Toronto FC tries to recapture the magic

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 AM ET

The war of attrition continues for Toronto FC.

The teams latest test in its gruelling run of five games in two weeks is a match with the improving Kansas City Wizards Saturday night in Missouri.

The Reds beat CD Motagua 1-0 in the opener of the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round Tuesday and must travel to Honduras for the series capper Tuesday.

In the meantime, with the MLS playoff race a heated affair, the tired Reds with some being more tired than others cannot afford to overlook the Wizards.

We have put ourselves in a decent position to challenge for a playoff spot, TFC head coach Preki said after training Thursday.

We understand where we are and we understand that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to maintain that spot.

After winning only once in 12 games, Kansas City has earned a win and a draw against two quality sides (Columbus and Colorado), as well as a stunning victory over powerhouse Manchester United.

That said, Man U was without much of its talent and the Wizards have lost two MLS contests in a row at home allowing five goals without scoring any.

TFC, just 1-5-1 on the road, knows a little about not scoring.

The team blew a handful of golden opportunities against Motagua earlier this week and is having a brutal time hitting the back of the net. TFC has scored one goal in each of its previous six matches, though, with only a single loss in its nine most recent MLS games, the drought hasnt been the end of the world.

Still, Preki would like to see more fireworks and, finally, a second road win.

Its not one guy or the other; as a group, were having a tough time finding more than one goal, he said.

Sometimes, as a goal scorer you go through these stretches where things dont go your way. And then all of a sudden you get the luckiest goal or a goal that you never expected to score and things change for you.

Captain Dwayne De Rosario without an official goal since May 29 could probably use one most of all. After playing all 90 minutes against Motagua Tuesday, De Rosario played 15 minutes and scored a goal in the MLS all-star game the next night.

He and midfielder Julian de Guzman were dynamite against Motagua, but the lack of finish remains a concern.

TFC is having no trouble breaking through defences, but getting shots on target has been a major issue.

The additions of strikers Maicon Santos and Mista and a resurgence in the play of OBrian White have sparked the offence, along with the creativity shown by De Rosario and de Guzman.

Earlier in the season, Chad Barrett talked about being owed goals from failed chances last year.

The club certainly seems to be owed a few markers right now.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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