|DC United defender Jordan Graye (left) collides with Toronto FC defender Adrian Cann while going for the ball at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont., Sep. 11, 2010. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)
TORONTO - Toronto FC's season has taken a significant turn for the worse.
The club revealed on Tuesday that 2010 team MVP Adrian Cann is out for the season after tearing his ACL at training at Cherry Beach.
“It is a disappointment because Adrian has had a good start to the season and has been playing well, we will certainly miss his presence in the line-up,” said Reds head coach Aron Winter.
“While it is difficult there is now an opportunity for younger players like Nana Attakora and others.”
Cann, a Thornhill native, was a late addition prior to the start of last season and emerged as the club’s top defender, starting 26 games.
While 2010 was a triumph for Cann, 2011 has been a disaster.
He held out after Winter and the rest of TFC’s new management didn’t give him the raise previous general manager Mo Johnston had promised and eventually had to apologize to his teammates before returning.
Cann had more stumbles early on than he showed previously but was still solid, starting the first 11 games of the season.
Citing fatigue and declining form though, Winter held Cann out of Saturday’s humiliating 6-2 home defeat to the Philadelphia Union.
Minus its defensive anchor, the backline looked awful and if it was sign of things to come now that Cann is out, TFC’s 2-5-6 record might get a whole lot worse.
It was interesting that Winter mentioned Attakora – who has played sparingly this season despite being the club’s second-best defender last season – likely, despite the denials from the club, thanks to a contract dispute of his own.
With Ty Harden and Dan Gargan struggling and Dicoy Williams lost to the Jamaican national team for the Gold Cup this month, Winter has no choice but to reinsert Attakora and hope for the best.