Toronto FC looking to regroup after dismal week

Stefan Frei

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TORONTO — After losing 5-0 to the New York Bulls and 2-0 to the Houston Dynamo, there is not much Toronto FC can take away from the past week.

“What can you take positive from these two games?” goalkeeper Stefan Frei (pictured above) said. "You can say they are over."

That pretty well sums it up.

Now Toronto FC have some time off to regroup and figure out how to gain something positive from their next match when FC Dallas visit BMO Field on July 20.

“We need to think about our next two games,” Frei said. “We have a week off, we have some reinforcements coming in and we need to take care of our bodies.”

Toronto’s two new Designated Players, forward Danny Koevermans and midfielder Torsten Frings, will be eligible to play for the first time since their signings were announced on June 29, but TFC may not be done searching the player market.

After the game in Houston this past Saturday, head coach and technical director Aron Winter once again said, “I’m going to trade for players.”

After the two away losses, Toronto have 18 points from 21 games and a goal differential of minus 19 — the worst in MLS — with 17 goals for and 36 against. Although Toronto created some potential chances on Saturday, they took no shots on goal.

But Frei, who has played well despite those numbers, wasn’t about to blame only the team defense.

“It’s a team sport,” he said. “We attack together, we defend together. We lose together, we win together. It’s unfair to say a defense gives up six to seven goals If you play defense for the entire game, eventually you are going to crack.”