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Statement Game
April 10, 2009, 9:41 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC

All signs at Toronto FC training on Thursday pointed to a confident bunch of players ready to make amends for the dismal loss at BMO Field that opened the 2009 home schedule. The pace was frenetic, the tackles crunched and everyone said the right things about forgiving and forgetting in the wake of a game where distinguishing which team was the expansion club would have been lost to the uninformed.

The team even acknowledged that it might have been guilty of reading its own press ahead of facing the expansion Sounders, who came in to a stadium where few have left with more than one-point and wrestled away the whole three.

For the first time in the franchise’s short history, it was humbled in front of the people who lifted it up.

But as mentioned, the attitude was right on Thursday; and with coach John Carver away all week watching the TFC Academy play in Texas, the coaches who remained deserve a lot of credit.

Next up is FC Dallas; a team with no points to show and no problem with BMO Field in 2008.

This makes the second home game of the season a veritable Catch-22. On the one hand TFC should beat FCD, a team with no points and no press to read. But on the other hand, it is those teams that present a serious challenge, and if TFC are unable to take three points it will feel like a loss.

To be honest, a meeting with New England or one of the other jack rabbits in the Western Conference might be a better opponent for a team ready to pounce. But dealing in hypothetical is pointless. Despite the Catch-22 nature of the match on Saturday, it also presents a humbled team with the opportunity to learn yet another lesson: vengeance.

Toronto has served as the bounce back team for numerous clubs in its two-year existence. Convincing three-points against a struggling team will go a long way in establishing the re-configured TFC as a serious contender in a league that at the current is bereft of one.

Once again, it is an important weekend on the lakeshore.

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