Dec 23, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT
Toronto FC really has put itself in so many pickles through historical bungling.
Chief among them, obviously, is the disappearing fan base. Where soccer afternoons at BMO Field were one stacked and packed with ferociously loyal supporters, the club’s ongoing lack of success has slowly degraded all that tremendous passion. Now a certain apathy rules; matches in Columbus or Chicago are just as likely to be played before a full house as the contests at BMO in Toronto, and that wasn’t always the case.
But there are other tributaries on this flowing stream of organizational discontent. For instance:
The team’s history of failure means that officials probably do not feel they can be patient as they beat a path to success. (They tried the patient approach, for instance, with Dutchman Aron Winter and his efforts to remake the TFC way, and that turned out to be a fruitless exercise.)
The “here and now” on this inability to be patient, even if it might seem the prudent course of action, will continue to affect big decisions. One of them will be Ryan Nelsen’s future as manager.
At least he understands the situation. Here’s what he just told The New Zealand Herald, speaking to the newspaper in his homeland about a difficult first season in charge.
They won’t give me much more time. It was pretty awful here when I arrived and we are in much better shape now but we will have to start turning things around soon.”
Mar 14, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT
It’s go time all-the-time with a Portland team in search of all the marbles… and it has to start this weekend with wobbly Chicago.
Mar 14, 2014, 10:19 PM EDT
Earlier this month, the 64-year-old McCoy went to an open tryout with Gate City FC.
Mar 14, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT
Montreal/Houston “reunion” and Toronto FC opener highlight weekend action in Major League Soccer.
Mar 14, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT
“The club regards the release of such a statement on social media as highly unprofessional and will make a further statement when appropriate.”
Mar 14, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT
Whether or not you buy the study that ranks MLS the No. 7 league in the world, above the Eredivisie, you’re duty-bound to ask yourself whether you were as excited for big-goal MLS seasons?
Mar 14, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT
“You can’t claim to be one of the best fan bases and the flagship team of the league and get shown up like this,” Gomez said of L.A.
Mar 14, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT
Nottingham Forest announced the news today regarding the 26-times capped American, 25.
Mar 14, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT
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Norwich City’s Chris Hughton is the only black manager left among English elite, and he’s speaking out
Mar 14, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
Statistics in a BBC report say that 25 percent of all players in England are non-white, which certainly is a markedly-higher percentage the one manager per dozens of clubs.
Mar 14, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT
A personal look at the Beautiful Game.
Is it that nuts to buy into Jamaica using Usain Bolt in 2018 World Cup qualifying? The coach is interested…
Mar 14, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT
He’s faster than the competition, 6-foot-5 and may just have some soccer skill, so…
Mar 14, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
A healthy Michu will certainly make Swansea a better club for its relegation fight, but how much better remains to be seen.
Mar 14, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT
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Mar 14, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT
After failing to appeal his five match ban for using the ‘quenelle’ gesture, the French striker took to social media to announce the end of his contract with West Brom.
Mar 14, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT
Colombia should take care when assessing Radamel Falcao’s fitness, as rushing a player back from serious injury could have long-term consequences.
Mar 14, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT
USMNT stars Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley are set to face off on Saturday, when Toronto open their MLS season at CenturyLink Field.
Mar 14, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT
The defender underwent knee surgery on Thursday to resolve an injury picked up in November, and will now miss the rest of the season.
Mar 14, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
PST speak exclusively with TFC’s captain, as the most-anticipated season in franchise history awaits. Can Toronto finally succeed?
Mar 14, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT
Everton haven’t had the best 2014, but they’ll be looking to start a final push toward Europe by collecting all three points against Cardiff City.
Mar 14, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT
He’s yet to be offered a new contract from Arsenal, but the manager did dismiss speculation that he could be on his way to La Liga.
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