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Unlucky TFC eliminated from CCL

Posted on 05 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Toronto FC entered Tuesday night’s match needing a win to extend their stay in the CCL.  At the end, the task was too difficult and the return of Amado Guevara no help as luck was not in their favor.

With the return of Guevara and Nana Attakora still away with an injury the line up  only saw one change from the previous match.

Keeper: Stefan Frei
Defenders: Marvell Wynne, Adrian Serioux, Nick Garcia, Jim Brennan
Midfielders: Amado Guevara, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson, Pablo Vitti
Forwards: Dwayne De Rosario, Ali Gerba

The match started off very similar to the last encounter between the two teams; dull and lacking excitement. The chances, discipline and possession were shared quite evenly between the two sides. At the end of the half Puerto Rico looked to be in the driving seat as TFC managed only few scoring threats.

In the second half, perhaps motivated by a sense of urgency, TFC fought to dominate with the greater number of chances and possession. But luck was not on their side, as the scoring opportunities finished short, hitting the upright or being saved by Puerto Rico’s excellent goalkeeper. Late in the second half the home side had a player ejected from the match but it was too little too late for Toronto to take the advantage from the call.

Final score: Toronto FC 0, Puerto Rico Islanders 0 (Puerto Rico Advance due to 1-0 aggregate)

Toronto will now head home to take on Real Madrid in a friendly on Friday. They will stay home and have the weekend off until next Saturday when they return to MLS action as they take on D.C. United.

On a more positive note following this result, TFC can now focus on their MLS play and aim to get into the play-offs.

Ratings for TFC players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:

Stefan Frei: 7
Had little to do and was not tested greatly; did well when called upon. He was beaten by a shot but will be happy to see it hit the post.

Marvell Wynne: 8.5
A great performance on his behalf, by far stood out and was the only TFC player that was willing to attack. He contributed defensively and offensively.

Adrian Serioux: 7.5
Held the ball well in the back to deny them opportunities.

Nick Garcia: 7.5
Did well to keep up with the opposition and deny the speedy strikers.

Jim Brennan: 7
Contributed well defensively and offensively but nothing special, decent performance.

Carl Robinson: 7
Had a more defensive role with Marvel Wynne’s attacking presence in the game. But did well overall. 

Sam Cronin: 6.5
Not one of his best games, didn’t see much of the ball needs to earn the teams trust once again.

Pablo Vitti: 7.5
Did well, but still should be doing better. Had a few chances but were too weak to trouble the keeper. Seems to have terrible luck when it comes to shots on goal.

Dwayne De Rosario: 8
Tried to do the best of his ability to break the defense and try to get a goal but he could only do so much.

Amado Guevara: 7
Not one of his better games in the first half, but improved his performance in the second creating better chances. He needs consistency.

Ali Gerba: 7
Was unlucky and unable to break the defense, a few penalty calls waved off from a very questionable referee.

Subs Used:
Chad Barrett: 6.5
Came on for Cronin, disappointing performance coming off the bench, his crosses were inaccurate. Very nervous and trying too hard to impress rather than do what he is capable of doing.

Danny Dichio: 7.5
Came on for Guevara, and did very well in the short period of time on. He was denied by the post, seems unlucky at times. It is questionable why he did not start the match.

O’Brian White: N/A
Came on for Brennan to attempt to help the attack for the dying minutes of the game but only had one touch that was shot over the bar.

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TFC fall in CCL debut

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Toronto FC entered Wednesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League qualification match with the Puerto Rico Islanders missing several key players due to injuries. In the end it was doubtful these absences would have made much of a difference, as the Ontario side went down 1-0 to the Islanders and will face an extremely difficult task in the return leg.

As a result of the injuries, TFC’s starting lineup was different than it had been in previous matches.

Keeper: Stefan Frei
Defenders: Marvell Wynne, Emmanuel Gomez, Nick Garcia, Jim Brennan
Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson, Pablo Vitti
Forwards: Chad Barrett, Ali Gerba

The first half began dull and lacking excitement and opportunities. Puerto Rico started strong and fast, winning a few set pieces in dangerous areas that kept the TFC defense on its toes. Toronto was able to take at least a modicum of control later in the half, ending with the better chances and more possession of the ball.

The second half continued to favor Toronto who maintained possession and kept their chances coming. But luck was not on their side, as the scoring opportunities finished short. The only chance that culminated in a goal was disallowed for offside. The Puerto Rico Islanders took advantage of Toronto FC on a set piece to get the only goal of the match.

The most memorable quote of the night came from TFC head coach Chris Cummins on Emmanuel Gomez’s performance: “I thought he was the best player on the field,” Cummins said of the 18-year old defender. Cummins was indeed outstanding in his first start in a competitive match. The young player will give Cummins options in the heavy packed weeks to come.

The game was one sided for the most part with only two shots on target against Toronto–one being the goal.

Final score: Toronto FC 0, Puerto Rico Islanders 1

Toronto will now head to face the New England Revolution on Saturday before the return leg in Puerto Rico Tuesday. TFC will then return home for their friendly against Real Madrid.

Ratings for players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:

Toronto FC

Stefan Frei: 6
He had little to do and was not tested greatly. When called upon he committed himself to the ball which led to the open net and the goal.

Marvell Wynne: 7
He had decent game, sometimes looked out of position but did well to be there when needed.

Emmanuel Gomez: 8
He got the start over Velez, and as noted did very well in his position. He was very calm with the ball and cleared it effectively. By far the best player on the field.

Nick Garcia: 7
Slow compared to the Puerto Rico Islanders players but did well to keep them away from the net.

Jim Brennan: 6.5
An average game on his behalf, his crosses lacked danger and accuracy.

Carl Robinson: 6.5
A few sloppy passes in the middle of the park gave Toronto a scare.

Sam Cronin: 7
His first game for Toronto in a while, but did well and created some chances.

Pablo Vitti: 6.5
Back to his old disappointing performances, he could have done better and reacted faster with the ball.

Dwayne De Rosario: 7.5
Seemed off to start the match but then became more involved. Would probably love to have the chance he had in the first half again. Over all well played game creating some plays and chances.

Chad Barrett: 6.5
He seems nervous playing, takes too much time with the ball, but did create some danger and chances.

Ali Gerba: 6.5
Was unable to break the defense in dangerous spaces. Unfortunate to be slightly offside on his best chance of the night.

Subs Used:
Danny Dichio: 7.5
Came on for Robinson, and did very well in the short period of time on. He had a few chances that were denied by the keeper but did create plenty of danger.

O’Brian White: N/A
Came on for Barrett, but did not create much danger. Still seems scared to hurt his knee again.

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TFC to host Puerto Rico Islanders in CCL prelim

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

After the disappointment of Saturday, Toronto FC are back at BMO Field Wednesday to face the Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League qualifier.

TFC will be without defender Nana Attakora again, while Amado Guevara and Adrian Serioux are questionable after picking up knocks in the Columbus game.

On a more positive note for TFC, young midfielder Sam Cronin will be available for selection after returning from the Gold Cup.

As hosts of the first leg, Toronto will want to get a win–preferably by a goal or more, and ideally by a shutout. After this match, Toronto will head to New England to face the Revs on Saturday for their next MLS game.

Predictions and notes:

  • The injuries to both Adrian Serioux and Nana Attakora could see Marco Velez start.
  • With Amado Guevara also questionable with an injury, the return of Sam Cronin could see him starting the match.
  • TFC will have to shake off the psychological hurdle of a very disappointing previous match.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 70%. A draw: 80%
  • Final score prediction: Toronto 2, Puerto Rico 1

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