Sports How Toronto FC can begin climb up the MLS standings

19:57  14 may  2018
19:57  14 may  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Australian fastest to scale highest peaks on 7 continents

  Australian fastest to scale highest peaks on 7 continents KATHMANDU, Nepal - An expedition organizer says an Australian mountaineer has scaled Mount Everest to become the fastest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents. Steve Plain scaled Everest on Monday, completing his mission of climbing the seven peaks in 117 days. Iswari Poudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal said he got a phone call from the base camp saying that Plain along with two guides reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak at around 7 a.m. and were descending down.The 36-year-old Plain began his mission by climbing Mount Vinson in Antarctica on Jan. 16.

How Toronto FC , Chivas overlap through Chivas USA. CONCACAF Champions League Apr 16, 2018 Jeff Carlisle. Clubs from the Great White North rising up MLS standings . Oh, Canada.

After a disappointing loss in Columbus that turned a five-game unbeaten streak into a three-game winless run, Toronto FC looks to climb back up the standings when it hosts the Chicago Fire and German star Bastian Schweinsteiger on Friday night.

a football player on a field © Provided by Rogers Media Inc

So, Toronto FC has dug itself a bit of hole to climb out of early on in the Major League Soccer season.

After nine games, TFC sits second-last in the Eastern Conference (and second-last in the league overall) with seven points and a 2-6-1 record, a whopping 18 points behind East-leading Atlanta United FC in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.

Saturday’s 3-2 setback away to the New England Revolution marked TFC’s sixth loss of the 2018 MLS campaign. The Reds lost only five times in the league last season. Maintaining a steely focus on the CONCACAF Champions League hurt the Reds through the early part of the MLS campaign, as did a rash of injuries that left them decimated on defence.

Mistrial declared in Toronto cancer researcher’s murder case

  Mistrial declared in Toronto cancer researcher’s murder case Mistrial declared in Toronto cancer researcher’s murder caseOntario Superior Court Justice David McCombs put a publication ban on the specific incident necessitating a mistrial Wednesday.

How happy are Toronto FC 's players to be back home, where they will face Houston on Sunday (5 ET, ESPN and WatchESPN), after starting the season with seven straight Frank Klopas and his team begin their post-Champions League MLS lives Saturday when they host Portland at Stade Saputo.

Toronto FC has already wrapped up the Supporters Shield with their league-leading 19 wins. The MLS details how the playoff format works for the 12 teams that make the postseason. MLS Eastern Conference Standings . TEAM.

And while it’s true that Toronto turned things around to make it to the MLS Cup final after suffering similarly slow starts in 2016 and 2017, the Reds have yet to play any of the elite teams in the East – Atlanta, New York City FC, and Orlando City – and they have a gruelling schedule, with six games over the next five weeks.

What does TFC have to do to get back on track?

GET HEALTHY

Injury issues have plagued Toronto through the first three months of the campaign. Victor Vazquez, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta, and Nick Hagglund have all sat out for significant stretches. Last week, both Jozy Altidore and Nico Hasler were also ruled out for several weeks.

The problem hasn’t been that the Reds have so many players out of commission, but rather that most of the injuries have been at one position: Four of the team’s five centre backs have spent time on the sidelines. The absence of Morrow has also meant that coach Greg Vanney has had to go with a makeshift back line, especially in the last few weeks when he’s deployed midfielder Michael Bradley and right fullback Gregory van der Wiel in the centre of the defence.

John Cena marks failed wedding date with life lesson posts

  John Cena marks failed wedding date with life lesson posts John Cena marks failed wedding date with life lesson postsJohn Cena has marked what would have been the weekend of his wedding by sharing some uplifting thoughts on social media.

But teams like Toronto FC , NYCFC, and even Atlanta United have begun to show signs of mastering the arcane salary mechanisms of MLS , as well as the financial resources to take full advantage of them, in a way that could begin solidifying perennial powers across the course of multiple seasons.

Break gives Leafs chance to 'freshen up '. ORLANDO, Fla. — At one point this year it seemed as if Toronto FC ’s reign atop the Eastern Conference would persist for the entirety of the MLS regular season.

There’s not much TFC can do except ride out this injury crisis and cope with the situation as best it can in order to get everybody back at full fitness as soon as possible. You can’t rush players back before they are ready. Patience is the key, and that doesn’t appear lost on Vanney.

Van der Wiel was not named to the 18-man roster on Saturday as a precaution, as he was dealing with an Achilles issue. Vanney avoided the temptation to use the Dutchman against New England, giving him the day off so he could recuperate.

Vanney took a cautious approach with Mavinga, who only played one MLS game before Saturday, and only brought him on as a second-half sub. The last thing Vanney wanted to do was rush the Frenchman back and have him play 90 minutes after such a lengthy injury absence.

That was also why Vanney started Vazquez on the bench, and didn’t bring him on until the 70th minute. The Spaniard was subbed out at halftime of last Wednesday’s loss to Seattle after suffering a knock to his knee earlier in the game.

John Cena and Nikki Bella Post Messages on What Would Have Been Their Wedding Day

  John Cena and Nikki Bella Post Messages on What Would Have Been Their Wedding Day John Cena and Nikki Bella Post Messages on What Would Have Been Their Wedding Day .A post shared by Nikki Bella (@thenikkibella) on May 4, 2018 at 6:46pm PDTThe Total Divas star, 34, shared a text post on Instagram on Friday, May 4, which said: “Chin up princess or the crown slips.”The WWE champion, 40, tweeted on Saturday, writing: “If you choose to keep moving, no matter how low the road takes you, it will eventually begin to climb back up. #NeverGiveUp.”If you choose to keep moving, no matter how low the road takes you, it will eventually begin to climb back up.

Standings . Statistics. Toronto wraps up the regular season on the road against the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 24. Eight teams qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs, which kick off on Oct.

Toronto FC returns to MLS play with host of injury concerns. 'I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY': Delgado holds up hand. LARSON: If Gio delivers again, how can TFC say no? Buckle up , it's going to be wild: Five T.O. teams have big games Wednesday.

[radioclip id=4038839]

STOP CONCEDING EARLY

It wasn’t the best start on Saturday in New England for TFC, as it conceded twice inside the opening seven minutes of the match.

This continued a disturbing trend for Vanney’s team. It has now coughed up six goals in the opening 10 minutes across five games in MLS and CONCACAF Champions League play this season.

Things went from bad to worse for Toronto in the first minute of the second half when Teal Bunbury scored on the counter to give the Revs a 3-0 lead.

These early goals have been absolute killers for TFC, forcing it to play catch-up far too often. It’s not a position that a team struggling with injuries should be putting itself in.

“We gifted away goals early in the first half and getting down on the road 2-0 is a horrendous start,” Vanney told reporters after the loss in New England.

“Also, just the way we give up goals, it’s unacceptable. I think we’re now minus-9 in the first 15 minutes of the first half and of the second half, and that’s something we took a lot of pride in last year, but, for whatever reason — not whatever reason — it will stop happening.

Tiger, Mickelson fall behind as 6 tied for lead at Players Championship

  Tiger, Mickelson fall behind as 6 tied for lead at Players Championship Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson delivered plenty of entertainment at The Players Championship. The lead belonged to just about everyone else.Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar were among six players who shared the lead at 6-under 66, the largest logjam ever at the TPC Sawgrass and the most players tied at the top in the tournament in 40 years.Woods had the best score in his star group and didn't even break par. He had to save bogey on the 18th for a 72. Mickelson wore a long-sleeved, button-down shirt and posted a 79, his highest score at Sawgrass since 2000. Rickie Fowler, rounding out the threesome, shot 74.

How Toronto FC , Chivas overlap through Chivas USA. It took only 18 minutes for it to be blown up by goalkeeper Tyler Deric's red card. Back to the drawing board. Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC .

2017 MLS Playoffs Thread. Toronto FC has already wrapped up the Sports How to fix the MLS playoff format for 2018 and beyond? https: Standings are updated at the completion of each match.

“But we’ve got to stop giving up goals in the first parts of the games or the second half. Playing from behind is not the position we want to be in and we’re finding ourselves [in that situation] too much.”

MORE GOALS FROM MORE SOURCES

The Reds boasted the best attack in MLS last season with 74 goals, from 15 different scorers. Toronto had two players finish in the top 10 in league scoring: Sebastian Giovinco (eighth, 16 goals) and Altidore (10th, 15 goals).

Toronto’s attack hasn’t exactly clicked in 2018. The Reds have scored a modest 12 goals thus far, with Giovinco, Altidore and Vazquez accounting for half of the offence.

With Altidore out of action for the next month or so, and Giovinco not producing in MLS (the Italian has just two goals in seven league appearances this campaign), TFC needs other players to step up.

Canadian Jay Chapman bagged his first goal of the season in Toronto’s recent 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. But he followed that up by squandering several goal-scoring chances in each of the Reds’ next two games, including ballooning his shot over the crossbar from in close after Giovinco put it on a plate for him.

Jays’ Urshela known at the hot corner, but he’ll warm to other positions .
There is a breadth of depth at third base in the Blue Jays organization, with Josh Donaldson holding down the spot, Vladimir Guerrero Jr waiting in the wings, and Yangervis Solarte and Russell Martin proving reliable options.But Gio Urshela likes his new opportunity with Toronto, even if it might involve moving away from the position he is most familiar with.“It’s a big chance for me to keep building my career,” the 26-year-old said.Toronto acquired Urshela from Cleveland for cash considerations Wednesday after he was designated for assignment by the Indians. He was activated for his first game Saturday, his arrival delayed by visa issues.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!