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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Jaime Peters UK Work Visa problem? - updated

Thu 4th Jan, 2007 8:57pm - rumour

Fuel to the fire that is the Jaime Peters rumour, it seems he may have problems with his UK Work Permit renewal, with Toronto FC a potential destination

*updated Jan 5th*
The long-running Jaime Peters rumour gets a significant boost today from an article on Ipswich Town fanzine "Those Were The Days" (twtd.co.uk).

The fansite is run by a well known and published Ipswich fan Phillip Ham, who reveals a detail we have thus far missed. Both Peters' contract and work permit expire in June, and word has it he is meeting some trouble renewing the work visa. Were Town to not renew his contract for whatever reason he could leave in June for free. This could be the push they need to let him go on the cheap in the January window.

Now this all could be speculation, but I have done some digging, and it turns out the UK has recently revised their rules for Work Permits for soccer players. The new ones are quite strict, requiring a player to have played in 75% of international games in the preceding two years to be eligible, though Peters may be able to avoid that clause on the basis of youth. But here's the kicker. The new regulations state the player's national team must have a FIFA world ranking average for the previous two years of above 70. Canada (currently: 82, all-time high: 54), according to their statistics, has been 83rd, making them firmly not an eligible team. It could be a nice irony if the lousy quality of Canuck international soccer was a driving force in creating a home side of quality Canadian players.

The news looks promising and Johnston is clearly a fan - it is not often you see the Scot as reticent as he has been to make a committed remark concerning Peters. He has been said to be struggling with the size and strength of the english players but would likely fit well into the MLS style of play. Whether the draw of Toronto FC will be enough remains to be seen, but could the pull of the Pickering Dairy Queen be too strong to resist? We hope so.

Updated - 2007-01-05 14:02:17

The Ipswich official site now has manager Magilton commenting:
"We're aware of the work permit issue with Jaime and we'll just have to see how things go. He needs to keep working hard but we also have Martin Brittain back in the squad now after his loan at Yeovil. He's been playing games and did well there and I want to give him the opportunity to show us what he can do."
Considering the original appeal took 7 months, you have to wonder if they are likely to go back through that again for a 'replaceable' player.