Houston's problems pale in comparison to TFC's

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:51 AM ET

Toronto FC is facing a Houston Dynamo team today at BMO Field that has just embarked on a tortuous final month of the Major League Soccer season having to play 11 matches in the next five weeks.

But don't expect TFC coach John Carver -- who won't be on the sidelines because of a suspension -- to have any sympathy as he has been without a full squad for almost two months due to injury and international call-ups.

Carver also knows that Houston -- looking to nail down their third consecutive MLS crown -- has one of the deepest rosters in the league.

"They do have a hectic schedule, they're involved in the Champions League, they could possibly be the first team to win this competition three years off the bounce, which is some achievement," Carver said.

"So no matter what team they put on the pitch I think they'll be a very strong team."

Still with a schedule as busy as the Dynamo, it wouldn't be a surprise to see standouts like Toronto's own Dwayne De Rosario along with strikers Brain Ching and Brad Davis having only limited minutes against TFC.

Houston, after all, is in first place in the Western Division and doesn't have to worry about securing a playoff position.

TFC, on the other hand, pretty much has to take three points today and in the next four games they play to even have a chance to vault past D.C. United into the final playoff spot.

TFC 'keeper Greg Sutton said that his team must finish off its chances today-- something it hasn't been able to do of late.

"We've got to come out all guns blazing," he said after practice Thursday at BMO.

"Last week our mentality obviously wasn't right, and that is something that we have to put right because it is inexcusable right now. We will have to get over it and come out positive (today)," Sutton said.

With another expected sell-out at the 20,000 seat BMO Field there won't be anywhere for TFC players not giving their best to hide.


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