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TORONTO - It speaks volumes about Toronto FC that after a lengthy presentation to local media about the teams vision, the questions afterwards focused almost entirely on the immediate status of Jermain Defoe.No matter what general manager Tim Bezbatchenko and coach Greg Vanney do to right the ship down the line, the future is now for TFC.Eight losing seasons, nine managers and several other tattered visions have taken a toll. Talk is cheap when your franchise record is 62-120-74.The official line on Defoe? Hes coming back but well listen to offers.On Thursday, Bezbatchenko and Vanney laid out their plans for the future along with Jim Liston, the MLS clubs director of sports science and Michael Rabasca, director of cognitive development.It was an impressive show.Toronto measures everything from shoe size to heart rate as players progress through the ranks. The club has 23 principles on the field 13 attacking and 10 defensive that will be taught from the under-10 side team to the first team. Players are tracked on eight traits: motor general, motor specific, emotion, cognitive, life, psyche, social and personality. Practices are planned to test players ability to solve problems and react to situations on the field. Apparently even grit can be measured.Players are given daily schedules and tasks tailored to their needs, logging in by computer.A new USL feeder club is in the works to help bridge the gap between the first team and the senior academy side.Everything is up for consideration. It was noted that famed Dutch club Ajax has its youngsters learn martial arts as part of their physical education. Toronto has introduced gymnastics to its under-12, -13 and -14 players to help with their balance and co-ordination.Brain power can be improved too. Rabasca, whose career has involved both coaching soccer and occupational therapy for traumatic brain injuries among other issues, believes that TFC is on the cutting edge when it comes to the cognitive development side.For Vanney, whose brain is clearly firing on all cylinders, its all about helping players process whats going around them on the field.The former defender, who played both in MLS and France, believes that North American players have the physical tools to play at the highest level anywhere You add in the cognitive, the ability to read the game, the ability to do that in a timely manner at the proper speed, to have the solution, to have all of that sorted out prior to receiving the ball, thats where I think we fail. Thats where I think we are short. The presentation over, it was all about Defoe in the question-and-answer session.The player has never indicated that he doesnt want to be here, said Bezbatchenko. Hes a professional soccer player and hes committed to being (on) whatever team hes on.I think theres a community around him that maybe has indicated in various ways that they could be here or elsewhere, but from him no.Is it any wonder that Defoes future with the club has continued to be an issue?Bezbatchenko says the 32-year-old Defoe is recovering from groin surgery, is back running on the field and is in regular contact with club staff.But the GM also says that the team has contingency plans, in case Defoe or anyone else leaves.We have names, we are actively vetting those names, watching films on those names, speaking to clubs about names on that list.If someone comes and there is an offer, well consider it, he added.Defoes future has been the source of speculation since Toronto turned down a club-record transfer bid at the end of the summer transfer window. The next transfer window opens in January.Vanney, once again the voice of reason, saw two different Defoes last season.At the beginning, there was a striker who was sharp, healthy and scoring goals.He was that guy around the building and also on the field, said Vanney.Then Defoe was left off Englands World Cup squad and was plagued by a nagging injury hes not necessarily in the same place that he was at the beginning.Defoe then left for treatment in England.The question is which Defoe comes back. Vanney says the first indication from the player is positive, that he wants to get healthy so he can perform.We like that guy, said Vanney. That guy can make a difference in this league. And the guys like him in the locker-room.Bottom line? A fit, healthy and motivated Defoe is a huge asset for someone.Well see where it all falls out in the end, said Vanney. I feel very confident that if he shows up, we have a plan for him. If he doesnt show up, well have another plan that were very comfortable with.So we will stay on our toes on that. The football world moves very fast on any given moment so well be prepared.To Vanneys and Bezbatchenkos credit, they are thinking long-term, well beyond Defoe.As Vanney noted, when he walks through the door the final time he wants to leave a legacy for the franchise and Canadian soccer something that was largely lacking in the past.If people leave and you have to start back from scratch, its very hard to get anywhere, he said.As Toronto FC fans know well.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Sidney Crosby Jersey . Booth picked up 65 caps after making her national team debut in 2002 at the age of 17. She most recently played for Sky Blue FC of the National Womens Soccer League. "It just felt like it was my time to move on," she said in a phone interview from her hometown of Burlington, Ont. Matt Hunwick Jersey . On Sunday, head coach Patrick Roy said the teams leading scorer will skate at Mondays morning practice and the club will make a decision on his status for Game 6 at that point. http://www.penguinsauthenticofficial.com/larry-murphy-jersey/. -- The Anaheim Ducks have signed left wing Dany Heatley to a one-year deal, returning the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to the Pacific Division. Conor Sheary Jersey .Y. -- The "for sale" sign is up at the Buffalo Bills with the hiring of financial and legal advisers who may begin talking with prospective buyers within the next month. Mark Recchi Jersey . Assistant coach Glen Gulutzan said Thursday that Edler, who played Tuesday in Nashville, is out indefinitely.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The CJ2K era is over in Tennessee, just the latest step by the Titans in their franchise makeover. The Titans told Chris Johnson they are releasing him Friday after six seasons to avoid paying $8 million the running back is due in 2014, along with the final three seasons left on the $53.5 million contract he signed in September 2011. His release comes before the Titans start their off-season program Monday with new coach Ken Whisenhunt. General manager Ruston Webster said the Titans thank Johnson for his contributions, setting so many franchise records and being durable over his six seasons with Tennessee. "We have had an open dialogue with Chris agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process," Webster said in statement. "We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so." The Titans have been busy working to replace Johnson, who turns 29 in September. They agreed with Dexter McCluster on a three-year deal at the start of free agency after signing Shonn Greene in March 2013. The Titans also re-signed Jackie Battle recently, along with reaching a one-year deal for kick returner and running back Leon Washington on March 11. Adding another running back in the May draft also is expected. It didnt help that Johnson repeatedly said he wouldnt take a pay cut. The Titans didnt face a deadline that would have guaranteed the $8 million Johnson was due in 2014 until the first week of the regular season, but Johnson planned to report for the start of the off-season program Monday. He flew into Nashville late Thursday night to meet with the Titans on Friday. "Id like to thank all of my teammates, the fans, the staff and the coaches who have supported me throughout my journey with the Titans," Johnson said in a statement." I have grown so much as an individual and as teammate over the past few years, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience and talents tto a new organization.dddddddddddd Im looking forward to the next chapter and cant wait to contribute to my new team." Johnson got that big contract in 2011 after holding out through the preseason, calling himself a playmaker who deserved to be paid. He does have the most touchdown runs of 80 yards or longer in NFL history with six twice the total of anyone else in a group including Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and O.J. Simpson. He also has 12 career TD runs of at least 45 yards, trailing only Sanders (1Cool and Jim Brown (13) in that category. He is just the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons, along with Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon. But Johnson has fallen far short of the 2,006-yard season he posted in 2009, the sixth man to rush for at least 2,000 yards. He earned the nickname CJ2K for such exploits, but last season he went until the final game to top 1,000 and finished with 1,077 yards the second lowest total of his career. He also had a career-low 3.9-yard average. He was at his best catching 42 passes for 345 yards with four TDs, including a long of 66 yards. Greene, speaking on SiriusXM radio Friday, called Johnson a great teammate he had hoped would be back. Greene credited Johnson with teaching him a lot. "I still think he has a lot more, and hes going to prove that," Greene said. The Titans have been remaking the franchise this off-season since owner Bud Adams died in October. His son-in-law, Tommy Smith, took over as president, and the Titans fired coach Mike Munchak in January. Whisenhunt was hired to get this franchise back into the playoffs after a five-year drought, and he kept Sylvester Croom as the Titans running backs coach. Durability remains Johnsons best attribute. The 24th pick overall in 2008 out of East Carolina, Johnson has never missed a game because of injury. He had surgery after the season to repair a torn meniscus that he played with most of the year. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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