Title: Lynx Prepare For Season, But Not Quite Ready Yet
Ryan Keay - April 18, 2006 07:42 PM (GMT)
With the dawn of the 2006 Toronto Lynx season, an uncharacteristic silence has eminated from the Lynx head office. With the season opener scheduled for this Saturday in Virginia Beach, there were more questions than answers regarding the team for the upcoming season. As the Toronto Lynx had their season opening press conference today at the Airport Travelodge, many of those questions were answered, although there remain numerous loose ends.
The proceedings, led by Lynx broadcaster and Fan 590 radio personality Dan Dunleavy opened by introducing returning Lynx Manager Duncan Wilde. Wilde introduced his assistant Billy Steele in addition to player-coaches Joe Mattacchione and Theo Zagar. Steele will focus on team training and will serve as Wilde's right hand man, while Zagar and Mattacchione will operate in more of a consultantcy position. Legendary Dr. George Gringmuth was also announced to be returning as team doctor and physio.
Prior to announcing the roster for the Lynx team, new Lynx jerseys were unveiled. This season, the Lynx will be wearing jerseys produced by Legea. The home jersey will be black, with a yellow stripe across the centre of the jersey, the away jersey is almost entirely yellow. A third jersey is rumoured to be in existance and was described as a neon green jersey like that of Barcelona, but brighter.
The Lynx team would then be announced, but with a disclaimer. Unlike previous seasons, the roster was not set going into the season opening press conference. Wilde stated that there were four or five roster moves in the works, and that a few of these could be considered to be major. One of these moves presumably be Brazilian midfielder Neto who was in the process of gaining international clearance this morning. The other moves are rumoured to be USL veterans who would make a significant impact in the Lynx lineup.
Nevertheless, the Lynx would introduce sixteen players who have been confirmed to be sporting the black and gold this season. The major announcement was regarding the signing of Mississauga native and Canadian International Tony Menezes. He will be expected to anchor the Lynx backline this season. The back-line will also feature returning Lynx players Joe Mattacchione, Chris Williams and Andres Arango as well as newcomer Marko Bedenikovic, a young Canadian defender from Wilde's Oakville Blue Devils.
The midfield was full of familiar faces as well, with Dave Diplacido, Jamie Dodds, Robbie Aristodemo, and Darren Baxter announced to be with the team. Aristodemo will join the team after his indoor season, in time for the home opener on May 13th. Vaughan Shooters and OCAA standout midfielder Cameron Medwin has also been announced to be with the Lynx this season. Medwin, 24, averaged three goals every four games with Humber College in the OCAA and was an integral part of the Vaughan Shooters midfield, and was stated to be able to play any midfield position.
In the attack, the team is much less familiar with only one returning face, “Wonder” Huffman Eja-Tabe. He will be complimented by UPEI Striker and CIS Player of the Year Ryan Anstey who has been given the much vaunted number ten jersey. Anstey will likely not be available immediately as he seems to be carrying a leg injury. In addition to Anstey, CPSL strikers Matt Palleschi and Jeremy Shepherd, a recent Canadian U20 international. The Lynx have also inked academy graduate Chris Baker as a backup keeper for the team.
Notable by their absence in these lists are former Lynx players Rick Titus, Edgar Bartolomeu and Shaun Faria. Faria and Bartolomeu are currently recovering from injuries and are expected to join the team in the near future. Defender Rick Titus has been rumoured to have been cut from the team.
Ryan Keay - April 18, 2006 07:46 PM (GMT)
Artists interpretation of the new home jerseys
Andre v2.0 - April 18, 2006 07:50 PM (GMT)
Nice jersey rendition. Though I'm curious to see just how luminous these rumoured 3rd jerseys are. Will they be visible from space?
U-SECTOR - April 18, 2006 08:17 PM (GMT)
THey wont be as bright and sexy as the pink shirt I wore to the press conferance today :) B)
Rudi - April 18, 2006 09:57 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Ryan Keay @ Apr 18 2006, 03:46 PM)|
|Artists interpretation of the new home jerseys|
Haha, great rendering... B)
Good thing there was a U-Sector friendly digital video camera in the room ;)
Ryan Keay - April 18, 2006 11:01 PM (GMT)
SeanKeay - April 18, 2006 11:41 PM (GMT)
There will be an online interview with Ryan Anstey with in the week, done by me :)
Rudi - April 18, 2006 11:55 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (SeanKeay @ Apr 18 2006, 07:41 PM)|
| There will be an online interview with Ryan Anstey with in the week, done by me :) |
I hope you don't edit out the wink and the gun.
zacRWE - April 18, 2006 11:58 PM (GMT)
looks like everyone had a good time, sad I couldent go.
jerseys look nice, but im anticipating the 3rd, so I can indeed peep them via Google Earth. Nice rendering Ryan, btw.
Cant wait till future news and the season opener.
- Tom, this wasnt the "Im a cheap slut" shirt, was it?
Rudi - April 18, 2006 11:59 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (U-SECTOR @ Apr 18 2006, 04:17 PM)|
| THey wont be as bright and sexy as the pink shirt I wore to the press conferance today :) B) |
You were the best dressed camera man there B)
Thanks again for helping me out.
Gian-Luca - April 19, 2006 12:29 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Ryan Keay @ Apr 18 2006, 02:42 PM)|
Wow, what a gathering of the media! :blink:
Rudi - April 19, 2006 12:36 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Gian-Luca @ Apr 18 2006, 08:29 PM)|
Wow, what a gathering of the media! :blink:
Haha, to be fair I was standing beside three other camera men for that shot (with much more 'official' logos on their cameras than my Humber College one). Most of the people were behind me at that point.
I saw a CHIN camera, Rogers (Sportsnet), and one I couldn't identify, plus various print reporters.
The room was actually more full than I expected.
busanbhoy - April 19, 2006 02:13 AM (GMT)
The shirts hung from the chandeliers - pure class
Yes Im Peter Ing - April 19, 2006 07:22 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Ryan Keay @ Apr 18 2006, 06:01 PM)|
| More pics from the event:|
Such an enthusiastic bunch, too!
kiko - April 19, 2006 12:40 PM (GMT)
They were probably all simply distracted by Tom's shirt.
U-SECTOR - April 19, 2006 01:07 PM (GMT)
It had to be the hot pink :P
|- Tom, this wasnt the "Im a cheap slut" shirt, was it?|
No Zac, I plan on winning that bet :)
| You were the best dressed camera man there cool.gif|
Thanks again for helping me out.
No problem Rudi, hopefully my hand didnt shake too much :)
Sean has the Antsy inteview and we will finally let theworld know about hia hobby of bulding forts and what thats about. Also Rudi talked with Arrango and Duncan on camera. Otherwise we just talked to people off camera.
Bill Spiers - April 19, 2006 01:56 PM (GMT)
As everyone knows, former Lynx player Paul Stalteri now plays in the EPL for Spurs.
One of the new Lynx signings also has a Spurs connection. Who is it - and what is the connection?
Too easy for you, Sean, so keep quiet. And if this was mentioned at the press conference, the other attendees should keep quiet as well (for now).
SeanKeay - April 21, 2006 05:09 PM (GMT)
Anyone gonna answer??? come on..... its pretty easy to find out who it is..
Bill Spiers - May 8, 2006 10:17 PM (GMT)
OK - no-one wants to guess! Tell them who it is, Sean, but hope you get it right!
SeanKeay - May 9, 2006 08:40 PM (GMT)
Camersons father played for spurs...... right
Bill Spiers - May 10, 2006 01:54 AM (GMT)
Close - Cameron Medwin's grandfather was Terry Medwin - Welsh international and member of Spurs double-winning side of 1960-61.
Although Terry was not one of the famous first eleven that year, he did play a number of games if Cliff Jones or Terry Dyson - the regular wingers - were injured and scored five goals.
In total he played for Spurs from 1956 to 1963 and scored 72 goals in 215 appearances in all competitions.
SeanKeay - May 10, 2006 02:06 AM (GMT)
Ahh yes, i dont know what i was thinking...