Archive for April 10th, 2012

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The Roberts deal: Why TFC needed to promote a player from the Academy

Quillan Roberts

To no one’s surprise, Toronto FC announced the signing of 17-year-old keeper Quillan Roberts to the roster, promoting the Brampton, Ont. native from the Academy ranks to the senior team.

The debate about this move will rage on. At 17, isn’t Roberts better off getting games at the Academy level rather than sitting on the bench for the senior team and getting into one of those few-and-far-between reserve games? Will Roberts actually hurt his development by moving to the big club? And, should TFC, which was down to one goalie on the roster, put a 17-year-old in the position where he might actually have to step into an MLS game?

Even though the broken fibula and damaged ankle ligaments that will force Stefan Frei to miss four to six months, let’s be clear — Toronto FC wasn’t under immense pressure to sign Roberts as an emergency back-up to Milos Kocic. North America is filled with capable out-of-contract veteran keepers, each of whom would gladly take a one-year deal to be a back-up for an MLS team, at salary-cap friendly rates.

So why did TFC do it?
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Occean, Edwini-Bonsu each had great chances to break 0-0 draw

Canadian forwards Olivier Occean and Randy Edwini-Bonsu each had glorious chances to score — but they and their teams had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Bundesliga 2. action on Tuesday.

Occean’s SpVgg Greuther Furth extended its lead atop the Bundesliga 2. with a 0-0 draw at Eintracht Braunschweig, Edwini-Bonsu’s club. Occean holds at 17 goals in what has been his best season in European soccer. And, with the draw, SpVgg Greuther Furth extended its lead atop the Bundesliga 2. to three points ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Frankfurt has a game in hand, but trails Furth by six in goal difference, so it would take a major effort for SpVgg to be overhauled at the top of the table this week. After Frankfurt makes up its game in hand, there will be just four games left in the season, with third-place Fortuna Dusseldorf seven off the pace.

Basically, it would take a collapse of Schalke-like proportions for Furth not to be promoted for next season.
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Impact confirms that Vukovic is on trial with U21 team

Former TFC Academy product Stefan Vukovic has played for the Montreal Impact’s U21 team, but he has not yet committed to the program.

The Impact confirmed on Tuesday that Vukovic is in Montreal “on trial” with the U-21 team.

Toronto FC supporters were more than a little surprised to find out that Vukovic played in the Impact U21’s 1-1 draw last week against the Rochester Rhinos of the USL. Vukovic came on as a 65th-minute sub and provided the through ball that led to Alessandro Riggi’s equalizing goal.

Vukovic was at training camp with Toronto FC, and there were shows of support from the team’s fan base for the promotion of the Academy prospect to the big club.
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