Toronto FC coach John Carver is demanding defensive improvement from his team as they prepare to face Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday (kick off 4:00 p.m. live on Rogers Sportsnet). The Reds are looking to improve their form on the road where they have won just once this season and conceded 20 goals.
"We have to defend better away from home," said Carver. "Before last Sunday we had conceded two goals at home and 20 away, so something is clearly not right. We need to make sure we improve and make sure we defend properly." The Reds will have to make a change in defence with Marco Velez missing the game through suspension. With Olivier Tebily leaving the club recently, Todd Dunivant injured, and Marvell Wynne away on international duty, Carver's options at the back are limited. "The defence picks itself, because I only have four defenders to call upon," said Carver.
Toronto are also without Amado Guevara through suspension and Mo Edu on international duty. Tyler Hemming and Laurent Robert missed training on Thursday with injury. "We've got issues, but I'm not going to use that as an excuse. We will be well prepared and I can assure you that the players we put on the pitch will give everything for the cause."
Nana Attakora Gyan was unavailable for the defeat to FC Dallas but could now be involved in Colorado. "He had a groin strain and wasn't available for the game last week but he has trained this week and hopefully he won't have any reaction."
Toronto's last MLS win was against Colorado at BMO Field on June 14th, when Rohan Ricketts scored twice in a 3-1 victory. "They're a different team to the one we played here and beat," said Carver. "They're a good side and are much better at home than on the road. We know we're in for a tough game, but we've got to start picking things up on the road if we want to get into a playoff spot. The longer you go with picking up something on the road, the more it can get to you and the more pressure it adds."