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TFC Rebuild In Progress

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment

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Toronto FC continue their 3 game home stand against last years last place finisher D.C. United tonight.  The two sides last met in pre season action down in Charleston, NC  with the match ending in a draw. Charlie Davies scored for DC on that night with a well taken shot through the run of play (you mean it wasn’t a penalty?) and one of TFC’s new additions at the time, Mikael Yourassowsky, was sent off for a second yellow (sound familiar?) . Aside from those two occurrences, the match was relatively uneventful but D.C. looked as though they outplayed the Red’s and to me was the better team on the night.

Since that match there have been several key additions to the TFC roster, most recently the addition of defender Richard Eckersly, on loan from Burnley of the Npower Championship division in England. Eckersly was originally a product of Manchester United so he does have some degree of skill  –  since he was able to impress Sir Alex Ferguson, albeit a while ago. Eckersly fills one of the teams needs at right full back and at left back there are a couple of options such as, the previously mentioned Yourassowski and new comer South African Danleigh Borman picked up from the New York Red Bull in the Dero trade. In the centre of defence, last years rock solid combination of Nana Attakora and Adrian Cann are complimented by Ty Harden and Jamaican international Dicoy Williams – yet another depth signing.

In the midfield,  Jacob Peterson has been a reliable selection for Aron Winter and has played in every match this year. At the start of the year he was in the defensive midfield role with the injury absence of Julian DeGuzman. The arrival of Tony Tchani and Julian DeGuzman’s return to fitness means some decisions need to be made by Winter for this position, which is definitely a good thing.  When you include the potential of Nathan Sturgis, who to be honest has not looked that good this year but is supposed to have a pretty good upside,  TFC look to have a number of legitimate options in the central holding midfield role.

Another on loan addition that has already made his mark on the team is Swiss born Serbian under 20 International Alen Stevanovic. He and  new comer Javier Martina make what potentially may be the best winger tandems in the MLS. Throw in Alan Gordon who was acquired from Chivas USA in exchange for Nick Labrocca and it is clear that Aron Winter has some capable attacking options – not to mention newly ordained captain Maicon Santos, Canadian International Gianluca Zavarise and the speedy native of Ecuador, Joao Plata.

At the start of the season, Winter declared that he would need two players at every position and he is just about there. He only needs to shore up the attacking midfield and right back positions and his puzzle will just about be complete. On the eve of the signing window closure, TFC’s management team was on the radio and made it know that a designated player signing is not in the works….yet. Folks stay tuned; when the summer transfer window opens, making more quality players available, TFC will be in the headlines – yet again! This time for good reason.

Getting back to the match vs D.C. this evening, things will be different; much different. I predict TFC will come out ahead on this one but then again in reality, they have to!!

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