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In a short time at the helm, Tim Leiweke has made a massive impact on Toronto FC and his upcoming departure as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will likely lead to some uncertainty as to how the club will move forward. After seven years of failure at TFC, Leiweke started the job of dragging the club off its knees and giving it relevance again in the countrys biggest media market. He has made big progress, but the task is nowhere near finished, and the departure of Leiweke will raise questions about Torontos future ability to compete as one of the top two or three power brokers in Major League Soccer. In MLS, you dont necessarily need to spend mega bucks to bring success – look at last years two MLS Cup finalists, Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake for example - but with Leiweke in charge the goal wasnt just to be good in MLS, it was to become a "super club." He made big, bold promises, and he certainly delivered. On a cold, January day Toronto FC made one of the biggest splashes in Major League Soccer history, introducing not one, but two Designated Players arriving in the league from Europe. The signings of Jermain Defoe from Tottenham Hotspur and Michael Bradley from Roma marked a day in the clubs history that can only be matched in importance by the day the franchise was launched. "A very simple saying we will steal from the Kennedys is appropriate today," Leiweke said when opening the press conference on that day back in January. "Some people see things as they are and say why. Others dream of what can be and they say why not. Today is why not. Why cant we be great?" It was a day that made a big impact within the city of Toronto, but also changed the landscape across Major League Soccer. Those deals set a new standard for MLS, but they also saved the club from obscurity. Toronto had to commit what Leiweke called "financial suicide" to make the signings, but it was the only option at the time. In Leiwekes own words, "the patient was dying." The club was on "life support." You cant put a price on saving a club. Since bringing David Beckham to LA Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007, Leiweke shown he has the ability to operate superbly in the global football environment. That ability is something Toronto FC lacked in the past, and will need to ensure they establish post-Leiweke if they are to compete on the biggest stage. Without Leiweke there is no Defoe in Toronto. Without Leiweke there probably wouldnt be the signing of Michael Bradley either. It was his contacts, negotiating skills and sales charm that made those moves a possibility. Having him in charge of TFC opened doors. He also managed to convince the board of directors to splash out enormous sums of money to make those deals a reality. Leiwekes arrival in Toronto was a big win for the MLS team because of his soccer background. He had already achieved a lot within the sports and entertainment business, but he also had a track record in MLS. His interest in the team and the league meant he invested a lot of time into fixing the club. While others in that role may give more time and energy to the Maple Leafs and Raptors, Leiweke was just as invested in getting things right at Toronto FC. He fired TFCs vastly experienced president and general manager Kevin Payne and appointed rookie GM Tim Bezbatchenko from the league office. He stuck with head coach Ryan Nelsen. Its still too early to say whether those moves will prove to be a success, but at this stage the club is on course for its first ever playoff appearance. So as Leiweke exits, it will be intriguing to see how big the impact will be on Toronto FC. Will they still choose to go after the big names with the "anything is possible," approach? Or will they be much more reserved in their ambitions? Either way, Leiweke has laid a foundation and there is still much building to be done. Nike Roshe One Flyknit Nere .C. -- After turning Tobacco Road into "Raleigh Top," Tennessee is headed to the round of 16. Nike Roshe One HYP QS Uomo . -- Alex Anthopoulos spoke volumes with what he didnt say on right-hander Ervin Santana. http://www.rosheoneuomo.com/roshe-one-n ... ml.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, its hard to see the downside. Nike Roshe One Dyn FW . Both sides came closest to scoring in the first half, when Roma had a goal from Mattia Destro waved off for offside and Inters Rodrigo Palacio headed high. "A draw was a fair result. Neither squad had many chances," Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic said. Nike Roshe One Flyknit . Yet heading to New York, the Habs remain positive as it all comes down to the one main ingredient that the organization has built its team on - character.England slipped to a 75-run defeat to Pakistan in the first Investec Test at Lords, bowled out for 207 on day four, with Mohammad Amir taking the final wicket six years on from his last Test. Yasir Shah took four wickets to finish with match figures of 10-141, while Johnny Bairstow was the pick of the England batsmen, lasting 147 deliveries for his 48 runs, showing the sort of application that was lacking from the England top order.Joe Root (9) and Moeen Ali (2) will have questions to answer in particular for their shot selection; Root top-edging an attempted pull off Rahat Ali (3-47) and Moeen bowled when skipping down the pitch fourth ball to Yasir.Bairstow and Chris Woakes (23 off 108 balls) blunted the attack for 31.4 overs in their 56-run partnership for the seventh wicket, before the former was finally beaten, bowled by Yasir. Jonny Bairstow pulls a ball to the boundary during day four of the first Test Amir (2-39) took two wickets late in the day, including the final one to fall - Jake Ball bowled - to spark unique Pakistani celebrations, with team press-ups on the Lords outfield.The day had started so well for England when using up just 13 deliveries to take the final two Pakistan second innings wickets - Stuart Broad (3-38) dismissing Yasir (30) and Amir (1) with only one run added to the tourists overnight total.The momentum carried into the early overs of Englands chase, 19 runs coming from the first three overs before Rahat picked up the key wicket of Alastair Cook (8) off a thin edge through to Sarfraz Ahmed.Runs continued to come, but as a result Alex Hales (16) rather recklessly launched into a full-blooded cut shot at a wider ball from Rahat, edging it to Mohammad Hafeez at slip. Check out this fans celebration when Pakistans Mohammed Hafeez took a catch in the slips! James Vince (42) beautifully drove his second ball through the covers for four, though the shot would later get him in trouble, including being dropped on nine off Rahat by Younus Khan - the Pakistan veteran failing to cling on when diving low to his right.ddddddddddddahat eventually grabbed his third wicket though when Root inexplicably pulled a short ball to the fielder at deep square-leg waiting for the shot.Vince and Gary Ballance (43) gave England renewed hope, adding 49 for the third wicket, taking the hosts safely through to lunch without further loss.But Vince fell to the fourth ball after the interval, his favourite cover drive again his downfall, edging Wahab Riaz (1-46) to Younus, who this time held on at the second attempt at second slip.Yorkshire pair, Ballance and Bairstow repelled the Pakistan attack for a further 39 runs before Yasir (4-69) took two wickets in two overs, first bowling Ballance round his legs and then Moeen gifting his wicket away when racing down the track to the leg-spinner and losing his middle stump. Englands Gary Ballance is bowled by Yasir Shah It brought Bairstow and Woakes together at the crease; the pair frustrating Pakistan with multiple edges from both batsmen not carrying to the slips - Wahab and Yasir particularly unfortunate.Woakes was also given out lbw to Yasir, though the decision was overturned with replays showing the hed got an inside edge on the ball. The partnership was finally broken soon after, Bairstow bowled by an innocuous looking short ball from Yasir that went straight on with the arm - the Yorkshireman utterly crestfallen after his long vigil.Broad (1) fell swiftly, bowled by Amir, who then thought he was on a hat-trick when Steve Finn was given out lbw - but again the decision was overturned due to a faint inside edge.Yasir took the next wicket, his 10th in the match, as Woakes edged to slip looking to drive the spinner, and then Amir ended the game by bowling Ball with a yorker.Pakistan take a 1-0 lead into the second Test of the four match series at Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports 2 from 10am on Friday.Watch highlights of todays play and The Verdict on Sky Sports 3 tonight at 8pm and 9pm respectively. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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