Injured TFC faces tough test against unbeaten Columbus Crew

Toronto FC players Michael Bradley (left), Jermain Defoe and Jackson celebrate after defeating D.C....

Toronto FC players Michael Bradley (left), Jermain Defoe and Jackson celebrate after defeating D.C. United in the home opener at BMO Field. (JACK BOLAND/QMI AGENCY)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

Things aren't Rick Titus-bad here in Ohio, but it's getting close.

In 2008, Toronto FC entered an MLS fixture missing, well, everyone.

Three of TFC's starting backs — Marvell Wynne, Jim Brennan and Tyron Marshal — were away on national team duty at the time.

As were a handful of other key players ahead of an eventual home loss to Chivas USA.

Toronto's roster became so bare back then that the Reds had to temporarily sign three semi-pro players, including Titus, who had been suiting up for the Premier Development League's Toronto Lynx.

If things were grave back then, they're nearing critical ahead of Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew.

Coming into the evening tilt, everyone knew about Steven Caldwell (suspension) and Jermain Defoe (hamstring), both of whom will miss the game.

Those absences alone were a massive blow to the momentum TFC built through the first month of the season.


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