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Reds host D.C. United at BMO Field

Posted on 14 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Following a disappointing few weeks with CCL, MLS and friendly matches TFC got themselves a week off to get back on track. Around the TFC camp there is a serious tone with only one target, and that being the MLS play-offs. TFC will host D.C. United at BMO Field for a very important Eastern Conference clash with a much needed victory for either team.

Toronto drew DC earlier this season away from home with a score of 3-3 and will look to get the win at home this time around.

Following a few changes on the TFC roster, the team will have a different feel going into the final stretch of games.

Chad Barrett will not be on the roster for this match due to suspension, and Marvel Wynne will be out with an injury. While Nick Garcia is doubtful and will be a last minute decision alongside Amado Guevara who has just returned from international duty and maybe fatigued.

This match is critical for Toronto FC as they are one point behind third placed D.C. United and nine points out of first place in the Eastern Conference. TFC currently holds the 8th and last play-off spot going into the weekend. The Eastern Conference is very tight  at the moment and every game is crucial for all teams.

Previous three MLS results for each team:

D.C. United(6-4-10):
vs. Houston Dynamo (Away)= 4-3 Loss
vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Away)= 2-2 Draw
vs. Colorado Rapids (Home)= 3-1 Win

Toronto FC (7-7-6):
vs. New England Revolution (Away)= 1-1 Draw
vs. Columbus Crew (Away)= 3-2 Loss
vs. Houston Dynamo (Home)= 1-1 Draw

Predictions for the upcoming game:

  • The team will see many changes as Coach Chris Cummins himself said he will “freshen things up with a few changes.”
  • Marvel is out with injury and Nick Garcia is doubtful for the game.
  • Nana Attakora will make his return from injury, and Lesly Fellinga will possibly make his TFC debut. Yet it is more likely that Emmanuel Gomez will see the start ahead of him.
  • Likely TFC starting line-up: GK: Stefan Frei. DF: Nana Attakora, Emmanuel Gomez, Adrian Serioux,  Jim Brennan. MF: Pablo Vitti, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson. FW: O’Brian White, Dwayne De Rosario, Ali Gerba.
  • Yet with the looks of thing the line-up could be anyone’s guess.
  • The TFC camp has a serious tone and will go into this game very strongly as they push for a play-off spot.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 45%, a draw at 35%, and a loss at  20%.
  • Final score prediction: TFC WIN,  Toronto FC 2 – New England Revolution 1.

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TFC release Marco Velez

Posted on 13 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

TFC on Thursday, Aug. 13 announced the release of the Puerto Rican defender Marco Velez. This announcement came as no surprise following the signing of Fellinga yesterday.

Following weeks of rumors of the replacement of Velez, it has officially been confirmed. Velez had a decent run at TFC but his performance has decreased and was no longer a favorite in the starting line up.

Information:
Name:
Marco Velez
Position: Defender
Age: 29 (June 26, 1980
)
Nationality:
Puerto Rican
Height:
6-1
Weight:
186
TFC Number:
#4

TFC Appearances: 38
TFC Starts: 31
TFC Minutes: 2,753
TFC Goals: 2
TFC Yellow Cards: 4
TFC Red Cards: 2

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TFC, Real Madrid face off at BMO Field

Posted on 06 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Friday, Aug. 7 marks a historic occasion for Toronto FC as they take on one of the most successful clubs in the world.

Real Madrid will play in the first match of their North American tour when they come to Toronto. This will mark Real Madrid’s first visit to Canada this century and second overall after Aug. 25, 1961 when they played Toronto City in Vancouver. In addition, this match will mark BMO Field’s first match on (temporary) grass and second with extra stands; which TFC fans hope is a good sign for the future of the facility and club.
Real Madrid arrived Thursday afternoon and will be having an open practice later that evening. It has been announced that the game is sold out and more than 16, 000 seats have been sold for the open practice.

This will mark the end of the clustered portion of Toronto’s schedule which included a few disappointing results and elimination from the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Canadian side must showcase a decent result against the Spanish giants to ensure self respect.

A few players are rumored to be on trial and/or negotiating contracts with the club and may in fact see action on the field against Real Madrid. The rumored names include Lesly Fellinga and Dominique van Dijk.

Following this match TFC stays home to take on D.C. United on Saturday of the following week.
TFC players are excited about this experience and are looking forward to playing against the caliber of the Madrid players.

Official Game Squad List:
GK:
Stefan Frei, Brian Edwards.
DF:
Marvell Wynne, Amadou Sanyang, Emmanuel Gomez, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Adrian Serioux, Nick Garcia.
MF:
Pablo Vitti, Amado Guevara, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson, Gabe Gala.
FW:
O’Brian White, Chad Barrett, Dwayne De Rosario, Ali Gerba, Danny Dichio.
*Nana Attakora and Fuad Ibrahim are still questionable and may not be included due to injury and being away with the national team camp respectively.
*Marco Velez’s appearance may be in question as rumours have surfaced suggesting a possible loan to Puerto Rico Islanders.

Previous four match results:
vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (Away) = 0-0 Draw
vs. New England Revolution
(Away) = 1-1 Draw
vs. Puerto Rico Islanders
(Home) = 1-0 Loss
vs. Columbus Crew
(Away)= 3-2 Loss

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Real Madrid:
Following a decent first half of their preseason; Real Madrid will now head to North America for their second half to face-off against TFC and D.C United.
The Spanish giants will include a few names that will be making their debuts for the club such as Kaka, Albiol and Arbeloa. While Iker Casillas will be seeing action with the club for the first time in preseason following his Confederations Cup involvement.
Everyone else will be available for selection including new signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Negredo, Esteban Granero, and Karim Benzema. Ezequiel Garay will also be available after returning to Real Madrid following his loan spell at Racing Santander.
In recent news, Xabi Alonso has  just signed for Real Madrid this week and has passed his medial; and will travel with the team for the North American tour. With the surface of these news he may in-fact make his debut in Toronto.
Following this match Real Madrid will travel to face-off against D.C. united in their second match of the North American tour. Then they will travel back to Madrid for the rest of their preseason with matches against various other opponents including Real Sociedad,  Borussia Dortmund and  AC Milan.

Official Game Squad List:
GK:
Casillas, Dudek, Adan.
DF: Pepe, Albiol, Metzelder, Garay, Torres, Arbeloa.
MF
: Lass, Xabi Alonso, Sneijder, Robben, Guti, Drenthe, Granero, Kaka.
FW:
Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain, Negredo.
*Ramos, Gago, Marcelo, Van der Vaart, Diarra and Van Nistelrooy are not included due to injury or transfer speculation and will stay in Spain.

Previous four match results:
vs. Juventus (Away)= 2-1 Loss
vs. Liga de Quito (Home)= 4-2 Win
vs.
Al-Ittihad (Home)= 1-1 Draw
vs. Shamrock Rovers (Away) = 1-0 Win

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Match Predictions:

  • Line-ups for both teams will be anyone’s guess as this friendly will possibly see everyone be included.
  • Real Madrid should dominate and win the match with ease.
  • Toronto FC will play for pride rather than for the win.
  • Record attendance for TFC and BMO Field.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 20%, a draw at 25%, and a loss at  55%.
  • Final score prediction: Toronto 0, Real Madrid 3

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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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Gerba scores on debut, but TFC fall to Columbus

Posted on 26 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Gerba scored but it wasn't enough

After Chicago’s earlier result Toronto FC came into the match knowing a win will move them up the table tied in points with Chicago and a draw or a loss can see them stay at the bottom of the table. In addition, the Trillium Cup was on the line and Toronto FC had plenty to play for.

The Toronto FC starting lineup saw a few changes due to injury and the addition of players to the roster.
Keeper: Stefan Frei
Defenders: Marvel Wynne, Adrian Serioux, Jim Brennan, Nick Garcia
Midfielders: Pablo Vitti, Amado Guevara, Carl Robinson, Dwayne De Rosario, Chad Barrett
Forward: Ali Gerba,

An entertaining half to start the game off with chances coming from both sides, Columbus had the greater number of chances but did not capitalize till the opening goal. Toronto FC responded within minutes to keep the game in play. Both teams suffered yellow cards in the first half which will keep these players on their toes in the second half in order not to obtain another.

The second half saw Toronto go ahead with a goal from Gerba who scored his first MLS goal in his debut. The Crew was able to answer back later on with two goals to win the match. The chances were there from both teams but at the end Columbus was able to capitalize in the vital moments of the game.

Toronto came short and went on to lose the game late on. It will be an unfortunate blow as they had all 3 points secured up to midway through the second half. TFC will not want to look back at this performance as it will remind them of their last two seasons in MLS when they saw plenty of their games lost or tied in the dying minutes of the game.

Final Score: Toronto FC 2, Columbus Crew 3

The Reds will now head home to face the Puerto Rico Islanders on Wednesday in their first match-up for the Preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League. In order for TFC to keep their chances of advancing to the next round alive, they must get the win; keep their goals-for at a maximum, and their goals-against at a minimum. After that, Toronto will head to New England to face the Revs on Saturday for their next MLS game.

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

Stefan Frei: 6.5
He had plenty to do with many easy saves throughout the game, but was unable to keep Toronto in the game when it mattered.

Marvell Wynne: 6.5
He did well to start the game and create chances for Toronto but was not able to continue the form in the second half and possibly cost Toronto the Trillium cup with the third goal.

Adrian Serioux: 7
Good form back from injury, not many mistakes. Took a knock in the second half but stuck through to the end.

Nick Garcia: 7
Did well over all, but did not seem to control his defense like he usually does.

Jim Brennan:  7.5
Did well, and moved up to midfield after the injury of Guevara and the entry of Velez. A few great passes which created some chances.

Dwayne De Rosario:  8
A well taken goal, and he created plenty of danger.

Amado Guevara: N/A
Did not see much action after getting a knock early in the first half, he had minimum impact.

Carl Robinson:  6.5
Late tackle to earn himself a yellow card, some mistakes with his passes today. But went on to improve his performance.

Chad Barrett: 7
Showed his presence did his best with the chances given to him. Great play with Gerba to give Gerba his first MLS goal.

Pablo Vitti: 8
Continued his improved form and played well over all. Created some plays and chances for Toronto.

Ali Gerba: 7.5
My expectations are still higher for him, seems like he lacks a little fitness. But nothing will take away from his solid play to hold the ball and his well taken goal.

Subs Used:
Marco Velez: 7.5
Another one of his better games, it will give the coaches more confidence in him. He couldn’t do much about the second goal as it caught everyone off guard.

O’Brian White: N/A
Came on for Barrett to make his MLS debut; he had a few touches with the ball but still seems uncomfortable.  

Danny Dichio: N/A
Came on for Gerba and was on for a few minutes, had a few touches with the ball but not enough to make an impact this late in the game.

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TFC head to Columbus for Trillium Cup

Posted on 23 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Having played Columbus home and away already this season the two teams are tied 2-2 on aggregate total in their Trillium Cup match-up. Toronto FC will now head to Columbus for the rubber game, with a win or a scoring draw securing the team silverware. But TFC has plenty of reasons to regret the other results this season against Columbus.

Toronto has struggled against teams sitting at the top three spots of either conference table; with the only win coming against Chivas USA back on April 22. They will be disappointed from last week’s draw at home against Houston, knowing that they need better results to keep their playoff hopes alive.

With a heavy schedule in the next few weeks Toronto has much to aim for.

At Crew Stadium, Toronto will be without Sam Cronin and Nana Attakora. Cronin is still away on international duty with the U.S. National Team in the Gold Cup, while Nana Attakora suffered an injury Wednesday during the friendly against River Plate. Adrian Serioux remains questionable after his injury from Saturday against Houston.

This match is critical for Toronto FC as they are one point behind third place team Columbus Crew and second-placed D.C. United. A win will not only give TFC the cup, but put the team in a good position in the standings going into their next game.

Previous three MLS results for each team:

Columbus Crew (6-3-9):
vs. Real Salt Lake (Home)= 3-1 Win
vs. Chicago Fire (Away)= 0-0 Draw
vs. D.C. United (Home)= 1-1 Draw

Toronto FC (7-6-5):
vs. Houston Dynamo (Home)= 1-1 Draw
vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Away)= 3-1 Win
vs. Real Salt Lake (Away)= 3-0 Loss

Predictions for the upcoming game:

  • The line up could be anyone’s guess after the performance Wednesday against River Plate.  There will be plenty of changes guaranteed.
  • With the injuries of both Adrian Serioux and Nana Attakora, either Marco Velez or Emmanuel Gomez could see a start.
  • TFC will come strong and will want everything from the game.
  • An 80% chance of TFC taking all 3 points from this game or a 60% chance of at least 1 point.
  • A score of 1-0 for TFC.

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Gerba, White debut as TFC lose to River Plate on PKs

Posted on 23 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Toronto FC came into this friendly match after a disappointing draw against Houston on Saturday. The River Plate match gave TFC’s young players a chance to play a full professional match. Some players saw action for the first time this season, while others went the 90 minute distance for the first time.

As such, Toronto’s starting lineup saw several changes:
Keeper: Brian Edwards
Defenders: Marvell Wynne, Emmanuel Gomez, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan
Midfielders: Pablo Vitti, Amado Guevara, Carl Robinson, Gabe Gala
Forwards: Ali Gerba, Dwayne De Rosario

The first half was very dull, with the better of chances coming from Toronto FC. There was a definite disappointment as their chances were not put in the back of the net. TFC seemed relaxed at the start, which saw them possess more of the ball. River Plate on the other hand came strong and physical, trying shots from all angles none of which caused significant danger to Brian Edwards’ goal.

The second half was just as dull as the first, yet Toronto was kept on their toes as River Plate emerged stronger from the break, holding possession and creating pressure throughout.

It was an overall disappointing performance from Toronto FC, considering the fact that they were the better team. The chances should have been taken well when given; which would have led to a result in their favor.

Regulation Time Score: Toronto FC 0, River Plate 0
Penalty Kicks Score: Toronto FC 3, River Plate 4

The Reds will now head to Columbus to face the Columbus Crew for the last match up of their rivalry this season and the Trillium Cup decider. This will be another chance for Toronto to win some silver wear this season after losing to River Plate for their chance to capture the Carlsberg Cup. Toronto FC in their history so far has only managed to captured one title, that being the 2009Voyageurs Cup after winning the Canadian Championship.

Toronto FC ratings for players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:

Brian Edwards: 7
Was not tested much but was there when needed. When it came to the penalties he guessed every shot and was no where near them.

Marvell Wynne: 8
Did a lot of work up and down the field, his usual strong play. Saw a lot of the ball when he was in the game.

Nana Attakora: 7.5
Usual solid defending was hurt later on and taken off.

Nick Garcia: 7.5
Came on in the second half showed his usual controlling performance, and topped it off with a well taken penalty.

Emmanuel Gomez: 7.5
Great play by the youngster, small mistakes but recovered well.

Marco Velez: 7
One of his better games, will give the coaches some confidence in him. Had a lot of pressure on his back when stepping up to take the penalty, but should have done better.

Jim Brennan:  7.5
Usual performance, solid overall.

Carl Robinson:  7.5
Controlled the game well in the middle very vocal as usual. An unfortunate missed chance for him.

Amado Guevara: 7
One of his better games got his passes and crosses to the intended target but still could have done better overall.

Gabe Gala: 7
Was nervous and it showed, but had some good plays, unfortunate yellow card he did not deserve it. A missed chance in the second half will leave him disappointed.

Dwayne De Rosario:  8
As usual will always try to play well, and he had a great game even though he was let down a few times by his team.

Pablo Vitti: 8.5
Captained Toronto for the day, definitely gave him some confidence. One of his best performances for Toronto. He should have done better with his penalty. But he still got himself the Man of the Match recognition.

Chad Barrett: 7
Held the ball well, created some chances; no one was there to meet them. Took his penalty well.

Danny Dichio: 6.5
Made his presence felt, may have deserved a penalty for one of the challenges against him but the referee saw nothing in it. Nothing special today and no obvious chances, but definitely should have done better with his penalty and he knows it.

Ali Gerba: 6.5
My expectations were higher for him, a few missed chances that should have been in the back of the net. Made up for it with a well taken penalty.

O’Brian White: 6.5
I did not expect much from him coming off an injury, but he contributed well for his first game and created some danger. Nothing special though could have done better.

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Unfortunate blow as TFC draw Dynamo

Posted on 19 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Toronto FC knew the task coming into this match against Houston. After the road victory at San Jose, TFC was confident and showed fight from the start.

The Toronto FC lineup was left unchanged from the previous game.
Keeper: Stefan Frei
Defenders: Marvell Wynne, Nana Attakora, Nick Garcia, Adrian Serioux
Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario, Amado Guevara, Carl Robinson, Jim Brennan
Forwards: Chad Barrett, Pablo Vitti

With a slow start the game proceeded to become an entertaining encounter. TFC dominated the first half but the Dynamo came in strong in the second.  Toronto had the better chances and made them count by testing keeper Pat Onstad and putting more shots on target.

On some occasions a side of Toronto emerged that had not been seen before; they were organized keeping possession and completing their passes.

The first goal of the game came from Dwayne De Rosario; the pass from Marvel Wynne intending Danny Dichio who played a dummy through for Dwayne who took the goal beautifully. The score stayed as 1-0 at the end of the first half with Toronto FC leading.

As the second half began, the set pieces favored Houston. The unfortunate circumstances approached Toronto FC as they lost the lead from a bad clearance off a set piece that later saw a cross meet Boswell to get the shot on goal. After a wonderful save from Stefan Frei, the rebound was left for Boswell to score the goal and give Houston some hope of getting something out of the game.

The scoring chances kept coming but the score held still!

Final score: Toronto FC 1, Houston Dynamo 1

The Reds will now face off against River Plate on Wednesday for the annual Carlsberg Cup match held at BMO Field. They will then head to Columbus Crew for the last match up between the two teams of this season and the Trillium Cup decider. After Saturday’s MLS results Toronto FC dropped to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. Adrian Serioux’s injury status is yet to be determined.

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

Toronto FC

Stefan Frei: 7.5
Gave Toronto a scare as he seemed hurt in the warm-up but started the game. He also had a knock early in the first half from Bsowell but stayed strong to continue in the game and deny Houston on various occasions.

Marvell Wynne: 7.5
An improvement on his behalf from the last game, was strong defensively and offensively. He also made a great assist.

Nana Attakora: 8
Strong play throughout, was there when needed to deny Houston chances. He showed everyone why he won TFC’s June Player of the Month.

Nick Garcia: 7
Controlled the defense well, yet an unnecessary yellow card.

Adrian Serioux: 7
For the time he was on before his injury, he had great contribution.

Dwayne De Rosario: 8.5
Was all over the pitch, controlled the ball and created great opportunities. A well deserved and taken goal against his former team.

Amado Guevara: 7.5
An improvement from his last performance and had great connective plays with Vitti.

Carl Robinson: 7
Played well and contributed well defensively and offensively.

Jim Brennan: 7
Contributed strongly and covered well in the back after Adrian’s injury and substitution.

Chad Barrett: 7
Had a few chances, definitely one of his better games but he was denied goals on several occasions.

Pablo Vitti: 7.5
Some very skillful playing and great connective play with Guevara.  An unnecessary yellow card.

Substitutions:
Danny Dichio: 7.5
Came on in the first half for Serioux, his presence was felt after playing the dummy through to Dwayne for the goal. Some missed opportunities will leave him disappointed.

Fuad Ibrahim: N/A
Came on for Barrett had little contribution.

Marco Velez: N/A
Came on for Vitti, had little to no contribution.

Houston Dynamo

Pat Onstad: 8
Made crucial saves, and had plenty to do to keep Houston in the game

Craig Waibel: 7
Played well defensively, unfortunate knock from Brennan early on but battled through it.

Bobby Boswell: 8
Ran into Frei early on, showed his presence up front and in the back. Took his chance well and followed through perfectly to get the goal. He also did well to deny TFC chances.

Geoff Cameron: 7
Assisted in some attacking plays and caused problems for TFC.

Julius James: 7.5
The former TFC player did very well in the back.

Mike Chabala: 7
Unfortunately had to experience the streamers and confetti from the TFC fans when taking the corner kicks, but did not let it get to his performance and played well. An unfortunate yellow card after being beat by De Rosario.

Corey Ashe: 6.5
His contribution was minimal but no mistakes were made when he had possession.

Brian Mullan: 6.5
Played well could have done better on some occasions.

Ricardo Clark: 7
Well played game.

Dominic Oduro: 7
Was denied access by the TFC defense on several occasion, but still managed to pull out a few chances.

Kei Kamara: 6.5
Was frustrated from the start due to some calls from the referee and was denied on several occasions. His frustration resulted in him receiving a yellow card for unsporting behavior. Yet he improved in the second half and was calmer.

Substitutions:
Danny Cruz: 6.5
Came in for Mullan and saw little of the ball, but did well when he had it.

Ade Akinbiyi: N/A
Came in for Waibel to support the attack but saw little of the ball and made minimum contribution.

Erik Ustruck: N/A
Came on for Oduro, but had little contribution.

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Nana voted TFC’s Player of the Month

Posted on 18 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

After a hard fought four weeks for Toronto FC players, the month of June could have been anyone’s win in the polls. Yet young Nana Attakora’s performance stood out and ended up winning more than half of the total votes.

TFC’s monthly award is voted by the public which rewards players with an Esquire watch. In all fairness, this is an extensive victory for the young player against the likes of Dwayne De Rosario, Amado Guevara, and rookie Sam Cronin.

Nana established himself as a key player for Toronto FC’s defense. With Marvell Wynne’s absence or presence, Attakora made the defensive position his own whether playing on the right or in the centre of defense.  Attakora has also picked up a few assists this season when he was able to push up the field to assist the attack.

Nana was presented with the award prior to the start of the Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC game at BMO Field.

Previous TFC Player of the Month winners included Amado Guevara for the month of May and rookie keeper Stefan Frei for the month of April.

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DeRo, TFC aim for payback against Houston

Posted on 15 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

More than a month ago, Toronto FC went down 3-0 to Houston away from home. A result that was devastating to Dwayne De Rosario as he took on his old club for the first time. With the return game coming up, Dwayne aims for revenge and a crucial win–this time at BMO Field.

Toronto has struggled against teams sitting at the top three spots of either conference table; with the only win coming against Chivas USA back on April 22. To keep their playoff hopes alive, TFC must win their remaining home games and improve their road results.

There is much to aim for, with a heavy schedule in the next few weeks filled with friendly, league and CONCACAF Champions League matches.

Additionally, the Toronto squad is still missing Sam Cronin, O’Brian White and Ali Gerba.

What comes as a surprises is DeRo’s decision to miss the MLS All-Star game due to Toronto FC’s CONCACAF Champions League match on the same night.

This match is vital for Toronto FC as they are now tied for first place in the Eastern Conference on 25 points with a game ahead. But Houston has a lot to play for as well. The Dynamo are closely chased by the Seattle Sounders who are three points behind them at the top of the Western Conference.  

Previous 3 MLS game results for each team:
Houston Dynamo (9-4-4):

vs. Seattle Sounders FC(Away)= 2-1 Loss
vs. Kansas City Wizards(Away)= 1-0 Win
vs. Los Angeles Galaxy(Away)= 1-0 Loss

Toronto FC (7-6-4):
vs. San Jose Earthquakes(Away)= 3-1 Win
vs. Real Salt Lake(Away)= 3-0 Loss
vs. New York Red Bulls(Home)= 2-0 Win

Predictions for the upcoming game:

  • A Similar line up to the last game against San Jose, with a possibility of a position change between Marvel Wynne and Jim Brennan.
  • A strong approach toward the game from TFC will help them get something out it. The fan support, and confidence will help!
  • A 60% chance of TFC taking all 3 points from this game or an 80% chance of at least 1 point.
  • A score of 2-1 for TFC.

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