TFC 2010 | Week#11

TFC’s Final Match Before World Cup

Toronto FC v Kansas City Wizards • 4pm on CBC TV

Kei Kamara

Kei Kamara

No Davy Arnaud

Sitting out the game with a suspension, Davy Arnaud’s absence is not good news for the KC Wizards. Arnaud’s one goal and one assist  in 2010 just don’t do justice to the impact role he plays for the Wizards. In his absence, offensive burdens will fall to Jack Jewsbury and Kei Kamara. The latter has five goals so far this season, and one dramatic missed goal that became a worldwide internet-phenom. Thus far, KC have only managed 9 goals, while letting in 13. Those aren’t great numbers, but not the worst going around by any means.

It’s fair to say the Wizards are struggling this season, though that still leaves them a short distance behind TFC in the East. Toronto FC, however, are on a roll lately. The Reds are undefeated in MLS play over the past four matches, and they will have to bring that same form to take the full three points from the visitors on Saturday.  As this is the last game before the MLS breaks for the group round of the World Cup, TFC supporters, players and management will be united in their desire for a strong parting message to MLS opponents. We would all like to believe that the strength and purpose the Reds have displayed recently is no mistake or passing fortune. It may be defense first for Preki’s team, but fans will be bouncing at BMO Field and hoping for another runaway victory.

A win will put Toronto in second place in the Eastern Conference, and nothing would resonate more than a decisive defeat of the team that both our Coach and GM played for earlier in their careers. The Wizards have faltered recently with problems in defense. A visit to BMO Field, with a healthy Toronto side sporting a full roster, is probably not the way they would like to end this chapter of the season. Toronto FC’s offense may not be so potent on the road, but in BMO Field the team is at its strongest. Anything can happen, of course, and nobody wants to hex the Reds with silly over-confidence.

Saturday will likely see a stronger, healthier and more rested Toronto FC taking the field before a well-deserved break. It would be fair to expect the team to take the confidence gained over the past month and use it to roll over the unfortunate Wizards. This will delight all attending.

My prediction: Toronto FC by two goals.

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