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Dave Rowaan

  • joined Jun 13, 2011
  • last login Apr 15, 2014
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I joined the SB Nation family with Waking the Red when the blog was less than a year old. We cover Toronto FC and the Canadian National teams which have allowed us to create one of the top MLS focused blogs on the network.

Along with Waking the Red my work have been featured on Sportsnet.ca and Soccer Wire. Where I have written about Toronto FC and soccer at various levels across the provence of Ontario.

The dream is to keep growing Waking the Red into an even better community than it already has. Any small thing I can do to help continue to growth of soccer in this country.

A Fan Of...

  • NFL Minnesota Vikings
  • Soccer Toronto FC
  • FIFA Canada Men's National Team
  • EPL Manchester United
  • MLS Toronto FC
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MLS announces Homegrown player game

All-Star week just got a bit more exciting for Toronto FC fans as MLS has announced the inclusion of a homegrown player game to feature the league's top home grown talent and could include some TFC content.

U20 Women's World Cup draw conducted in Montreal

Canada has been drawn into Group A for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup this summer. They will face Ghana, Finland, and Korea DPR in the group before potentially meeting one of China, Brazil, Germany, or the United States in the Quarterfinals.

TFC v Fluminense preview

Toronto wraps up the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic on Saturday when they take on Fluminense FC's U23 team. The winner of the game gets 7th place in the event!

Toronto Sun sheds light on "future considerations"

Kurt Larson has some good news for Toronto FC fans as his interview with Tim Bezbatchenko sheds light on what the future considerations in the Laba trade could be. It is good news for TFC fans

Defoe to miss final Spurs game through injury

Jermain Defoe has played his last match in Spurs colours. The forward was ruled out of Thursday's game against Dnipro through injury and will not get the chance to play again before completing his transfer to Toronto FC later this week.

TFC v Union: Preview and Game thread

Join in for all the preseason fun as Toronto FC plays their third game at the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic. This time they take on former Red Maurice Edu and the new look Philadelphia Union.

TFC roster compliant with Laba loan deal

We break down the major MLS roster rules to find that following Laba moving on loan to Vancouver Toronto FC is roster compliant with just days to spare before the March 1st deadline.

Sorting through Laba's loan to Vancouver

We look through what we know about Matias Laba's loan move from Toronto FC to the Vancouver Whitecaps. While some details will remain shrouded in mystery we take an educated guess to find that this deal should work well for all involved.

CanMNT to play Jamaica and Panama

The Canadian Soccer Association announced a pair of upcoming friendlies for the Men's National Team. They will host Jamaica at BMO Field and travel to Panama City to take on Panama this fall.

TFC-Orlando City: Mickey Mouse Preview

Toronto FC continue their chase of the Mickey Mouse cup on Saturday as they take on Orlando City SC. TFC will be looking to rebound from their 3-1 defeat against Columbus as they continue to prepare for the upcoming season.

All For One: Episode 1 and 2

Go behind the scenes at Toronto FC with the first two episodes of "All for One" as the club shares an inside look at their big signings, draft day, and the start of training camp.

Canada to play El Salvador in March 5th Friendly

Canada and El Salvador will reportedly meet for a friendly in San Salvador on March 5th. It will be the first game for El Salvador since they were rocked by suspensions for match fixing.

Defoe in Toronto, for now

Jermain Defoe was out on the town with some of his Toronto FC teammate on Friday night. The English forward is likely just visiting between Spurs games though as his transfer does not go through until February 28th

TFC to confirm Cesar signing on loan at 1 PM

Toronto FC are set to confirm the capture of Julio Cesar on loan from Queens Park Rangers. The club will hold a press conference at 1 PM on Friday to make the move official.

Special discovery signings, Urruti, and Laba,

Thursday shed some more light on another one of MLS' unpublished rules and it is one that Toronto FC took advantage of in the past to sign Maxi Urruti. It also helps explain what Urruti was not a DP while Laba was.

Door open for Defoe, Dike called up for Nigeria

As the World Cup approaches there is still a chance that Toronto FC could be represented by four players as Roy Hodgson leaves the door open for Defoe to be called up and Bright Dike makes the latest Nigerian squad for their friendly against Mexico

10 thoughts from media Day

Another Toronto FC media day is in the bag and there was not a whole lot of exciting information to come out of the event. There were some interesting points though so we share 10 take aways from the day.

Cesar to TFC all but done depending who you ask

Depending on who you ask Julio Cesar is going to be a Toronto FC player in the coming days. While some like Nelsen and Bezbatchenko refused to confirm the deal others like Brennan and Brazilian manager Scolari spoke about it like done deal.

Laba's future remains unclear as March 1 nears

Toronto FC are running out of time to figure out what they will do with Matias Laba. The club continues to explore their options as they are actively shopping the midfielder around MLS.

TFC to potentially bring "Top 10" keeper on loan

According to Tim Leiweke there is a top 10 keeper from a relegation threatened team that is interested in coming to Toronto FC on loan to get playing time in hopes of boosting their World Cup chances. We speculated who could that keeper be.

Toronto FC-DC United: 3 things to watch

Preseason is almost upon us! Their is finally an outlet for all the excitement among Toronto FC fans and even if the game itself is meaningless there could still be some things to watch with TFC takes on DC United in the battle of two rebuilt teams.

Benji Joya to sign with MLS, allocated via lottery

Santos Laguna and US U20 international Benji Joya is reportedly set to sign with MLS. His final destination will be determined by a weighted lottery to take place this week.

Toronto FC pre-pre-season depth chart: review

Having already looked at the goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards we wrap up our depth chart review by looking at the entire picture. On paper things are looking good for TFC with preseason just getting underway.

Toronto FC pre-pre-season depth chart: Forwards

Toronto FC are heading in to training camp with at least six options at forward. With Defoe, Gilberto, and Dike all capable of scoring goals TFC suddenly look to have a potent attack to work with.

Marco Pappa, the allocation order, and Toronto FC

Marco Pappa is officially coming back to MLS having completed a deal with the league. The winger will go through the allocation order and with Toronto FC sitting in second position they could have some decisions to make before Friday.

Canada-Spain to play friendly in DC this June

According to a report from MARCA, Canada and Spain will play a friendly in the lead-up to the World Cup. The match will take place in Washington DC in early June if the reports are true.

Milos Kocic retires from professional soccer

At just 28-years-old Milos Kocic has retired from professional soccer. The former Toronto FC goalkeeper is moving into the coaching ranks by launching his own goalkeeping academy in Toronto.

Bezbatchenko talks roster, Laba, Eckersley on TSN

Tim Bezbatchenko was on TSN radio on Saturday and took time to talk about the current roster, the situation with Matias Laba, and Richard Eckersley. While he avoided some questions he did off some good insight on others.

Richard Eckersley reportedly heading to New York

Toronto FC are reportedly set to buyout the remained of Richard Eckersley's contract to allow the defender to complete a move to New York Red Bulls. The move would free up much needed roster space for the club.

Issey Nakajima-Farran to join TFC for trial

Canadian international Issey Nakajima-Farran is set to join Toronto FC for a trial during their upcoming preseason. The wide midfielder will be hard pressed to earn a spot on TFC's crowded roster.

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