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Tim Bezbatchenko has a plane to catch but he needs to talk to his wife first. The clock says 8pm, but it already feels like 2am to him. He wants to sleep, but tiredness is not the overriding emotion of the moment. It is one of great joy. He has just finished negotiating a deal for his newest job with Major League Soccer in New York. This morning he was in France, at the noted Clairefontaine base, where his primary focus was helping MLS improve their coaching standards with the desire to one day develop a genuine world-class star. Now, with France asleep including his wife and young son, darkness falls on Manhattan and a new chapter of his life has just begun. It is the night of Thursday, September 19, 2013 and tomorrow is his wedding anniversary. Bezbatchenko was hoping to celebrate another year married to the girl he met in college, but now the league is telling him he has to go to Toronto on the next flight available. Eight hours later it is 4am and he is at JFK Airport. By 7:30am, he is at the Air Canada Centre shaking hands with some of his new colleagues and by 10am, he is in front of a media circus for his press conference at BMO Field. He shifts in his chair excitedly when reflecting back to that day and was clearly proud of the message he delivered. I started talking about the vision and many of the things we put in place that day are still the same. Its the reason behind what we have done.a€? Focus immediately shifts to now. Its not difficult to understand why. After all, in the last three weeks, he has fired his head coach and most of his coaching staff and watched his team spiral down the Eastern Conference standings and out of a playoff spot. Such turmoil has led some to report another new dawn could soon be on its way at the club, but Bezbatchenko is more than confident he is the man to turn it all around. a€?I truly believe in this bunch of guys, Bezbatchenko said. We have put together a very good locker room with great character. This is not a reset, its a continuation of everything we said that day and thats what I want to continue to get across. September 2013 That day, a year ago this week, the 32-year-old American, was literally thrust into the limelight. That many cameras, that just doesnt happen in other MLS cities, he reflected as we sat down recently. He smiles as he reflects on how he and his family fell in love with Toronto immediately. Labour Day signals a change in the calendar for schools and the weather and it was also a change in the direction for Toronto FC. That day in 2013 was when Tim Leiweke picked up the phone and called Bezbatchenko. I was in a very comfortable position, but its only calls like that from a visionary like Tim Leiweke that pique your interest. We talked about doing something great, having the opportunity of taking a club that lacked any identity and inconsistency of success, to turn it around and we both knew it wasnt going to be easy, but we knew we would try our hardest to do it as quickly as possible.a€? The two Tims had formed a relationship when the younger version was working in the MLS office. When David Beckham was with LA Galaxy and needed to arrange a training stint at Tottenham to stay fit, Bezbatchenko was the man who coordinated that for the league. He did the same for Leiweke when Landon Donovan spent time on loan at Everton. The job was a great opportunity for me. I spoke to people around me, including the commissioner, but the moment we visited Toronto as a family it wasnt a hard decision. Why Not Zlatan? Bezbatchenko was the longest name on the list of candidates, but it wasnt the only one. However, it was the name at the top of Leiwekes list. When convinced he would take the job, Leiweke sat him down and started to pick his brain. He wanted to know who I would want to sign as a DP, who would be a good target. I remember thinking a€?Wow, he really wants to get into this, so I brought up (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic. Look, I knew he wasnt available and was happy at PSG, but he is someone for me who is the perfect DP and when you think of a traditional DP and what it means in Tims world, because it has been diluted since, Ibra checks all the boxes for what a DP originally meant to be - skill, panache, bigger-than-life mentality, scorer of amazing goals and some controversy, too. Bezbatchenko had no idea if Leiweke even knew of the Swedish striker, but it didnt matter. He was asked to go back and prepare more names for potential DP signings. Bezbatchenko decided to go one better. I wrote a plan. It included history of TFC, a look at decisions that were emotionally based, a lack of a plan, too many changes with no basis for them and, then, I got analytical with the budget and got into what player values were and should be. This was Bezbatchenkos wheelhouse. At the University of Richmond, he was the star on a college soccer team that was a mid-major in the national championship. He was obsessed with the sport from childhood and still has all of the 1994 World Cup matches on VHS tapes at his parents house. In his senior year, he did his thesis on MLS player wages and whether they were artificially suppressed by looking at how much players were paid proportionate to gate revenue. At the time, he still had a dream to become one of those players himself, but months later he would go undrafted at the 2004 MLS Superdraft. MLS had contracted to 10 teams, so it was harder to get into and, in my mind, there is that part, but looking back I know I just wasnt good enough, you know? He went on to play two years in the USL with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, winning the championship, went to law school and worked at an attorney generals office in Virginia where he mastered the anti-trust laws that interlock sports and law so often. It helped shape me. I saw the DC sniper (John Allen Muhammad) on death row and got to walk and talk to other people on death row and saw a different side of life that keeps perspective on what we are doing here on a day-to-day basis. His law working experience taught him a lot about working under stress, reading people and books. A lot of books. You have to read a lot at all sorts of hours of the day when people are tired and you cannot miss anything. I learned a lot about professionalism, how to be detail-orientated and it changed the way I approached problems and conflict resolution. MLS Two years later, a job was posted at the MLS player development department for a lawyer, who also had playing experience, and after not getting in as a player, he finally found his role. Immediately, Bezbatchenko cherished his surroundings despite facing challenges. When I walked in there, back in 2010, there wasnt one PDF file about players contracts. It was all in binders. Six years earlier, as a student, before Moneyball was written, he had already put them in a system himself from his house. He was the perfect candidate to move MLS forward. His first assignment was to help expansion cities Vancouver and Portland construct their rosters. Thats when he started to learn how to navigate the rules of MLS, how to build a squad, be budget-compliant and how to sign players. Its also where he got to know a lot about Toronto FC, which helped him prepare the documents that impressed Leiweke so much when he was hired. TFCs representative at MLS HQ to help them finish their deals was Bezbatchenko. He was the key witness to all of the clubs past mistakes. The GM, understandably, is hesitant to critique former employees of TFC, but does clarify what his roles were and how it convinced him that one day he could do the job. a€?You have to understand that we have to make sure that no one can ever use the league as the reason for their failures, Bezbatchenko explains. However, when you are on the phone everyday with different GMs, going through their decision-making and when they start asking you for advice and your opinion, then inevitably, you can calibrate what you think of the game and whether it would actually work, how you would do things differently, and you start to think I could do it, although I never imagined it would come so early!a€? Project: Defoe Bezbatchenkos reports impressed Leiweke, but when he arrived he knew already that the number one target was Jermain Defoe. a€?We went over on the trip and it was larger than life for everyone, even Tim (Leweike,) Bezbatchenko recalled. No one in MLS has ever gone after a DP like the way we went after Jermain Defoe, except for David Beckham, which was a little different, and it felt great because it was like we were coming in and we were going to get what we want. I got to know Ryan (Nelsen) and Tim really well, wed stay up late and talk soccer. I knew my place. I know how to create a vision and how to get people on board for that. Ryan could speak about the league and wanting to play for us, not going to a club battling relegation. What a big name can do for a club and a business, thats Tim, the whole idea of building a club that is built on a DP super club, he has the blueprint for that.a€? By next summer, at least two-thirds of these amigos will be gone, but the one remaining believes he is ready to lead with or without Defoe, who he says he wants to keep if he wants to be here. a€?Tim and I have a roadmap for success and we will work on that until he leaves, but I firmly believe now, a year in, that I can execute that, he said. Personally, I feel I have connected with Jermain and his family. There is a relationship beyond the locker room and I know, despite all the reports, we want him on the pitch for us. We are firmly set on making the playoffs, we made that commitment to the fans and it wasnt about taking the money. This year, he has been frustrated and unsettled because of his injuries, but we have his flight booked to return and he is ready to come back.a€? Having Defoe and Michael Bradley at the club meant expectations have increased inside it. Bezbatchenko admits that such players made a difference at how he monitored everything. On a recent conference call about Defoe he said: We have a committed player. He was frustrated with the course of our team, no doubt. That was one of the reason we made the (coaching) change.a€? He told me: a€?Throughout the season, Michael and Jermain held me and everyone to a higher standard. Its a measurable a€“ you have to evaluate your work. Its up to me to measure our progress and one of them is always a€?Are the players responding and how are they responding? I attended training and talked to the players and that, along with a number of factors, primarily results, led to the change.a€? It is no secret that former head coach Ryan Nelsen had a good relationship with Defoe, but Bezbatchenko said he spoke to the English striker for 30 minutes this week about returning and the former Tottenham man never brought up Nelsens departure in the conversation. Despite the way their professional relationship ended, Bezbatchenko enjoyed working with Nelsen, even though they werent always on the same page. a€?We worked hard talking about players constantly and about what our needs were, said Bezbatchenko. There would be different ways that we would go about trades. One can be the coaching staff saying we dont need this player, so I call around and see what his value is, whether he is an asset, and other times, I would offer opportunities to coaches by knowing other GMs and what they need. We all have to be on board on all these deals. I know as a GM, I am not the coach, so I am not going to tell them how to play or do a coaching session, but long-term, my vision has to be consistent with my coach and there were times, when looking at potential deals, that we werent always on the same page and so it didnt get done. Thats why I brought Greg (Vanney) in, because we share the same vision, starting from a youth standpoint and how wed like our first team to play.a€? And with that Bezbatchenko leaves the interview because he has a reservation at a nearby restaurant. a€?Early anniversary dinner with the wife?a€? I ask. a€?No, I have a meeting with the clubs supporters group, the Red Patch Boys,a€? he smiles. Make no mistake, after a year on the job, this is now Tim Bezbatchenkos Toronto FC. Luke Falk Jersey . Smith, who raised eyebrows at the CFL combine in March with his ability on both sides of the ball, confirmed in a statement he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol prior to auditioning for league officials. Titans Jerseys . The struggling New Orleans Pelicans were simply overmatched. Crawford hit seven 3s on his way to 24 points, and the Clippers beat the Pelicans 123-110 on Monday night. "We understand what we do well. 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Logano helped Team Penske strengthen its grip as the organization to beat for the championship, pulling away on an overtime restart to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Make it 2 for 2 for Team Penske in the Chase. "Were doing what weve got to do to win this thing right now," Logano said. Logano and teammate Brad Keselowski, who won the Chase opener at Chicagoland, have both advanced to the next round. Four drivers will be eliminated after every third race, and a win guarantees a driver an automatic berth into the next round. The first cutoff race is next week at Dover International Speedway. Team Penske will be playing with house money at the Monster Mile. Roger Penskes crew is rolling, winning four of the last five races dating to Bristol and snagging the early lead on the scorecard against Hendrick Motorsports. "Confidence is high through the 22 team right now, all of Team Penske," Logano said. "All of Team Penske. We feel like weve got some championships to win, not only on the Cup side, but Nationwide side. And youve got IndyCar. Were just trying to catch up to them." Will Power won the IndyCar Series championship for Penske last month. Logano raced to his fourth victory of the season, leading 73 laps and surviving a NASCAR season-high 15 cautions that wrecked results for several Chase drivers. He took the lead from Kevin Harvick with 27 laps left and went on to his seventh career Cup victory. Logano attended his first NASCAR race at New Hampshire when he was 5, made his first career Cup start here and won his first race in 2009. But that was a rain-shortened win that always gnawed at Logano. Until he became a regular winner, it was considered a bit of a fluke and the rain meant Logano was denied a traditional victory celebration. This time, he took No. 22 Ford for the celebratory burnouts and a spinn around the track holding the checkered flag.dddddddddddd "I didnt know where Victory Lane was, actually," Logano said. "I just didnt want to come in. I want to stay out. I never got out in front of all the fans on the front straightaway before. It was just too cool." Keselowski led 78 laps, hit the wall, and still was in the hunt for a win. The 2012 champion failed in his bid to win a third straight Cup race, though he salvaged a seventh-place finish. "We certainly have a lot to be proud of, but theres a lot of work to do," Keselowski said. Keselowski and Logano are 1-2 in the points standings. Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola are in the bottom four of the 16-driver field at and risk of getting cut next Sunday at Dover. Rookie Kyle Larson was second at New Hampshire for his second top-three finish in two weeks. Chase drivers took seven of the first 10 spots at New Hampshire. Harvick was third, Jimmie Johnson fifth, Almirola sixth, Kyle Busch eighth, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10th. "Its not all about winning and losing at this point. Its about advancing," said Harvick, who led a race-high 104 laps. The staggering number of cautions slowed the 300-mile race and wrecked the chances for several Chase drivers to contend for a win. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, and Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne all finished outside of the top 20. Tony Stewart was 30th in his first race since he learned a grand jury will decide his fate in the fatal sprint car crash in upstate New York. Other Chase drivers included: AJ Allmendinger was 13th, Roush Fenway Racing drivers Biffle and Carl Edwards were 16th and 17th, Ryan Newman 18th, Kenseth 21st, Kahne 23rd, and Gordon 26th. Hamlins No. 11 Toyota suffered from fuel woes and was later collected in a multicar wreck and will likely need a win at Dover to advance. "Its going to be hard to do it without some help," Hamlin said. Logano gave Ford its 12th win this season and 630th overall. About the only sour note was Penskes absence, who skipped the race because of an overseas business trip. But The Captain was filled in on the news that his driver won a race — which almost seems like a guarantee these days. "Weve got to keep our eye on the prize and think about the big trophy at the end," Logano said. Cheap NFL Black Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '
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