Toronto FC 2-1 Chivas USA

Dwayne De Rosario tangles with Ben Zemanski of Chivas USA on 7 August 2010

Toronto FC General Manager Mo Johnston is an interesting man. He’s constantly tinkering with his roster, sometimes for good, mostly for ill. One of his moves that belongs in the former column is trading Brian McBride to Chicago for Chad Barrett. Now, Barrett has been maddeningly inconsistent since 2007, but some sort of switch was flicked this year: he’s scored 6 goals in MLS, including one in yesterday’s victory over Chivas USA.

For about 70 minutes, TFC dominated Chivas. Aside from two stretches at the beginning of each half, Chivas never really had a chance. Which is par for the course at BMO Field (TFC are unbeaten there this season; now, the road is another story, but I digress).  The Reds even scored off a set piece (Nana Attakora scored his second career goal on an insanely long throw-in; I was impressed by the beginning and the end of that play). Chivas converted a wrongly-awarded penalty kick after Barrett’s second half goal had put them up by two.

Still, TFC isn’t perfect. Before the game, Preki was asked what the squad needed to improve. He waffled and mentioned wing players, which is a legitimate concern. From my point-of-view, TFC needs consistency. And scoring. Shockingly, the former leads to the latter. I like the new additions (Mista and Maicon Santos) because they bring energy and creativity to the attack. Johnston needs to get rid of Nick Garcia, because he sucks at everything. Attakora shows signs of developing, which is good. Hopefully, there are players in the TFC Academy nearly ready to push for spots on the big club.


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