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Toronto FC head to Colorado

Posted on 16 April 2010 by pshea

After two games against the Kansas City Wizards this past week (a 1-0 MLS loss on Saturday and a 2-1 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory on Tuesday), the Colorado Rapids host Toronto FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday afternoon (3:00 kickoff).

Colorado head coach Gary Smith feels good about his pool of players. “This weekend, after a very good midweek win, I think we’ll see a group that’s ultra-positive, ultra-bright, and ultra-effective,” Smith said.

Toronto FC beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Thursday night, thanks to two goals from Dwayne De Rosario. Considering the visitors’ busy week, Smith anticipates a compact nut to crack when Toronto takes the field.

“They’re going through a transition themselves,” Smith explained. “That’s not to say they won’t be well-organized and competitive, as all Preki teams are. But you’ll find that not all of their guys have clicked yet. We’ll certainly come into it playing our own game, especially at home. After playing and traveling, and then playing at altitude, you’ll find a team that’s going to bog down. He [Preki] is not going to come in here to win the game and open up. He’s going to put all the emphasis on us and give us some questions to really answer.”

Other than defender Julien Baudet, who received a red card last Saturday, Smith has a large pool to draw from for Sunday.

“At home,” Smith explained. “I think it lends itself to more athleticism, more pace, and more purpose. The shame is, not all the guys on Tuesday can be rewarded for their efforts. You can’t get all of them in the 18. But regardless, whatever 18 we have, they’ll be frothing at the mouth to get out there on Sunday afternoon.”

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