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TFC 2010 | Week#23

3 Games in 7 Days

The Good News

Only Dallas sits above us in the standings currently, with 37 points to TFC’s 27. Chicago are just three points behind that with two games in hand over the Reds, so ‘ahead’ in that case requires some context. In fact, all three of these teams are opponents Toronto can and/or should beat on a good night, which leads us to the flip side of the conversation…

The Bad News

Sadly, two of these next three games are on the road. This weekend Toronto travels to Dallas for a game without Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario and Nana Attakora. They are all playing for Canada instead in a friendly against Peru that same night. The Reds return Wednesday night through Chicago for a midweek game against a Fire team gunning to pass Toronto in the standings. And finally, they’ll be back at BMO on September 11th for the third match in the week against the basement dwelling DC United.

With just nine games remaining for TFC in the 2010 MLS season, this is the story from this point onward. After the DC game, TFC plays just two more regular season games at home. With 40 points over 30 games the defacto standard for making the playoffs, Toronto now have to find 13 points from these 9 games with most of them on the road. Anyone paying attention will know this isn’t something at which Toronto excels.

It Ain’t Over ’til the…

Obviously Toronto FC need some wins to make it to the post-season. They haven’t looked convincing of late. They haven’t looked terrible either. So, like last year, it seems as though we may have to wait to the bitter end to find out how the final playoff spots are allocated. Presuming Toronto can beat DC (the MLS’ worst team) and San Jose (the only team TFC beat on the road this season) at BMO Field, just a win or two on the road over the next few weeks and TFC will be sitting pretty. Less than that, particularly if they cannot win the last two home games, and the Reds’ playoff prospects seems quite dim.

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