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Sports TFC, CF Montreal get green light to play at home

08:18  15 july  2021
08:18  15 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

CF Montréal receives clearance to return to Canada — at least for training

  CF Montréal receives clearance to return to Canada — at least for training CF Montréal, a group of nomadic and beleaguered players — not to mention its coaching staff — will be allowed to return to Canada next week, at least for training purposes, with hopes of playing home games at Saputo Stadium. The news was revealed Thursday afternoon during a video conference with manager Wilfried Nancy. He said the organization learned of the decision the previous day, following a meeting with team president Kevin Gilmore . “We The news was revealed Thursday afternoon during a video conference with manager Wilfried Nancy. He said the organization learned of the decision the previous day, following a meeting with team president Kevin Gilmore .

Toronto FC and CF Montreal have been given the green light to play at home this weekend, with a limited number of fans in the stands. Wednesday's league update on Canadian home -market games only covers the next few weeks with two TFC and one Montreal match affected. "During this temporary window, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will host their home matches on July 17 and July 20 at Rio Tinto Stadium as conversations continue with the Canadian government regarding the three Canadian teamshosting future home matches in Canada," Major League Soccer said in a statement.

Toronto FC and CF Montreal have been given the green light to play at home this weekend, with a limited number of fans in the stands. Wednesday’s league update on Canadian home -market games only covers the next few weeks with two TFC and one Montreal match affected. “During this temporary window, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will host their home matches on July 17 and July 20 at Rio Tinto Stadium as conversations continue with the Canadian government regarding the three Canadian teamshosting future home matches in Canada,” Major League Soccer said in a statement.

Toronto FC and CF Montreal have been given the green light to play at home this weekend, with a limited number of fans in the stands.

a stadium full of people © Provided by The Canadian Press

Wednesday's update from Major League Soccer on Canadian home-market games only covers the next few weeks, with two TFC and one Montreal match affected.

"During this temporary window, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will host their home matches on July 17 and July 20 at Rio Tinto Stadium (in Sandy, Utah) as conversations continue with the Canadian government regarding the three Canadian teamshosting future home matches in Canada," MLS said in a statement.

Toronto FC suffer disastrous 7-1 loss for sixth straight defeat

  Toronto FC suffer disastrous 7-1 loss for sixth straight defeat WASHINGTON — Toronto FC's woes continued Saturday as D.C. United opened a shooting clinic, torching the visitors 7-1. It was the sixth loss in a row for a Toronto (1-8-2) side that sits at the bottom of the Major League Soccer standings. Kevin Paredes, Nigel Robertha, Paul Arriola, Ola Kamara, Yamil Asad and Griffin Yow all scored for D.C. United (5-6-1). TFC's Ralph Priso-Mbongue added an own goal. Ayo Akinola scored the lone tally for Toronto, temporarily cutting the deficit to 3-1 in the 39th minute. TFC goalkeeper Alex Bono had a difficult afternoon in net, stopping just two of seven on-target shots. D.C.'s Bill Hamid recorded three saves.

Though Major League Soccer and its Canadian clubs announced that Toronto FC and CF Montreal had been given the green light to play home matches in Canada as early as this weekend, sources tell Sportsnet that The Public Health Agency and federal government continue to review the request and no approval The Toronto Maple Leafs have a few key free agents scheduled to hit the open market later this month, with no one more important than Zach Hyman. The Toronto native has turned himself from a fifth-round afterthought into a legitimate top-six option, able to play both wings and score at a high rate.

Players listen to Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry during a practice in Montreal on March 4, 2020. The Canadian Press. The Montreal Impact have been approved to resume full team workouts at their training centre. The MLS team got the green light from provincial health authorities and the league. The Impact had already progressed from individual to small group training. Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps started full team training Monday.

Toronto will host Orlando City on Saturday and the New York Red Bulls next Wednesday at BMO Field while Montreal entertains FC Cincinnati on Saturday at Saputo Stadium.

"The importance of this return home for our team can't be overstated," TFC president Bill Manning said in a statement. "It has been a long, hard time on the road due to pandemic protocols and we have greatly missed the energy and support of our fans at BMO Field.

"Our return to Canada gave the team an incredible boost this week and we look forward to an emotional night at BMO Field with our fans on Saturday."

The league said the Toronto and Montreal clubs will follow local and regional guidelines regarding attendance.

A TFC spokesman said 7,000 fans will be allowed Saturday and 15,000 next week, with Saturday's crowd made up of front-line health-care workers, first responders and season seat members. Montreal will allow 5,000 fans.

Toronto FC beats New England, rises from the ashes of heavy D.C. United defeat

  Toronto FC beats New England, rises from the ashes of heavy D.C. United defeat FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Yeferson Soteldo and Kemar Lawrence scored their first goals for Toronto FC, helping the slumping MLS side snap a six-game losing streak with a hard-fought 3-2 win over the New England Revolution on Wednesday. Tsubasa Endoh also scored for Toronto (2-8-2), recording his first goal of the season. Carles Gil and Adam Buksa replied for New England (7-3-3), with Buksa's 78th-minute header making for a tense finale as the Revs rallied from a 3-0 early deficit. New England piled on the pressure with a string of late corners but TFC hung on through six minutes of added time. Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserved the win with a 95th-minute stop.

Once the St. Lawrence event concludes, Gustafson will return home until the start of the '22 Elite Series season. He'll still fish team tournaments in northwestern Ontario but admits the pressure will be off. "I take them serious because the competition is very good, but at the same time they're team tournaments and I'll get a chance to fish with some buddies," he said. TFC , CF Montreal get green light to play at home but wait continues for Whitecaps.

A statement from police says officers found Sherman outside the home and he fought with them while being taken into custody, “resulting in a Redmond K9 team being deployed to assist in gaining control." Police said the Washington State Patrol also was investigating a hit-and-run crash tied to Sherman. TFC , CF Montreal get green light to play at home but wait continues for Whitecaps.

“After all this time away, we are truly happy to finally be able to play at home," Montreal president and CEO Kevin Gilmore said in a statement. "The past few months have been very difficult for our players and staff, who had to go into exile, but they have shown tremendous resilience.

"Our supporters have also been remarkably patient throughout this period, and we can't wait to see them at Stade Saputo on Saturday … We hope this is one more step in the right direction towards a full return."

Montreal (5-3-4) and Toronto (2-8-2) both returned home last week after the federal government loosened pandemic-related border restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. The Whitecaps (2-7-3) remain in their temporary U.S. home.

Vancouver will host the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday and the Houston Dynamo next Tuesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah, which is listed as the site for the club's home games in July. Vancouver plays its first three games in August on the road before a scheduled home match Aug. 21 against Los Angeles FC.

Altidore long on love for Toronto but short on why he fell out with TFC

  Altidore long on love for Toronto but short on why he fell out with TFC TORONTO — Jozy Altidore returned to the Toronto FC fold Monday, saying he was happy to be back after being exiled from the MLS club more than seven weeks ago. But the star striker, despite repeated questions, was short on details about what led to his prolonged falling-out with the team. He came closest when asked if reports he had wanted out of Toronto were accurate. "At the end of the day, nobody wants to be somewhere where they weren'tBut the star striker, despite repeated questions, was short on details about what led to his prolonged falling-out with the team. He came closest when asked if reports he had wanted out of Toronto were accurate.

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Clubs and match officials travelling to Canada will be subject to public health protocols required of all individuals entering the country, the league said. Only fully vaccinated players and staff will be excluded from Canadian quarantine requirements.

COVID-19 testing will take place prior to departure and upon arrival in Canada.

After the two upcoming games at BMO Field, Toronto visits Chicago on July 24 before a home game Aug. 1 against Nashville SC. The league announcement Wednesday does not cover the Aug. 1 game.

There was some confusion in the wake of Wednesday's announcement over whether the Canadian teams had a so-called National Interest Exemption.

TFC, for example, used that last year, allowing it to come home to train for stretches with modified quarantine rules. A request has been made for another NIE, which would allow players not fully vaccinated to cross the border with a modified quarantine.

That request has yet to be ruled on.

But TFC and Montreal, with the approval of MLS, are adhering to the current rules for fully vaccinated travellers in crossing the border with regards to the games over the next week.

CF Montréal signs Canadian defender Kamal Miller to contract extension

  CF Montréal signs Canadian defender Kamal Miller to contract extension Canadian defender Kamal Miller has been signed to a contract extension by CF Montréal, the Major League Soccer club announced on Monday. The extension covers the next two seasons. The deal also includes an option year for 2024. The 24-year-old, who plays regularly, was selected by Austin FC in the 2020 expansion draft last December, after being left unprotected by Orlando City SC. Miller, a Toronto native, was subsequently traded the same day to the Canadian side.

After hosting Cincinnati, Montreal visits New York City FC (at Red Bulls Arena), the New England Revolution and Inter Miami CF. Its next home game after that is Aug. 4 against Atlanta United.

Montreal last played at Saputo Stadium on Sept. 9, when it beat Toronto before 250 fans. Vancouver's last outing at BC Place Stadium was a 2-1 win over Montreal on Sept. 16 with no fans in the stands.

Toronto has not played at BMO Field since Sept. 1 when no fans were allowed. It has played the 31 games since on the road, finishing out last season in East Hartford, Conn., and starting this year in Orlando.

The last time fans were allowed at BMO Field for a TFC game was March 7, 2020, the second game of the regular season.

The Whitecaps haven’t played at home in front of fans since Feb. 29, 2020.

"We just need to go back home. We need to be home. Sports shouldn’t be like that. No sports team should go through that,” Vancouver coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters in a virtual availability Wednesday.

"When we think about the reality of going back home, we still think about 'Is it for real? Is this really going to happen? Is there going to be a setback?'" he added. "So I don’t want to jinx anything. I just hope we go as soon as possible.”

Montreal shifted its base of operation to Harrison, N.Y., last year and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this year. The Whitecaps set up shop in Portland and Utah, respectively.

The three Canadian teams have gone a combined 26-40-12 in regular-season and playoff play since leaving their home markets.

Montreal currently sits eighth overall in the league standings, while Vancouver is 25th and Toronto is last at 27th.

Baseball's Blue Jays are also in return-to-play negotiations. The American League club started the season at its spring training home of Dunedin, Fla., before moving operations to Buffalo.

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With files from Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 14, 2021.

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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