Toronto FC will go into its key match-up Sunday against conference rivals Chicago Fire with continuing questions about its goalkeeping and injuries throughout the lineup.
Coach Mo Johnston announced after Wednesday's pulsating friendly 4-2 loss against Aston Villa that striker Jeff Cunningham will be gone four to six weeks with his lingering stomach-muscle problems. Defenders Tyrone Marshall and Marvell Wynne also hobbled out of the Villa game. Marshall was ill before the game and couldn't continue, while Wynne suffered what Johnston called a "tweak." Wynne's status is up in the air. But goalkeeping is Johnston's biggest worry. No. 1 keeper Greg Sutton hasn't played in two months due to a concussion he suffered while on national-team duty.
"To be honest, he might be out for the year," admitted Johnston, saying that Sutton is still getting regular headaches and can't train.
Two other goalies have played in MLS competition and teenage emergency reserve David Monsalve was between the sticks in the loss to Villa, which saw young striker and likely future England international Luke Moore wow the crowd with a hat trick. But Johnston needs a new No. 1.
But Canadian-content rules placed on Toronto FC when it came into the MLS are making it harder for Johnston to find a candidate.
"We're handicapped going into the American market," he said.
As well, TFC announced that 300 temporary seats will be added at the north end of BMO Field for Sunday's game and the Aug. 5 date against the Los Angeles Galaxy which, barring recurring ankle problems, should be David Beckham's MLS regular-season debut.