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TORONTO -- Toronto FC managers are no stranger to being on the hot seat, given the underachieving MLS franchises woeful record. Cyber Monday Tyler Boyd Jersey . Two months before the start of the 2014 season, Torontos Ryan Nelsen finds himself under the spotlight for entirely different reasons -- the high expectations that come with the clubs recent spending spree. As the slogan in the Detroit Red Wings dressing room says, "To whom much is given, much is expected." ESPN commentator Alexi Lalas clearly agrees, choosing Nelsen as his choice for coach on the hot seat during coverage of Thursdays MLS SuperDraft. The 36-year-old Nelsen welcomes the pressure. "Of course. Ive always been in that (situation) my whole career, my whole life," he said Thursday from Philadelphia, site of the MLS SuperDraft. "It doesnt take a rocket scientist to work that out. "Would I rather be in that position or what we were last year?" he asked. An easy question to answer. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the club, has raised the bar on MLS designated player compensation with the signing of England striker Jermain Defoe and U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley. The additions of Brazilians Gilberto and Jackson, Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario and U.S. international fullback Justin Morrow have also drawn attention to TFC. "We normally get the wrong end of the press generally so its nice to be, I suppose, on the other side," said Nelsen, who went 6-17-11 last season as he tried to sort out the salary cap and other issues he inherited. "And thats good for the fans and the club. "We know were still a couple of pieces away and were working really hard to get there. But well see." Nelsen, who became the franchises eighth manager in seven seasons when he took over prior to the 2013 season, added two more pieces Thursday by drafting Xavier centre back Nick Hagglund in the first round and Elon left-winger Danny Lovitz in the second (24th). The two players are ones for the future, although Nelsen says that can change depending on performance. "Both are guys that we saw that long-term would have the best positive chance to play for Toronto FC." Toronto sent its 15th overall pick and allocation money to the Philadelphia Union in order to get Hagglund with the 10th pick. "He was gone before it got to us (with the 15th pick) and we couldnt allow that," said Nelsen. "Youve got to get the guy that you really want." The 21-year-old Hagglund won Defensive Player of the Year honours in the Big East in 2013 for the second straight year. In his four seasons with the Musketeers, Hagglund made 80 starts with four goals and 11 assists. The Cincinnati native featured in 31 Xavier shutouts. Nelsen says the MLS Combine confirmed what they already knew about Hagglund -- a dominant centre back whos competitive, reads the game well and is good in the air. "Im so excited, Im pumped," Hagglund said of coming to Toronto. "I think this is the place to be playing soccer right now," he added. "This is where the excitement is happening." Hagglund calls himself a reliable defender -- "an athletic centre back that has the ability to outjump, outrun the guys that are coming at me." The six-foot-one 193-pounder started his collegiate career at forward, moving back to midfield and then centre back at the end of his freshman year after a change in coaches. Hagglunds selection adds depth to a Toronto backline that features captain Steven Caldwell, Canadian international Doneil Henry and Gale Agbossoumonde. Recently acquired U.S. international fullback Justin Morrow can also play centre back. Mark Bloom played well at right fullback when he came in at the end of last season, as the freezing out of incumbent Richard Eckersley started early due to his hefty contract. Asked what he planned at right back, Nelsen said: "Watch this space. We obviously know what we need and I wouldnt be very surprised if something happens pretty soon." It would seem that the club would have to use a one-time buyout to get rid of Eckersleys contract without impacting its salary cup. But given GM Tim Bezbatchenkos knowledge of what goes on behind the curtain at the leagues front office, there could be another outcome. In snapping up Bradley and squeezing a pair of draft choices out of the departing Bobby Convey and Stefan Frei, Bezbatchenko has already proved to be a canny operator. Toronto also has to do something about Argentine midfielder Matias Laba, either finding a way to remove his designated player label and keep him or move him on. Teams are only allowed three DPs and Toronto currently has four in Bradley, Defoe, Gilberto and Laba. The five-foot-10 193-pound Lovitz missed the Combine due to a slight meniscus tear. That may have helped Torontos cause since Nelsen believes he would have turned heads had he played. The 22-year-old from Wyndmoor, Pa., was Southern Conference player of the year in 2013. He had four goals and six assists in helping the Phoenix to a 15-5-3 record and the SoCon title. "Hes direct, hes left-footed, he runs at defenders," said Nelsen. "Hes got a great work ethic. He adds something that we kind of dont really have in our squad." Lovitz had nine goals and added 16 assists in 80 starts at Elon. Torontos original first-round pick -- third overall -- went to Vancouver in the trade for French striker Eric Hassli in July 2012. The Whitecaps used that to select California defender Christian Dean. Black Friday Boomer Esiason Jersey . Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the World Boxing Council said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization. Cyber Monday Andy Dalton Jersey http://www.nflbengalsfanatics.com/Black-Friday-Aj-Mccarron-Jersey/ . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months.NEW YORK -- His name is already on the ball. Now Adam Silver can put his stamp on the NBA. On All-Star Saturday in New Orleans, Silver will deliver his first state of the league press conference as commissioner, a chance to tell a worldwide viewing audience how he plans to make the NBA bigger and better than it was under David Stern. Dont expect anything major. After working so closely with Stern during his 22 years at the league, Silvers fingerprints were already all over the $5.5 billion business long before he became in charge of it 10 days ago. "Im not coming in with a five-point plan," Silver told The Associated Press during an interview in his office at NBA headquarters. "Im not an outsider coming into the league. Ive been part of this league for a long time and if there was something that I thought shouldve been done markedly different than the way its done now, I think David and I would have pushed each other to do it. "My priority is the game and thats what Ill be telling people next Saturday." He has been at the NBA since 1992, overseeing the leagues entertainment empire, helping negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and on Feb. 1, he replaced Stern. He is liked by owners and respected by players, all believing Silver is the person to continue the massive growth the league saw under Stern. "Hes someone who has the same kind of feel that we have, in the sense of how can we make this pie bigger? How can we make this game bigger? Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade said. "Hes going to be a good commissioner I believe. Strong in what he believes in. He was in the (CBA) meetings as well, so we know what kind of guy he is and we respect him." Silver, 51, ended up at taking Sterns old job after ignoring his advice early in his career. He laughs now when recalling the path that led to him becoming the NBA commissioner. "It never even was a consideration of working at the NBA," Silver said. "I dont think I understood what that meant. I truly stumbled into working at the NBA." Silver began his career in the legal field but was interested in transitioning to business, the same move Stern had so successfully made. So he wrote to Stern, who had worked at the same firm where Silvers father, Edward, was a lawyer. Silver had handled some media cases and was aware of Sterns accomplishments in negotiating cable TV deals. Stern gave him the number of someone to call, but the job was outside New York. Silveer wasnt interested in moving, which he explained to Stern when they spoke again. Cyber Monday Margus Hunt Jersey. "He said, Why didnt you tell me? Ive got some other ideas," Silver said. "It was happenstance," he added. "I dont think I quite understood what I was getting into at the time." He doesnt plan on changing much, insisting that he and Stern would have already made whatever changes they felt necessary. But while the NBAs international growth is frequently considered Sterns greatest achievement, Silver seems focused on boosting the games popularity in the United States. Silver has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to basketball. He attended Duke in the early 1980s before the Blue Devils became a powerhouse, when nobody camped out outside Cameron Indoor Stadium because you could just get into games with a student ID. He moved to Chicago to attend law school and began going to games with friends in the early days of Michael Jordan, before the Bulls became the biggest thing in basketball. Now Silver is following one of sports greatest commissioners. He acknowledges there will be times it will feel "lonely" without Stern there to face big decisions together, but Silver has worked so closely with Stern and been involved in so many aspects of the league that the transition should be a natural one. "Adam has been preparing for the job for a long time, he understands the business and I dont see him having much difficulty shifting into the role of commissioner," former NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said. But Silver, designated as Sterns successor in October 2012, knows that doesnt mean it will always be easy. "I didnt have the same appreciation for what he was going through on a daily basis as the commissioner until I really thought about, What if that were I and I had to make that decision?" Silver said. "And its very different being sort of the voice in the ear of the guy making the decision as opposed to the guy making the decision." Nonetheless, he believes the league is in a good place and ready to grow. He met with executives from Facebook and Twitter while visiting Sacramento and Golden State during his first week as commissioner, seeking ways to bring the NBA to a larger audience than ever. "To me," Silver said, "the game is fantastic. The challenge is to use these new technologies and platforms to help more fans discover the game." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 

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