Posts Tagged ‘Toronto FC’

By Evan Ream

Toronto FC’s many supporters, including the Red Patch Boys on the left. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

And on the eighth day, God said, “Let there be red…”

I wasn’t planning to do a story for the Red Patch Boys due to the fact that I was sitting in the adjacent U-Sector for the only Toronto FC home game on the trip. But when I met the fans, I (prepare for the double negative) decided that I couldn’t not do a story on them.

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By Evan Ream

The U-Sector doesn’t look particularly happy at a call on the field. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

“I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.”

-Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch

It’s Wednesday night and Toronto FC, the worst team in the league, is playing Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a likely playoff team. Up 2-1, the fourth official announces that there will be four minutes of stoppage time. He is met with a chorus boos from U-Sector.

A harmless long ball is floated into the box from a Vancouver player. Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic will easily grab the ball, waste a few seconds and send it back into play; Kocic is an experienced goalkeeper, and this is an easy play.

The ball gets closer and closer and closer. Kocic jumps up, but out of nowhere, Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks literally leaps over his defender and in front of Kocic, heading the ball into the empty net in an awe-inspiring feat of athleticism. Typical Toronto.

Mattocks sprints over to the supporters section and raises up both his hands and put them together, making a heart shape. Thirteen-dollar beers rain down on Mattocks who stands there, stoic, knowing that once again, the entire city of Toronto has been deflated because of their soccer team.

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By Evan Ream

It has been a long time since our last post; we’ve been working hard, watching soccer, learning French and putting off homework. Unfortunately, one of our members had to back out of the trip; but the project will still be commencing exactly one month from today, but first, we need your help (and no, we’re not asking for money).

All of us that are going on the trip are pretty much life-long inhabitants of the West Coast, mainly California. We have all done a bit of traveling and as such we are pretty familiar with the three West Coast cities that we will be traveling to: Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland. However, there are nine other cities that we will be visiting. That is where you guys come in.

The MLS Road Trip Knows Seattle. Photo Courtesy of Matt Zavortink.

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By Evan Ream

Exactly three months from today, we will begin our journey into the world of American and Canadian professional soccer. What can and should you expect from us? If there are any general questions about the trip, please see our about page for our mission statement and personal biographies. But more specifically, what should you expect from us on a day-to-day basis? Throughout the 51 days (maybe more!) of our trip, we will be uploading pictures, video and writing within 24 hours of the event we are covering. We want to capture the best moments of the American and Canadian fan. We would love to capture something like this:

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