5.13.2007

the voice of toronto fc

The front page of this morning's Toronto Star featured a huge colour photo of Toronto Football Club, the city's new Major League Soccer franchise. Fans were celebrating* the club's first goal, and first win.

Those of you who follow Life Without Borders know that Toronto FC's public address announcer is none other than our own Mason! Mason was the PA announcer for the Colorado Rapids (also MLS). People from Maple Leaf Sports, which owns Toronto FC, were blown away by his audition and scooped him up just in time for the start of the season. Don't believe me? Check this out!

How cool that a newcomer to Toronto and to Canada is already so involved in the life of the city. Of course, Nick is also integral to Toronto. But he's only helping troubled families and children live normal lives. Nothing as important as announcing for a soccer team.**

I don't follow soccer, but I was pleased that Toronto's team was given a proper football name, not the silly nicknames that so many teams are forced to carry. From the looks of it, Toronto FC has a built-in fan base, hungry for footie and ready to rabidly support the home club.

Perhaps Mason will stop by and tell us about announcing the team's very first goal.

Now for Maple Leaf Sports to realize that Mason should be announcing Leafs games, too...


* By throwing their souvenir seat cushions onto the field!
** Why is it anytime I use sarcasm in a post, I'm afraid readers won't get it?

7 comments:

redsock said...

Cool! (Though not the greatest photo of Mason.)

The New York Red Bulls??? (Is that product placement?)

Play-by-play! Can you score a soccer game? (Video here; click on the 350K link under the Video Highlights column.)

James said...

From the looks of it, Toronto FC has a built-in fan base, hungry for footie and ready to rabidly support the home club.

How long 'til we have a major cricket team?

(I've seen three pick-up cricket games in Toronto parks so far this spring)

M@ said...

Although I didn't make it this weekend, I was there for Mason's debut and he was great. I hope the team does well -- I was worried, to be honest, that they would not get a home win this year.

Nothing as important as announcing for a soccer team.

May I quote Liverpool coach Bill Shankly?

Some people believe that football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude; it is much, much more important than that.

L-girl said...

May I quote Liverpool coach Bill Shankly?

I knew someone would. Someone always does. :)

Mason said...

[blushing]

That home opener and the last game against Chicago were incredible. I've been to Stanley Cup playoff games, AFC Championship games and several other biggies and I don't think there has been anything close to the electricity and excitement that was in BMO Field for the FC.

M@ said...

[Tip of hat] Glad to be of service, ma'am. :)

Seriously, though, if anyone didn't get the sarcasm there... well, let's just hope everyone did.

Keep us posted, Mason -- soon you'll be on every mike in every broadcast booth in the city!

Nikolas said...

It was an awesome game! I was able to go and the electricity in the air was amazing!