|The aircraft carrying the defending skills for the second half arriving two hours late|
Today was the first TFC home game with the new manager in charge. Paul Mariner was probably hoping, as most of us were hoping, that he could bring to the home field all the energy of the first half the other night in Houston without the collapse at the end of the second half. No such luck.
I am such a fool. Take the same the players who were not good enough for the departed Winter and tweak the formation, what do you get? We saw it today, a slightly tweaked version of the same old guys. It was great to see two quality goals in the first half, but cheering for Toronto in the second half was akin to cheering all evening for the sun not to go down.
Just some scattered observations.
Credit goes to Milos Kocic for earning the point today, he made some top drawer saves.
Long before he was taken off, something did not look right about Torsten Frings.
How can you play the possession game when you have deGuzman on the field? In the second half he seemed to be giving the ball away every chance he had.
Ryan Johnson made a full effort in both halves. Danny Koevermans was quality in the first half and invisible in the second.
Doneil Henry looked ragged in the late going. Putting Logan Emory into the central defending role seemed to make little difference .
I thought that putting Luis Silva on in the second half was a gamble that was going to pay off in a big way. Here is a young player who has had his Houston mugshot splashed all over the media this week. Clearly there are no serious consequences as he is in uniform. Maybe I wanted the Hollywood factor to kick in, but he was a step down from Eric Avila. Silva seemed to lack anticipation.
Just how did New England manage to dominate the last 20 minutes of the game?
I dread the midweek road game in Montreal. I will watch it, but I dread it.