2008 Toronto FC season

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Toronto FC
2008 season
Manager John Carver
Major League Soccer 7th, last place (East)
12th (Overall)
Canadian Championship Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Danny Dichio (5)
All: Rohan Ricketts (6)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008 MLS season was the second season in Toronto FC's existence. The club's season began on March 29, 2008 in an away game against Columbus Crew, which resulted in a 2-0 loss. The club's first goal of the season was scored by Maurice Edu on April 5, 2008 in a 4-1 loss against D.C. United.

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach England John Carver
Assistant coach England Chris Cummins
Director of soccer Scotland Mo Johnston
Strength and conditioning coach England Paul Winsper
Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Eddie Kehoe
Equipment manager England Malcolm Phillips

Last updated: May 11, 2008
Source: Toronto FC

Other information[edit]

Chairman Canada MLSE
Ground (capacity and dimensions) BMO Field (20,522 / 75yards x 115yards)

Source: BMO Field article on April 9, 2008

Squad[edit]

As of October 26, 2008.[1]

First team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Greg Sutton
2 United States DF Hunter Freeman
3 Trinidad and Tobago DF Julius James
4 Puerto Rico DF Marco Vélez
5 Canada MF Kevin Harmse
7 United States FW Abdus Ibrahim
9 England FW Danny Dichio
10 England MF Rohan Ricketts
11 Canada MF Jim Brennan (Captain)
12 United States DF Todd Dunivant
14 Jamaica DF Tyrone Marshall
15 Canada MF Tyler Rosenlund
16 United States DF Marvell Wynne
No. Position Player
17 Canada MF Joey Melo
18 United States GK Brian Edwards
19 United States FW Chad Barrett
20 Honduras MF Amado Guevara
23 New Zealand FW Jarrod Smith
25 Guatemala FW Carlos Ruiz
26 Canada FW Derek Gaudet
27 Canada MF Gabe Gala
28 United States FW Johann Smith
29 Canada DF Nana Attakora-Gyan
33 Wales MF Carl Robinson (Vice-Captain)
36 Bermuda MF Kilian Elkinson

List of 2008 transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Trinidad and Tobago DF Julius James (1st round (9th overall) pick of the 2008 draft [2])
8 United States DF Pat Phelan (1st round (10th overall) pick of the 2008 draft [2])
18 United States GK Brian Edwards (2nd round (28th overall) pick of the 2008 draft [2])
5 Canada MF Kevin Harmse (from Los Angeles Galaxy for 2009 4th round draft pick [3])
15 Canada MF Tyler Rosenlund (signed as a free agent [4])
23 New Zealand FW Jarrod Smith (signed as a free agent [5])
4 Puerto Rico DF Marco Vélez (free transfer from Puerto Rico Islanders [6])
No. Position Player
32 France MF Laurent Robert (free transfer from Derby County [7])
20 Honduras MF Amado Guevara (from Chivas USA for 2009 and 2010 draft pick [8])
10 England MF Rohan Ricketts (signed as a free agent [9])
28 Ivory Coast DF Olivier Tébily (signed as a free agent [10])
24 Canada MF Tyler Hemming (rejoined club under new contract[11])
7 United States FW Abdus Ibrahim (from FC Dallas for pick in 2010 MLS draft[12])
25 Guatemala FW Carlos Ruiz (from Los Angeles Galaxy for first round pick in 2009 MLS draft and supplemental pick[13])
2 United States DF Hunter Freeman (from New York Red Bull for two supplemental draft picks[14])

Out[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
13 Canada MF Chris Pozniak (picked by San Jose Earthquakes in expansion draft [15])
3 Canada DF Adam Braz (waived)
4 Canada DF Marco Reda (waived)
15 Canada MF David Guzmán (waived)
18 Canada GK Srdjan Djekanović (waived)
23 Canada DF Miguel Canizalez (waived)
28 Canada DF Stephen Lumley (waived)
26 Canada MF Christian Nuñez (waived)
39 Canada GK Kenny Stamatopoulos (loan return to Tromsø IL)
5 Republic of Ireland MF Ronnie O'Brien (to San Jose Earthquakes for 2009 1st Round draft pick [16])
No. Position Player
21 Trinidad and Tobago FW Collin Samuel (waived [17])
2 New Zealand DF Andrew Boyens (waived [18])
24 Canada MF Tyler Hemming (waived [19])
8 United States DF Pat Phelan (to New England Revolution [20])
19 Canada FW Andrea Lombardo (waived)
28 Ivory Coast DF Olivier Tebily (waived [21])
32 France MF Laurent Robert (waived [22])
6 United States MF Maurice Edu (to Rangers F.C. [23])

Players out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Canada FW Jeffrey Gonsalves (at Rhode Island Stingrays)

Squad statistics[edit]

Competitive matches only. Numbers in brackets indicate number of games started.
Updated to games played October 26, 2008.[24]

Players[edit]

Number Position Name MLS Regular Season MLS Cup Canadian Championship Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2 MF United States Hunter Freeman 7 (7) 0 - - - - 7 (7) 0
3 DF Trinidad and Tobago Julius James 14 (11) 1 - - 3 (1) 0 17 (12) 1
4 DF Puerto Rico Marco Vélez 23 (23) 2 - - 4 (4) 1 27 (27) 3
5 MF Canada Kevin Harmse 16 (13) 0 - - 2 (1) 0 18 (14) 0
6 MF United States Maurice Edu1 13 (12) 1 - - 3 (3) 1 16 (16) 2
7 FW United States Abdus Ibrahim 12 (4) 2 - - 1 (1) 0 13 (5) 2
9 FW England Danny Dichio 23 (16) 5 - - 2 (2) 0 25 (18) 5
10 MF England Rohan Ricketts 27 (26) 4 - - 4 (4) 2 31 (30) 6
11 MF Canada Jim Brennan (C) 28 (27) 1 - - 3 (3) 0 31 (30) 1
12 DF United States Todd Dunivant 9 (5) 0 - - - - 9 (5) 0
13 MF Canada Rick Titus 1 (1) 0 - - - - 1 (1) 0
14 DF Jamaica Tyrone Marshall 24 (23) 0 - - 3 (3) 0 27 (26) 0
15 MF Canada Tyler Rosenlund 8 (3) 1 - - - - 8 (3) 1
16 DF United States Marvell Wynne 24 (24) 2 - - 4 (4) 0 28 (28) 2
17 MF Canada Joey Melo - - - - - - - -
19 FW Canada Andrea Lombardo1 1 (0) 0 - - - - 1 (0) 0
19 FW United States Chad Barrett 13 (13) 4 - - - - 13 (13) 4
20 MF Honduras Amado Guevara 21 (20) 4 - - 3 (3) 0 24 (23) 4
21 FW Trinidad and Tobago Collin Samuel1 1 (1) 0 - - - - 1 (1) 0
23 FW New Zealand Jarrod Smith 19 (5) 1 - - 2 (0) 0 21 (5) 1
24 MF Canada Tyler Hemming2 3 (1) 0 - - - - 3 (1) 0
25 FW Guatemala Carlos Ruíz 5 (3) 0 - - - - 5 (3) 0
26 MF Canada Derek Gaudet 1 (0) 0 - - - - 1 (0) 0
27 MF Canada Gabe Gala 1 (0) 0 - - - - 1 (0) -
28 FW United States Johann Smith 10 (3) 0 - - - - 10 (3) 0
28 DF Ivory Coast Olivier Tébily1 4 (3) 0 - - 1 (1) 0 5 (4) 0
29 DF Canada Nana Attakora-Gyan 5 (3) 0 - - - - 5 (3) 0
32 MF France Laurent Robert1 17 (16) 1 - - 4 (4) 0 21 (20) 1
33 MF Wales Carl Robinson (VC) 27 (27) 1 - - 4 (4) 0 31 (31) 1
34 DF United States Tim Regan 1 (1) 0 - - - - 1 (1) 0
35 DF Canada Diaz Kambere 1 (1) 0 - - - - 1 (1) 0
36 MF Bermuda Kilian Elkinson - - - - - - - -
96 FW United States Jeff Cunningham1 16 (7) 3 - - 4 (2) 0 20 (9) 3

Goalkeepers[edit]

Number Position Name MLS Regular Season MLS Cup Canadian Championship Total
Apps GA GAA CS Apps GA GAA CS Apps GA GAA CS Apps GA GAA CS
1 GK Canada Greg Sutton 24 (24) 35 1.46 6 - - - - 4 (4) 4 1.00 1 28 (28) 39 1.39 7
18 GK United States Brian Edwards 6 (6) 8 1.33 2 - - - - - - - - 6 (6) 8 1.33 2

1Player is no longer with team
2Left club at start of the season but later rejoined under a new contract
GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; CS = Clean sheets

Competitions summary[edit]

Updated to games played October 26, 2008.[25]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Texas Pro Soccer Festival

Team Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD
Houston Dynamo 7 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2
D.C. United 7 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2
Toronto FC 3 3 1 2 0 6 7 -1
Chivas USA 0 3 0 3 0 3 6 -3

Carolina Challenge Cup

Team Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD
San Jose Earthquakes 9 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5
Charleston Battery 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
New York Red Bulls 2 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3
Toronto FC 1 3 0 2 1 1 4 -3

Regular season[edit]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 35 9 13 8 34 43 −9 6 2 7 17 12 +5 3 11 1 17 31 −14

Last updated: October 30, 2008
Source: 2008 Major League Soccer season
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground A A A H H H H H A H A H H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A A H A
Result L L W W W D D W L W L W D L L D L L W L D L L D L D W D W L

Last updated: October 30, 2008.
Source: Regular season matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Canadian Championship[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Montreal Impact 7 4 2 1 1 5 2 +3
Toronto FC 5 4 1 2 1 4 4 0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 4 1 1 2 3 6 -3

Matches[edit]

Updated to games played October 26, 2008.[26][27][28][29][30][31]

Legend[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

2008 Texas Pro Soccer Festival[edit]

2008 Carolina Challenge Cup[edit]

Mid-season friendly matches[edit]

2008 Major League Soccer season[edit]

Canadian Championship[edit]

Player seasonal records[edit]

Competitive matches only. Updated to games played October 26, 2008.[32]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name MLS Regular Season MLS Cup Canadian Championship Total
1 England Rohan Ricketts 4 (27) - 2 (4) 6 (31)
2 England Danny Dichio 5 (23) - 0 (2) 5 (25)
3 United States Chad Barrett 4 (13)0 - - 4 (13)
Honduras Amado Guevara 4 (21) - 0 (3) 4 (24)
5 United States Jeff Cunningham 3 (16) - 0 (4) 3 (20)
Puerto Rico Marco Vélez 2 (23) - 1 (4) 3 (27)
7 United States Abdus Ibrahim 2 (12) - 0 (1) 2 (13)
United States Maurice Edu 1 (13) - 1 (3) 2 (16)
United States Marvell Wynne 2 (24) - 0 (4) 2 (28)
10 Canada Tyler Rosenlund 1 (8) - - 1 (8)
Trinidad and Tobago Julius James 1 (14) - 0 (3) 1 (17)
France Laurent Robert 1 (17) - 0 (4) 1 (21)
New Zealand Jarrod Smith 1 (19) - 0 (2) 1 (21)
Wales Carl Robinson 1 (27) - 0 (4) 1 (31)
Canada Jim Brennan 1 (28) - 0 (3) 1 (31)

Goals conceded[edit]

Rank Name MLS Regular Season MLS Cup Canadian Championship Total Average per game
1 United States Brian Edwards 8 (6)0 - - 8 (6)0 1.33
2 Canada Greg Sutton 35 (24) - 4 (4) 39 (28) 1.39

Discipline[edit]

Rank Name MLS Regular Season MLS Cup Canadian Championship Total
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1 Honduras Amado Guevara 5 1 - - 1 0 6 1 7
Canada Jim Brennan 5 0 - - 2 0 7 0 7
3 Puerto Rico Marco Vélez 3 2 - - 1 0 4 2 6
Canada Kevin Harmse 4 1 - - 1 0 5 1 6
5 United States Maurice Edu 5 0 - - - - 5 0 5
France Laurent Robert 4 1 - - - - 4 1 5
7 England Danny Dichio 4 0 - - - - 4 0 4
Jamaica Tyrone Marshall 4 0 - - - - 4 0 4
Wales Carl Robinson 4 0 - - - - 4 0 4
United States Jeff Cunningham 3 0 - - 1 0 4 0 4
11 United States Abdus Ibrahim 3 0 - - - - 3 0 3
12 United States Hunter Freeman 2 0 - - - - 2 0 2
13 United States Chad Barrett 1 0 - - - - 1 0 1
Canada Tyler Rosenlund 1 0 - - - - 1 0 1
United States Marvell Wynne 1 0 - - - - 1 0 1

Club seasonal records[edit]

Updated to games played October 26, 2008.[25]

Matches[edit]

Season record wins

Season record defeats

  • Record defeat: 4–1 (v. D.C. United, April 5, 2008)
  • Record home defeat: 3–1 (v. Chivas USA, September 6, 2008)

Season record draws

  • Highest scoring home draw: 1–1 (v. New York Red Bulls, May 1, 2008)
  • Highest scoring away draw: 2–2 (v. FC Dallas, October 11, 2008)

Sequences[edit]

  • Most consecutive wins: 3 (April 13, 2008 – May 1, 2008)
  • Most consecutive draws: 2 (May 1, 2008 – May 17, 2008)
  • Most consecutive losses: 2 (March 29, 2008 – April 13, 2008)
  • Most consecutive matches unbeaten: 6 (April 13, 2008 – May 24, 2008)
  • Most consecutive matches winless: 7 (August 17, 2008 – October 4, 2008)

Attendance[edit]

  • Highest home attendance: 20, 461 (v. New England Revolution, August 23, 2008)
  • Lowest home attendance: 19, 657 (v. Columbus Crew, September 13, 2008)
  • Average league attendance: 20,241

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