TFC needs to revamp its midfield

Toronto FC named Ryan Nelsen as their new head coach at a press conference at BM Field on Tuesday...

Toronto FC named Ryan Nelsen as their new head coach at a press conference at BM Field on Tuesday January 9, 2013. Nelson speaks with media. New assistant coach Fran O'Leary is on the left. MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun/QMI Media

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

TORONTO - Robert Earnshaw’s early season production has largely masked the personnel dilemma Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen must address ahead of this weekend’s match at home to FC Dallas.

Like any consistent poacher, Earnshaw’s made the most of what he has been given, potting a pair of penalty kicks and capitalizing on rare defensive blunders that won’t continue to happen at the current rate.

But in doing so, the Welshman’s goal-per-game pace has hidden a not-so-talked about statistic in terms of TFC’s ability to produce going forward.

Leading up to the 78th minute Saturday, when Luis Silva combined brilliantly with rookie midfielder Jonathan Osorio to temporarily go up on the L.A. Galaxy, the Reds had yet to score without a little help from the opposition.

To quantify that: Toronto’s first non-gift wrapped goal came 348 minutes into the season.


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