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19.06.2019 08:53
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TORONTO - Toronto FC can use a boost as the Major League Soccer club makes its push for the post-season.Jermain Defoes presence would be very much welcomed by a team that has just two wins in its last eight games. His return could very well happen Saturday against the Los Angeles Galaxy.The star striker is expected to play in the critical road game. It would be his first appearance since going down with a groin injury six weeks ago.He looks good, hes into full training now and this is his second day of being into full training so hes just continuing the progression into match form, coach Greg Vanney said this week prior to the teams trip to LA. Hell be with us on the weekend and well see how much time we can get him ultimately.As a result of suspension and injuries, Defoe has been limited to 16 games but he still leads the team with 11 goals.Defoe left in the second half of a 2-2 draw with Chicago on Aug. 23 after aggravating the groin injury, which kept him out of action earlier that month. I think getting Jermain back is another boost of confidence for the group, Vanney said. Hes a player who doesnt need many chances to score goals. Hes very quick, hes shifty, hes very difficult to deal with. Hes one of our guys that you cant really just put one guy on him, if you put one guy around him, youre going to be in trouble.That forces two and three guys to pay attention to him, which then also frees up other players.In the last month and a half, Toronto (11-11-7) has gone from looking at the possibility of catching Sporting KC for top spot in the Eastern Conference to nearing must-win territory to qualify for the post-season.Since Aug. 16, Toronto is 2-4-2 and has dropped outside the playoff picture, trailing the fifth-place New York Red Bulls by a point.I do think if we win three matches, then we will get in just because of the way the league is set up, Vanney said of the final five games. All the Eastern Conference teams are sort of playing each other so nobody can take maximum points from each other. Everybody is beating somebody or theres draws and either way well take that as long as we win our games.I think if we get three wins, we essentially assure ourselves a spot. Well take more than that if given the opportunity. Well take some draws in there, but I think if we get nine (points), well be in good shape.Saturdays match begins a stretch of three games in a week for Toronto, which will play host to Houston next Wednesday before travelling to New York Oct. 11.A trip to Los Angeles also provides one last chance for Toronto defender Michael Bradley to square off against his countryman Landon Donovan. The Galaxy star has announced he will retire at the end of the MLS season.Hes done so much for the national team, for the Galaxy, for MLS a€” I think were all seeing even now what a good player he is and how he can still make such a difference in any team that hes on, Bradley said. Preparing for Saturday, we certainly understand thats part of us going there and getting a result is making the game very difficult for him.Toronto will look to build off back-to-back wins over Chivas USA and the Portland Timbers while the Galaxy are coming off a 4-0 victory over the Red Bulls on Sunday.L.A. (16-5-9) is tied for first place in the Western Conference with the Seattle Sounders at 57 points. Robbie Keane leads the team in goals (17) while Donovan leads the Galaxy with 18 assists.When you play against good teams, when you play against good teams away from home, its important that we a€” to start with a€” have the mentality that were going to make the game difficult for them, said Bradley. We know the way they play, as the game wears on things will open up and well have our chances.Its important to just be able to read the game and understand what it gives you.The two teams last met on March 30, 2013 playing to a 2-2 draw at BMO Field. Saturday marks the lone meeting of the season between the two sides.Toronto is 2-4-6 all-time against L.A.Note: Canada Soccer announced Friday that four members of Toronto FC have been added to the mens national team for the Oct. 14 friendly against Colombia. Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts, defender Doneil Henry, and midfielders Kyle Bekker and Manuel Aparicio were on coach Benito Floros 23-man roster. Matt Adams Jersey . During halftime, Love told The Associated Press he would receive treatment Saturday night and hoped to play Monday night against Houston. "I knew that my quad was bothering me pretty bad so I went out there and tried to move around a little bit and it just wasnt quite right," Love said. Trea Turner Jersey . After two months of mediocrity, perhaps the Washington Nationals have turned the page. Strasburg struck out 11 in seven innings Wednesday night and the Nationals kept the Philadelphia Phillies bats quiet yet again in an 8-4, rain-interrupted win. http://www.cheapnationalsjerseyschina.com/ .The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBAs career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Shawn Kelley Jersey . 1 player in the world. So Duval gutted it out Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship despite the pain from a muscle issue in his right elbow, a day after his stepson had to drive him because he couldnt even use that arm. Max Scherzer Jersey . For Sweed, a second round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008, this will be his second go around in the CFL after previously having spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.It was a day of disbelief at the World Cup. A day where thousands sat in stunned silence. A day when a minnow deservedly beat a European powerhouse; when a former European powerhouse awoke from years of discontent and immaturity to put it all together on the biggest stage of all. Italy 0-1 Costa Rica D4. It stood right there on the board. It was the World Cup draw and every country was represented. D4, where hopes and dreams would have to go through not one, not two but three extremely hot Northern locations in group play. Manuas, Recife and then Natal. Three matches, including two at 1pm local time. Once the draw was made D4 got even worse, becoming the position where two non-European seeded teams came together. Two former winners. Englands entourage at the draw may have made headlines for the famous cut-throat gesture when handed their three opponents but this was far from what Italy wanted. Yet, still they remained in their base, at the seaside resort of Mangaratiba, over a thousand miles away from all three locations. The Italians put aside any worries about slow starts with a master class against England in their opener and arrived in Recife hoping to book their place in the next round against the groups apparent whipping boys, Costa Rica. For 30 minutes it was going to plan. Daniele De Rossi sat deep, allowed the full backs to motor on and Andrea Pirlo pulled the strings for the others to dance to. Mario Balotelli should have scored at least once and Claudio Marchisio, a misplaced backpass aside, was outstanding. Then the heavyweights hit the deck. Hard. Giorgio Chiellini misplaced a back pass, allowed Joel Campbell to blow by him before fouling in the box. Penalty. Except the referee missed it. Of course he did, look where he was? Apparently the counter-attacking World Cup isnt as easy to ref as people would hope. Italy got away with a standing count but a minute later they were floored again, this time for real. Their narrow 4-3-3 can be very successful with the ball but the wide members of their attack do tuck in and when Junior Diaz motored down the left wing the hapless Ignazio Abate had no help. Diaz whipped in a wonderful cross and Bryan Ruiz completed a miserable two minutes for the ball-watching Chiellini by heading in at the back post. Italy were down and apparently out; a wounded heavyweight with no energy or quality to help them back up. The biggest surprise was not them losing a competitive first half 1-0, it was their pathetic display in the second. Once again, just like Spain, we saw a European powerhouse labor through a game in South America devoid of ideas in the unfamiliar scenario of being behind. Cesare Prandelli, one of the games great flexible coaches, played three cards with his subs and they were all wrong. Instead of looking like a complete side, knowing what each others roles can be, against England, Italy were clueless against a magnificently organized Costa Rican back five. The image of Antonio Cassano rather than Ciro Immobile, for example, trying to get them back in the game was as sad as seeing the likes of Iker Casillas, Xavi and Steven Gerrard underperform at this World Cup. The game is changing in front of our very eyes and if Italy dont get back to what makes them special theyll soon be flying home just like Spain and England. Despite mistakes on Friday, their back seven - Buffon, back four, De Rossi and Pirlo - is good enough to win a World Cup. Who plays with them, and how they play, will ensure just when this teams tournament will end. France 5-2 Switzerland If you read any previews heading into this World Cup you probably had them tell you how difficult Switzerland are to break down and how mentally fragile France are. Welcome to the 2014 World Cup where stereotypes and form guides are being broken down as quickly as the Maracana security.&nnbsp; Switzerland had a nightmare from start to finish.ddddddddddddEverything went wrong for them, from a key early injury to massive errors by usually reliable players it was simply a game they just need to forget immediately. Win their last match against Honduras and they should qualify. If you cant beat them then they dont deserve to advance. France was magnificent. It was the best performance they have produced post- Zinedine Zidane and it wasnt even close. When France got to the final in 2006 they never produced back-to-back halves as good as this one. They scored five, missed a penalty and scored another fine goal less than a second after the final whistle blew. It was only fitting this game ended with the ball in the back of the net. In three matches in Salvador this World Cup has now produced SEVENTEEN goals. Or, the same amount of goals Norwich City scored at home all of last season. Suddenly, France looks like a legitimate, serious contender for this World Cup. Hated by their own people back in October after losing the opening leg against Ukraine, Les Bleus have gone from a bunch of arrogant, unlikeable underachievers to a formidable power with tremendous depth, full of players with Champions League experience who fear no one. Even their key nemesis in recent years, Spain, cant get in their way now. Guaranteed winners of a comfortable group, the tournament opens up for them now and Germany in the quarterfinals looks like a real possibility. Just dont call them dark horses. They were always too talented for that. The moment the draw was made, these so-called dark horses left the stable as a shiny white horse more than capable of easily jumping the first fence at the World Cup. Now that star striker Karim Benzema is finally playing as good as he does for Real Madrid this once lazy, uninterested horse is trotting hard towards the last week of this tournament. Ecuador 2-1 Honduras This was another great game at the World Cup. Honduras took the lead through Carlo Costly and it was then that we saw what Ecuador could do. Enner Valencia, their new goal scoring hero, grabbed a brace with a combination of good finishing and poor defending. Honduras will be furious with how they conceded, particularly the winning goal, which was another header from another good cross at this World Cup. Man of the Day Nominees Bryan Ruiz - No matter what this proud country do at this World Cup from here on in, they have their moment and their hero. Giancarlo Gonzalez - The Columbus Crew defender was absolutely marvelous against the Italians, leading a very high line and spending much of the game with Mario Balotelli in his pocket. Jorge Luis Pinto - The Costa Rica boss has got his tactics spot on in back-to-back games. Olivier Giroud - It proved to be a masterstroke inserting the Arsenal man into the lineup by Didier Deschamps. A superb header opened the floodgates but his buildup and attacking run - allowing Mathieu Valbuena to be onside - for the third goal was just as good. Enner Valencia - Every World Cup has a player from a smaller nation who some target in their pool heading in. The Ecuadorian hitman is no Lucas Barrios from 2010 thats for sure. The Winner… Jose Luis Pinto - Games are won and lost by players but Pinto, a veteran coach of 19 teams in 30 years, has outcoached Oscar Tabarez and Cesare Prandelli inside a week. A phenomenal achievement. What comes next? Argentina vs Iran (12pm/9am), Germany vs Ghana (3pm/Noon), Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Nigeria (6pm/3pm). Burning question for tomorrow Will Iran be the perfect opponent for Lionel Messi to score some more goals at a World Cup and quiet those who only think he plays well when he scores? Key stat of Day 9 Honduran goal scorer Carlo Costly was not even born the last time his country scored at the World Cup (1982). 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