Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Season 10 – Xtreme TFC – Starts Today!

TFC Red Bulls

Where: Red Bull Arena  When: 1:30pm ET  Watch: TSN4/5

Here we go everyone, that time of year is upon us once again – the start of another season of MLS and Season 10 (X marks the spot?) of your Toronto FC.   Season 10 already you say?  Amazing how time flies when you’re having fun right?  Oh wait…

Is this the year that things will be different?  With TFC winning yet another off-season – Weeeeee, are the Champions, my friends – resulting in the team looking a fair bit better on paper, there should be room for optimism right?  With last year’s league worst defense bolstered by a couple of MLS veterans in Drew Moor & Steven Beitashour, and a new keeper in Clint Irwin to anchor everything, there’s room for cautious optimism.  I say cautious because this is Toronto FC and no matter what they do to the defense it seems to falter; add to that the numerous knocks that several of the  presumptive back four suffered leading into the season and well, cause for caution.

What about the attack you say?  Oh well everything’s just fi…oh wait – well that attack is looking a little thin.  Of course we still have Sebastian Giovinco to work his magic, but who’s there to support?  With Jozy Altidore injured (hamstring – we’re getting the HamStrong foundation going again), Luke Moore no more and Herculez Gomez released, he doesn’t have, well anything in the way of experienced back-up.  Cue the youth movement (not necessarily a bad thing) and welcome Tsubasa Endoh and Canadian Mo Babouli to the fold.  Both impressed during pre-season with Babouli just signing with the team this week.  It’s a lot to ask or the two young players – but that’s what they get paid for, right?  

The Red Bulls are always a challenge for Toronto; they didn’t change much in the off season signing a handful of homegrown players and saying good-bye to Matt Miazga and Dane Richards most notably.  Still led by Jesse Marsch who coached them to an outstanding season last year and should be in the hunt for the top of the east again.  The Red Bulls have a lot of speed and play a fast, pressing game – something that TFC were woeful against last year.  Fun!

Things You Need To Know:

  1. TFC have never won at Red Bull Arena; ever.
  2. Until they do we will always talk about THAT game.
  3. Collen Warner now plays for Houston
  4. Luke Moore is locked in Aston Villa’s equipment room never to return
  5. Michael Bradley still doesn’t have a defined role.
  6. Jozy Altidore is hurt again.
  7. Bradley Wright-Phillips will score.
  8. Will Johnson really does play for TFC now.
  9. No one knows how the midfield will line up.
  10. It’s Season 10, anything could happen

Your VMP crew will be gathering (and podcasting!) for today’s season opener so stay tuned for what should be one of our more lively podcasts.  As a group I think we’re all counting this one as a loss – prove us wrong TFC!   It’s the beginning of a new season so I’m always a bit hopeful; hopeful that this time things will be different.  It’s tough to once again start the season on the road for what seems like an eternity, but regardless of that I just want them to be consistent.  Consistently competent, consistent at defending and consistent in how they play.  This team has spent nine years lurching from calamity to changing style to revolving everything to despair and so on.  While boring and stable doesn’t necessarily make for fun podcasting or blogging; we’ll deal with it, really.  Go on Toronto FC, make Season 10 the one where we have to say nice things.  I dare you.  

Author: Kristin Knowles

Raised on basketball and baseball, Kristin soon saw the error of her ways when enrolled in a local football league as a child. Geography dictated she choose TFC as her team and ten years later she's still yet to flee the city. Cynically optimistic, she now channels her inner hooligan by singing random pop songs and making poor puns in the stands. May contain adult content. Find me on the internet machine @kzknowles

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  1. The ghost of Aron Winter and his Ajax 4-3-3 could factor big this year for TFC and of course, Canadians.

    It is good to see Aron coaching his nation’s U19 national men’s squad.

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    • I like ghosts – Winter didn’t do entirely terrible things here, was just not prepared to coach in MLS. If the midfield works together and provides proper link-up then that could work very nicely. It’s all so very up in the air. So typical TFC. 🙂

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  2. I’ll say what I said on twitter: Lovitz? He must have had one hell of a pre-season. Nailed to the bench last year and starting the opening game this year. Lovitz in the air indeed.

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    • Yeah, that is quite a surprise! I would happily move Osorio up to Lovitz’s position, and but Cheyrou in at left midfield instead. But Vanney is a student of the game, so he must know what he’s doing…

      Also I thought they had pretty much converted Lovitz into a left back (why, I don’t know), but there he is up in the attack.

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  3. Well hey, that was a little bit of alright!

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    • Wasn’t it? Very surprising result – I never would have predicted a win or even a result for them given the history and the quality of NYRB. Not a spectacular performance by any stretch but they capitalized and I won’t quibble too much at the result.

      You’ll have to listen to our very special podcast when it goes live (we recorded during and after the game).

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      • Cool, looking forward to it! Let’s see if TFC made you say nice things today, ha ha.

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