After the incredible high of eliminating the Los Angeles Galaxy from the CONCACAF Champions League two weeks ago, Toronto FC has come crashing down to Earth quite quickly. With two league games gone, we’ve lost starting GK Stefan Frei, starting defensive midfielder/makeshift centerback Torsten Frings, and our opening matches by a combined score of 6-1.
The defense, something Aron Winter is either blatantly neglecting or doesn’t seem to know how to fix, is a complete shambles. Ty Harden should be nowhere near a starting lineup and yet he has found a home in ours and currently has an own goal to his name coupled with an embarrassing goal vs. Seattle in which he was turned around by Alvaro Fernandez. The rest of our backline includes Ashton Morgan, Miguel Aceval, and Richard Eckersley. Ouch. Aaron Maund also got a game in and he’s not even 23. That’s a ton of inexperience whether through youth or just playing for TFC in general combined with the disaster that is Harden. Unless Adrian Cann is competent after he returns from injury, this defense looks like a lost cause for a 6th season running.
Of course, this is also a plea to Santos Laguna, TFC’s next opponents in the semifinals of the CONCACAF CL, to please not kick our ass all over the place over these next two legs. The Mexican club decided to smash the Seattle Sounders’ face in 6-1 in the 2nd leg of their quarterfinal matchup, and won 7-3 on aggregate. Seattle is one of the best teams in MLS. Toronto FC is not. They might get a lucky draw on Wednesday as it’s at the Rogers Centre, but I’m not feeling confident beyond that.
So please Santos, we as TFC fans have suffered enough, the last thing we need is a reminder as to how terrible this club is run and how many more rebuilding projects we’ve had to endure.
Acceptable scorelines include 2-1, 2-0, 3-1, and even 4-2. Once we approach 5-0 or 6-0 then it’s gone too far. Ya got that? We can’t keep having reality hit us in the face so much.