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Was it that bad? Really?

March 20, 2011 1 comment

Ok so TFC lost to the Whitecaps in the 2011 season opener 4-2 and I’m sensing from what I’ve been reading online that, “TFC is a disgrace”. A disgrace – really? They scored 2 goals on the road! They did this ONLY 3 times last year – against San Jose (May 29th W 3-1), Houston (Sept 18th W 2-1) and Seattle (Oct 2nd L 3-2).  Can we chill out a bit there please? Not only that, last year, if the team put together 3  consecutive passes it was a shock. They had 60% of the possession against the Whitecaps – 60 PERCENT!! That alone is a sign that things will be different to me.

Ya sure they lost to an expansion team in front of a national audience but to make it seem as though they are the same or worse than last year is completely ridiculous. Last year we played the expansion Philadelphia Union 3 matches into the season, at home and barely and I mean barely squeaked out 3 points. I would say that beating an expansion team that played with only 10 men from the 33rd minute 2-1; when the game winning goal was a penalty kick in the 81st minute is far worse than losing to a team that is indeed new to the MLS but has been in existence since 1970.

Aron Winter has had to teach basic fundamentals like passing and moving into space since he’s been in charge. He has had to start pretty much from scratch with just about everything with this team and he’s only had about 6 weeks to do it so far. To have a newly formed team that had to be taught the things one would assume were taught to players at age 10, maintain possession 60% of the time against professional opposition is absolutely estounding – yes I said it. TFC’s performance was astounding.

Lets not call in the firing squad just yet people. I know it’s frustrating being a Toronto sports fan in general but try not to let your frustrations overlap. If TFC continues to show improvement like they did against the Cap’s, they will be good – really good……someday!