TFC a piecemeal project

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

It's almost fitting that Toronto FC should meet the New England Revolution tonight, given the revolving door that has been the Reds roster this past week.

The dizzying events have left head coach John Carver uncertain as to who will line up where for tonight's kickoff at BMO Field, who will be coming off the bench and which of the walking wounded will be capable of answering the bell.

Players have been released, trades have been completed and a high-profile transfer finalized at a time when Carver has been trying to piece together a lineup that has scored but one goal in its past three outings.

In many ways, with only 10 games remaining on its Major League Soccer schedule, Carver is starting from scratch.

"In an ideal world, you don't like working that way,'' Carver said yesterday following the team's workout. "But this is not an ideal world. You have to adjust and get on with it. It's a test of your management skills and how you deal with certain situations."

Recently acquired goal scorer Carlos Ruiz may make his TFC debut after representing his native Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier against the U.S. on Wednesday.

Carver plans to sit down with Ruiz this morning and figure out if the former L.A. Galaxy forward is fit to play.

Carl Robinson has winged his way back after representing Wales, while Amado Guevara appears ready to go following a World Cup qualifier for his native Honduras.

Tyrone Marshall (leg strain) remains a question mark, while Danny Dichio (concussion) complained yesterday of headaches, prompting Carver to announce that his leading scorer won't start tonight.

In MLS, teams have up until mid-September to make trades and sign free agents.

Newcomers such as Ruiz, who brings a scoring presence, and Johann Smith, who provides pace, are welcome additions.

The key is to integrate the players with the team's core group.

"The additions we've made only better our side,'' captain Jim Brennan said. "No doubt, we're looking for a few more to add depth.

"Everyone who has come in has been first class and they've fitted in well. They all have a point to prove to our organization and to our fans."

While the focus is on the present and tonight's game against an opponent TFC has yet to defeat, Carver can't help but look ahead to next week when the next round of World Cup qualifying resumes.

"That scares me,'' he said. "When you think you're getting somewhere and you're getting people back to almost 100%, you realize the international calendar and that seven or eight players will be disappearing."

ADIEU TO EDU

Maurice Edu plans to address the media prior to tonight's game as he embarks on his new challenge in Scotland.

Yesterday, TFC announced its transfer agreement with the Glasgow Rangers had been completed, the final hurdle being cleared when Edu received his work permit.

MLS owns all players' contracts and, as such, will receive one-third of Edu's $5-million US transfer fee. The balance goes into TFC's coffers.

Edu, who signed a five-year contract with Glasgow, will join fellow American DaMarcus Beasley in the Rangers midfield.


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