Call TFC what you want, call them whatever you may...but could even one of them have made a difference in the MLS All-Stars' 3-1 loss to A.S. Roma last night?
While it's true that TFC do face their own match against that same Italian team next week, it's probably crossed a few minds that maybe, just maybe, that someone from the Reds could have given the MLS All-Stars a better fate than weakly cheering an Omar Gonzalez goal in the 91st minute (from everyone's favourite member of the
Brazilian Olympic diving team Vancouver Whitecap Camilo Sanvezzo) in what is pretty much a glorified friendly for a pre-season European side.
It's not to say TFC is chock full of stars either; our place in the Eastern Conference standings burnishes that thought daily in our minds. But if they were available (or had done a bit better), could a Robert Earnshaw or a Danny Koevermans have put a goal behind Morgan de Sanctis? Or could a spot of youthful energy like Jonathan Osorio or Jeremy Brockie have made a difference in the MLS attack?
And let us not forget the defense; burned thrice playing higher tan a kite in Peter Vermes' search of goals. There was a fair bit of grumbling on social media about Patrice Bernier's lace last night; could two-time All Star and 2011 Comeback Player of the Year Bobby Convey or Richard Eckersley have helped? Or maybe a midfield dominator like Matias Laba? In goal Raul Fernandez and Nick Rimando did what they did, but could a more-played Stefan Frei or Joe Bendik have come in? (Probably not...)
Yes, it may be a lot of talk about a whole lot of nothing, but it's still a game where MLS's talent is on display, and for a casual viewer, would you watch more of MLS if that was the best the league has to offer?
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