Toronto FC Rumors & News

  • MLS introduces Minnesota United FC as newest expansion team

    CBSSports.com "Major League Soccer introduced Minnesota United FC as its newest expansion team during a Wednesday press conference at Target Field. United, currently a second-tier NASL club, beat out investors from the Minnesota Vikings to secure an MLS club in Minnesota. "We are proud to welcome Minnesota..." March 25

  • Insiders and agents trash the new MLS labor deal

    Vice Sports "Critics have skewered MLS players in the last few days for supposedly bungling negotiations of the new MLS collective bargaining agreement. The common assessment is that they achieved free agency, but with strict limits on salary; they increased the salary cap, but only marginally; they kept the..." March 09

  • MLS, union come together to avoid calamitous work stoppage

    Pro Soccer Talk "Neither side seems happy about it, and it’s reportedly far from unanimous, but Major League Soccer’s owners and players have apparently found a workable collective bargaining agreement that stops the 20-year-old league from a cringeworthy work stoppage. Simon Evans quotes Real Salt Lake..." March 05

  • MLS, players' union move closer to free agency, but issues remain, source says

    ESPN FC "The MLS and the MLSPU reportedly staked out their positions regarding free agency on Tuesday, with the proposed cap on increasing free agent salaries among the issues putting a potential deal in peril, sources told ESPN FC. For the past month, the two sides have stood their ground on the main..." March 04

  • MLS owners reportedly make ludicrous free agency offer, derailing CBA negotiations

    SB Nation "We might be heading for a work stoppage in MLS if things don't get better quickly. News of a ridiculous proposal dropped on Tuesday. The MLS collective bargaining agreement is expiring, and with the season scheduled to start this week, the players' union and owners need to hash out an..." March 04

  • MLS players threaten to BOYCOTT matches after league dispute as Gerrard and Lampard's USA adventure sours

    Daily Mail "Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard’s moves to America have been shrouded in uncertainty with Major League Soccer facing a player strike. The season is set to kick off in less than two weeks, but the players’ union is at loggerheads with the league and the players are prepared to refuse to turn..." February 25

  • Barcelona makes more television revenue than all of MLS combined

    Awful Announcing "Barcelona and Real Madrid routinely rank among the richest and most successful clubs in all of world sports. They’re both in the Top 5 of the highest payrolls and have the five most expensive players in world football. They continually dominante La Liga, winning 54 titles combined and nine out..." February 17

  • Michael Bradley appointed Toronto FC captain, replacing Steven Caldwell

    ESPN FC "Michael Bradley has been named as the new captain of Toronto FC, the MLS side has announced. Bradley, 27, becomes the seventh player to wear the armband after taking over the role from defender Steven Caldwell, who remains at the club. "I am extremely proud and excited," the U.S...." February 11

  • Italy attacker Sebastian Giovinco to join Toronto FC in July

    ESPN FC "Juventus playmaker Sebastian Giovinco has signed a Major League Soccer contract and will join Toronto FC this summer, the club announced on Monday. Details of the contract were not announced, though the Toronto Sun reported that Giovinco had lined up a five-year deal worth more than $7 million..." January 19

  • Defoe-Altidore swap done, allocation process looms for Toronto FC target

    TSN.ca "TSN has learned Toronto FC has agreed to swap striker Jermain Defoe to Sunderland AFC of the Barclays Premier League with US Men's National team striker Jozy Altidore and cash heading to Major League Soccer. The cash amount received has not been disclosed at this time but is believed to be..." January 14

  • Report: Toronto FC “on the verge of signing” Juventus playmaker Sebastian Giovinco

    Pro Soccer Talk "On this hour’s installment of As the Maple Leaf Turns, comes a report that MLS side Toronto FC are close to signing Italian midfielder Sebastian Giovinco, whose contract with Serie A giant Juventus runs out this summer. Toronto’s interest in Giovinco has been floated around a few days now, but..." January 14

  • Jermain Defoe set for return to Premier League with Leicester City

    The Guardian "Jermain Defoe is set to join Leicester City from Toronto FC. The Premier League’s bottom club have jumped to the front of the queue for the striker’s signature, ahead of Queens Park Rangers, among others, and they are confident of closing the deal. Harry Redknapp, the QPR manager, is on record..." January 03

  • Harry Redknapp confirms interest in Jermain Defoe but fears QPR will be priced out of move for Toronto striker

    Daily Mail "Harry Redknapp has admitted QPR are trying to sign Jermain Defoe but fears a deal could be beyond the club's financial reach. Sportsmail revealed that Defoe has flown back to London to thrash out his future, with QPR leading contenders for his signature. Toronto FC would prefer to..." December 24

  • Harry Redknapp jets to Malaysia to discuss Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch with his chairman

    Daily Mirror "Relegation-threatened Hoops' boss pulled out of TV pundit duty on Bournemouth vs Liverpool cup tie in favour of summit about potential January signings Harry Redknapp cancelled a TV appearance to make a whistle-stop trip to Malaysia to meet with chairman Tony Fernandes. Queens Park Rangers..." December 18

  • Toronto FC reveals more details of BMO Field expansion

    Pro Soccer Talk "Toronto FC is pouring $105 million into upgrading their stadium BMO Field, and now we have a closer look into exactly how they’re going to do it. According to a slick new video released by the club, the renovations will take place in two parts. The first began in late September and will be..." November 25

  • Harry Redknapp keen to sign Jermain Defoe for QPR – but no deal done yet

    The Guardian "Harry Redknapp is keen to sign Jermain Defoe for QPR in January but said a deal has not already been agreed for the former Tottenham striker. Redknapp has signed Defoe twice before for Portsmouth and Spurs, and reports suggest a transfer has been agreed with Toronto. The 32-year-old, who has..." November 06

  • Report: QPR has “deal in place” to sign Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC in January

    Pro Soccer Talk "The deal to bring Jermain Defoe to Loftus Road could go from rumor to reality in January if the numbers in The London Evening Standard are any indication. A weekly wage of $144,000 would certainly pique the interest of most players, even with Defoe’s current Major League Soccer salary of $8..." November 04

  • Jermain Defoe reveals ‘hurt’ over Toronto FC comments, future plans

    Pro Soccer Talk "It’s very likely Jermain Defoe will not be a Toronto FC player or in Major League Soccer next season, but he wants to make sure a few things are put straight. In August, following the firing of head coach Ryan Nelsen who was instrumental in bringing Defoe to the club, the England international..." October 28

  • Toronto's Tim Leiweke blasts Premier League plans to play matches abroad

    ESPN FC "The man who took David Beckham to the United States has questioned whether plans to play Premier League matches abroad are pioneering or pirateering. Tim Leiweke, who was president and chief executive of Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, and..." October 08

  • Jermain Defoe could still make Premier League move... despite Toronto chief insisting striker is committed to MLS

    Daily Mail "Jermain Defoe is committed to Toronto, but the boss of the Major League Soccer franchise refused to rule out the prospect of a January move for the former England striker. Defoe was linked with a return to the Premier League this summer, just a few months after joining Toronto, but is committed..." October 08

  • This Year's Highest-Paid MLS Player Isn't Actually Playing In MLS Yet

    Deadspin.com "So, what we have below is an updated list of every MLS player's salary. There are some things worth talking about. The first thing I usually do when I see lists like that is scroll for the lowest salary, and see how many people are making it. MLS's league minimum is low, at just $36,500 a year...." September 30

  • Jermain Defoe to stay at Toronto as club blocks move

    The Telegraph "Jermain Defoe failed to push through a return to the Premier League after travelling to England in an attempt to end his Toronto FC gamble after just six months. Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers failed in bids to sign Defoe, despite the fact the striker had flown back to England in the..." September 02

  • David Beckham's plan for waterfront football stadium in Miami rejected by city

    Daily Mail "David Beckham's bid for a Major League Soccer team suffered a setback on Tuesday when the city of Miami rejected his plan to build a downtown waterfront stadium on a site next to the Miami Heat basketball arena. Beckham's business group, Beckham Miami United, issued a statement saying city..." June 10

  • Jermain Defoe left heartbroken by England World Cup snub

    Daily Mail "Being overlooked for England's World Cup squad broke Jermain Defoe's heart and provided him with the lowest moment of his career, the Toronto FC striker has claimed. Defoe, who has 55 caps to his name, was told by Roy Hodgson at the weekend that he would not be going to Brazil this..." May 14

  • Jermain Defoe expected to return this weekend for Toronto

    Pro Soccer Talk "With all the adulation Clint Dempsey has received during his recent surge, it’s easy to forget that’s another former Tottenham attacker is also scoring at a better than goal-per-90 rate. That Jermain Defoe hasn’t played since the fourth week of the season has helped keep him from competing with..." May 01

  • Beckham set to unveil plans for stadium in Miami

    Fox Sports "Retired soccer star David Beckham and the Miami-based Major League Soccer franchise he was recently awarded will unveil their plans for a stadium in PortMiami, the Miami Herald reports. There is no timetable for the new team to begin play yet, as it is at least partly incumbent on a stadium..." March 24

  • MLS referee lockout ends after new deal agreed

    Goal.com "The lockout that kept MLS' regular refs from officiating the first two weeks of the 2014 season is over after the referee's union agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement. After weeks of negotiations, and two weeks of replacement referees, Major League Soccer will welcome back its..." March 20

  • Referee lockout looming in MLS

    ESPN FC "With the start of the MLS season just days away, the Professional Referees Organization, the company that employs MLS officials, is threatening to lock out referees belonging to the Professional Soccer Referees Association, according to Steve Taylor, the union's vice president. PRO -- which is..." March 04

  • Whitecaps acquire Argentine midfielder Matias Laba on loan from Toronto FC

    The Province "The Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired Argentine midfielder Matias Laba on loan from Toronto FC, multiple sources have confirmed to the Province. Toronto was forced to shop the 22-year-old young designated player after signing England international Jermain Defoe and U.S. international Michael..." February 26

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    DEAL DONE: Toronto have officially signed QPR goalkeeper Júlio César on loan. (Source: @TorontoFC)

  • Toronto strikers looking to have 'breakout' year

    Goal.com "After the team scored a dismal 30 league goals last year, TFC's Bright Dike and Gilberto aim to have a big impact alongside high-scoring vets Jermain Defoe and Dwayne De Rosario. TORONTO -- Heading into the 2014 season, Toronto FC seems to have a relative embarrassment of riches at the..." February 13

  • Beckham seeks MLS funding from PSG owners

    Goal.com "David Beckham has reportedly sought help from Paris Saint-Germain's wealthy owners to fund his new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami. The 38-year-old retired at PSG last May and revealed his desire to establish a MLS side in Miami, Florida last week, but would like help from Qatar Sports..." February 10

  • David Beckham confirms MLS team for Miami

    The Guardian "David Beckham has confirmed that he has taken up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami. The former England and LA Galaxy winger appeared at a news conference in Miami to make the announcement. Beckham said: "This is an exciting time for myself, my family, my friends..." February 05

  • World Cup 2014 worries almost hit move from Tottenham to Toronto, admits Jermain Defoe

    The Independent "Jermain Defoe has admitted he is worried that a move to Major League Soccer side Toronto could damage his hopes of earning a place in England's World Cup squad. Defoe scored for Tottenham in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday before heading out to Canada for his official unveiling in..." January 14

  • Toronto FC set to unveil Dwayne De Rosario at press conference

    Toronto Sun "Before the club welcomes Jermain Defoe at next Monday’s main event, Toronto FC will re-introduce 2011 league MVP Dwayne De Rosario to media on Thursday at BMO Field. Once the face of the franchise, De Rosario returns to TFC after agreeing to a smaller contract that could see him end his career..." January 09

  • Defoe expected to arrive to complete TFC transfer from Spurs

    TSN.ca "Jermain Defoe is expected to arrive in Canada this weekend to complete his transfer to Toronto FC from Tottenham Hotspur. The England international will put the finishing touches to his move to North America for an MLS record transfer fee, in excess of $10 million, and earn himself a bumper pay..." January 08

  • Beckham closer to starting new MLS team after getting backing to search for stadium site

    Daily Mirror "David Beckham has come a step closer to fielding a new Major League Soccer team after authorities gave him the green light to look for a site for a new stadium. The vote by Miami-Dade county commissioners was the first test of political support for Beckham's football venture in the Florida..." December 18

  • Toronto FC to make Jermain Defoe highest-paid MLS player ever

    Toronto Sun "Until now, he was little more than an "if" around MLS circles -- a world-class attacker Toronto FC supporters and media talked about with both cautious optimism and uncertainty. Still distrustful from the Diego Forlan fiasco this past season, TFC supporters have been patiently standing by,..." December 17

  • MLS invites 24 players from 16 countries to first-ever Caribbean Player Combine

    MLS News "Major League Soccer announced today the 24 players who have been invited to participate in the 2014 Caribbean Combine from January 2-4, 2014, at the Antigua Recreation Grounds in St. John’s, Antigua. The three-day event, in partnership with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), will feature..." December 16

  • Toronto FC lands Brazilian Gilberto in hopes to boost offence

    TSN.ca "Toronto FC has landed one of its big off-season targets in Brazilian striker Gilberto. A source confirmed the signing. Toronto has slated a news conference for 3 p.m. ET to make a major announcement. The 24-year-old signed with Brazil's Internacional in 2011 but has been on loan at..." December 13

  • Tottenham's Jermain Defoe agrees transfer to Toronto of MLS in January

    Daily Mirror "Jermain Defoe has agreed an incredible £90,000-a-week switch to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. The 31-year-old Tottenham and England striker has shattered the hopes of domestic clubs bidding to land him in January by accepting a stunning four-year offer to move to Canada. Defoe said..." November 27

  • Toronto FC targeting Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o as new Designated Player

    SI.com "You can add Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o to the list of players that Toronto FC is speaking to in the MLS club’s search to add two Designated Players for 2014, a high-ranking source with the club tells SI.com. The Cameroonian Eto’o, 32, is on a one-year contract with Chelsea and could be obtained on..." November 09

  • Tottenham's Jermain Defoe offered transfer to Canada on £90,000 a week

    Daily Mirror "Jermain Defoe has received a whopping £5million-a-year offer to quit Spurs for Major League Soccer in January. Toronto FC have put a stunning package - including £90,000-a-week in salary - on the table to try to tempt the “incredible” England striker away from the White Hart Lane club. They..." October 31

  • Toronto FC interested in signing Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe

    Sky Sports "Toronto boss Ryan Nelsen has confirmed his interest in taking Jermain Defoe to Major League Soccer. The former New Zealand international has just completed his first season in charge of the Canadian outfit, but he is already looking towards next year. One of those names linked to a move..." October 30

  • TFC trades new arrival Urruti to Portland

    Sportsnet.ca "The shakeups at Toronto FC continue. Last week the club fired president and general manager Kevin Payne after he spent less than nine months on the job. On Monday TFC traded newly-arrived Argentine Maximiliano Urruti to the Portland Timbers for fellow forward Bright Dike a first-round pick..." September 09

  • TFC fires president Payne after less than a year

    Sportsnet.ca "The Kevin Payne era at Toronto FC lasted less than one year. Installed as team president and general manager last November Payne was fired by the Major League Soccer club on Wednesday. The Toronto Star first reported the story on Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after Payne confirmed he had been..." September 05

  • TFC finally signs Argentine forward Urruti

    Sportsnet.ca "It took a really long time but Toronto FC finally got its man. The Major League Soccer club announced Friday that it has signed Argentine forward Maximiliano Urruti a player that Kevin Payne has been tracking since his days with D.C. United before he became TFC’s new president and general..." August 17

  • TFC trades midfielder Silva to D.C. United, clearing space for Forlan

    Sportsnet.ca "Luis Silva’s days at Toronto FC came to an end on Tuesday. The Canadian MLS club traded the midfielder to D.C. for allocation money. Silva, 24, was originally selected fourth overall by TFC in the 2012 MLS Entry Draft. He made 54 appearances for Toronto in MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and..." July 09

  • Toronto FC to snap up Uruguayan soccer star Diego Forlan

    The Globe and Mail "As the man most responsible for bringing David Beckham to Major League Soccer, Tim Leiweke knows that stars sell. Results? They’re more of an inexact science. But with Toronto FC bumbling through another basement-scraping season, the new president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment..." July 08

  • Toronto FC acquires midfielder Thomas, inks Caldwell to new deal

    Goal.com "Toronto FC continued reshaping its squad on Tuesday when it announced the acquisition of midfielder Michael Thomas from Sporting Kansas City and the signing of defender Steven Caldwell to a permanent deal with the club. Thomas joins TFC in exchange for the club's second round pick in the 2015..." July 02

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