Not a lot of hope for TFCís direction

GARETH WHEELER. QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 PM ET

Two games in, are you happy with the direction of your Toronto FC thus far?

Not likely.

Call it negative press, negative direction, negative vibes. Itís hard not being pessimistic by whatís transpiring.

With Saturdayís signing of Latvian left back Raivis Hscanovics, and the imminent signing of Russian defender Maxim Usanov, make the tally 11 new players coming to TFC since Prekiís November arrival, with nine players leaving.

No stability, no chance, at least for the immediate future. Heck, there were five different starters from Game One to Game Two.

Despite wholesale changes to the side Saturday, TFCís superior first-half organization wasnít surprising, having two weeks to prepare for the average New England Revolution.

But as Preki pointed out post-game, quality sides execute for the entire 90 minutes.

The quality at TFC just isnít there. And a 4-1 loss was a fair outcome.

The way TFC cheaply gives away possession is completely unacceptable. It was the same story in the opener at Columbus, but this time around, the opponents made them pay. Gifting goals as they did is absolutely deflating, especially for a team short on identity and belief.

Defender Nick Garcia was again a red-handed culprit, but hardly the only one.

There was lax defending by Nana Attakora and Dan Gargan, giving too much space.

And debutante Hscanovics was regularly caught out of position, failing to impress.

The Revsí two goals not gift-wrapped were created down TFCís vulnerable left side. The way Hscanovics was sliced and diced makes you wonder how heíll fare against better than mediocre competition.

It also makes you wonder why players like Adrian Serioux and Marvell Wynne were deemed disposable and shipped out.

Marginal talent now at the club makes the roster changes difficult to swallow.

Also shocking was Cronin being firmly planted on the bench and not seeing the field.

Cronin wasnít injured or sick. It seems the player is the latest to fall out of favour with the head coach.

Preki decided a rookie fourth-round draft pick was a better choice to play on the road at the position.

Is Cronin all of the sudden not good enough? Or does the same question persist as last season: Where do you play him?

Cronin is another Mo Johnston player and no one would be shocked if he were on his way out because of Preki. Johnston is a fan of Croninís workmanship and is a believer in his potential, refusing to trade him when there was interest in the player at this yearís SuperDraft.

Perhaps the pro-Cronin narrative all along grossly

overrated the player, covering for the fact Johnston didnít address the teamís biggest hole, drafting stud centre-back Omar Gonzalez in 2009, instead selecting the diminutive midfield second overall.

Cronin still may play a massive role with the club. But the track record of players falling out of favour with Preki suggests otherwise.

The extensive player movement at the club is quite astonishing considering TFC finished just one point out of the playoffs last season. And it can be argued stability in the head coaching role and centre back were all that stood between TFC and a playoff berth.

Johnston has essentially torn up his blueprint and passed the roster-building buck to Preki. Whoís in and whoís out at the club is completely at Prekiís discretion. Johnston has even disagreed with some of Prekiís player personnel decisions, but has signed off on the moves.

Making roster moves Prekiís prerogative takes away some accountability, but doesnít deflect public criticism for the current state of dysfunction.

If Prekiís radical changes donít work, Johnston is just as accountable as his coach. But accountability is a subjective word at MLSEL.

Johnston has his unannounced contract extension and Preki is TFCís fourth head coach in four years. Like it or not, this is your leadership going forward.


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