Archive for the ‘Toronto FC’ Category

SEATTLE – Please visit Pro Soccer USA for my story on Toronto FC’s disappointing loss at the MLS Cup.

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SEATTLE – Please visit Pro Soccer Soccer USA for my notebook on the 2019 MLS Cup Final.

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A crowd of 69,274 watched the 2019 MLS Cup Final at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, November 10. Photo: Har Journalist.

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SEATTLE – Please visit Daily Hive for my Seattle Sounders FC MLS Cup victory story.

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CenturyLink Field after Seattle Sounders FC win the 2019 MLS Cup on Sunday, November 10. Photo: Har Journalist

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SEATTLE –  Please visit Pro Soccer USA for my reaction story on the new MLS Playoff format.

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Toronto FC Coach Greg Vanney, Saturday November 9. Photo: Har Journalist.

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SEATTLE – Please visit Pro Soccer USA for my story on Toronto FC at the 2019 MLS Cup.

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Toronto FC training at the Starfire Sporting Facility in Tukwila, Washington on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist

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VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Pro Soccer USA for my Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC report.

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Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC at B.C. Place in Vancouver on May 31, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist 

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VANCOUVER, B.C – The Toronto Raptors will make history tonight when they host the Golden State Warriors in the first NBA Final game outside of the United States. The Raptors have the support of the an entire country behind them from coast to coast.

The support extends to Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s biggest Raptors fan, Doneil Henry. The 26-year-old Henry, has fond memories of going to games with his family, well before the ‘We The North’, Drake, Raptors brand took off to unexpected levels.

“I had an aunt that use to bring me out to the Raptors games,” Henry explained exclusively to Har Journalist. “When Vince Carter was there. Just when Toronto started to have a buzz around basketball. Carter, the Junk Yard Dog (Jerome Williams), Mo Pete (Morris Peterson), these are the type of guys I think about when I think about the Raptors.”

The Brampton, Ontario native is a primo Raptors fan. He has lived through all the ups and downs from Alonzo Mourning, Rafael Araujo, to Andrea Bargnani. Henry knows that building a championship contender takes time, it can’t be build overnight. Seeing the Raptors in the NBA Finals after twenty-four years makes it all that more enjoyable.

“I’m a real fan, I’m not a hater,” Henry explained. “I’m the type of guy, it doesn’t matter how the team is doing. We trust the process. I’m a sportsman, I understand the game from a professional level. I know it’s not easy for a player, or management. Everybody wants to do well, and sometimes it takes time to get all the pieces right.”

Toronto Raptors President, Masai Ujiri, has found the right pieces to put his team in a position to upset one of the best NBA teams to take to the hardcourt. Kyle Lowry was always an x-factor, but adding Kawhi Leonard has helped the Raptors reach new heights. It has also helped having nemesis, LeBron James in the western conference with the LA Lakers.

The Warriors are a once in a generation NBA franchise. They have re-written the book on how to play basketball. There is no poor shot when Steph Curry pulls up. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala all know what it takes to win an NBA title. Even with Kevin Durant waiting on the sidelines. Henry isn’t wavering.

“I have no fear, I have no worries,” Henry revealed. “I believe in the team, we have really good players. If any games I felt like we were in any trouble, it was the (Milwaukee) Bucks. No-one can mark (Giannis) Antetokounmpo. He’s a great player, young player, explosive, and aggressive.”

“I think that with Golden State, we match up better with them,” Henry continued. “We have lock down defenders that can defend the perimeter. Now it’s the question of who is going to guard Kawhi…”

Toronto could be the toughest team the Warriors have faced in the previous four NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers tried, but only managed to win once. For Henry, it’s not a matter of if the Raptors will win, but how many games it will take.

“Six, in The Six.” Henry said with confidence.

“I love the Toronto Raptors,” Henry beamed. “It’s really good to see that we’re in the finals.”

If the Raptors win game six at Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California, Henry will be ready to celebrate in his own special way. You won’t see him in his favourite purple Tracy McGrady jersey cheering on Yonge Street during a potential parade.

“Nope, I’m not into all of that.” Henry said.