Last week was the week that was with Toronto FC, starting with a loss at Colorado, continued with Stefan Frei winning the MLS save of the week accolade, and culminating with the retirement of TFC hero Danny Dichio and signing of Julian De Guzman, the first designated player in franchise history.
After their great performance against Seattle, Toronto FC continued their lack consistency and had a disappointing game in Colorado. TFC will need to put the game behind them in order to be able to perform at home when they face them once again.
The starting line up was left unchanged with the exception of Amado Guevera’s absence and Pablo Vitti taking over the position.
Keeper: Stefan Frei.
Defenders: Nana Attakora, Emmanuel Gomez, Nick Garcia, Jim Brennan.
Midfielders: Sam Cronin, Amado Sanyang, Pablo Vitti, Marvel Wynne.
Forwards: Dwayne De Rosario, Chad Barrett.
The game was very dull and lacking entertainment, the first half ended with the scores even at 0-0. TFC gave away a penalty in that half but were lucky to see it bounce off the cross-bar. The second half continued with the same tone, but a defensive error saw Conor Casey score the game winning goal for Colorado with a beautiful header. Frustration and clumsy play saw two TFC players ejected from the match, those being Amadou Sanyang and Adrian Serioux.
The explanation on Toronto’s disappointing performance can not be found as the players and the coaching staff were left speechless after the game.
TFC head home for the following match to face off against Colorado once again before they get back on the road to face off against LA Galaxy.
Ratings for players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:
Stefan Frei: 7
He did great to keep the clean sheet for as long as possible, making great saves throughout.
Nana Attakora: 7.5
His consistency stands out and may be rewarded as he is up for the TFC player of the month award.
Nick Garcia: 6
A good game by him but took a knock that saw him be taken off at half time.
Emmanuel Gomez: 6
Stayed solid, had fewer mistakes than usual but gave the penalty in the first half with his hand ball. He will be glad to have seen the penalty missed.
Jim Brennan: 6
Did well to contribute defensively for the team and a little offensively as well
Marvel Wynne: 6
Did well in his new position as a midfielder, he contributed both defensively and offensively.
Amadou Sanyang: 5
Did well defensively, but his aggression may have been unnecessary at times which earned him both yellows and the ejection.
Pablo Vitti: 5
Did well but his spark was not visible.
Sam Cronin: 5
Did well but was not notable for any errors or contribution.
Dwayne De Rosario: 6
Had a decent game but was not able to break the Colorado defense.
Chad Barrett: 5
The opportunities were not there for him this game.
Adrian Serioux: 5
Came on Nick Garcia, could be the one to blame for the goal, and a very unnecessary red card to see him ejected.
Ali Gerba: 5
Came on for Gomez, but did little to impact in the game.
Danny Dicho: 5
Came on for Vitti but was unable to make an impact
Following discussions with TFC and his agent in Colorado, Danny Dichio announced his retirement Wednesday. Apparently discussions began two weeks ago, as Dichio was not getting much playing time and knew his career was coming to an end sooner than expected. He will be happy to continue his involvement with TFC as the club’s ambassador and youth academy coach.
Stefan Frei wins save of the week; again!
Stefan Frei’s great save against Colarodo has been voted Week 25′s MLS Save of the Week. This is his third win this season and fourth for TFC. The rookie has proven to be a talented keeper with the many great saves he has made throughout this season.
TFC sign a designated player!
On Friday,TFC announced the signing of Julian de Guzman as their designated player. It is believed that he will play till the end of the 2012 MLS season. He will wear the number 6 jersey that briefly belonged to Nick Garcia. Garcia will now take over the number 4 shirt. Julian de Guzman will be available for selection for TFC’s home game against Colorado.