Brennan lauded

DEAN MCNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

Toronto FC captain Jim Brennan watched from the sidelines last night as his club -- made up mostly of reserve players -- lost a friendly 1-0 to Argentina's Independiente at BMO Field.

Brennan had a huge grin on his face, however, after learning earlier in the day that he had been named to the Major League Soccer all-star team that will play against English Premier League side West Ham United on July 24 at BMO.

It will be the first time that Brennan -- the first player signed by the expansion TFC back in 2006 -- has played in an all-star game since turning pro in England in 1996. The Toronto native said prior to last night's game that he was humbled by the honour.

"It's always an honour to be picked to play with the best in you league," he said. "I am looking forward to it, especially because the game will be played in front of our fans."

Brennan did, however, feel he should not have been the lone TFC player named to the all-star squad. He said fellow Canadian Greg Sutton should have been picked as goalkeeper for the side.

"Sutts has been our best player game in and game out this season," Brennan said. "I'm not the only one who thinks he's the best 'keeper in this league."

Fans, coaches and media voted for the starting 11, which will see Matt Reis of the New England Revolution in goal with Houston Dynamo's Pat Onstad, of Vancouver, as backup.

A third Canadian -- Scarborough native Dwayne de Rosario -- also was named to the squad. It will be the third all-star match for the Houston forward.

Brennan admitted his TFC teammates had been giving it to him pretty good about his selection.

"You know how it is in our locker room," he said. "They gave me some pretty good stick. But, honestly, it's because of their good work ... that was a major contributor to me being picked."

Seven reserve players started for TFC last night. The only first-team roster players in action were Maurice Edu, Jeff Cunningham, Jarrod Smith and backup goalkeeper Brian Edwards.

UNFRIENDLY

The game, played before an announced crowd of 18,731, was decidedly unfriendly almost from the opening kick with the Argentines falling down at the sight of a red uniform. At one point forward Victor Sosa kicked the ball into an unguarded TFC goal after referee Alex Prius refused to call an alleged foul.

Prized TFC rookie -- 16-year-old Abbe Ibrahim -- played the first 57 minutes with more than a few good chances before being replaced by Rohan Ricketts.

Independiente, Argentina's top club side, got the go-ahead goal in the 68th minute when forward Pablo Vihi scored.

On a positive note a trio of TFC prospects -- Pickering's Frank Jonke, York's Gerard Ladiyou and Brampton's Murphy Wiredu -- all saw action last night.


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