Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto FC Relying on Youth against New England Revolution, to Close out Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto FC Relying on Youth against New England Revolution, to Close out Season

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Toronto FC relying on youth movement

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TORONTO - Toronto FC will finish its season with a relatively similar group to the one they started with after management elected not to make moves prior the closing of the MLS transfer window on Thursday.

They were able to stand pat thanks, in part, to the emergence of younger players who helped the club ascend to second place in the Eastern Conference.

In the absence of veterans such as American international Michael Bradley, midfielder Benoit Cheyrou and defender Ashtone Morgan, youngsters Jay Chapman, Marky Delgado and Tsubasa Endoh stepped up, helping the Reds string together a season-high three-game winning streak.

"I think their emergence and showing they're maturing quickly helped us to, for various reasons, give the guys a lot of minutes and they're showing maturity, which is important," said Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney. "I also think, as we get guys back, we're going to be integrating already a lot of guys back into the group and to add another person that we needed to integrate into the group, it really had to be the right person."

As TFC (9-7-6) tries to extend its home-unbeaten streak to nine games on Saturday when they play host to the New England Revolution (6-8-8), they could see the return of Bradley (knee sprain), who hasn't played an MLS regular season game since May 21.

"He is questionable, we'll see. We pushed him a little bit more today with some action, and he felt pretty good," said Vanney. "I think we'll see now what the response is now over the course of tonight and tomorrow to see if he might be available."

Saturday concludes a four-game home stand for the Reds who have not lost at BMO Field since falling 4-3 to the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 14.

The match sees the end of a busy week for Toronto, who defeated the Columbus Crew 3-0 on Sunday before blanking Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Wednesday evening. …

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