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det_mack_taylor2010-05-12 19:28:45 +0000 #1
How's the MLS going to find players to fill up the roster for the new MLS team, Toronto,?

Here's a suggestion, recall a good portion of our national team players to play for Toronto! an all canadian MLS team!!!

I like to see the new team called Toronto Blizzard.

any suggestions or ideas?
det_mack_taylor2010-05-12 19:39:27 +0000 #2
Here's my prediction for that roster....





Coach: Frank Yallop


GK Sutton

D Gervais

D Pizzolitto

M Leduc

F McKenna

note. there are all canadians.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:54:21 +0000 #3
Can't see Hirschfeld, Jazic, Hume, Brennan, Grande, Ademolu, Bircham and McKenna taking the cut in pay and playing level. You should be looking at guys on the decline of their career, not the rise.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 20:39:35 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by Joe MacCarthy

Can't see Hirschfeld, Jazic, Hume, Brennan, Grande, Ademolu, Bircham and McKenna taking the cut in pay and playing level. You should be looking at guys on the decline of their career, not the rise.

Here's the difference half a year can make, it would be now quite feasible for Brennan, Grande and Ademolu to go to MLS. After injury woes and playing time issues Jazic left Russia and is in MLS.

Hirschfeld, Hume, and McKenna still on the rise in Europe.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:58:23 +0000 #5
Tks to Rudi at Vs for headsup

Toronto FC to sign Brennan

September 07, 2006

Jim Brennan (red jersey) has won 43 caps for Canada. (AP)

TORONTO (CP) -- Toronto FC already has a head coach with a big personality. Now it has a homegrown player to match.

Coach Mo Johnston and the expansion Major League Soccer team will introduce Canadian international Jim Brennan as its first player signing at a news conference Friday, two sources confirmed Thursday.

The 29-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., has won 43 caps for Canada, usually on the wing where he loves to rampage up and down. He can end those runs with a nifty cross or a shot at goal.

Brennan is second only to Paul Stalteri (with 51 caps) in experience among active Canadian internationals and probably leads the national team in tattoos.

A happy-go-lucky sort with a wicked edge, the six-foot 170-pounder has long been the Illustrated Man of the Canadian squad. On his back, his surname is written in Old English with his zodiac sign (Taurus) and the saying Keep The Faith. High on one shoulder is a Celtic design. On the other a Celtic dragon.

He has a good sense of humour and a sandpaper-like tongue that can tear strips off a reporter.

But Toronto FC will be looking for Brennan to use his personality to help sell the club as it prepares for its debut season next year.

A loyal servant to the Canadian international cause over the years, Brennan has been nicknamed The Move for his shifty style on the left wing.

His nickname came from former Canadian manager Holger Osieck at a Gold Cup.

"He kept on telling me `Go at the player, do the move and then go around him,"' Brennan explained in an interview with The Canadian Press in January 2002. "These guys started calling me The Move after that." .

While Brennan was on the bench for Monday's 1-0 win over Jamaica, he was involved in both goals in Canada's last outing before that -- a 2-0 win in Austria. He scored the first and triggered the second when his shot slammed in off teammate Marco Reda. Brennan has six goals in all for Canada.

He has been without a club this season after most recently being with Southampton of the Football Championship, one level below the English top flight. He joined the Saints on a free transfer in January.

He also played for Bristol City. Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield and Norwich City in England.

Notts Forest paid 1.25 million pounds (C$2.6 million) for him in October 1999, a record for a Canadian at the time. While with Forrest, Brennan used to play ice hockey twice a week at the home of the Nottingham Panthers club team.

Norwich, which was promoted to the Premier League during his time there, was to have been his biggest showcase but he was hampered by injuries while with the Canaries.

Brennan joined Bristol City when he was 17 when former Canadian under-17 manager Tony Taylor, then an assistant manager with the club, brought him over. Within a week, Brennan scored the winning goal in a reserve match against Tottenham. Soon he had signed a 2-year deal.

Osieck and Brennan both made their debut with the Canadian senior team in April 1999 in Belfast in a 1-1 tie with Northern Ireland. Osieck enjoyed Brennan on and off the field, using him in 33 of his 46 games as coach.

Brennan grew up supporting Glasgow Celtic and was a fan of Scottish midfielder John Collins and former Dutch midfielder Frank Rijkaard.

His grandfather was a boxer and hoped Brennan might follow suit

"That was never going to happen," he said.

His father, of Irish descent, played hockey and wanted his son to do the same.

But his mother, who has Scottish bloodlines, pushed soccer.
ulster212010-05-12 21:58:00 +0000 #6
Does the Toronto team have to have a certain % of their roster be Canadian like they do in the CFL?
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:35:26 +0000 #7
Brennan signs with Toronto FC


TORONTO (CP) - Money didn't lure Jim Brennan to Toronto FC. Home did.

"I've had to take a massive pay cut," the 29-year-old midfielder from Newmarket, Ont., acknowledged Friday after being announced as the MLS expansion team's first signing. "I could have stayed in England and made a lot more money, but I don't mind.

"I had a great career in England. I made some good money. So for me now, it's just coming back home and playing for Toronto. That's all I wanted to do."

Money truly seemed the farthest thing from Brennan's mind Friday as he met the media at an Irish pub. He patiently answered questions, returning time and time again to his excitement at playing at home.

Other Canadian players will follow him to Toronto, he said. "There's a great buzz about it."

Brennan, who has signed a multiyear deal with Toronto, went over to England as a 17-year-old and has played there ever since.

"I'm still getting phone calls trying to get me back there," he said. "Not interested."

He and coach Mo Johnston will be the face of the MLS team for the near future, with Brennan signing a deal with team owner Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment to serve as ambassador in the months to come until his soccer duties take over early next year.

Brennan, who grew up a Leafs fan, has won 43 caps for Canada.

Most recently he played for Southampton in the Football Championship, one level below the English Premier League, although he has been without a club this season. He joined the Saints on a free transfer in January.

According to a survey conducted last year by the Independent newspaper and the Professional Footballers' Association, players in the Football Championship earned an average annual base salary of 195,750 pounds (C$408,675) although that figure could be substantially boosted by bonuses.

In the Premier League, for example, the study found that wages rose between 60 and 100 per cent when performance-related bonuses were factored in.

According to figures published by the Washington Post in April, only four players in the entire MLS had a higher base salary that the 2005 Football Championship average listed in the English study.

Canadian goalkeeper Pat Onstad is tied for top base salary at the Houston Dynamo at US$160,000 this season, according to the Post, while attacking midfielder Dwayne DeRosario is the team's fourth-highest earner at US$140,000.

The salary cap for each MLS team this season is US$1.9 million.

Despite the difference in pay between North American and Europe, "you'd be surprised at how many guys actually want to come over an play in America," said Brennan.

"One, it's a good league. Two, the lifestyle. It's just fantastic to be over in North America. Most of the guys that are in Europe come on vacation here. They all talk about it and say they'd love to come play in the MLS.

"So for me to sell it to them, it wouldn't be too hard."

Brennan also played for Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield and Norwich City. Forest paid 1.25 million pounds (C$2.6 million) for him in October 1999, a record for a Canadian at the time.

Toronto FC, the MLS's 13th team, kicks off next spring at a 20,000-seat waterfront stadium currently under construction.

Notes: Toronto FC will announce its season ticket prices later this month. ... Coach Mo Johnston let slip that Canada will play an international in Hungary later this year. The Canadian Soccer Association has only said to date that it is negotiating to play a November game in Europe. ... Johnston said his team will start training in January indoors, before heading to Bradenton, Fla., for a camp. The squad will likely then re-assemble in Los Angeles, where Mexican and other MLS teams will be training, before flying to work out in England or Portugal.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 20:20:45 +0000 #8
First FC player gets some pub

By MARK KEAST -- Toronto Sun

Perhaps it was appropriate Toronto FC would roll out the signing of its first player at a downtown pub, Foggy Dew on King St., rather than at those plush, corporate offices that the team's owners, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., like to call home.

Not that anyone knows him well yet, but from a distance it seemed like a real comfortable setting for Toronto FC coach Mo Johnston, the Scot who was hired in August to direct the team. "He's 29, not 21. He's a professional, or else he would be hanging out in bars," Johnston said, laughing, talking about the player in question.

That player, Jim Brennan, introduced to a packed throng at the pub yesterday, seemed a little nervous with all the media types, let alone the pub revellers walking back and forth to the washroom wondering what the fuss was about. Brennan, a midfielder, Newmarket native and mainstay on the national team (playing in 43 international matches), has spent the past 10 years playing in Europe, most recently for Southampton of the Football Championship.

Toronto's Major League Soccer club has a lot of work to do to fill its roster -- 18 players on the senior roster, 10 on the developmental squad -- by the time Johnston wants to get things rolling at the training camp, later in January. The season starts in the spring of 2007.

Manager of team services Earl Cochrane said January will be a bit harried, since signed international players won't get their releases until then, although that won't stop the club from going after players not under contract. Cochrane said the team would like eight to 11 Canadians on that senior roster when the dust settles.

So Brennan needs to get the pompons out, promoting the club to his peers, especially those in Europe's professional ranks. He said yesterday he'll play up the fact the MLS is, "a good league, plus there's the (North American) lifestyle."

Johnston said Brennan brings the right passport, plus versatility as a player.

"We won't be pursuing any players in MLS right now (to fill out the roster)," Johnston said.

The MLS expansion draft will be in November. Toronto FC, like other MLS clubs, is looking at a salary cap of $1.9 million US to sign players, although Cochrane said the Toronto club, as an expansion team, is negotiating for some flexibility. Brennan signed a multi-year deal. The team wasn't releasing other contract details.



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