TFC 2011 | Week#27

Highs & Lows

Time to rebound

Montezuma’s Revenge

The Reds suffered from acute distress this week. Or maybe that’s just my own gastric projection after watching their performance in Mexico. Feeble and out of sorts, they scuffed and pouted and slumped out a dismal loss. Apparently, what ever they ate on the flight south didn’t sit well.

A decent 15 minutes to open the game dissolved into a four goal clobbering in the first half. Pumas played a tedious game of keep away for the entire second half. Toronto FC never looked like a credible threat after that first quarter hour. The Reds were barely recognizable as the team that scored four against the Columbus Crew a few nights earlier.

It was a long way to fall after a very encouraging win last weekend in Columbus. The one constant for Toronto FC this season has been a total lack of consistency. With injuries and suspensions factored in, Aron Winter’s roster has not been reliable by any measure. The end result is sadly obvious.

Rapid Rebound

The Colorado Rapids are on a bit of a slide lately. They would be top of the Eastern Conference in points, but currently sit in fifth in the West. Colorado have never beaten TFC at home and will surely be coming into town looking to change that fact. The Rapids lost Conor Casey to injury for the season, and the team has to work that much harder to score without him.

We may get to see TFC’s new central defender, Kyle Davies. He was acquired in a deadline trade with the LA Galaxy in exchange for the barely here Dasan Robinson. Is this is the kind of reinforcement the Reds defense need right now? Fresh legs and some more moxy are in short supply. Should he prove capable and healthy, it will look like a savvy move. Davies is young, though, and hasn’t found his way into a starting professional job as yet. At 5’10”, he’s not the tallest central defender around, so obviously Paul Mariner sees something else in him.

Ty Harden and the back line had a tough game in Mexico City this week. Richard Eckersley’s suspension in CCL play certainly didn’t help matters. Overall, the back line looked confused and sluggish against a Pumas attack that was content to lob the ball deep and chase it down. Hopefully, Colorado won’t be watching that game film for ideas on breaking apart the Reds defense today.

There’s a tough run of games ahead and it would be a shame if the Reds emerged from this week depressed and despairing. Their showing in Columbus was the best of the season, and there are lots of promising signs that TFC’s game is coming together. A mental re-grouping and dose of positivity are in order.

It is season’s end already, and the MLS contest is well out of reach. The Champion’s League, however, remains a possibility. Toronto FC need to find their confidence again, and their desire to win. MLS matches from here on will best be used for that purpose.


Toronto FC  2 – 1  Colorado Rapids

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