TFC keeps a lid on it

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

With a straight face, Toronto FC defender Marvell Wynne said he would treat tonight's game against world goliath Real Madrid like any other game. Until the final whistle, that is.

"Then I'll probably be like a schoolgirl, asking for an autograph or a sweater," Wynne said yesterday, as tiny TFC of Major League Soccer prepared to take on FIFA's team of the 20th century, a club recently infused with almost $400 million US in transfers.

Blinking into the lights of a jam-packed Spanish/Canadian media conference at BMO Field, TFC captain Jim Brennan jokingly was asked how his own transfer to Real Madrid was progressing.

"I wish," laughed Brennan, before the traditional exchange of team sweaters with his opposite number, Guti.

Brennan and Wynne will have the likes of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo coming at them tonight, a far cry from the New York Red Bulls.

"I had the privilege of playing against (Ronaldo) for Canada against Portugal," Brennan said. "I'm sure he'll be dancing all over that ball tomorrow."

While the talk was whether Real would play all its stars -- they didn't reveal their lineup last night, though it's in the contract that the summer transfers must play at least a half -- Toronto coach Chris Cummins was hinting he might sit some of his men. This is TFC's fourth game in 10 days and, with the CONCACAF tourney dream over, he has to think of the MLS playoffs.

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"We'll have a mixed team," Cummins said. "I won't put lads in (for the sake of a cameo against Madrid) and risk injury.

"Rest is important. Any lads with small needles or knocks won't play. But we take everything seriously. I've got the veteran players coming up to me and saying: 'I want to play'. No one wants to miss this.

"It's a learning curve for me, as a young coach. I'm interested in looking at the video right away to see what I can pick up."


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