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Staying positive
April 15, 2009, 6:11 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC

It’s another cold and blustery start to Toronto FC’s week of training at BMO Field in the lead up to Sunday’s return engagement in Dallas.

At least the advantage of a Sunday game means the Reds are able to enjoy three straight days of solid work before a day off on Thursday; that is if you can call two hours in gale force winds under slate grey skies enjoyable. Toques and gloves were the order of the day.

Head coach John Carver spent plenty of time pondering the unfulfilling draw against Dallas on the weekend. In fact, he spent three hours Sunday morning watching it again in an effort find clues as to what went wrong. What he found though was encouraging: in his opinion Toronto pressured the ball in the other team’s end better than they had at any time this season. As a result, even though it didn’t finish the chances, they had plenty of scoring chances leaving him somewhat unconcerned. He’d be a lot grumpier if those chances were not materializing.

A bigger worry might be the status of midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, who came out of Saturday’s match in the dying minutes with a hamstring problem. It’s still a little sore and so he hasn’t been training. He’ll be watched closely before Carver makes a decision later in the week regarding his availability.

Carver also held a post-training meeting with Rohan Ricketts to give the struggling midfielder a pep talk. The message was to hang in there and things will start to happen. It’s unclear if Ricketts will get the start Sunday. Watch for Fuad Ibrahim to be in the first team however. Carver loves the progress he’s making and according to the team’s post-game analysis (as revealed by the Pro Zone system) the youngster covered more distance against Dallas than any other player. His work rate was supreme. The Reds will need as many healthy, in form players as they can muster up with a busy week coming. It’s three matches in eight days. Following the Dallas affair, it will be Chivas and Kansas City at BMO Field next Wednesday and Sunday. But any way you look at it, they’re going to have to start scoring again. Simply getting chances won’t placate the coach for very long.

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