TFC hype quiets

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Toronto FC doesn't think one defeat means it has lost its mojo at BMO.

But when the Seattle Sounders came in last week and shut the team out in the home opener -- after weeks of hype about how visiting teams hate playing here -- it certainly was a jolt.

"A huge letdown for everyone, players, staff and fans in particular," coach John Carver said as the club prepared for its game today against FC Dallas.

"Building up to the game it was all about this guy or that guy coming back (the homecoming of Dwayne De Rosario and Adrian Serioux) and how well we'd done getting four road points.

"So what I call 'the circus' is over now. We had more press and media in here than normal and the guys have to deal with that because if you're going to be successful, the media's going to come through the door. So they have to get used to it. We didn't deal with it the right way. It will be a good lesson.

"Let's face it, (last week) was the coldest day in the world, blowing a gale and it wasn't as noisy as I thought it was going to be. But we're the ones who spark the fans. We have to ignite them to make it difficult for teams to play here."

Dallas has not made many waves in MLS action thus far with three losses, but it has been less than six months since big striker Kenny Cooper came into BMO and scored twice in a 2-2 draw.

"I don't believe (Dallas FC's record) is a true reflection," Carver said, noting its best game was its last, a 2-1 loss to New England.

Defender Serioux, whose backfield partners felt some media heat for giving up five goals in the past three games, is pumped for Cooper and Co.

"We have to try and get inside his head," Serioux said.

LANCE.HORNBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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