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Sports TFC looking for its first winning streak

15:37  13 june  2018
15:37  13 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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The Reds, coming off a win over the Philadelphia Union on Friday, are looking for their first back-to-back league wins of 2018. In DC United, TFC coach Greg Vanney sees a team that is better than their record suggests. The team has played nine of its 11 games on the road as it waits for

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Toronto FC is closing in on a much anticipated World Cup break but there will be no looking past Wednesday night’s opponents, DC United, despite the visitors bringing up the rear of the Eastern Conference and the lure of a few days off on the horizon.

The Reds don’t have the luxury to turn off right now; they sit just two places ahead of DC in the East standings, ninth of 11 teams.

“Have you seen where we are in the table?” captain Michael Bradley said when asked if maintaining focus for the match would be a challenge. “No. Not hard at all.”

Toronto has 14 points in 13 matches and, in Bradley’s view, each of the 21 league matches remaining is big.

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• Toronto FC 2 (Altidore 25’, Giovinco 44’), Chivas de Guadalajara 1 (Pineda 19’) – Two-games series ended 3-3 on aggregate, Chivas wins 4-2 in penalty shootout • TFC lose CONCACAF Champions League final in a heartbreaker • MLS still looking for its first Champions League title.

I have data in following format. … Here match_ids are in chronological order, 37 is the first and 217 is the last match played by team 1 . won _ind indicated whether the team won the match or not.

“I don’t say that in a way that means we have to be scared of anything or scared of anyone,” the captain said, “but the reality is, given where we are, given the situation in terms of how many games are left and the points that we’re going to need, we’re at a point where we’ve got to step on the field every single weekend ready to treat the game like it’s a final.”

Reds captain Michael Bradley says every game is big as Toronto FC tries to climb to a playoff spot.© Chris Young Reds captain Michael Bradley says every game is big as Toronto FC tries to climb to a playoff spot.

The Reds, coming off a win over the Philadelphia Union on Friday, are looking for their first back-to-back league wins of 2018. And they will have a healthier squad, with midfielder Marky Delgado and defenders Justin Morrow and Eriq Zavaleta all part of the preparations. Striker Jozy Altidore and defender Drew Moor are still unavailable.

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Wonderful 50% win ratio forced to everyone regadless of if they are performing good or bad or the number of games played. (irony off). In a winning streak you win even if you dont deserve it.

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“Obviously we went through a stretch where we were so thin and we were just trying to piece ourselves together for each game,” Bradley said. “Now to start to see more guys back on the training field, to start to have more options, to start to be able to put teams on the field that have balance and structure and all the things that we feel are important, that part’s great.”

In DC United, TFC coach Greg Vanney sees a team that is better than their record suggests. The team has played nine of its 11 games on the road as it waits for construction to finish on its new home stadium, Audi Field. Even the two “home” games haven’t really been at home; United has played out of the Maryland Soccerplex and the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. “That’s a difficult task,” Vanney said.

Toronto will go on the road for five of its next six league games, which means the break to accommodate Major League Soccer players going to the World Cup comes at an opportune time for the Reds. The team will take four days off from training after the United match and doesn’t play again until June 24 at New York City FC.

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against the Ottawa Fury, which TFC won 4-0 on aggregate to create its first three-game winning streak of the year. Fellow defender Drew Moor, however, will need more time after sustaining a minor calf injury while recovering from a quad problem and looks set to miss next weekend’s game at

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This will be the first time the Reds have had something of an extended break since kicking off the CONCACAF Champions League campaign in late February.

“If we can go into this in a positive way with a good result (Wednesday), I think the break will serve us really well,” Vanney said. “Just help us to focus and refresh as we come into the summer phase, which is always a challenge because you start to go places that are really hot, the weather starts to play a little bit of a role and that’s always an important time in MLS.”

Blue Jays cap lost road trip with win over Tigers .
A win in the Motor City came with a small sigh of relief for the Blue Jays on Sunday. They snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, capping an otherwise troubling 3-6 road trip.Jays starter Aaron Sanchez allowed just one run on two hits through six innings, giving the offence the time it needed to heat up. Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning — the first runs of the game by either side — while Randal Grichuk helped to put it away with two-run shot of his own in a four-run seventh.

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