TFC v Sporting KC Pre Game
Our friends over at http://viewfromthesouthstands.com have their usual pre-game analysis up previewing the next game for Toronto FC Saturday evening versus Sporting Kansas City. Please go and check it out.
I was at the training session Friday morning ahead of Saturday’s match and I was able to get some video from Nana Attakora, Alan Gordon(exclusive video) and Coach Aron Winter teeing up the match on Saturday.
There were some interesting things happening in training that I was able to observe that I thought I would share.
- Bob De Klerk is the real ringmaster during training drills. He was extremely animated in delivering his messages to the players
- Joao Plata surprisingly was at training. A senior club official told me that he is back at least for a while until the Ecuadorian national team decides who will make their 23 man roster for Copa America. He will be available to play Saturday.
- Paul Mariner, off camera, was completely gobsmacked by the silly rumours coming out of England on Friday. Some frankly less than reliable English media outlets were circulating rumours that somewhat unsettled defender Nana Attakora was linked to a transfer to Shrewsbury Town of the English Second Division (the 4th tier I believe of English football). Watching Paul laugh heartily at the silliness of the English media in their soccer off season was frankly a lot of fun.
- I asked a senior club official if TFC will be getting an additional roster spot that they can fill with a newcomer now that Adrian Can is sadly gone for the season. He did not have an answer for me but promised one early next week.
A lot of the more die hard supporters that I congregate with in the south end will be giving KC’s Teal Bunbury the full on hate treatment on Saturday for his flip flopping over the past season between declaring for the Canadian and American national teams and his eventual commitment to the USA instead of Canada.
For a vocal few in the south end this will be a big part of the game Saturday. And anything that gets people vocal and animated in the stands is generally a good thing, whatever the motivation. However the story for me is how can a still shorthanded TFC bounce back from what was far and away its worst performance ever at home in five seasons.
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