Posted by: Mark Wierzbicki | September 26, 2010

Reds’ playoff hopes nearly extinguished


Toronto FC welcomed San Jose to BMO Field yesterday afternoon hoping to take a step over the Earthquakes towards their first playoff berth. Instead, they were pushed backwards. San Jose’s Chris Wondoloski dominated the pitch, scoring a hat trick in a 3-2 result, all but pushing TFC out of the playoff picture.

That bad?

Mathematically, its not over yet. 10th overall in a league that admits its top 8 teams to the playoffs, a glimmer of hope remains. However, with only one win in their last 8 games, recent history is not encouraging. Each of their remaining 4 games will have to be wins if TFC is to stand a chance.

Despite being one of the MLS’s most profitable and popular teams, TFC has yet to encounter on-field success. This season in particular has seen its fair share of administrative upheaval. Two weeks ago the team lost its fourth coach in as many years, Predrag “Preki” Radoslavljevic, and its Director of Soccer (think GM) and former coach Mo Johnston. Both were fired after their team showed little heart in an embarrassing 1-0 loss to league worst D.C. United.

Though yesterday’s loss was disappointing and soul crushing for Red’s fans, they at least enjoyed a feisty and animated atmosphere. Anti-management signs were highly visible in the stands in response to the news that MLSE plans to increase ticket prices next year, despite the inferior product on field. Maple Leafs fans can sympathize.

Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto’s leading scorer, was also in a defiant mood. In celebration after scoring Toronto’s first goal of the day he turned to the manager’s box and signed an invisible cheque. De Rosario is dissatisfied with his current contract which makes him Toronto’s 3rd highest paid player, despite having scored fully half of his club’s goals this year. He is currently in year 2 of a 4 year contract.

Though this season’s obituary is not yet published, a rough draft has already been written up. The last 4 years have proven that enthusiastic fans do not automatically beget a winning franchise. A lack of season-to-season stability has not allowed this team to build on its occasional successes. If it hopes to do so, we at TWISG suggest that MLSE dig into its prodigious pockets to placate De Rosario, as well as giving new head coach Nick Dasovick time to prove himself.

Next up for TFC, an October 2nd trip to meet the Seattle Sounders, who came out of the weekend with an 8-point lead over Toronto.

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Responses

  1. Repeat of last season…yep, makes sense for a Toronto team.


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