Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TFC Goal Orgy a Blessing in Disguise?



So tonight Toronto FC have to do something they've only managed to do once in their franchise history: score four unanswered goals in one game.

I was there when it last happened, an MLS fixture against FC Dallas back in TFC's inaugural season. It was a great day out; Edu scored a garbage goal, Dichio scored on a great header right as his name was being chanted by the South Stand, hell, Cunningham scored TFC's fourth. It was an innocent, care free time. Before the dark times, before Robert.

Still, the great thing about the season so far is you can point to Toronto FC and say that's why they're not winning more games: bad finishing. Toronto's top scorers are midfielders, Guevara and DeRosario. Chad Barrett and Pablo Vitti move around a lot and work hard, get in good positions and create, but they falter at the apex of play. As usual, Danny 'Bedpost' Dichio lacks all the qualities of his teammates going forward—pace, a deft touch—but can finish with confidence and is therefore still our most valuable striker. The fact he started against New York this weekend is pretty telling.

So tonight, with Ali Gerba on the way and the club needing four goals against the Impact to win the Energy Drink CanCon Cup, Toronto FC's struggling forwards have a golden opportunity to make a point. Most of us remember Cunningham not taking his chance against Montreal last year with more than a bit of bitterness. It also ended his career here. I suspect many TFC fans would respect a losing effort if it involved a bit of kamikaze football, mid-nineties Keegan style, bombing forward, fuck the counter, rain shots, five on attack, BOOF liquid football and the rest. TFC have already shown they're cabable of everything but the finish. Tonight they have nothing to lose but the CONCACAF Champions League.

So not much.

ED NOTE: Yeah, that's tomorrow night. Thanks Branden.

1 comment:

Branden said...

Game is tomorrow night. ;)