TFC 2014

Winsome and Lonesome


Remember what this felt like?

Back from the Bye Week

This feels like a good moment to drop back into Better Red regularly again.

2014 has been a tricky season for me, as a weekly contributor. The past two campaigns had drained my will. My reserves of hope and faith were really low. The hype of off-season changes had me praying it wasn’t delusion before disappointment, again.

But the TFC of 2014 is most definitely a new team. Very much improved. And they could not have started better, with wins three out of the first four games. Half of last season’s total just like that. It was hard not to be giddy.

While they were healthy, Michael Bradley and Jermain Dafoe looked to be worth every penny spent on bringing them here. Julio Cesar too. I think Gilberto also will make an impact at some point soon.

Some injury problems tested the depth of the team early this year. Clearly less potent than the best 11, the B squad showed it deserves some respect. A win on the road was no small contribution.

Two sour losses later, in forms that looked familiar to TFC traditions (like a late game faltering goal), I feel we have reached some sobering reality about what lies ahead.

At a respectable 3 – 3, Toronto FC  have shown that the roster has the power to perform. Three losses merely prove that the Reds are still a new team with lots of ground to cover together as teammates.

If this team can stay healthy until the World Cup break in June, I think Toronto FC can remain a top contender in our conference. I know there are weak points in the depth of the roster, but they proved it isn’t as big a gap as many jaded and stung TFC fans had feared.

This team is looking winsome and also kind of lonesome.

TFC are a much better team for 2014. Michael Bradley alone is a force to be respected. I saw lots of envy in the league and the press that played up TFC’s early success. Even if our wins weren’t live demos of virtuosity, the team looked capable and dangerous.

With the early hype fading now, the Reds are going to find fans keen for a more solid bond. They need to prove to us that our swelling loyalties aren’t misplaced.

Lovely as Bradley and Dafoe are in our colours, past heartache is still so fresh. We need some consistency and success. When that happens, TFC fans are going to be bananas in-love with this team like never before.

Some not rotten weather would be nice this weekend. The wind is blowing New England Revolution into town. And they are ripe for the defeating. Rumour is that TFC might field their best 11 too.

I’m betting on a TFC victory.

And the Revs owe us a lot of these. (On account of their turf eating Danny Koeverman’s knee).

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