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Michael Gardner

  • joined Jul 10, 2012
  • last login Feb 27, 2014
  • posts 41
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A proud father, husband and all around sports nut. I've played them all and still do. From the odd like Triathlon to Ultimate to the mainstream like Golf and Hockey. In the soccer world, I'm a former soccer coach and TFC supporter. I write here and for Sportsnet.ca

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Toronto Blue Jays
  • NHL Toronto Maple Leafs
  • NFL Buffalo Bills
  • Soccer Toronto FC
  • FIFA Canada
  • EPL Chelsea FC and anyone playing Manchester United
  • MLS Toronto FC
User Blog

Insider Series, Part Three: Trades & The Future

It is a world that the average fan knows very little about but few would disagree on its importance. Join us on a three part exploration of scouting, development and the future with our very own...

Insider Series, Part Two: Scouting NCAA & Academy

It is a world that the average fan knows very little about but few would disagree on its importance. Join us on a three part exploration of scouting, development and the future with our very own...

Insider Series, Part One: Scouting in MLS

It is a world that the average fan knows very little about but few would disagree on its importance. Join us on a three part exploration of scouting, development and the future with our very own...

Ajax & Total Football: TFC's Past AND its Future?

Kevin Payne may not adopt Total Football as the philosophy for the organization but it sure sounds like he will.

Things that make you go hmmm: Hassli before Payne?

The option on Eric Hassli was exercised a day before Kevin Payne assumed the President and GM title. Did Earl and Paul rush to grab the cookies while they had the chance?

Ease Their Payne: What TFC Supporters Can Expect

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What can Toronto's embattled and divided supporters groups expect from new TFC President Kevin Payne? La Barra Brava shares their insight having worked with him for nearly two decades.

Toronto FC must trade its designated players

What sounds like unconventional thinking is actually very practical. TFC's biggest issue moving forward is lack of depth and flexibility to replace its best, oft injured players. Trading at least 2...

On or Offside? Town Hall Debrief

Toronto FC held a series of Town Halls last week with questions received from fans. Some of them were even directly answered. Relive some of the best from that week in a regular feature we call, On...

Toronto FC Townhall #3. The live thread.

Continuing our coverage of all of TFC's townhalls, relive the action with our question by question coverage.

Our timeline of the First TFC Town Hall

Walk with us through a minute by minute account of what it was like to be at Toronto FC's first Town Hall involving Paul Beirne, Paul Mariner, Earl Cochrane and Thomas Rongen.

Players Support Winter, er, Mariner?

Is Paul Mariner loved by players in Toronto? Perhaps. Though history says that they also had plenty of great things to say about Aron Winter too.

Major League Soccer doesn't have a "Salary Cap"

Many fans of MLS have come to believe that there is a salary cap which guides teams' spending. We'd save ourselves a number of math related headaches if we simply acknowledge that this isn't the...

TFC Fitness Fairytale

According to Toronto FC spin doctors, Toronto was unfit to begin the campaign, suffered late game let downs which cost them out of the gate and they could never recover. It was a problem before....

Mariner/Cochrane: Uninspiring Since 2012

Paul Mariner and Earl Cochrane claim to have inherited players that they didn't sign in, yet blame their absence on their poor record. PR Students take note: this is how not to spin a story.

The Blame Game

Is the league out to get Toronto FC? Did Winter leave a mess that Mariner had to clean up? Consider the big picture before you decide as I comment on Cathal Kelly's article in the Star

On or off side?

Will 2013 be a season of redemption for Toronto FC? Will it be the same old, same old? The good and the bad as we head into the new season.

TFC Hoping To Buy Your Loyalty?

Will a drop to 2007 pricing bring you back next year? Without change at the management side of things, is a mere price drop enough?

Why won't TFC Boss let them play?

Toronto FC's season is done, what would be the harm in letting all players gain experience? Mariner had no issue playing them in the Liverpool FC game in front of thousands, why not play them...

Make us proud again.

Make Us Proud Again. A simple call to action to all stakeholders involved in Toronto FC. What was once great can be great again. Front office, Management, Players and even fans, what are you going...

Should TFC take a run at Erik Soler?

Within the past 24 hrs, Erik Soler, former GM of the New York Red Bulls has been relieved of his duties. After taking New York from worst in the league in 2009 to their current heights, is he...

Are Toronto FC's woes due to injury?

Toronto FC coach Paul Mariner says that having 70% of your cap on the treatment table is never a good thing. I agree. It's also not an accurate thing.

The Man to lead the Reds?

TFC clearly need direction and maybe some happy pills. Is Mariner the man to provide it?

The best and the worst from TFC's trade desk

With this entry I wanted to take a look, some might even call it an objective look, at some of the best and worst trades that TFC has orchestrated in its history. I'll tell you what went down and...

Can you hear us through the media? No! No!

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There is a disconnect with Toronto FC management on and off the pitch. What is a curious development is that this divide is also starting to appear between the fan base and mainstream media. it...

TFC Fans: What does "Loyalty" mean to you?

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TFC has yet to make one of its most crucial moves of the season, its ticket offer to fans for the 2013 season. After 6 years of price gouging, broken promises, perceived mis-management and futile...

Parents and Players: Time to embrace the new Ontario Player Development League

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Youth soccer in Ontario is changing and a significant development is the introduction of the new Ontario Player Development League which will replace the current Ontario Youth Soccer League. Why...

Debunking the myth that Mariner hasn't had time to build "his" team

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Should Paul Mariner be given more time to develop TFC into his own vision because he didn't have any say in player acquisition while working with Aron Winter? Or does he now have a roster in which...

Is this how an interview with new MLSE President would go? (video)

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A satirical look at how an interview with the new leader of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment might go.

Imagine if TFC Kept its Draft Picks: The team that could have been

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Toronto FC has a history of making deals with a short term view. It has cost them considerably. By trading MLS Superdraft picks, they have sent all-star talent elsewhere while getting little to...

Stop blaming Frings

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Torsten Frings deserves more respect and support. A growing trend to blame him for losses needs to be looked at objectively.

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