Toronto FC / MLS Thread
A dedicated thread for all things TFC and MLS.
Dec 5th, 2016 10:45 pm
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Dec 6th, 2016 1:42 pm
https://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/2 ... nutes.html...And the only Toronto-based events this season that solicited more demand this year were the NBA all-star game and dunk contest in February; no regular season Raptors game last season garnered as much interest.
Saturday’s game is doing so well it’s getting into Leafs territory. According to the company, the demand is in line with the most in-demand Leafs’ playoff game during their 2013 series against the Boston Bruins.
Dec 6th, 2016 4:17 pm
Dec 7th, 2016 1:21 pm
it would be nice.
Dec 7th, 2016 2:10 pm
Dec 7th, 2016 6:08 pm
Dec 8th, 2016 9:30 am
There's a lag though. From when it gets popular, you basically have to wait for the next generation of new borns to grow up as fans and get there. Just like how we see more and more Canadians in the NBA only in recent years (in the grand scheme of things, it's still very few, but much more than back in the day).mkjr wrote: ↑Dec 7th, 2016 1:21 pmit would be nice.
i am always astounded at how popular soccer is but yet Canada is so horrible in national play and have been so for as long as i can remember with one exception of them getting lucky in the 80s only to be thumped... This is as it relates to mens soccer...
boy was i a big carl valentine fan.
Dec 8th, 2016 11:12 am
Dec 8th, 2016 11:47 am
It is similiar to the way the champions league is played out beyond the group stage. The final is a winner take all sort of deal, no redos and no second chances.
Dec 8th, 2016 12:31 pm
Men’s soccer in Canada, however, is not the direct analogue of hockey, basketball, and baseball. It is arguably the sport with the greatest promise for the future, a sport that, in its domestic form, has yet to fully capture the public imagination. It is, however, the sport that Canadian children play. Since 1998 government surveys have indicated that more Canadians aged five to 14 play soccer than hockey. The gap has grown to the point where, in 2010, soccer was nearly twice as popular with the nation’s children. “Everybody I know played soccer,” says soccer journalist and Toronto FC supporter Sonja Cori Missio. “Obviously it doesn’t have the same sort of continual outlasting like you have in Italy or England.”
The MLS Cup final is therefore an opportunity to unite the disparate constituencies in the local soccer culture and establish life-long bonds. “The excitement of the two games and the amount of goals, I can’t imagine this won’t bring more people into the sport,” Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney said after the Eastern Conference final. Should that happen, the city’s many soccer communities might finally coalesce. “I hope that kids and players will start saying things like ‘I want to play for TFC’ instead of ‘I want to play for Arsenal, Barça, or Udinese’,” Missio says. “I want them to see TFC as a legitimate professional team like the Jays and Raptors.”
Dec 8th, 2016 10:11 pm
Dec 8th, 2016 10:56 pm
Not sure I agree with the statement of soccer fighting for relevance in Canada. Soccer has been relevant for over 50 years.izzyzz wrote: ↑Dec 8th, 2016 12:31 pmAn interesting article by the Guardian: MLS Cup, Toronto FC and soccer's fight for relevance in Canada
https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... nce-canada
This bit caught my attention...
Dec 9th, 2016 10:39 am