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By: David Alter
With Canada now out of the picture at the Gold Cup, TFC will get their first good look at striker Ali Gerba.
Gerba wants to forget about the disappointing loss to Honduras which was marred by a controversial penalty in a box. While it subsequently led to an early exit for Canada at the tourney, the Montreal native had great things to say about the national program.
“We showed people that we’re a good soccer team” says Gerba. “We can play the ball on the ground, we can compete with the best. We’re still working on it and getting better everyday, day in and day out.”
Gerba will play one half in Wednesday friendly with River Plate. If Coach Cummins like what he sees, Gerba could start Saturday in Columbus.
Edwards to Show His Stuff in Net
Having been the number three keeper until Greg Sutton saw his release, Brian Edwards will finally get to make his debut with the Reds.
Although it will be a friendly, Edwards feels he has a lot to prove. While it hasn’t been fun sitting on the bench, Edwards says he’s keeping motivated.
“You know with [John] Carver here, he kind of did some things that he thought was best for the team and that meant me being the third string at the time.” says Edwards. “I definitely feel I’m capable of playing at this level. You just have to keeping working…it’s a job.”
Meanwhile striker O’Brian White will also see his first action for TFC against River Plate. The Red’s first selection at this past MLS SuperDraft has been recovering from a knee injury since his collegiate days.