Not Much Time for Reds to Get over CCL Heartbreak Begin Rescue of MLS Season

By Mahiban, Dhiren | The Canadian Press, April 27, 2018 | Go to article overview

Not Much Time for Reds to Get over CCL Heartbreak Begin Rescue of MLS Season


Mahiban, Dhiren, The Canadian Press


Short turnaround for struggling TFC

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Toronto FC will look to quickly turn the page after falling in penalty kicks in the CONCACAF Champions League final on Wednesday.

The Reds resume their MLS regular-season schedule against the Chicago Fire on Saturday at BMO Field as they look to begin the climb out of the basement of the Eastern Conference. The match comes just three days after Toronto posted a 2-1 win over Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico, to tie the two-leg CCL final. only to fall 4-2 in penalty kicks.

"In a way, yes. It's good to get your mind off (Wednesday) and try to win another game, but physically it's not easy," said Dutch defender Gregory van der Wiel. "It was a difficult game, travelling, and within two days already the next game."

Toronto is 1-4-0 in MLS play this season and have earned just three of a possible 15 points.

Injury troubles further complicate matters for the Reds as their trek through the CCL took its toll on regulars in the lineup. Chris Mavinga and Nick Hagglund missed Wednesday's game with hamstring injuries, Drew Moore and Eriq Zavaleta are nursing quad issues, Justin Morrow missed the game with a calf injury and Jozy Altidore left the game against Chivas in the 71st minute due to injury.

Toronto coach Greg Vanney didn't want to get into specifics on Friday, but is expecting some of the injured to be available for selection against Chicago.

"Potentially. We'll see," he said. "It's obviously a quick turnaround, we had some guys who were really close on Wednesday, but we'll see as we go into tomorrow."

The defence of their MLS Cup championship has got off to a less than ideal start for the Reds, who have conceded 11 goals through the first five games while scoring just five times. …

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