Preseason In Florida: The Weekend
The Super Bowl has come and gone, and so has days six and seven of preseason training at the IMG Academy. The squad spent most of the weekend working on team shape and playing small sided games. TFC have yet to play a full field game, but you can tell that Ryan Nelsen is building up to it by making the field bigger each day. TFC's first preseason game is set for Wednesday, where they will take on another team looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2013, DC United. This game will be streamed on TorontoFC.ca & MLSSoccer.com starting at 7:00 PM ET.
After a very hard morning session on Saturday, Toronto's second session was a bit more fun as the coaches set up a Soccer Tennis tournament. The teams of four were randomly selected teams, and the squads laid it on the line for honor and glory.
|Team 1||Team 2||Team 3|
|Emery Welshman||Matias Laba||Ashtone Morgan|
|Ryan Richter||Doneil Henry||Justin Morrow|
|Nick Hagglund||Mark Bloom||Chris Mannella|
|Ryan Nelsen||Jonathan Osorio||Jim Brennan|
|Team 4||Team 5||Team 6|
|Kene Eze||Michael Bradley||Alvaro Rey|
|Andrew Wiedeman||Jeremy Hall||Kyle Bekker|
|Eli Roubos||Gale Agbossoumonde||Manny Aparicio|
|Bright Dike||Dwayne De Rosario||Reggie Lambe|
The round robin was an even affair for five of the six teams, but there was one team that cruised all the way to the finals, Team 2 only dropped one match out of five in the group stage. Team 4 & 5 finished with matching records and had a play-in match to see who would get to the finals against Osorio and company.
Matias Laba, Doneil Henry, Mark Bloom & Jonathan Osorio
Michael Bradley, Jeremy Hall, Gale Agbossoumonde & Dwayne De Rosario.
After some early serving trouble from Team 5, Laba, Osorio, Henry & Bloom were just too much too handle, and waltzed to a comfortable 11-7 win.