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The Formations Missing five players who would ordinarily be in the starting lineup, Toronto FCs squad depth was tested against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. No Jermain Defoe and no Michael Bradley meant that two of the leagues premier players were unavailable for Toronto, providing Dwayne De Rosario and Kyle Bekker with opportunities to fill in. Tactically, head coach Ryan Nelsen again chose to employ his favoured 4-4-2 formation. The Colorado Rapids lined up with two changes to their 4-4-2 diamond midfield lineup that was successful against the Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend; Kamani Hill was replaced by former TFC midfielder, Nick LaBrocca, and Edson Buddle replaced Deshorn Brown up top. The Game This game was a big test for Toronto FC, given the quality and quantity of players that were unavailable. But despite losing the game 1-0 to an Edson Buddle goal, TFC acquitted themselves quite well. Defensively, the back four looked as solid as it ever has. Bradley Orr slotted into Doneil Henrys position and looked comfortable and composed alongside Steven Caldwell, who was excellent. Mark Bloom had another very solid game at right fullback, reaffirming Ryan Nelsens belief that he can be the solution for that position. With the signings of Defoe and Bradley getting all of the headlines this offseason, the acquisition of Justin Morrow flew under the radar. However, one could argue that his performances have been a big factor in TFCs solid start to the season. No longer do opponents view Torontos left flank as a free runway for opposing wingers and fullbacks to cross the ball at will. Morrow is shutting things down nicely, and while he doesnt have the same desire to get forward as his predecessor, Ashtone Morgan, Morrow does what all good defenders should do first - defend. In midfield, there were concerns that the absence of Bradley - who has been behind everything good that TFC has done to start the season - would have a dramatic impact on Torontos ability to compete against a slick Colorado side. Those concerns were alleviated by the performance of Canadian international, Kyle Bekker. Drafted third overall last season, Bekkers rookie year was not what he would have hoped. He struggled to find playing time, and in Ryan Nelsens opinion, had a tough time making the transition from college soccer star to reliable professional. Bekkers performances over the last two games (he started alongside Bradley in TFCs 2-0 win over Columbus the previous week) will go some way towards convincing Nelsen that Bekkers professional career is ready to take off. The midfielders passing was crisp and precise, and his positional awareness and defensive work - while not his strongest assets - were much improved over last season. One of Bekkers strengths is his set piece delivery, and on two occasions he rattled the woodwork with direct free kicks. Bekkers first effort in the 76th minute struck the base of the right post, and was just inches away from opening the scoring. The game turned little more than a minute later, as Colorado scored the only goal of the game. Toronto was solid defensively throughout the game, but got caught by a well-delivered ball to the back post for Dillon Serna. The youngster mis-hit a strike across goal, and the ensuing scramble saw the ball land at the feet of 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year, Dillon Powers, just inside the penalty area. At this stage, Toronto was well positioned to deal with Powers. There was lateral pressure coming from both Bekker and Issey Nakajima-Farran, with Mark Bloom directly in front. But Powers bumbled the ball past the challenge of Bloom, clearing room for a shot on goal. As a defender, one must prioritize threats on goal. The nearest defender must close down anyone with time and space to shoot inside the penalty area. The other defenders must then adjust to cover the next immediate threats. Steven Caldwell read the situation well, and as his momentum was in the direction of Powers, Caldwell left Edson Buddle to block the shot from Powers. It was a calculated risk from Caldwell, but it was the correct decision. Edson Buddle did what all good strikers do - he created space for himself in the penalty area by simply holding his run outside the six-yard box. The covering defender, Bradley Orr, is in the correct defensive position, as he also had to be able to intercept a ball across the six-yard box to Deshorn Brown, who was lurking at the far post. Buddle knew that if Powers could cut the ball back, he would have a shot on goal. When Powers cut back was successful, Orr immediately attempted to block Buddles shot - as did TFC goalkeeper, Julio Cesar - but Buddles effort slid under the keeper and into the back of the net. Apart from Bloom getting beaten by Powers just inside the penalty area, TFC defended this situation exactly as they should have. Unfortunately on this occasion, Colorados quality inside the penalty area was simply too good. I have been impressed with Colorado over the last two games, including a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps last week. José Mari looks like a fantastic addition to their midfield, and they move the ball around very well. They can over-narrow their midfield diamond at times, and exploiting the resulting space in wide areas will certainly be a key feature to focus on for any future opponents. The Positives Kyle Bekker put in a very solid performance, which will do his confidence a world of good. If he can continue to improve his positional awareness and general defensive responsibility, he will be a very valuable asset in Nelsens rejuvenated squad. The back four looked comfortable for most of the game - no mean feat, as Buddle and Gabriel Torres (as well as substitute, Deshorn Brown) offer a stern test. There were concerns going into the season about TFCs depth at centre back, but Bradley Orr proved that, while not his preferred position, he is more than capable of providing a solid alternative if the situation arises. The Negatives Perhaps it can be put down to unfamiliarity, but the partnership of Dwayne De Rosario and Gilberto didnt click. De Rosario is usually very tidy in possession, but far too often conceded the ball or gave it away through miscommunication with teammates. With options up front currently few and far between, this is a partnership that Nelsen will need to work if TFC is to be competitive in the absence of Jermain Defoe. The playing surface was infinitely better than it was back in March, when TFC defeated DC United in their home opener. (Credit to the BMO Field ground staff for working miracles during Torontos harsh weather.) But it still didnt lend itself to a slick, free-flowing passing game - something that both teams will prefer when the surface undoubtedly improves. The Star Man Few would argue that Bekker is deserving of a mention (which he is), but for me, Steven Caldwell put in an outstanding effort at the back. His distribution was precise, his positional awareness was superb, and time and time again he snuffed out dangerous situations before they could develop into goal scoring situations for Colorado. Swell Bottle Uk Sale . -- Damian Lillard couldnt believe when he got a clear look at the rim. Swell Traveler Uk . MLB.com reported that the Dodgers locked the left-hander in for one year at $10 million with up to $4 million in incentives. http://www.swellbottlesuk.com/. Klose has a bruised pelvic bone and abdominal muscle problems but team doctors are trying to get him fit in time for the match. Bender has a hamstring injury. Germany is already without half-dozen players, due to injury or bad form. Swell Bottles Online Uk . While plenty of statistics illustrate Torontos turnaround in the second year of manager Ryan Nelsens tenure, stopping goals is not one of them. Swell Bottle Clearance . - Vince Carter, heading into his 17th NBA season, doesnt consider age a big issue anymore.One, two, three, I do believe. After a 45-21 win over Toronto I was surprised, and after a 36-28 win over Ottawa I was impressed, but the 34-33 win on the road in Montreal was a convincing moment. In a game where the difference was two defensive touchdowns for the Bombers creating the first road win was a special type of confidence builder, more than Game 1 and more than the win over an expansion team in the Redblacks. Again, for the second week in a row, Drew Willy was impressive. His come-from-behind skills are as good in this young season as any quarterback and his ability to wait until the last moment to let a downfield pattern develop is an ability I dont think you can teach. You either have it or you dont. Its kind of a combination of courage and awareness at the same time. I give compliments to Montreal for their relentless pass rush. They played risk-reward football and did not get the reward as in the end they may have taken one too many risks in one-on-one downfield coverage. Still, my Lord, the first half was boring, very boring. The game kicked off at 7:08pm and the first half did not end until 8:49pm, eastern time. One hour and 41 minutes to play a half of football. Boring. Whether it was penalties, challenges, commercials, timeouts or injuries, that first half dragged forever. And I really dont know what to suggest to guarantee a more expedited game because there will always be penalties, challenges, timeouts, commercials and injuries in football. The second half was better than the first half and there was exceptional drama in the fourth quarter. But if I was a casual football fan I dont know if I would have made it to the fourth after the first and the second. An excellent win for Winnipeg, tough loss for Montreal but the Alouettes are going to win some games. Tough on defence and very aggressive, improving on offence especially the way Brandon Whitaker is playing and a solid returner in Larry Taylor. Troy Smith hit some good deep balls in the game and I though it was Montreals best game of the first three. The next game of the night, Ottawa at Edmonton was predictable in its outcome, 27-11 for Edmonton. For Coach of the Year you have two early candidates that just may still be candidates come the honour presentation in 2015. I sense Chris Jones has the direct approach of extreme accountability and I sense Mike OShea has a different approach of cooperation. Both types of styles work as it is about understanding the mentality and emotional make-up of your team to get the most out of them. As much as Winnipeg is for real so is Edmonton. Thursday nights game this week - Edmonton at Winnipeg - will say a lot again as one team will move to 4-0 and atop of the West Division. Edmonton has two impressive aspects of football right now. The duo of Odell Willis and Marcus Howard just may be the best pass-rushing duo in CFLL football right now.dddddddddddd Thats true especially in the fourth quarter where concentration can waver and legs get fatigued for an opposition. The Edmonton defensive ends, however, do not waver and do not lose concentration. You have to think as long as they stay healthy both are going to be effective all year. Their offence also impressed with Jonathan White as a running back. Excellent in pass-rush blitz pick up and had three crushing blocks throughout the game and an emotional runner. You could tell when he finished a run he wanted more. Its early, yes, but nonetheless impressive. With Ottawa, well, the word that comes to mind is logical. You see moments of professional polish and moments of amateur action. As the season moves on you will see the polish shine more and more. Toronto needs to be respectful as they can be beat in Ottawa this Friday for the Redblacks opener. And yes, Toronto. What an oddball season so far. A 24-point loss to begin the season, followed by a 33-point win and then Saturdays 19-point loss. Tough to figure out. Calgary after two games does look like the best team right now but as we all know right now is always changing. I was curious to see how Bo Levi Mitchell would play without the pressure of Drew Tate wanting his job. He played better than he ever has and will in all likelihood repeat the performance again and again for the near and distant future. Matt Walter and Anthony Parker also played well, not dominant but without Jon Cornish, Maurice Price and Nik Lewis someone had to step up and I thought they did. Not sure which is the better football factory for CFL players: Laval, McMaster, University of Manitoba or the University of Calgary, the previous home of Parker and Walter? The big football evaluation point is Calgarys depth was tested and it definitely passed the test. And finally, BC at Saskatchewan in an early desperation game. As much as Rider loyalty will not want to do it, give BC some respect for their 26-13 win. They had to have it and they got it done. Pressure in football is an interesting discussion subject. To think that Dave Braley did talk to Wally Buono who talked to Mike Benevides who talked to his assistant coaches who talked to the players is very likely. And the urgency conversation in terms of subject matter was remarkably simple: "We cannot go 0-3". Very simple. Tough choice this week for offensive player of week. You have Willy and his second come-from-behind win. You have Adarious Bowman and his dominant game including three touchdowns. You have Mitchell and a display of youthful confidence in a road win in Toronto. And Andrew Harris, the BC Lions running back. In what has to be the best game of his career, he produced 138 yards rushing and 65 yards passing and put himself back on top as the Lions best running back. I vote Andrew Harris. ' ' '
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