Toronto FC

Revs Coach Jay HeapBig win for the New England Revolution on Saturday as they beat Toronto FC 3-0 in Toronto.

Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe each had a goal and an assist in the victory while Teal Bunbury added a second half tally to give New England its second straight victory and extend the club’s unbeaten streak to three games. The Revs are now tied with TFC and Columbus for third place in the congested Eastern Conference with 33 points.

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MLS LogoCharlie Davies scored his second goal in as many games as the New England Revolution were held at home by the Portand Timbers while elsewhere in MLS, Sporting Kansas City opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Toronto FC.

Both teams came into the match at Gillette on the wrong side of the playoff standings, and it looked like it was going to be the Revolutions’s night when in the 27th minute Davies ran onto a Diego Fagundez through ball to make it 1-0.

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MLS LogoRemember all that gloating we had last month at the World Cup when the USA advanced out of the Group of Death while England was sent home early? How the progress of the national team was a sign of his far Major League Soccer has come? Well last night was reality check for the league as MLS sides went head to head with five Premier League sides and the results were not pretty.

In the five games, MLS managed one draw, scoring five goals and conceding 18! If you add in Seattle‘s 3-3 draw with Spurs last week, MLS is 0-5-1 in the six game tournament so far.

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SKC-MLS-CupThe new MLS Power Rankings are out and the Seattle Sounders stay in the number one position. What amazes me is that after losing seven games in a row, that the New England Revolution are viewed as only the third worst side in MLS. How bad are Houston and Montreal?

1: FC Dallas
Xander Bailey. Enough said.

Last Week: Bye
Last Five: W-W-W-L-W
Next MLS Game: July 28 vs. LA

2: Sporting Kansas City
Don’t usually get wound up about All-Star snubs, but to say Benny Feilhaber wouldn’t help vs. Bayern is bonkers.

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Revs Coach Jay HeapRemarkably New England Revolution fans will wake up this morning and find their side top of the Eastern Conference after their first win ever at BMO Field extended the Revs unbeaten streak to four games.

It looked like it was going to be another disappointing trip to the Great White North when Jackson put Toronto ahead in the sixth minute. But Revs rookie Patrick Mullins, a surprise starter, scored his first professional goal in the 24th minute, connecting on a laser from 20 yards out.

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Toronto FC's home ground BMO FieldNothing like a bit of Major League Soccer aggro to get the day going! With the opening of the 2014 MLS season less than a month away, Eastern Conference rivals the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC are already exchanging handbags.

It appears that Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz is not amused with TFC‘s spending spree that has seen them sign the likes of Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar.

n an interview with The Philly Soccer Page this week, Sakiewiz took a swipe at TFC for spending in excess of $90 million this off-season.

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Julio-Cesar-BrazilWow. What an offseason it has been for Toronto FC and it looks like it is going to get even better with the news that TFC is closing in on Brazilian national team goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

According to a report from Brazilian daily O Globo, and on mlssoccer.com, Cesar is set to join the revolution in Toronto by signing with the Reds on loan. The report states that the 34-year-old veteran – who is currently on the books of Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers – will arrive in Canada next Wednesday to finalize the details of his deal.

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ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman has tweeted that Toronto FC are on the verge of signing US national team and AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley.

 

Bradley has become surplus requirements at Roma after they signed Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari this week.

It has not been a good month for USA midfielders, as Bradley’s midfielder partner in midfield Jermaine Jones is also looking for a new club with MLS a possible destination for the Schalke man.

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jermain-defoeWell its not quite the “biggest signing in MLS history that MLSE President Tim Leiweke promised, but it is a big one as Toronto FC have reportedly agreed to buy Jermain Defoe from Tottenham Hotspur for £6 million and pay Defoe a reported £90,000-a-week for the next four years.

At today’s exchange rates, that translates into a transfer fee of $10.3 million Canadian and wages of $155,000 a week. That would make the 31-year-old Defoe one of the highest paid players in MLS.

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seattle-sounders-fansMajor League Soccer has announced its complete 2014 regular season schedule, and just as it did during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, MLS will take a two-week break between June 12-24, when the 2014 World Cup is taking place in Brazil.

The league’s 19th season will begin on Saturday, March 8 in Seattle, where the host Sounders will take on Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field, followed by seven matches that evening and one on Sunday, March 9. The regular season will end on Oct. 26 before the MLS Cup playoffs begin the following week.

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