Montreal Impact's Davy Arnaud runs past a pair of Toronto FC defenders during their game on Saturday. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)
Most concerning three games into Toronto FC's seventh Major League Soccer season is the lack of production up front.
While the Reds dazzled home supporters during the opening 30 minutes of last week's win over visiting Sporting K.C., as witnessed in a 2-1 loss Saturday at Montreal, the Reds are once again at their wits' end to create chances from the run of play.
Sure, Robert Earnshaw is scoring a goal per game, but two have come from the spot. The other, well, wouldn't have happened had Sporting K.C.'s Matt Besler not coughed up possession three minutes in last weekend.
At the Big O on Saturday, Hogan Ephraim hit the crossbar -- it was an effort that didn't really trouble Troy Perkins, who got fingers to the Englishman's volley -- and Earnshaw had a decent go from distance.
All and all, it's possible to count the number of clear-cut chances the Reds have had this season on a single hand, which doesn't do much to bail out a back line that, while substantially better over the previous two seasons, is still conceding just over a goal per game.