Many Canadian soccer blogs are ruminating on the mathematical jiggery that must take place for Toronto FC to inch their way to a playoff spot, but little has been written about what it would actually mean for Toronto to make it into the post-season. Is stretching the season out a little bit a victory in and of itself?
There is of course the romance of a thoroughly undeserved playoff run, but most TFC fans know this isn't a likely scenario. Then there's the argument that making the playoffs would help provide evidence the club is steadily improving every year, forming a graph line that can be extrapolated upward to the MLS Cup in 2012, the CONCACAF Champions League in 2014 and the World Club Cup in 2018. Because that's how football works, right?
No, we all want Toronto FC to make the playoffs because that's about the last thing they could do of any note this season. Duh.
But just to keep the hardcore heads on on straight, missing out on the playoffs by ever-so-slight a margin in a league with this sort of parity isn't worth firing Chris Cummins. Let me put it this way: if Toronto FC gets in the playoffs only to get immediately killed off (the most likely scenario), this means Toronto FC will have finished the 2009 MLS season just above mid-table. So, you know, West Ham rather than Wigan.