Archive for April 13th, 2011

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Good move: RSL to get date change for CCL boost

Jason Kreis

The Philadelphia Union-Real Salt Lake match originally scheduled for April 23 has been moved to Sept. 3. Confirmation is expected from MLS on Thursday.

Of course, the move was made to ensure RSL had a full seven days between its two legs of the CONCACAF Champions League Final against Monterrey.

RSL and Monterrey will play the first leg in Mexico on April 20, then head to Rio Tinto Stadium, where RSL has not lost a game since 2009, for the second stage.
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TFC’s 4-3-3 philosophy bleeding into junior ranks

The evidence of Aron Winter’s top-down approach to remaking Toronto FC isn’t only seen in the first team’s adoption to the pass-and-move 4-3-3 system. The effects are being felt all the way down to the junior feeder programs that send talent to TFC Academy.

“Basically, the club (TFC) has a philosophy, now,” said Michael Stefano, technical director of the West Toronto United FC program, which is the first within the city’s borders to become an official affiliate of the TFC Youth Academy Program. “The club now has an identity, and let’s run with it.”

West Toronto United has met the standards set by TFC, to nurture young players so they could potentially transition into the Academy set-up. That means the clubs have to share similar philosophies and training methods. Stefano met with junior academy coach Jim Brennan and academy director Stuart Neely and was impressed at how dedicated they are to implementing Winter’s Dutch philosophy at every level of the club.
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