Toronto FC Rumors & News

  • MLS play cost Andrea Pirlo, Sebastian Giovinco their Italy chance - Conte

    ESPN FC "Italy coach Antonio Conte said that he left Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco out of his squad of 30 players leading up to Euro 2016 because they opted to play Major League Soccer. Former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Pirlo was a surprise omission, having been convinced by Conte to..." May 24

  • MLS salaries are extremely uneven but it's hard to argue with the results

    The Comeback "The Major League Soccer Players Union released its bi-annual salary information Thursday and one thing is clear: Player salaries are financially top-heavy. As Luke Kerr-Dineen breaks down over at For The Win, most of the league’s total salary compensation of $151,719,752 is concentrated in the..." May 19

  • Jozy Altidore (hamstring) out 6-8 weeks, will miss Copa America

    SI "Another major tournament for the USA, another hamstring injury that will keep Jozy Altidore from participating. Altidore will be out for 6-8 weeks, ruling him out of contention for Copa America Centenario, Toronto FC announced on Monday. Altidore injured his hamstring in Toronto FC's 4-3..." May 16

  • Liga MX is better than Major League Soccer right now - Don Garber

    ESPN FC "Commissioner Don Garber said that Major League Soccer is still intent on becoming one of the best leagues in the world, but he acknowledged it still has a ways to go to catch up to Mexican counterpart Liga MX. MLS has grown to 20 teams, with four more set to come on board in the next two or..." May 11

  • Ben Polk and Hadji Barry become latest college seniors to pen MLS deals before SuperDraft

    MLS News "Make it a total of seven college seniors who have penned MLS contracts ahead of Thursday's 2016 MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore. The league has confirmed that two goal-scoring forwards – Central Florida's Hadji Barry and Syracuse star Ben Polk – sealed MLS deals on Wednesday night. Barry had 11..." January 14

  • New MLS team LAFC unveils team logo and Will Ferrell as part-owner

    ESPN FC "Los Angeles Football Club unveiled their official crest and colors on Thursday -- along with a new celebrity part-owner. The Major League Soccer team showed off the logo at news conference at Union Station in Los Angeles. LAFC, which will begin playing in 2018, replaces Chivas USA as the..." January 07

  • MLS Is Expanding To 28 Teams, Will Diluting The Talent Help Its TV Ratings?

    The Big Lead "MLS had a big week. Portland defeated Columbus 2-1 in the MLS Cup Final. The league announced plans to expand to 28 teams. Those developments highlight two very different league narratives. Expansion has gone well. Average MLS attendance is up 12 percent over last year. Five of the top six..." December 10

  • TFC’s Giovinco named Major League Soccer MVP

    Sportsnet "It wasn’t what he did so much as the way he did it. The grace, elegance and class with which he scored goals, and how he played the game at a much higher level than any other star in the league’s history. That’s what stood out the most about Sebastian Giovinco’s debut season for Toronto FC..." December 02

  • Agent rules out Tottenham and Barcelona moves for MLS goal machine

    The Express "The former Juventus striker has been turning heads since his move to America, last January, ending a nine-year spell with the Italian club. He has netted 22 goals and made 12 assists in 31 appearances for Toronto and has attracted the interest of Tottenham and Barcelona. However, the..." November 24

  • Sebastian Giovinco won't go on European loan after MLS - agent

    ESPN FC "Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco will not be moving on loan once the MLS season ends, according to his agent Andrea D'Amico. Giovinco, 28, set a new record and netted 22 goals with 16 assists in a stellar campaign for the Canadian side, but they were knocked out of the MLS Cup by Montreal..." November 16

  • MLS announces award finalists: Giovinco, Kamara, Feilhaber up for MVP

    Pro Soccer Talk "With the regular season complete and the playoffs in full swing, Major League Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2015 season awards. This year, the MVP award is officially recognized as the Landon Donovan MLS MVP, and is arguably the easiest to decide. While the Crew’s Kei Kamara and..." November 05

  • Toronto FC beats New York Red Bulls to make first-ever MLS playoffs

    ESPN FC "Sebastian Giovinco came off the bench to score a miraculous winner as Toronto FC topped the New York Red Bulls 2-1 to clinch the club's first-ever Major League Soccer playoff spot. Herculez Gomez started the scoring for TFC, netting his first goal for the MLS club in the 51st minute to give the..." October 15

  • Sebastian Giovinco awarded goal, makes MLS history

    Pro Soccer Talk "Toronto FC defeated the Chicago Fire 3-2 on Saturday, with Sebastian Giovinco finishing the match with three assists. Today, however, MLS has gone back and credited Giovinco with Toronto’s first goal, which was originally awarded to Jonathan Osorio. That gives Giovinco 20 goals on the..." September 28

  • Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard behind Kaka in MLS earners list

    Sky Sports "Orlando City midfielder Kaka has been revealed as the highest earner in the MLS, beating Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the top spot. The MLS Players Union have released details of salaries for the league, with the former AC Milan star, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2007, receiving an annual..." September 23

  • Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Teams 2015

    Forbes.com "Two years ago, David Villa,Kaka, Steven Gerard and Frank Lampard were playing for some of the world’s most valuable soccer teams around the world. Today, all four call America’s Major League Soccer home, with each making well over $5 million annually. What’s even more impressive for the domestic..." August 19

  • Commissioner makes joke of MLS All-Star Game by choosing Gerrard, Lampard

    Sporting News "It is not easy to make a mockery of an all-star game, because all-star games in most every circumstance mock the game they are designed to celebrate. The final score of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game was 163-158. That’s 60 percent more points than were recorded in the average game last season. You..." July 14

  • U.S. soccer changes captain, from Clint Dempsey to Michael Bradley

    Tennessean "When the U.S. men's national soccer team takes the field Friday against Guatemala, it will do so with a new captain. In the aftermath of forward Clint Dempsey's three-game Major League Soccer suspension following an ejection last month, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Thursday that midfielder..." July 03

  • TFC confirms Jozy Altidore will miss 4-5 weeks with hamstring injury

    The Score "Toronto FC will be without its leading scorer for upwards of a month. The club announced Tuesday that the hamstring strain sustained by Jozy Altidore in Saturday's 1-1 draw with New England will sideline the powerful striker for four-to-five weeks. The American international, 25, left the..." May 19

  • Canadian star De Rosario announces his retirement

    Sportsnet "Canadian soccer star Dwayne De Rosario is retiring. The 36-year-old announced his decision in an Instagram post Sunday night. De Rosario, who most recently played for Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC, will take on an ambassador role with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. "Salute to all..." May 11

  • MLS introduces Minnesota United FC as newest expansion team

    CBS Sports "Major League Soccer introduced Minnesota United FC as its newest expansion team during a Wednesday press conference at Target Field. United, currently a second-tier NASL club, beat out investors from the Minnesota Vikings to secure an MLS club in Minnesota. "We are proud to welcome Minnesota..." March 25

  • Insiders and agents trash the new MLS labor deal

    Vice Sports "Critics have skewered MLS players in the last few days for supposedly bungling negotiations of the new MLS collective bargaining agreement. The common assessment is that they achieved free agency, but with strict limits on salary; they increased the salary cap, but only marginally; they kept the..." March 09

  • MLS, union come together to avoid calamitous work stoppage

    Pro Soccer Talk "Neither side seems happy about it, and it’s reportedly far from unanimous, but Major League Soccer’s owners and players have apparently found a workable collective bargaining agreement that stops the 20-year-old league from a cringeworthy work stoppage. Simon Evans quotes Real Salt Lake..." March 05

  • MLS, players' union move closer to free agency, but issues remain, source says

    ESPN FC "The MLS and the MLSPU reportedly staked out their positions regarding free agency on Tuesday, with the proposed cap on increasing free agent salaries among the issues putting a potential deal in peril, sources told ESPN FC. For the past month, the two sides have stood their ground on the main..." March 04

  • MLS owners reportedly make ludicrous free agency offer, derailing CBA negotiations

    SB Nation "We might be heading for a work stoppage in MLS if things don't get better quickly. News of a ridiculous proposal dropped on Tuesday. The MLS collective bargaining agreement is expiring, and with the season scheduled to start this week, the players' union and owners need to hash out an..." March 04

  • MLS players threaten to BOYCOTT matches after league dispute as Gerrard and Lampard's USA adventure sours

    Daily Mail "Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard’s moves to America have been shrouded in uncertainty with Major League Soccer facing a player strike. The season is set to kick off in less than two weeks, but the players’ union is at loggerheads with the league and the players are prepared to refuse to turn..." February 25

  • Barcelona makes more television revenue than all of MLS combined

    Awful Announcing "Barcelona and Real Madrid routinely rank among the richest and most successful clubs in all of world sports. They’re both in the Top 5 of the highest payrolls and have the five most expensive players in world football. They continually dominante La Liga, winning 54 titles combined and nine out..." February 17

  • Michael Bradley appointed Toronto FC captain, replacing Steven Caldwell

    ESPN FC "Michael Bradley has been named as the new captain of Toronto FC, the MLS side has announced. Bradley, 27, becomes the seventh player to wear the armband after taking over the role from defender Steven Caldwell, who remains at the club. "I am extremely proud and excited," the U.S...." February 11

  • Italy attacker Sebastian Giovinco to join Toronto FC in July

    ESPN FC "Juventus playmaker Sebastian Giovinco has signed a Major League Soccer contract and will join Toronto FC this summer, the club announced on Monday. Details of the contract were not announced, though the Toronto Sun reported that Giovinco had lined up a five-year deal worth more than $7 million..." January 19

  • Defoe-Altidore swap done, allocation process looms for Toronto FC target

    TSN "TSN has learned Toronto FC has agreed to swap striker Jermain Defoe to Sunderland AFC of the Barclays Premier League with US Men's National team striker Jozy Altidore and cash heading to Major League Soccer. The cash amount received has not been disclosed at this time but is believed to be..." January 14

  • Report: Toronto FC “on the verge of signing” Juventus playmaker Sebastian Giovinco

    Pro Soccer Talk "On this hour’s installment of As the Maple Leaf Turns, comes a report that MLS side Toronto FC are close to signing Italian midfielder Sebastian Giovinco, whose contract with Serie A giant Juventus runs out this summer. Toronto’s interest in Giovinco has been floated around a few days now, but..." January 14

  • Jermain Defoe set for return to Premier League with Leicester City

    The Guardian "Jermain Defoe is set to join Leicester City from Toronto FC. The Premier League’s bottom club have jumped to the front of the queue for the striker’s signature, ahead of Queens Park Rangers, among others, and they are confident of closing the deal. Harry Redknapp, the QPR manager, is on record..." January 03

  • Harry Redknapp confirms interest in Jermain Defoe but fears QPR will be priced out of move for Toronto striker

    Daily Mail "Harry Redknapp has admitted QPR are trying to sign Jermain Defoe but fears a deal could be beyond the club's financial reach. Sportsmail revealed that Defoe has flown back to London to thrash out his future, with QPR leading contenders for his signature. Toronto FC would prefer to..." December 24

  • Harry Redknapp jets to Malaysia to discuss Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch with his chairman

    Daily Mirror "Relegation-threatened Hoops' boss pulled out of TV pundit duty on Bournemouth vs Liverpool cup tie in favour of summit about potential January signings Harry Redknapp cancelled a TV appearance to make a whistle-stop trip to Malaysia to meet with chairman Tony Fernandes. Queens Park Rangers..." December 18

  • Toronto FC reveals more details of BMO Field expansion

    Pro Soccer Talk "Toronto FC is pouring $105 million into upgrading their stadium BMO Field, and now we have a closer look into exactly how they’re going to do it. According to a slick new video released by the club, the renovations will take place in two parts. The first began in late September and will be..." November 25

  • Harry Redknapp keen to sign Jermain Defoe for QPR – but no deal done yet

    The Guardian "Harry Redknapp is keen to sign Jermain Defoe for QPR in January but said a deal has not already been agreed for the former Tottenham striker. Redknapp has signed Defoe twice before for Portsmouth and Spurs, and reports suggest a transfer has been agreed with Toronto. The 32-year-old, who has..." November 06

  • Report: QPR has “deal in place” to sign Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC in January

    Pro Soccer Talk "The deal to bring Jermain Defoe to Loftus Road could go from rumor to reality in January if the numbers in The London Evening Standard are any indication. A weekly wage of $144,000 would certainly pique the interest of most players, even with Defoe’s current Major League Soccer salary of $8..." November 04

  • Jermain Defoe reveals ‘hurt’ over Toronto FC comments, future plans

    Pro Soccer Talk "It’s very likely Jermain Defoe will not be a Toronto FC player or in Major League Soccer next season, but he wants to make sure a few things are put straight. In August, following the firing of head coach Ryan Nelsen who was instrumental in bringing Defoe to the club, the England international..." October 28

  • Toronto's Tim Leiweke blasts Premier League plans to play matches abroad

    ESPN FC "The man who took David Beckham to the United States has questioned whether plans to play Premier League matches abroad are pioneering or pirateering. Tim Leiweke, who was president and chief executive of Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, and..." October 08

  • Jermain Defoe could still make Premier League move... despite Toronto chief insisting striker is committed to MLS

    Daily Mail "Jermain Defoe is committed to Toronto, but the boss of the Major League Soccer franchise refused to rule out the prospect of a January move for the former England striker. Defoe was linked with a return to the Premier League this summer, just a few months after joining Toronto, but is committed..." October 08

  • This Year's Highest-Paid MLS Player Isn't Actually Playing In MLS Yet

    Deadspin "So, what we have below is an updated list of every MLS player's salary. There are some things worth talking about. The first thing I usually do when I see lists like that is scroll for the lowest salary, and see how many people are making it. MLS's league minimum is low, at just $36,500 a year...." September 30

  • Jermain Defoe to stay at Toronto as club blocks move

    The Telegraph "Jermain Defoe failed to push through a return to the Premier League after travelling to England in an attempt to end his Toronto FC gamble after just six months. Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers failed in bids to sign Defoe, despite the fact the striker had flown back to England in the..." September 02

  • David Beckham's plan for waterfront football stadium in Miami rejected by city

    Daily Mail "David Beckham's bid for a Major League Soccer team suffered a setback on Tuesday when the city of Miami rejected his plan to build a downtown waterfront stadium on a site next to the Miami Heat basketball arena. Beckham's business group, Beckham Miami United, issued a statement saying city..." June 10

  • Jermain Defoe left heartbroken by England World Cup snub

    Daily Mail "Being overlooked for England's World Cup squad broke Jermain Defoe's heart and provided him with the lowest moment of his career, the Toronto FC striker has claimed. Defoe, who has 55 caps to his name, was told by Roy Hodgson at the weekend that he would not be going to Brazil this..." May 14

  • Jermain Defoe expected to return this weekend for Toronto

    Pro Soccer Talk "With all the adulation Clint Dempsey has received during his recent surge, it’s easy to forget that’s another former Tottenham attacker is also scoring at a better than goal-per-90 rate. That Jermain Defoe hasn’t played since the fourth week of the season has helped keep him from competing with..." May 01

  • Beckham set to unveil plans for stadium in Miami

    Fox Sports "Retired soccer star David Beckham and the Miami-based Major League Soccer franchise he was recently awarded will unveil their plans for a stadium in PortMiami, the Miami Herald reports. There is no timetable for the new team to begin play yet, as it is at least partly incumbent on a stadium..." March 24

  • MLS referee lockout ends after new deal agreed

    Goal.com "The lockout that kept MLS' regular refs from officiating the first two weeks of the 2014 season is over after the referee's union agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement. After weeks of negotiations, and two weeks of replacement referees, Major League Soccer will welcome back its..." March 20

  • Referee lockout looming in MLS

    ESPN FC "With the start of the MLS season just days away, the Professional Referees Organization, the company that employs MLS officials, is threatening to lock out referees belonging to the Professional Soccer Referees Association, according to Steve Taylor, the union's vice president. PRO -- which is..." March 04

  • Whitecaps acquire Argentine midfielder Matias Laba on loan from Toronto FC

    The Province "The Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired Argentine midfielder Matias Laba on loan from Toronto FC, multiple sources have confirmed to the Province. Toronto was forced to shop the 22-year-old young designated player after signing England international Jermain Defoe and U.S. international Michael..." February 26

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    DEAL DONE: Toronto have officially signed QPR goalkeeper Júlio César on loan. (Source: @TorontoFC)

  • Toronto strikers looking to have 'breakout' year

    Goal.com "After the team scored a dismal 30 league goals last year, TFC's Bright Dike and Gilberto aim to have a big impact alongside high-scoring vets Jermain Defoe and Dwayne De Rosario. TORONTO -- Heading into the 2014 season, Toronto FC seems to have a relative embarrassment of riches at the..." February 13

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