Toronto FC has help winging in from Montreal

Toronto FC player Abdus Ibrahim during practice at BMO field, June 19, 2008. (Alex Urosevic/Sun...

Toronto FC player Abdus Ibrahim during practice at BMO field, June 19, 2008. (Alex Urosevic/Sun Media)

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Toronto FC coach John Carver has arranged to have his two Canadian internationals -- defender Jim Brennan and goalkeeper Greg Sutton -- flown in from Montreal this morning in case he needs them for today's Major League Soccer game at BMO Field.

The pair were plucked from TFC for Canada's national team's game last night against St. Vincent & the Grenadines in Stage II of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Carver indicated that if either Brennan or Sutton only play as substitutes for the national team, he might even pen them into his starting 11 against Kansas City Wizards at BMO.

"We have arranged for a flight to get them back (to Toronto this morning)," Carver said. "It gives us an option we might not have had otherwise."

Carver also welcomed the return of several other key internationals, who have been away with their national teams.

"All the lads (Maurice Edu, USA, Amado Guevara, Honduras, Tyrone Marshall, Jamaica) have come back in good shape, with no apparent injuries," he said.

If there is a concern for the TFC coach, it will be who not to start as the regulars return.

Backup keeper Brian Edwards has a pair of solid victories in Sutton's absence and Todd Dunivant has played some of his best soccer on the back end against Colorado last weekend.

Where Carver won't have a problem is pencilling in Rohan Ricketts, a two-goal scorer against the Rapids, among his forwards today.

"He is a character," Carver said. "He has been going great guns all week in training."

For Ricketts, he said that he's still on a high from his performance last Saturday.

"I don't expect to go out and score two goals every game," he said. "But I now know that I can do it if I am given the opportunity."

The Reds will be trying to extend their league-leading unbeaten streak at home to eight games (5-0-2) against the Wizards, who are coming off a 3-0 trouncing at home from the Columbis Crew last Saturday.


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