Reds win to stay in playoff hunt

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Who cares what the quality of Canadian content is like at this year's Toronto International Film Festival? At BMO Field yesterday, it was outstanding.

Goals by Canadian internationals Dwayne De Rosario and Nana Attakora, and another by Scarborough resident O'Brian White, lifted Toronto FC to a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

De Rosario, who played one of his best games of the season, also created numerous chances and fired a shot off the goalpost in the final minute. Attakora scored the winner on a header after a corner kick from Amado Guevara, only the fourth goal on a set play by the Reds this season.

"I think it's about attitude (on set plays). If you've got the right attitude to get across people, to be aggressive and maybe take a whack in the face (that's the key)," said Toronto coach Chris Cummins. "I said to Nana: 'you're not the best-looking kid, so go put your head in there.' "

Cummins expressed disappointment that Colorado scored two preventable goals from just in front of Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

"The five minutes after half time were abysmal. We need to stop conceding poor goals," Cummins said. "We need to defend better (in front of our goal). Go and take one for the team in your gonads. You have to do that. And I think if people are willing to go out and put their bodies on the line, we're going to stop these goals."

The coach, however, was pleased with his club's flair on offence. The Reds fired 13 shots at the Rapids' goal.

The victory keeps Toronto's playoff hopes alive, although with only five games remaining, and the next two games on the road against a pair of tough foes in the L.A. Galaxy and Chicago Fire, the chances of TFC making into the post-season are still slim. Three of their last five regular season matches are away from the friendly confines of BMO Field.

"It's going to be tough," said Toronto captain Jim Brennan. "But we know what we have to do to get that playoff spot.

Marvell Wynne began the scoring parade for TFC in the first half with a excellent charge down the right side, blowing past one Colorado defender before slamming on the breaks in front of another and finding De Rosario with a feed in front of the goal. The Toronto native controlled the ball with his chest, took a few steps back and then fired it into the top corner past a diving Preston Burpo, for his 10th goal of the season. De Rosario's goal broke a scoreless slump for TFC that went back to a 2-0 victory over D.C. United on Aug.15. The Reds then went three straight games (two losses and a draw) without scoring.

The Rapids tied it early in the second half when Conor Casey out-battled Nick Garcia and Wynne just to the right of the Toronto goal and headed it past Frei, who should have come out of his goal to challenge for the ball.

A pair of GTA lads then put TFC up for good. White, who had replaced Ali Gerba just three minutes before, chipped in a goal over a sprawling Burpo in the 71st minute after a sweet feed from De Rosario. And then Orangeville native Attakora buried his three minutes after that. Michael Holody scored with one minutes left in regulation for Colorado.

Newly signed midfielder Julian De Guzman did not suit up for Toronto.

STEVE.BUFFERY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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