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Postby xusuwen96 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:30 pm

TORONTO -- A tweet from Jermain Defoe. A plea from Michael Bradley. The Toronto FC stars may not have been aligned, but they both had something to say Wednesday. Defoe, from his perch in England, took to social media to announce he will be back in Toronto on Monday. Previously the club had told reporters that the 31-year-old with the wonky groin -- and a question mark over his future -- would be back Saturday. "Rehab has gone well! Back to Toronto Monday, and ready for playoff push .goals," said the clubs leading scorer in his second TFC-related tweet since Toronto turned down a club-record transfer bid for its star striker amidst reports that he wanted to go home. Rather than dash out a tweet, Bradley took the unusual step of volunteering to chat with the media after practice Wednesday. Usually the club controls access to its stars like the Prime Ministers Office handles Stephen Harper and Bradley had already been made available to reporters Tuesday. But the stand-in captain, after huddling with a pair of public relations types, was ready for a second go-round in as many days. His message was for Toronto FC fans to get behind the team Sunday when it welcomes hapless Chivas USA (6-16-6) to BMO Field. The game is the first of seven remaining for a 9-11-7 Toronto team struggling to reverse a slide down the standings. "The thing that I cannot stress enough is how much we need our fans to make BMO the best stadium, the best atmosphere that we all know it is and can be in the league," said Bradley. The U.S. international is as intense as they come. Smoke was virtually pouring out of his ears Saturday in the wake of a controversial call in Chicago that cost Toronto a much-needed two points. So Bradleys commitment to the TFC cause is not in doubt. But hes also a company man. And the Toronto FC faithful need a push despite the outlay of millions this season and subsequent culling of manager Ryan Nelsen and five assistant coaches. This weekends game is a rare Sunday outing at BMO Field -- and features the leagues second-worst team in Chivas. And while the last home game -- a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union -- was announced as another sellout of 22,591, more than a few ticket-holders elected to stay at home. And with an announcement expected Tuesday on the plans to expand/renovate BMO Field, empty seats would serve as a poor intro. But fan fervour can be in short supply when a team is winless in six games (0-4-2) and has won just three of its last 16 (3-7-6). TFC has not won at home since July 12 (0-3-2) and has a 5-6-2 record at BMO Field this season. And four of those wins were before June 8. Rookie defender Nick Hagglund enthusiastically lent his voice to Bradleys, talking up the Toronto crowd. "When theyre on fire and theyre holding up their scarves and singing the Canadian national anthem, it transfers from the stadium to the guys on the field," he said. "And we just want to win for them." There were no words of wisdom from journeyman English striker Luke Moore, who had a brief stint with Chivas earlier in the season. He declined to speak to the media. Bradleys message, while clearly well-intentioned, seemed like the latest salvo from an MLS franchise that has started to resemble a reality TV show. Last Thursday it was outgoing MLSE CEO Tim Leiwekes turn for a Big Brother-style confessional when he told a room full of Ryerson MBA students that Bradley and new manager Greg Vanney were the only ones "looking around and going We aint going down unless we go down fighting." The sly words of a master executive looking to take the focus away from his soccer team? Or an honest aside delivered en route to the airport? You choose. But Vanney and Toronto FC players found themselves starting the week by having to answer questions about their CEOs swipe. Leiweke also told the Ryerson crowd he did not expect Defoe to be back next year, saying he expected they would have to bring in new designated player talent. Defoe cannot go anywhere until the January transfer window opens so Toronto is his only available port of call. While Defoe will be back next week ahead of the Sept. 27 game against the visiting Portland Timbers, Vanney suggested that the star striker may not see action until the Oct. 4 game in Los Angeles against the Galaxy. "My concern is Portland would be a quick jump," said Vanney. "He doesnt know 100 per cent how he would respond to a full training session. The key is to get him back and get him in and then well go from there, well see how hes feeling and manage him from there." Vanney was slated to speak to Defoe later Wednesday, his first conversation with the forward since he took over as manager on Aug. 31. "Weve kind of played phone tag in the past weeks," he said. "Hes been in contact with Tim (Leiweke) and the rest of the crew. But now that things are getting closer, he and I are going to sit down and chat." Also Wednesday, Vanney added Dan Calichman to a coaching staff that already included Nick Theslof, Jason Bent, Jon Conway, Michael Rabasca and Jim Liston. Calichman is a former MLS all-star who played with Vanney at the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has been brought in to work with the Toronto defence. Travis Shaw Jersey . This week, topics cover the World Series champion Red Sox, John Farrell and what to look forward to this off-season. Stephen Vogt Jersey . PAUL, Minn. ... ersey-c-9/. Sopoaga hit the upright with his first shot at goal from 15 metres. He then kicked nine goals in succession -- two conversions and seven penalties -- before being replaced in the 62nd minute, three points short of the Highlanders record for most points in a match. Robin Yount Jersey . 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Marseille pulled within two points of third-place Monaco while Ajaccio remained in the relegation zone. "We showed character tonight," Payet said. "As long as we show commitment and aggression like we did, we can expect good results." In a match pitting two teams needing points, tempers flared in the 17th when Thauvin and Ajaccio midfielder Johan Cavalli received yellow cards for clashing. Marseille put the hosts under pressure in the first half. Gignac struck the woodwork with a cross-shot from the left flank in the 10th before cutting inside in the 21st to curl a shot that bounced off the post. Marseille capitalized on a turnover from Ajaccio to take the lead. Thauvin won the ball on the right flank and foundd Payet, whose first-time effort from 15 yards beat goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.dddddddddddd Four minutes later, however, Ajaccio converted its first scoring chance to equalize. Perozo connected with a free kick from Cavalli to head in. Ochoa saved a long-range strike from Payet in the 34th but was helpless when Gignac chested down a cross from fullback Kassim Abdallah to score his sixth goal this season. Marseille added a third goal in the second half when Payet charged down the left wing to feed Thauvin, who flicked home from eight yards. The 2010 champions had no trouble to protect their lead despite an effort from Cavalli in the 55th from a tight angle and a long-range attempt from substitute Claude Goncalves in the 78th. "I believe theres talent in this squad," Marseille coach Elie Baup said. "The Champions League matches used up a lot of energy and we paid a heavy price in the French league." On Saturday, its: Reims vs. Paris Saint-Germain; Evian vs. Lorient; Lyon vs. Valenciennes; Montpellier vs. Guingamp; Rennes vs. Bordeaux; and Sochaux vs. Bastia. On Sunday, Lille hosts Toulouse, Monaco visits Nantes, and Saint-Etienne faces Nice. 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