TFC on track towards the playoffs

Toronto FC  GM Tim Bezbatchenko speaks to media at the team's end of season press conference at...

Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko speaks to media at the team's end of season press conference at their training facility in Downsview in Toronto on October 28, 2013. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

Before an away date against the Crew in early April, I met with Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko in the lobby of the Columbus Sheraton.

“I have you guys finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference,” I told him, unsure of how he’d react to my statement.

Unwilling to reply with his own prediction, Bezbatchenko pondered my claim before repeating what I’d said.

He added: “That gets us into the playoffs.”

That, in essence, has been the target ever since Toronto FC’s young GM took over for former club president Kevin Payne late last year.

I needn’t remind you of what TFC’s roster looked like back then. Most of those players are gone — either retired or playing in lower leagues.

Head coach Ryan Nelsen will play an entirely different starting XI on Saturday night against visiting Sporting Kansas City.


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