TFC eyes changes for hectic week

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:24 PM ET

There will be little time for Toronto FC to recuperate from its bitter 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday as the Major League Soccer side faces three games during the next seven days.

First on the schedule for the Reds is a friendly with Mexico's Pachuca CF tonight (7:30 p.m.) at BMO Field.

TFC then travels to Vancouver for the back end of the home-and-home Canadian championship on Wednesday and wraps up the week with an MLS match in Chicago against the Fire on Saturday.

Given TFC coach John Carver's tongue-lashing to his players after its loss to Vancouver, expect to see a lot of new faces on the pitch wearing the red and white against the Mexicans.

Assistant coach Chris Cummins said as much in a team release yesterday.

"There will be some changes to the team," he said. "It's a chance for some of the lads to come in and show us what they can do against quality opposition. We can also use the game to put things right from Tuesday and to build for the game on Wednesday against Vancouver."

Cummins said that much- heralded 16-year-old Abdus Ibrahim likely will see action tonight -- his first with the big club since being acquired from Dallas FC last month.

"Ibrahim has done very well," Cummins said. "He finished off a good move last weekend to score the winning goal for the reserves at New England and is showing tremendous promise. He is 16, so we have to handle him in the right way."

Pachuca will not be a pushover. The team comes into BMO as reigning SuperLiga and CONCACAF champions.

Meanwhile, TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston is busy off the pitch and is expected to add two, possibly three, new offensive weapons to the team over the next several days.

A pair of English Premiership players -- Paul Dickov from Manchester City and Darren Huckerby from Norwich City -- practised with TFC this past week and one or both could be signed and suit up in time for next Saturday's match in Chicago.

Johnston is also still in talks with Chicago over the future of Fulham's Brian McBride. TFC holds his rights in North America and Johnston is seeking a deal that could bring L.A. Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz to Toronto in a three-way trade.


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