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Saturday 30 March 2013

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy: Los Angeles Galaxy at Waking the Red

    Preview of this afternoon’s match between Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy at BMO Field is up over at Waking the Red.

    Check it out.

    NB: I wasn’t bold enough to predict minutes for Landon Donovan in the official preview, but do not be overly surprised if he makes a cameo appearance in the matchday eighteen.

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Beyond POV-FS – What Just Happened? Toronto at Montreal – The Impact’s Second Goal and Dunfieldinho at Waking the Red

    A look at the beautiful bit of passing that led to Montreal’s second goal against Toronto on the weekend and a passage of attacking class from Terry Dunfield is up over at Waking the Red.

    Check it out.

MLS Red Card Watch – Salazar and Chivas

    Last week POV-FS, alerted by a lack of red cards through two weeks, theorized that MLS had instructed its officials to be more lenient on the field and allow the Disciplinary Committee to handle any serious infractions in an effort to spare any mistakes from ruining matches.

    Finally, in the last match of Round Three on Sunday, the first red card of the 2013 season was shown by referee Ricardo Salazar to Chivas USA in their derby against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

    And, of course, it was controversial.

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Friday 15 March 2013

Beyond POV-FS - Repeated Slow Starts to the Second Half Will Prove Costly for Toronto FC at Waking the Red

     A post from earlier today, looking at Toronto FC’s inability to return from half-time with the same energy that they begin the match is up over at Waking the Red.

    Do check it out.

Tuesday 12 March 2013

The Lack of Red Cards Thus Far in MLS

    Over the course of the first two weeks of the 2013 MLS season an interesting trend has begun to develop: 17 matches have been played and yet, no – 0 – red cards have been issued.

Monday 11 March 2013

Beyond POV-FS - MLS Week in Review - Round 2 at Canadian Soccer News

    This week’s installment of the weekly MLS review is up over at Canadian Soccer News, now with at least fifty-percent more El Chelis.

    Check it out.

Wednesday 6 March 2013

First Person View - Will Toronto FC Regret Letting Go of Joao Plata?

    It should come as no surprise that we here at POV are big fans of the little Ecuadorean sparkplug.

    His departure from the club last season, on loan to LDU Quito following a rather bizarre series of announcements and denials, was a blow to the morale of Toronto fans who held the diminutive speedster in high regard.

    Given the way the club responded to his forcing of the move – he prematurely announced his return to his homeland on twitter – it was always evident that Plata would never again be seen in the club’s colours at BMO Field.

    The question at hand, I suppose, is did the club receive too little from Real Salt Lake - only a second-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft - in return?

Monday 4 March 2013

Beyond POV-FS: MLS Week in Review - Round 1 at Canadian Soccer News

    Proud to announce the first installment of a new weekly feature over at Canadian Soccer News detailing the events of the weekend’s MLS fixtures and highlighting the contributions of Canadians on the pitch.

    Check it out.

    A note, nearing the second anniversary of launch-day this is the 400th post at Partially Obstructed View; a brief pause to recognize the milestone.

    Now, back to work.

Beyond POV-FS: What Just Happened? Dropping Behind the Line at Waking the Red

    A new feature at Waking the Red, post-Toronto FC matches, where a single moment is analyzed in depth.

    This week, we have a look at the play that created Gershon Koffie’s strike in the 1-0 losing effort in Vancouver.

    Check it out.

Saturday 2 March 2013

First Person View – Are You Ready? Media Guides, Injury Reports and Fantasy Football

    With first kick of First Kick barely an hour away – Philadelphia hosts Kansas City at 4 pm EST – there are a few topics on my mind before the action gets underway.

Foresight – MLS Weekend Preview: Round One

    Four questions to be answered on the opening weekend of MLS action.

Friday 1 March 2013

Beyond POV-FS – Know Your Enemy: Vancouver Whitecaps at Waking the Red

    Well folks, it’s that time of year again; being the eve of the start of the 2013 season, now seems as good a time as any to beginning the task of previewing Toronto FC upcoming MLS opponents.

    First up, as Ryan Nelsen and Kevin Payne seek to instill a little bit of pride into the rag that has become the butt of jokes around the league, are the Vancouver Whitecaps.

    The preview is up over at Waking the Red, do check it out.

Beyond POV-FS – Toronto FC Depth Chart: Digging a Little Deeper at Waking the Red

    An in-depth look at Toronto FC’s on pitch options for the start of the season is up over at Waking the Red.

    Check it out.