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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy & How You Doin' – Philadelphia Union at Waking the Red

The preview materials for Saturday's match between Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park are up over at Waking the Red.

Know Your Enemy previews the Union. Part One discusses their lineup and form, while Part Two reviews the game film for strengths and weaknesses.

In How You Doin', questions are exchanged with Eugene Rupinski of fellow SB Nation site The Brotherly Game, who cover the Union. Eugene's responses can be found here, while WTR's are here.


Enjoy the match.

Friday, 1 May 2015

POV-FS Out Loud! - The Vocal Minority Podcast, Episode 84 #StokeHappens

Hamstring all healed, the good folks over at VM were kind enough to have me back on to chat a little TFC, Philadelphia Union, and Voyageurs Cup, as well as all the usual frivolities that come with the podcast.

Check it outdirect download, iTunes

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy & How You Doin'? Orlando City – Meeting the First at Waking the Red

The preview materials for Toronto FC's match in Orlando on Sunday is up over at Waking the Red.

Know Your Enemy previews the opponent – Part One looks over their lineup and form, while Part Two hits the game film for reviews of their strengths and weaknesses.

In How You Doin'? Waking the Red exchanges questions with SB Nation sister site, The Mane Land, digging a little further into the opposition. The Mane Land's responses can be found here, while Waking the Red's replies are here.

Check them out

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Canadian Content MLS Round 07 at Canadian Soccer News

The weekly review of the Canadian performances from the latest round of MLS play is up over at Canadian Soccer News.

The top three spots this week go to a pair of Whitecaps – Russell Teibert and Sam Adekugbe sit in the first and third places, respectively – bookending Sporting KC's Marcel de Jong.

Check it out

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy & How You Doin': FC Dallas at Waking the Red

A trio of preview materials are up over at Waking the Red in expectation of TFC's match on Saturday night in Dallas.

Know Your Enemy, as it is the first and only meeting between the two clubs, comes in two parts: Part One looks over the lineup and form of Oscar Pareja's side, while Part Two digs a little deeper, reviewing the game film to highlight some strengths and weaknesses – may have gone a little overboard on the clips this week.

In How You Doin', Waking the Red exchanges questions with Brian Wachholz of SB Nation's FC Dallas site, Big D Soccer. His answers can be found here, while WTR's answers, including some musing on the curse of TFC, can be found here.

Check them out.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Canadian Content MLS Round 06 at Canadian Soccer News

The weekly review of the Canadian performances from the latest round of MLS is up over at Canadian Soccer News.

The top three spots went to Cyle Larin, Russell Teibert, and Patrice Bernier, while seven other Canadians saw the pitch for their respective sides.

Check it out

POV-FS Out Loud! The Vocal Minority Podcast - Episode 81 #RedMoustaches

The good folks over at VMP were kind enough to (finally) grant me my season debut on the show – it's award-winning now, if you haven't heard.

As for a brief rundown of the topics, if memory serves we discussed the loss in Chicago, the announcement of the first summer friendly, Duncan and I debated the bending of the space-time continuum, as per a specific refereeing decision in Colorado (not sure if that made it past the editing room floor to be honest), as well as all the usual pageantry of Bitchy Blanks, Would You Rather, and so on.

Plus I got to steal a CAW or two in the process. Random sidenote: CAW also stands for Canadian Auto Workers and I saw one of their economists, the one from the TV, on the subway prior to recording, which I suppose is something.

It's great fun chatting with some friends, so I hope you enjoy.

The episode page can be found here. Or it can be downloaded directly from this link Or there's a thing called Soundcloud which is apparently pretty cool. And of course, if you don't want to have to remember to download every week, iTunes works – and if you're not into that, I'm sure you have some other way of getting that taken care of (do people still use RSS?).

Now to ice that hamstring.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Canadian Content MLS Round 05 at Canadian Soccer News

The weekly round up of the Canadian performances from the recent MLS fixtures went up over at Canadian Soccer News earlier this week. The top three spots went to Russell Teibert, Tesho Akindele, and Ashtone Morgan.

Check it out

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy and How You Doin'? Chicago Fire at Waking the Red

The preview material for Toronto FC's upcoming match on Saturday against the Chicago Fire went up over at Waking the Red over the past few days.

Know Your Enemy provides a detailed look at the Fire. Part One examines their lineup and form, while Part Two hits the video tapes, reviewing game film for strengths and weaknesses.

In How You Doin', Waking the Red exchanges questions with sister SB Nation Chicago Fire site, Hot Time in Old Town, where Sean Spence provides answers to some queries and helps kick off the match with a touch of banter.

In turn, Waking the Red responded to some questions about TFC prior to the match in a Fire Side Chat – the one about the Death-Clock in particular was striking.

Check them out – and enjoy the match!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Canadian Content MLS Round 04 at Canadian Soccer News

The usual weekly round-up for the fourth round of MLS play went up over at Canadian Soccer News on Tuesday, as nine Canadians saw action over the weekend.

The top three places go to Kofi Opare, Wandrille Lefevre, and Ashtone Morgan.

Check it out

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy and How You Doin' – Real Salt Lake at Waking the Red

The usual Toronto FC preview posts are up over at Waking the Red for Sunday's match against Real Salt Lake.

Know Your Enemy combs through Salt Lake's lineup and form in Part One, while Part Two digs a little deeper, reviewing the game film for strengths and weaknesses in preparation for Sunday's meeting in Salt Lake.

In How You Doin'?, Waking the Red exchanges some questions with SB Nation sister site, RSL Soapbox, to peek behind the curtain and see how Salt Lake thinks and what may be coming through the pipeline in terms of future talent.

Check them out.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Beyond POV-FS – MLS Canadian Content, Rounds 02 and 03 at Canadian Soccer News

Having forgotten to post a link here last week, reviews for the last two weeks have been up over at Canadian Soccer News, recapping the performances of the Canadians who took to the pitch in MLS each round.

Round two saw Sam Adekugbe, Tesho Akindele, and Steven Vitoria take the top three spots.

While round three featured Akindele again, Marcel De Jong, and Maxim Tissot in the medal positions.

Check them out.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy & How You Doin': Columbus Crew SC – Meeting the First at Waking the Red

Previews of TFC's upcoming opponent, the Columbus Crew SC, are up over at Waking the Red.

The two parts of Know Your Enemy assess their lineup and form (Part One), before reviewing the available game film for strengths and weaknesses, while highlighting some points of interest (Part Two).

In addition, Waking the Red exchanged some questions and answers with sister-site Massive Report, SB Nation's Columbus affiliate – Crew SC responses can be seen here, while TFC answers are here.

Enjoy the match!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Beyond POV-FS – MLS Canadian Content, Round 01 at Canadian Soccer News

The first review of the Canadian performances in MLS this season went up over at Canadian Soccer News yesterday.

Pickings were rather slim, with only four candidates seeing the pitch throughout, while two of those players – Tesho Akindele and Steven Vitoria – have only the most tenuous of links to the National Team.

Top spot goes to Russell Teibert, who was lively in his hour-plus on the pitch; second spot to one of his opponents that match, Toronto's Jonathan Osorio.

Check it out

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy: Vancouver Whitecaps & How You Doin' at Waking the Red

A cornucopia of preview articles are up over at Waking the Red, previewing Toronto's start to the 2015 MLS season, which begins with a daunting trip to Vancouver on Saturday.

The two parts of Know Your Enemy should be familiar to most by now – this will be the third (maybe fourth – no time to check) season of those previews. Part One looks over Vancouver's lineup and form, while Part Two hits the tape room to review some of the scant game film available from preseason for strengths and weaknesses.

Added to those two, Waking the Red exchanged some questions with Eighty Six Forever, SB Nation's Vancouver site, to dig a little deeper before the evening kickoff. Jon Szekeres was kind enough to provide some answers on the 'Caps, while TFC responses can be found here.

After an off-season that passed as if in the blink of an eye, MLS is back for its twentieth season. Two new expansion clubs, a raft of new stars, and plenty of intrigue. Should be fun.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Beyond POV-FS – No Lov' Lost: NYC FC exacts a pound of flesh from TFC at Vocal Minority

The good folks over at Vocal Minority, who have decided to supplement their audio words with some written ones, have a snazzy new website – the header art alone is worth the visit – and seeing as it was nearly two days old already, it was about time it featured a piece by yours truly.

As such, a bit of a shade-throwing post went up yesterday. Pure speculation, but an interesting confluence of circumstances surrounding New York City FC's decision to select Daniel Lovitz in the MLS Expansion Draft and then trade him back to Toronto; reminiscent of similar shenangians back in 2006 – and could perhaps lead to the birth of a new rivalry – check it out.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Beyond POV-FS – TFC Top 30 Countdown: #16 Jackson at Waking the Red

Another contribution to Waking the Red's massive end of season review, counting down through every player to take to the pitch for the club in 2014.

Ending the first half of the list, at number sixteen, is the elusive Jackson, a player that many never quite took to heart – as foretold by his place in the countdown – despite being one of the better contributors to the side this season – with four goals he had the fourth most for the club in 2014.

Check it out - as well as the rest of the countdown

Beyond POV-FS – MLS Week in Review: 2014 MLS Cup Final at Canadian Soccer News

A full review of the MLS Cup Final between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New England Revolution is up over at Canadian Soccer News.

Like most finals, it was a close-fought affair, rather than the run-and-gun encounter fans always hope for – at least the winner proved to be a moment of pure class – check it out.

Also, never got around to posting the link for the review of the second legs of the conference finals, which can be viewed here, if one is so inclined.

This endeavour, recapping every match played throughout the MLS season is a massive undertaking – the end of the season comes with a certain amount of relief. That said, thanks so much for following along, it has been a fun season and with two new clubs joining the league in 2015 it looks to be getting even better.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Beyond POV-FS – TFC Top 30 Countdown: #24 Ashtone Morgan at Waking the Red

A first contribution to the annual end of season countdown of the players who represented Toronto FC this season is up over at Waking the Red, looking over the year that was for one Ashtone Morgan.

A massive endeavour each year, the countdown cycles through the full gambit of the TFC squad, starting with those on the periphery, riding the pine or having just made their way onto the fringes of the first team and continues all the way to the best player on the team – just who will take the number one spot this year?

Check out the post on Morgan, who fell from tenth down to 24th with a severe lack of playing time, and see who else has been discussed at the full countdown. Posts come out daily (or so), so be sure to follow along as the off-season dissection is fully underway.

Beyond POV-FS – Panama v Canada: Preview & Game Thread

A small preview of tonight's Friendly match between Panama and Canada is up over at Waking the Red, looking back over the recent history of the two sides and pointing out a few interesting potential-storylines as the Canadian side looks to build on a good run of form into next summer's Gold Cup and the fast-approaching World Cup Qualification for 2018 – Check it out

Beyond POV-FS – MLS Week in Review – Playoffs: Conference Semifinals Second Legs at Canadian Soccer News

With the MLS playoffs set to return this weekend, why not review how it is that the final four clubs got this far. The Week in Review, over at Canadian Soccer News, covers the second legs of the Conference Semifinals – check it out

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Beyond POV-FS – TFC Season Ending Press Conference – Bradley at Waking the Red

The final installment of the Toronto FC End of Season press conference is up over at Waking the Red, going over Michael Bradley session in front of the media on Friday. Nothing particularly ground-breaking, but interesting none the less.

Check it out

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Beyond POV-FS – MLS Week in Review: Playoff Edition – Knockout Round and Conference Semifinals, First Legs at Canadian Soccer News

The usual weekly MLS review went up at Canadian Soccer News yesterday, covering the Knockout Round and the First Legs of the Conference Semifinals of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.

No separate Canadian Content post for the playoffs, as Tesho Akindele was the lone Canadian to see the pitch – he did score a goal though, which was something, helping Dallas to knock out Vancouver last Wednesday.

Check it out