In this place known as the “windy city” Toronto FC hope for winds of change in their road game as of Wednesday night. It continues to be a broken record with this team on the road.
After the loss to Dallas on the weekend, Nick Garcia told the FAN590, he made a mistake and it cost the team a goal at the start of the second half. Now the goal was not all Nick’s fault, but his jumping way out of position at the start of the second half, did open up a lane for the run down the wing that eventually sent in the cross to Jeff Cunningham, who scored the games only goal. Another stand up thing for Nick to do after the game in admitting he made a mistake. But this group of players can not afford these mistakes if they want a shot at the playoff tournament.
The bus ride in from O’Hare on Sunday was interesting. My law of traveling with a team is “what happens on the bus, stays on the bus.” It will remain that way. So just trust me when I tell you, there was a certain attitude, feeling, camaraderie on that ride I had not seen nor felt in my two years with Toronto FC. Maybe, just maybe this is the lead up to the game that starts Toronto’s own wind of change on the road.
Dwayne DeRosario, Julian DeGuzman and Nana Attakora are all with the team and will train today here in Chicago. FAN590 will be there. I will talk with DeRosario about playing for Canada on the weekend in the friendly against Peru at BMO field. His team missed him Saturday and needed him. The way FC Dallas played that night, I say if Toronto had their trio of starters in the line up, Toronto FC would definitely have earned a point on the night.
Don’t be surprised if Maicon santos plays Wednesday against The Fire. Don’t expect Chad Barrett to play, but I am told Chad is getting closer to coming back from his hamstring worries. Barrett is built like a sprinter, hence the longer it is taking his muscles to heal themselves. For now it’s treatment every day on the road while the team works out. We will see what happens this morning here at training.