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Dunfield still on the unattached-but-still-being-paid-by-MLS list; ex-Whitecap Paulo Jr. still paid out by MLS despite move to NASL

Terry Dunfield

Terry Dunfield

The Major League Soccer Players Union released its final salary update of the season.

For those interested in some of the intricacies of how the league works and how centrally-controlled contracts are administered, the most interesting bits come at the end of the last page (if you search by team, that is). On that final page, you’ll find the unattached players whose contracts are still being paid out by the league.

Earlier this year, union executive director Bob Foose explained to us that the unattached players on the MLSPU lists are still being paid by MLS. (CLICK HERE)

On the August update, two players cut by Toronto FC this season — Matt Stinson and Terry Dunfield — were on the list of unattached players still being paid out by MLS. But, on the September update, Stinson is off the list, but Dunfield and his US$120,000 salary is still on.
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Floro assembles a huge 33-man roster for his first Canadian national-team camp

Benito Floro

Benito Floro

New Canadian men’s national-team coach Benito Floro wants to keep a wide perspective on the program.

Floro has called a whopping 33 eligible players up for the Canadian national-team camp which kicks off Sept. 1 in Spain. The highlights of the 11-day camp are friendlies Sept. 8 and 10 against Mauritania.

But, in his first camp as the national-team coach, the Spaniard has made it clear he wants to look at as many players as he can, both young and old. So, veterans such as Iain Hume, Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario and Atiba Hutchinson will be making the trip, as will youngsters such as the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Residency’s Jackson Farmer and the Montreal Impact Academy’s Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare.

Also included in the roster are two unattached players — ex-Toronto FC midfielder Terry Dunfield, whose contract is still being paid out by MLS (CLICK HERE) and midfielder Stefan Cebara.

One area where Floro decided not to rock the boat was at the goalkeeper position: Milan Borjan, Kenny Stamatopoulos and Lars Hirschfeld, all longstanding veterans of the Canadian program, were called up. That left out candidates such as Whitecap Simon Thomas, who played for Canada under interim coach Colin Miller, Tomer Chencinski, who is currently the No. 3 goalkeeper at Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Robert Stillo, who was called up by Miller in January but didn’t see the field. Stillo is currently on loan to Serie B side, Perugia.
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Ex-TFC players Stinson, Dunfield still having contracts paid out by MLS

Terry Dunfield

Terry Dunfield

The MLS Players Union has confirmed that both Matt Stinson and Terry Dunfield, two Canadian players cut by Toronto FC earlier this year, are still on the payroll.

When the union released its salary update last week, Dunfield and Stinson were among four unattached players who were still on the list, along with ex-Whitecap Paulo Jr. and Nico Muniz.

On Wednesday, MLSPU executive director Bob Foose confirmed that the reason the four unattached players are still on the list is because they are still having their contracts paid out. As MLS is single-entity, Foose stated that the contracts are being paid out by the league.

MLS itself would not comment on the salaries, saying that the union is the one to comment on player compensation.
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Unkind cut: TFC waives Dunfield

Terry Dunfield

Terry Dunfield

Last year, former Reform Party leader Preston Manning spoke at the Trudeau Foundation conference in Edmonton; he spoke about how leaders determine what actions serve the common good and the public interest.

He described the public interest as a “vector sum,” a place on a graph determined by the x and y of perceived need and popular support.

Today, Toronto FC waived Canadian midfielder Terry Dunfield. The player’s age (Dunfield is 31), salary ($120,000 according to the MLS Players Union), injury issues and the fact that young Designated Player Matias Laba has been handed the midfield reins created a “vector sum” for Reds’ president and general manager Kevin Payne.
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MLS salary update: More Canadians working in the league, but making less

Dejan Jakovic: Now the No. 2 highest paid Canadian in MLS.

Dejan Jakovic: Now the No. 2 highest paid Canadian in MLS.

More Canadians are working in MLS this season than in 2012 — but those new jobs aren’t on the high-pay end of the scale.

The MLS Players’ Union released its salary update Monday, the day when the layers of secrecy are peeled away from the contracts that have been signed by the league’s players.

And what have we learned? That there are five Canadian players making US$35,125 this season, while eight more are on the books for base salaries of $46,500 each. Of those, only DC United’s Kyle Porter and TFC’s Kyle Bekker were able to squeeze some extra dough out of their deals to get a little bit more than their base contracts.

With Julian de Guzman now playing out the string with relegated Bundesliga 2. side Jahn Regensburg, he gives up his No. 1 spot on the Canadian rich list. Dwayne De Rosario, with a base number of $600,000, now takes over as the highest paid Canadian in MLS.
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Impact not happy with home-opener performance, though it was good enough to beat TFC

Davy Arnaud

Davy Arnaud

With three victories in as many matches, the Montreal Impact, who on Saturday defeated Toronto FC,sits atop the MLS Eastern Conference. Montreal prevailed by a 2-1 score despite not playing up to its potential.

Montreal controlled play in the opening half, heading into the interval with a 2-0 lead on the strength of a penalty-kick goal from midfielder, Patrice Bernier, and forward, Marco Di Vaio. Both players found the twine for the first time in the 2013 campaign.

“It was very difficult,” said head coach Marco Schallibaum after the match. “We had a good first half but we suffered a lot in the second. It’s part of growing as a team. We would have liked to play better but the important thing in football, from my experience, is coming away with the three points.

“I saw the players,” he continued. “They’re not happy and that’s a good sign. Because they know we were not good in the second half.”
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TFC, Whitecaps feel last minute signings won’t make big differences Saturday

Ryan Nelsen

Ryan Nelsen

Big upheaval? Who cares?

Toronto FC may be ringing in the changes of late with a slew of offseason moves, including five signings just one day before the beginning of the 2013 Major League Soccer campaign, but neither that club nor the Vancouver Whitecaps seemed bothered by the last-minute adjustments after their final training sessions on Friday at BC Place.

Toronto’s last day signings include attackers Robert Earnshaw, Ashton Bennett and Taylor Morgan, and midfielders Jonathan Osorio and Darel Russell.

Earnshaw, 31, headlines the pack – the Welshman has starred for the likes of Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City, Derby County and Nottingham Forest in England’s top two tiers.

Russell, 32, also has experience in England – although mainly in England’s second and third tiers.
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Impact overwhelms NASL champs, Toronto FC swamps USL’s Orlando City

Taylor Morgan

A day after the Vancouver Whitecaps made some waves by chopping Canadians Jaime Peters, Jacob Lensky and the injured Andres Fresenga from their training camp roster, Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact got back to work, each facing non-MLS competition.

And, the Impact scored early and often as it overwhelmed the reigning NASL champion Tampa Bay Rowdies 4-1 at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, while, at the same tourney, Toronto FC overcame a terrible start in a torrential first-hald downpour to overcome USL-Pro’s Orlando City 3-0. TFC’s goals came in the second half, after the rain was replaced by a windstorm — which offered a decent approximation of the normal windy conditions at BMO Field.

Some highlights from the two matches:

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Miller: Canadians “gave away” easy goals to Denmark

Despite having ample time to players and fans alike get prepared for what was expected to be a long day for the Canadian men’s soccer team, it was still difficult to at times as they stumbled to a 4-0 loss to Denmark Saturday at the Kino Veterans’ Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Andreas Cornelius scored twice in the first half and added another in the second to complete his hat-trick to lead the Danish attack while Kasper Laurentzen contributed with a goal as well. While the Danish movement and attacked flowed easily, the Canadian defending was guilty in gifting the Danish goals.

“We’re disappointed certainly in the manner of the goals that we gave away,” said interim head coach Colin Miller. “There were aspects of the game that we were pleased with. We corrected one or two things at halftime. You can’t give players at this level of football as much time as we gave them in the first half and that was clearly evident.”
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Fresenga, Jonke questionable for Canada-Denmark match

Andres Fresenga

Injuries to fullback Andres Fresenga and forward Frank Jonke have made a thin Canadian squad even thinner ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Denmark.

Interim national men’s team coach Colin Miller said both players suffered knocks in training this week in Arizona, and are officially listed as questionable for Saturday’s match. But reading into Miller’s follow-up comments, and you have to think both players will be out.

Miller later said the goal was to get both players healthy enough to play in Tuesday’s night’s game against the United States. If that’s the goal, it’s likely both players would be held back. Because Miller has just 19 outfield players at his disposal, he could compromise his squad if Jonke or Fresenga could only give him a couple of minutes against the Danes and then missed the date with the Americans.
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