Pair of records within reach for toronto Fc

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - SPORTS - Kurtis Lar­son

the reds aren’t ob­sessed with the idea of break­ing Mls records, but say they’ll achieve that goal if they fo­cus on the de­tails.

toronto Fc (19-5-8, 65 points) could match two Mls records — points in a sea­son (68) and wins (20) — this week­end if it beats the vis­it­ing Mon­treal im­pact.

the reds then could break it with a de­ci­sion day win in at­lanta.

Van­ney told the Toronto Sun this week he ex­pects to have a full com­pli­ment of play­ers when the reds re­turn to ac­tion on sun­day.

“the mind­set has to be that we have to go and build con­ti­nu­ity and mo­men­tum,” Van­ney ex­plained, con­firm­ing healthy play­ers won’t be rested ahead of the play­offs.

“i re­ally feel that, given the stretch we’ve had, we need to have guys play­ing. ev­ery­body is go­ing to want to be sharp as we go in the play­offs.

“No­body is go­ing to come to me and say they want to sit out. We have to ap­proach it smart. We need to ap­proach it with the eye of clear­ing up some things.”

in their pur­suit of great­ness af­ter clinch­ing the sup­port­ers’ shield in septem­ber, toronto Fc’s bench boss added he won’t be tak­ing any chances if guys aren’t 100 per cent healthy.

“We’re not in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion to win th­ese games,” Van­ney said. “We won’t be play­ing a risky game with guys, but we want guys to be sharp and con­nected.”

Jozy alti­dore and se­bas­tian Giovinco are ex­pected to pair to­gether this week­end for the first time in more than a month as the atomic ant fi­nally gets set to re­turn from a quadri­ceps in­jury. all eyes will be on tfc’s ital­ian goal-scorer to see how he re­sponds ahead of an­ther an­tic­i­pated post­sea­son ap­pear­ance.

Van­ney’s also look­ing for as­sur­ance his once im­pen­e­tra­ble de­fence set­tles down af­ter con­ced­ing nine times in three games.

“i’ve been say­ing this to peo­ple around here: you can win a reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­onship and make mis­takes,” Van­ney said.

“but you can’t win an Mls cup and not be in form and make mis­takes.”

asked whether the Mon­treal im­pact “em­bar­rassed” tfc in a 5-3 win three weeks ago at BMO Field, Van­ney in­ter­rupted the ques­tion.

“i would say we em­bar­rassed our­selves with ridicu­lous mis­takes,” he said. “We got pun­ished for them.

“We shot our­selves in the foot and they have good play­ers who will make you pay. if you give Mon­treal chances they will hurt you.

“they don’t need many of them.”

the United states and canada should get to­gether for a men’s friendly at BMO Field next sum­mer — es­pe­cially if the league plans to take an­other two-week break for the World cup.

With both sides on the out­side look­ing in, now might be a good time to foster a proper ri­valry. the sup­port­ers de­serve it. and it’s not as if the U.s. can claim it needs bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion at this point.

it’s a shame to see so many U.s. pun­dits tak­ing re­peated shots at Jozy alti­dore and Michael bradley.

it’s in­ex­pli­ca­ble, re­ally. Not be­cause tfc’s top stars are im­mune to crit­i­cism but be­cause many of their team­mates were spared sim­i­lar treat­ment.

Goal­keeper tim howard was ter­ri­ble in losses to costa rica and trinidad.

cen­tre­backs Ge­off cameron and Omar Gon­za­lez were ac­count­able for con­ced­ing crush­ing goals.

the U.s. scored more times (17) than any­one else in the fi­nal round of con­ca­caf qual­i­fy­ing. they had no idea how they wanted to de­fend.

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