Two wins and counting

Toronto FC interim coach Chris Cummins is all smiles during Sunday's game at BMO Field. (Sun...

Toronto FC interim coach Chris Cummins is all smiles during Sunday's game at BMO Field. (Sun Media/Craig Robertson)

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

With two wins to his credit and the team in top spot, you can say Chris Cummins has a good chance of landing the Toronto FC job for the balance of this MLS season.

Cummins and assistant Nick Dasovic made FC (3-2-2) stand for First in Conference last evening as it beat the Kansas City Wizards 1-0 at BMO Field on Danny Dichio's goal in the 54th minute.

Manager Mo Johnston said the coaching situation would be addressed tomorrow.

"I feel fantastic, I'd be silly to say I don't want (the job)," Cummins said, sitting next to Johnston. "It's a fantastic job.

"You look at those players and everyone wondered how they'd react to what's happened this week. It's all about the team, not about individuals or me sitting there. They've shown tremendous character to go out there and play with a passion."

But is the youthful Cummins, who arrived with Carver last year after running the academy programs in Luton and Watford, the man to see this club through this year and perhaps beyond?

"We're not looking at any (full-time) candidates," Johnston said. "If you see speculation, that's all it is because at the end of the day, these two guys will be coaching on an interim basis."

Dichio, meanwhile, made his choice known.

"I'd like to see Chris and Nick," he said. "They've been fantastic assistants and Chris has been waiting for this chance. He's great with the guys here, so why not give him a chance?"

Cummins relayed Carver's instructions from the pressbox in Wednesday's win over Chivas USA, and last night he made a second-half adjustment to the three-striker system with Pablo Vitti, Chad Barrett and Dichio that opened up the game.

Vitti thought he had scored in the 52nd minute from a tight angle, stripping his shirt to wave as a celebratory flag for 20,056 fans. But all he received was a yellow card with the play offside.

Dichio buried the second of his two chances on the same rush for the game's lone goal.

Goalkeeper Stefan Frei then stopped TFC-killer Davy Arnaud with a leaping save in the 89th for a second consecutive shutout.

"I just came from the room and they're happy, but two or three weeks ago, we were rock bottom," Cummins said. "So we haven't done anything yet. Let's see where we are at the end of the season.


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