TFC 2010 | Week#9

Big Test For Toronto FC

Zack Schilawski

Rookie Zack Schilawski scored his first three MLS goals against Toronto FC on April 10.

Can TFC win without Dwayne De Rosario?

It would be nice to keep the undefeated at home status rolling a bit longer. That will be one part of the challenge for Toronto FC tomorrow afternoon when they line up on BMO Field. The bigger question hanging over the club in the ninth week of the season is whether they can win a match without their Captain, Dwayne De Rosario. The man has scored 6 of the team’s 11 goals this season, and assisted on three more. With DeRo absent from the roster, having made the trip to Argentina to play for Canada in an international friendly on Monday, the Reds now will be forced to take this unfortunate test.

The New England Revolution embarrassed TFC in early April. Their rookie forward, Zack Schilawski capitalized on a total defensive meltdown to pot three goals inside of a ten minute span. Toronto FC squandered a first half 1-0 lead and fell to the Revs 4-1. It was a miserable performance, and definitely a haunting memory for fans and players alike. The good news for Toronto tomorrow is that the Revolution haven’t won a game since April 10. Shalrie Joseph, the Revs dominating midfielder, has since left for long-term leave to deal with substance abuse, and the Revs current injury list is as long as Toronto’s too. Saturday’s match will see both sides stretching to prove themselves.

Julian de Guzman In or Out?

Sidelined for the past few matches with a hamstring strain, Julian de Guzman’s return to the roster would be a welcome bonus tomorrow. Without him, we’ll likely see similar starters that hit the field Wednesday in Vancouver. Without DeRo and de Guzman, we should all expect a game plan that abandons virtually all attack for an ‘endure the siege’ defensive posture. Gunning for another scoreless draw is hardly going to get the fans bouncing, but it may be what we should be expecting. We haven’t given up a goal in the past four matches, but we’ve also only scored 1 in the past three.

Toronto FC have had a busy run through May, and this is the fourth game in eleven days for them. One has to hope that Preki’s attempts to rest and rotate the subs through the line up has left something in the tank for the bout with New England. Chad Barrett has been looking good recently, and he will be the go-to guy at the front tomorrow. It would be nice to see Barrett and O’Brian White find some harmony in attack, should Preki field a 4-4-2 formation. A 4-5-1 is just as likely, as Garcia will be lining up for the suspended Maxim Usanov and gaining some extra cover for him will be a consideration.

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