The faces were different, not only the names have changed. The 5-0 loss in Jersey did not have the pouring rain and lightening backdrop of a couple years ago at old Giants Stadium, but the silence around the team after this loss was similar.
As I watched Toronto FC fall apart vs. The NY Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night, I felt less and less disgust and more pity on the lads who were trying their hardest against a squad that simply outclassed them in every way.
Toronto actually had four good chances to score. TFC did hit the post twice. It was a night that Toronto dearly missed the likes of Alan Gordon and leading goal scorer Maicon Santos’s touch. I felt all night The Red Bulls back line was looking vulnerable. Joao Plata made some nice runs and cuts to make defenders look silly at times. What was lacking was a finishing touch from both he and the likes of Nick Soolsma.
The rest of what was lacking was as evident as the huge summer red thing that started to show itself on the end of my nose this past week. Teams in MLS in my eyes are just eatong up Toronto when they play the 4-3-3 set up. The amount of running TFC players do early in a game when they do press the other teams back line, then mount an attack, then drop back to defend, seems to be taxing the lads later in games.
The 6-2 collapse vs. Philadelphia at BMO field, and this latest 5-0 embarrassment at the hands of the Red Bulls. Teams are salivating with the thought of Toronto coming to their stadiums now and the chance to rip apart this team. TFC have surrendered 8 goals on the road in their last two games.
Toronto is dearly missing the likes of Adrian Cann and last years version of Nana Attakora on the back line. Eckersley, Borman, Harden and Gargan were all full marks for effort Wednesday night. The group just plain ran out of gas in the end.
I give credit to NY for not running up the score more. Many times I will have words for clubs that run up a score, but NY played possession for most of the second half and just took what Toronto gave them.
Toronto is trying to hang onto “being in contention” for a playoff seed in the east until at least the middle of July when the transfer window opens and the teams new Designated players Torsten Frings and Danny Koevermans can join the line up. Add the return of Alan Gordon and hopefully a healthy Santos by then, and Toronto will have some much needed depth going forward through the midfield on attack.
Next stop Houston. Its over a 100 degrees in the Texas city this week. That should not worry TFC as the heat is clearly already on this group to turn it around after history repeated itself with a second 5-0 loss in Jersey. At least this loss came at a time of year when Toronto can still recover and maybe make the post season.