First things first:
Olivier Tebily still doesn't have a contract, though he was back at practice with the team today.
In a perfect world I'd have interviewed him today and in tomorrow's paper you'd all be reading about how he feels about playing the waiting game. But the world's not perfect, and the team couldn't make him available to me today... because he doesn't have a contract.
|AARON HARRIS/TORONTO STAR|
|Laurent Robert joined Toronto FC for the 2008 season and gave the team an immediate, er, kick.|
Shouldn't be much longer though. When I asked John Carver about Tebily he actually had to double check that Tebily hadn't in fact signed a contract before explaining that this deal's getting bogged down in minor details, but that he expects Tebily to sign.
So far, though, nobody connected with TFC can tell me when.
Even so, I think it'll happen sooner rather than later. In fact, I'm checking my email for TFC news releases as I write this post, hoping Tebily doesn't sign before I publish and render this whole thing useless.
Wouldn't surprise me to see him sign tomorrow. Wednesday's a day off for the team, which might free people up to finish the paperwork a deal like this requires.
It's also my day off, which is when everything seems to happen. Laurent Robert signing. Kluivertgate (you gotta love chasing rumours...he was NEVER going to sign here, guys)....and now maybe Tebily**.
** Once again, a disclaimer: Predictions made on the blog are NOT legally binding and should under no circumstances be used as the basis for Proline picks, MLS fantasy pools, or internet discussion board pontificating. If Tebily takes three more weeks to sign, or takes the next flight back to Birmingham, remember that this blog is PURE speculation intended to stimulate conversation. HOWEVER...if this deal happens on Wednesday I receive full credit for predicting it correctly. These are the rules of journalism. I don't make them up. I just play by them.
Before I go...
I take a little heat from readers about not being soccerish enough. You won't find terms like "match fitness," or "pace" in my copy, and when somebody scores two goals, I'll write that he scored two goals. A "brace" is something you use to stabilize a weak joint, like Ronnie O'Brien's knee.
But I still keep my eyes and ears open so I can learn a little something from the footy purists I interact with daily. Today, for expample, I'm going to use the phrase "Argentine Clausura" in my blog.
As in, what do you guys think of this goal from the Argentine Clausura?
Best I've seen in a while.
-- Morgan Campbell