he also says he has an offer on the table from the Vancouver Whitecaps for a tournament in B.C. in July.

Now call me a cynic, but I think the leap made on several web forums from "Villa may play in US" to "Villa would love to play TFC and vice versa" is a big one. For one, English preseason is July, which is a couple of months into the MLS season. The last thing a fledgling side need is to tire themselves in a morale sapping thrashing against an EPL club. Even if you think it would be 'good experience', are the mighty Aston Villa really going to bring in the crowds? ManUre, Celtic, Barca maybe, but the market for footy in Toronto is not likely to change so significantly in the coming 6 months that Villa are suddenly worth watching.

Finally, Lerner himself only recently denied the possibility of the Browns playing a regular season NFL game here with a tone of incredulity. "You've got to be kidding me, I couldn't conceive of that." he said, and later "The Cleveland Browns are not playing any home games in Toronto, have no plans to do so and have had no discussions to do so, and wouldn't expect to". So doesn't sound like he holds the long-suffering Toronto sports faithful in much regard.