TFC vs. Chicago Fire: The WTR Game Thread

So that's what they did during their break...beating up Santos Laguna, I assume? (CREDIT: Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images)
5-15-6, 10th East
13-8-5, 4th East
LS: Koevermans (9)

LS: Marco Pappa (6)
2012 Major League Soccer Season, Game 28
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
7:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM CDT)
Radio: Sportsnet 590
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic (50 MLS games, 3.6 YC/gm, 6 pen)
Forecast: Sunny, 23°C; Wind SW 20 km/hr

Last Meeting: 8/4/2012, CHI 2-1 TFC

I think I'll go to the park, watch the children playing.
Perhaps I'll find in my head what my heart is saying?
A vision of a child returning, a kingdom where the sky is burning.
Honey I will be there, yes I'll be there!
Any world that I'm welcome to, is better than the one I come from...

- "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)", Steely Dan

Is there a place, a world that we TFC supporters can finally see the dawn that we so richly deserve? It probably won't be this game, a rescheduled date to make way for the Liverpool friendly earlier this year. Between you and me and all the clear incompetence that is being rewarded at MLSE, it's not easy being Red these days.

TFC will be severely hamstrung not only by injuries: all three DPs are gone (Eric Hassli is probable), while an international break match usually means international absences: Ashtone Morgan and Terry Dunfield will not be ready, nor will Dicoy Williams or Ryan Johnson. Good news is that Darren O'Dea will be available after coming back from Ireland duty -- but that's where the bad news start: Chicago has everyone available: , Sherjill MacDonald, Dominic Oduro, Alvaro Fernandez, Chris Rolfe...the list goes on. Duncan's preview here is no less bleak, though does at least give hope of some kind of entertainment tonight.

Is it blase of us to hope for the merciful end of another season, where another painful rebuild is set to begin once more? Nah, I think we can tough these last six games out. We're used to it, right? Even if we have absolutely no one left to give us even a shred of hope, in a desert of MLSE's making.

Nevertheless, can TFC find the world that we're welcome to? Join us in the comments section below pre- and post-game for news, chat and the emotional rollercoaster!

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