TFC looks to douse Fire

Toronto FC poses for photographers earlier in the season. Today they face the Chicago Fires. (Sun...

Toronto FC poses for photographers earlier in the season. Today they face the Chicago Fires. (Sun file photo)

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

It doesn't get any easier today for Toronto FC to win the squad's first Major League Soccer game as they face the high flying Chicago Fire, who have lost just once this season.

Chicago, which, unlike the goalless TFC, comes to BMO Field with a reputation for being able to find the back of the net.

The team is led by striker Chris Rolfe, who already has scored three times and added three assists in five games .

He's no stranger to TFC goalkeeper Greg Sutton, who played against him for two seasons in the United Soccer League.

Sutton said that Rolfe, a 24-year-old native of Kittering, Ohio, can score from just about anywhere.

"Rolfe is the kind of player you have to keep your eye on all the time," he said. "You have to concentrate on him whenever he is near the ball."

The 6-foot-6 keeper said that TFC coach Mo Johnston has been drilling the team over the past 10 days on how to deal with talented strikers.

"It is something we have been working on for the past week and a half -- closing down the opportunities in our end for players like Rolfe," Sutton said.

"But you can't really try to key on one guy. You have got to concentrate everyone out there because all of their players can be dangerous."

Sutton does have added incentive to keep not only Rolfe off of the score sheet, but the entire Fire roster.

Johnston is confident his big keeper will be on top of his game for today's match.

"He played very well against Kansas City in out home opener," Johnston said. "And I expect the same thing from him against Chicago."

As for Rolfe, Johnston hopes all of the guys in the back will pitch in.

"We'll look after him," the coach said. "We know his tendencies. He likes to go to the right and he's got a great shot."

Johnston also claimed that comments from Chicago coach Dave Sarachan that were critical of the BMO turf wouldn't carry over to the game today.

"He hasn't even seen the turf here," he said. "So I don't know how he could comment on it. Besides I know both him and (Chicago president) John Guppy so there are no hard feelings."


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