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7 июня 2016 г. 10:21

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An 80-minute struggle was overcome by one moment of brilliance. Nike Roshe Run Damen Schweiz .  Glorious moments as experienced Saturday have come few and far between for Toronto FC over their not-so illustrious history.  More times than not, Toronto FC has been on the receiving end of those game-changing moments, ending in disappointment and distraught. The script has been flipped in 2014.  The most recent special moment came courtesy of Toronto FCs big-money striker.  $6 million dollars, plus, is significant by Major League Soccer standards.  You get what you pay for.  And for Toronto FCs investment, theyve got themselves a true difference-maker and match-winner in Jermain Defoe. It was a picture perfect afternoon at BMO Field.  The play on the field by Defoes Toronto FC and the visiting Columbus Crew was hardly a masterpiece.  Choppy, disconnected, overall poor play was commonplace.  The product was substandard and frustrating to watch.  That was until the 81st minute.  Queue Defoe. A typical searching, lazy ball was played forward by Toronto FCs backline as the Reds searched for an equalizer, down 2-1 to the Crew.  Columbus was merely hanging on, bringing nothing to the proceedings.  Toronto was similar, obliging their visitor.  It was a Columbus mistake that opened the door.  Michael Parkhurst the culprit, fresh off being left out of the US Mens National team 23 for Brazil, failing to control.  The ball bounced high, then a poor header by the Crew defender before the ball fell on to the head of TFC substitute Gilberto.  The Brazilian found Defoe between two Columbus defenders, only for Toronto FCs top scorer to hint right, before going left, hitting with his left-foot on the volley from outside the 18-yard box – a stunning finish out of nowhere. It was Defoes second goal on the day and sixth of the early season.  It must be said Defoe hasnt been used to his fullest as of yet, lacking proper service over the course of 90 minutes.  Hes spent far too much time chasing matches.  Its his predatory instincts and quality in finish that make him who he is, and largely why Toronto FC can afford to hang around in matches and not get punished.  Six goals in seven games played is an incredible return on investment. Another goal would come for TFC, a winner off the head of Doneil Henry in time added on to take the full three points.  But it was Defoes special strike that was the TSN Turning Point.  The goal lifted the team at a time it didnt seem a goal would come.  Heads lifted, energy flowed and belief returned. "Sometimes it was painful to watch but they kept going," remarked Toronto FC Head Coach Ryan Nelsen post-match.  Earning points while not at their best is becoming trademark of this Toronto FC team.  For the second consecutive week, TFC trailed twice before coming back to earn points.  Toronto FC finds themselves in a very good spot, on 16 points through 10 games played.  Despite sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference, they have the third best points per game (1.6) and have at least three games in hand on any team ahead of them, including five games in hand on the fourth place Houston Dynamo. Here are my five thoughts after Toronto FCs 3-2 win. Doneil Does It – The roller coaster continues for the young Canadian central defender.  Doneil Henrys game winner made him feel like the hometown hero for the day.  The 21-year olds physical presence is plain to see, with a build and athleticism beyond his years.  Henry was first to a set piece Wednesday scoring the opener against the Montreal Impact, and came up even bigger against the Crew.  Earlier in the game, Agustin Viana beat Henry to a ball in the air on Columbus second goal.  It wasnt entirely Henrys doing, with Toronto FC playing zonal defensively.  Henry made amends on his match winner - the run and jump impeccable, coming to meet the ball with ideal timing and form.  He was never going to be beat.  The out-pouring of emotion was plain to see, shirt off and yelling to the crowd and his teammates.  Despite his early season struggles, Henry doesnt lack confidence.  His celebration was a signal of passion.  Its channeling the passion and exuberance thats part of the growth process, becoming a complete player.  Work is still to be done in improving positional discipline and proper timing in challenges.  Its a process of patience and maturation.  Saturdays goal is part of the journey. But you have to feel good for a player who works incredibly hard and ultimately has a very bright future. Nelsens A+ Adjustments – The Head Coach joked after the game things "couldnt get any worse."  Changes were desperately needed.  With Collen Warner missing (family wedding), Bradley Orr was again assigned the defensive midfield role.  Nelsen prefers a true physical, defensive presence to sit on top of his back four.  That was near essential playing the young duo of Henry and Nick Hagglund to lead the backline.  The game changed with Orr being forced from the match after 18 minutes with a hamstring issue.  Interesting enough, Dan Lovitz was preferred ahead of Alvaro Rey at outside left, raising further questions on Reys form and true future with the club.  It was a real struggle on the day for Lovitz – indecisiveness and poor distribution throughout.  Lovitz did make amends with a lovely set piece assisting on Henrys winner.  The early change allowed Jonathan Osorio to move inside, a position he looks more influential than outside left.  Nelsens second half adjustments were much more pronounced.  The introduction of Gilberto was an impactful one.  Gilberto was relegated to the bench to start; a good decision by Nelsen to take some pressure off the young Brazilian.  Gilberto was put up front in the 66th minute, with Luke Moore moving wide left.  Gilberto was an instant pest, using his speed and athleticism to cause problems in the Columbus backline.  The response by Gilberto was ultimately a positive one.  Some players let a demotion unsettle.  No heads down and outward negativity by Gilberto.  He put in an absolute shift, playing a part in both second half goals.  Nelsens other change, Dwayne De Rosario, came at the right time, as TFC desperately needed to push forward. DeRo was deployed in the middle of the park, a place he looked comfortable and composed.  De Rosario is still class on the ball and gives TFC another asset in that position.  Perhaps this is where he is best utilized, to change the look and pace of the game.  The in-game changes by the manager continue to improve.  Nelsen has a good read on his team, strengths and limitations.  It must be remembered its been a process thus far, with an improved squad in an awkward World Cup year.  The way his team fights and plays for him allow room for tactical adjustments.  Its coming along. Putrid Passing – There is no other way of putting it: team passing is downright awful.  There continue to be far too many long, searching balls for a team with players more comfortable with the ball at their feet.  Seventy-three per cent pass completion on the day, with 84 fewer completed passes than a sub-par Columbus team, minus Federico Higuain, while playing at home is unacceptable.  Most of the long ball play is coming from the back, but its not entirely on the defenders.  The movement off the ball simply isnt there.  The only player really showing for the ball in accessible areas is the defensive midfielder.  It was Kyle Bekker for most of Saturday.  Hed come deep for the ball, get it, look up, and have no other option than going back or playing square to a central defender.  This isnt good enough.  The long ball stuff has to go.  And better spacing/movement off the ball is essential.  Mess in the Midfield – It was never going to be easy with Michael Bradley away on World Cup duty.  Seven points in three league games is huge for TFC without their midfield general. For Nelsen and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko, the midfield continues to be the biggest conundrum and area in need of improvement.  Without Bradley, the team has been exposed despite the positive results.  Nelsen and his team tactics relies upon a traditional holding midfielder to support the back-line and allow a more attack minded central player link up with the front-line.  Orr did well in this role before injury, but doesnt provide a complete range in his game to be an every-day holding midfielder.  Orrs injury makes the acquisition of Warner that much more important.  Those scoffing at the Warner trade look foolish now.  Bekker is proving ill suited to a holding role.  Osorio will never be that player.  There is no question Warner is the first choice at the position, and its not even close.  Its about balance in the middle of the park.  There are too many players playing out of position and very little natural depth.  Look for this to be the area Bezbatchenko looks to alter as the season goes on. Home Field Advantage – The banner draping the Southeast entrance of BMO Field says Welcome to the Fortress.  The home supporters played their role Saturday with BMO living up to that billing.  Late in the match, when all seemed lost and the game was dire and slow, the crowd rose in voice, providing the energy the play lacked.  The team was in desperate need of a lift and the supporters provided it.  The interjection of life may be a little thing, but it absolutely matters.  The team responded.  Having Osorio and Bekker jump into the south-end post-match shows an understanding by the local products what the fan-base and their support means.  It was a nice touch to cap off a dramatic comeback.  Feel good vibes are returning. The second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship goes Wednesday night in Montreal against the Impact before Toronto FC returns home Saturday for a date with the San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-4) on TSN and TSN 1050 Radio. Nike Roshe Run Herren . With one minute and twenty-six seconds on the clock in the first period of the Leafs preseason finale against Detroit, Lombardi stepped onto the ice at Air Canada Centre. Nike Free 3.0 Damen Sale . The NFC East rivals hope to save face Sunday night at FedEx Field. You can see all the action on TSN beginning at 8pm et/5pm pt. Washington is a disappointing 3-8 on the season and has lost three in a row, including Monday nights 27-6 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers in the first of three straight games in D.ST. PAUL, Minn. - Thomas Vanek had Minnesota high on his list from the start. Hes not the first NHL free agent to do so, and the way the Wild have been progressing he probably wont be the last. Vanek agreed Tuesday to a three-year, $19.5 million contract, giving an improving lineup a potentially prolific scorer and allowing the Austrian-born left wing to settle in an area he has made his home since college. Two summers ago, the Wild turned heads by landing left wing Zach Parise and defenceman Ryan Suter. Now theyve added another top-market free agent in Vanek, whose 277 goals are the eighth-most in the NHL since his debut nine years ago. "What intrigued me the most was obviously with Zach signing here and Suter signing here, this team is getting really good and is very good," Vanek said, adding: "Im extremely thrilled to be a part of the Wild and of a group like this." According to a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke to on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the value, Vanek will make $5.5 million this season, $6.5 million in 2014-15 and $7.5 million in 2015-16. Vanek lives with his family in Stillwater, an idyllic riverfront suburb a few miles from Xcel Energy Center. He played two seasons at the University of Minnesota before turning pro with Buffalo and called winning the national championship with the Gophers the "best thing" hes done in his hockey career. "To be a part of the Wild now and go after the big prize and having a chance to do it in Minnesota is beyond my wildest dreams," Vanek said. Vanek was the fifth overall pick by the Sabres in 2003. He had two 40-goal seasons for them, but last fall he was traded to the New York Islanders, who later dealt him to Montreal. He totalled 27 goals over 78 games with the three teams. In the playoffs with the Canadiens, he had five goals and five assists in 17 games. Vaneks production slipped at times this season, and he was even benched briefly during the post-season, but the Wild werent deterred. "It certainly wasnt my best one I can tell you that. But Ill take the blame for that," Vanek said. "Its not always easy moving around and being away from my family." Vanek will play on either the first or secondd line, with some combination of Parise, Jason Pominville, Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund likely filling the other top five forward spots. Nike Air Max 95 Laufschuhe Sale. Vaneks 113 power-play goals since his 2005-06 rookie season are the third-most in the NHL in that span. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Vanek has the type of finishing ability around the net the Wild have lacked. "Theres no question that we do have some skill, but we dont score goals easily," coach Mike Yeo said. Vanek turned down seven-year offers, including from the Islanders. When Pominville was traded to the Wild last year, Vanek was the one who encouraged his long-time Sabres teammate. "He loved Buffalo a lot, which I did too," Vanek said. "But I told him, Youll like it there. Theres a lot of good fans. And after a week or so, he called me and said, You know what? Youre right. I do like it here a lot." Unlike in the other major pro sports, Minnesota can be a destination market in the NHL because of its hockey roots. The addition of Parise and Suter and the Wilds advancement to the Western Conference semifinals this spring were further steps toward NHL prominence. "People recognize the talent that you have. So were getting better. Were in a good place," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. Defenceman Clayton Stoner (Anaheim), left wing Matt Moulson (Buffalo) and centre Cody McCormick (Buffalo) departed the Wild as unrestricted free agents. Others in that category not expected back are left wing Dany Heatley and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Defenceman Nate Prosser could return for the right price. The Wild also signed defenceman Stu Bickel (one year) and centre Brett Sutter (two years) to two-way contracts, adding depth with players wholl likely bounce between AHL affiliate Iowa and the parent club. The 27-year-old Sutter, the son of Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter, has played in 54 career NHL games with Calgary and Carolina. Bickel, a native of Chanhassen who played one season for the Gophers, played in 67 games for the New York Rangers over a two-year span. He spent last season in the AHL. ___ AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, contributed to this report. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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