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Ives: Previewing TFC 2009
March 2, 2009, 12:00 PM
Filed under: MLS Preseason, Toronto FC

For those of you who missed it over the weekend, here is Ives ESPN.com preview of Toronto FC.

No team in MLS has done more to revamp their squad than TFC, which has added all-star midfielder Dwayne DeRosario, Argentine striker Pablo Vitti, top rookie midfielder Sam Cronin and defender Adrian Serioux. With a few more signings expected soon, including a central defender projected to step in and start, Toronto FC is the leader in the “MLS team most likely to make the playoffs after missing them in 2008” race.

Where do I see Toronto finishing? A battle with Kansas City for third place in the Eastern Conference sounds about right, while a Columbus Crew-like surge from worst in the East to best in MLS shouldn’t be completely ruled out.

It should be noted that 2008 Toronto FC and the 2007 Columbus Crew share one big thing in common, a rash of last-minute losses and ties. Columbus matured after 2007, learning from those disappointing experiences to put together a dream season. Toronto, with hometown hero DeRosario now in the fold, could very well do the same thing.

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