A whole lot of nothing

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:10 AM ET

It was clear last night at BMO Field who the 20,522 fans in attendance for the highly anticipated meeting between Toronto FC and the L.A. Galaxy really missed the most.

And it wasn't David Beckham.

It was TFC starting strikers Danny Dichio and Jeff Cunningham -- the team's twin towers in front of the opposition goal, who have supplied much of the home side's scoring this season.

Both were on the injury list, along with the aforementioned Beckham.

Their absence showed on the scoreboard with TFC managing only a 0-0 draw against a truly awful Galaxy team.

TFC manager Mo Johnston was forced to start 20-year-old Andrea Lombardo and back-up forward Colin Samuel in the forward positions.

"I think Lombardo played a heck of a game," Johnston said. "He had at least three good chances. He's young; he will get his goals."

Lombardo played in spite of a gash in his foot that required stitches before the game. At one point, Johnston said that Dichio even offered to get his sore back frozen so he could play if the youngster was unable to go the full 90 minutes.

"Danny came up to me and said: 'Get the doctor to inject me and I'll play,' " Johnston said. "That speaks for what kind of player he is."

But TFC also was missing starting goaltender Greg Sutton, out for the season with post-concussion syndrome, midfielder Ronnie O'Brien, out with a serious knee injury and former defender Marvell Wynne, who is out with an upper-leg injury.

TFC peppered Galaxy 'keeper Joe Cannon with 14 shots, with L.A. returning only two at newly signed TFC 'keeper Kenny Stamatopoulos.

After the game, Johnston heaped praise on Canadians Chris Pozniak and Marco Reda, who both made rare starts.

"I thought Poz played his best game," he said. "He's like a utility baseball player, I can insert him almost anywhere and he responds."

In fact, Johnston said that if none of his injured players are ready to return by next week's away game against New York Red Bulls, he will be comfortable starting the lineup that took to the field last night.


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