TFC won't be intimidated

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

Something has to give.

Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes, opponents Saturday in California, are in the midst of impressive runs.

San Jose has won three games in a row at home via shutout, has not conceded a goal in its past four games overall and only averages one against a contest.

Meanwhile, TFC has not lost in five games in all competitions, though the squad is still looking for its first road triumph in 2010.

At training earlier in the week, Chad Barrett, who has been hot of late, said TFC respects San Jose for its fine start, but will not be intimidated.

On paper, their team doesnt scare me, but at the same time, you cant ignore the run theyve had, Barrett said.

Were going to go in not really too worried about them, were more worried about us.

Both teams worked extremely hard in training camp and it is paying off, particularly at the back end.

Toronto was able to overcome some key absences during its unbeaten streak.

Were progressing, its nice to see, TFC head coach Preki said.

Were ready to compete everyday (and are) establishing something slowly but surely.

Midfielder Julian de Guzman expected to return from injury along with defender Nana Attakora echoed Prekis thoughts.

This is what this team has been fighting for, he said.

We finally have the attitude, character (and are) on the same page. Everyone is fighting for a spot, there is an intensity in training.

The Reds will have to find a way to contain the red hot Chris Wondolowski. Since entering the lineup as an injury replacement, Wondolowski has scored five times in six games.

He trails only TFC captain Dwayne De Rosario (six) and ex-Red Edson Buddle (nine) in the race for the Golden Boot.

Toronto keeper Stefan Frei is eager to continue shutting the door on opponents.

We have lots of confidence, its a pretty good streak weve got going, Frei said.

If you can keep a clean sheet (as Toronto has its past four matches), its going to give at least one point out of every game.

Barrett believes he can help pierce San Joses vaunted defence.

Ive got lots of chances this year and I know Im going to get more, he said.

(In TFCs 1-0 win over New England last Saturday) I was happy to get the goal, but I should have had three.

Maybe last year I would have missed all three? Im definitely in a better place than I was last year.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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