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In Cummins we trust
April 23, 2009, 8:16 AM
Filed under: Chris Cummins, Toronto FC

The banner could have read ‘In Carver We’ve Lost’ as Toronto FC coach John Carver was nowhere to be found prior to his team’s 1-0 win over Chivas USA on Wednesday night.

The aforementioned banner is, of course, a tongue-in-cheek reference to a banner unfurled by supporters at BMO Field in 2008 that read, ‘In Carver We Trust’. But the absence of the fan-favourite coach on Wednesday night was no joke as the whispering and speculating spread like wildfire through the media ranks before confirmation came that Carver chose to watch the match against Chivas USA from the media gondola.

“John has his reasons,” was all that assistant coach Chris Cummins offered in regard to the switch.

Cummins, Carver’s No. 2, handled the touchline duties alongside fellow assistant Nick Dasovic and fitness coach Paul Winsper. Cummins was also the name signed at the bottom of the submitted starting 11.

“I had the same input I have every week in selecting the team,” Cummins said of his role. “As a staff we try to put out the best team possible.”

Carver was fined $750 by the league on Tuesday for his comments towards the officials in a 3-2 loss to FC Dallas. In May of 2008 Carver was first fined by MLS for his post-match criticism of officials in a draw with Columbus.

Whether the motive on Wednesday night was based in silent protest or actual tactics is unknown, but what can be confirmed in Toronto FC responded to the decision right from the opening whistle.

“J.C can’t shout at the referee from where he was, but there is no difference to the players,” Carl Robinson joked after the match. “The instructions come from J.C before hand and he told us that the best defence is an attacking one. And he was right.”

Amado Guevara, Toronto FC’s go-to goal scorer so far in 2009, was at it again in the 36th minute when a fortuitous bounce off a Danny Dichio header fell to Guevara who made no mistake in driving it by Chivas’ goalkeeper Zach Thornton.

The goal was the third on the year for Guevara.

It is a quick turnaround for Toronto as the team will play its third match in seven days on Sunday when Kansas City comes to town. Toronto (2-2-2) earned its first win of the year in the season opener at Kansas City, 3-2.

Whether or not Carver will be back in his usual spot is yet to be determined.

“It’s one game at a time for all of us,” Cummins said, smiling from ear-to-ear. “We are not about to think we’ve figured it all out. The players will have their feet firmly on the ground.”

NOTES: An announced (and generous) crowd of 19, 915 brave souls weathered the cold and rainy night at BMO … The points were the first-ever earned by Toronto against Chivas. Prior to Wednesday TFC was 0-4 all-time against the Red-and-White … First-year goalkeeper Stefan Frei made just one save to record the clean sheet … Chad Barrett was named Man of the Match.

LINEUP: Stefan Frei; Jim Brennan, Marvell Wynne, Adrian Serioux, Marco Velez; Amado Guevara (Ricketts, 90), Carl Robinson, Sam Cronin, Pablo Vitti (Ibrahim, 80); Danny Dichio, Chad Barrett

SUBSTITUES: Greg Sutton, Nana Attakora-Gyan, Kevin Harmse, Fuad Ibrahim, Rohan Ricketts, Johan Smith, Emmanuel Gomez

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