James On Soccer

TFC targetman hits the mark

The Globe and Mail

Dwayne De Rosario #14 of Toronto FC scores in the 90th minute on a free kick just outside the box for the winner against the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) (Bob Levey/2010 Getty Images)

DeRosario makes a point

There has never been any doubts about Dwayne DeRosario's talent. His two stunning goals for Toronto FC against Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium on Saturday night put an exclamation mark on that very fact.

On a night where you sensed the pressure on the Toronto FC team it overall was not a great performance. But to quote TFC President Tom Anselmi from last week's press conference 'that this is a results business' then really, at this stage, three points is all that matters.

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It is too bad that both the Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders themselves won, which leaves TFC still five points out of a playoff position, but at this stage, it is not as important as the positive momentum Toronto FC will have gained from the result.

After a poor first half performance where Toronto looked like they were in quick sand it was finally encouraging to see them up their urgency in the second half. Nevertheless, they never looked like scoring and without the solid performances of Stefan Frei and Adrian Cann it could have been far worse than the 1-0 deficit they were chasing.

Nick Dasovic, so far, has not had an influence on the team's playing style and nor should anyone expect him to. The dye has been cast on who he has at his disposal and so really today's performance was an indication that so late in the season, there can really only be limited change.

In the end it was TFC's most influential player Dwayne DeRosario who pulled two rabbits out of a hat to secure the win. The players emotional reaction in his post game interview was an indication of the stress of the past week.

But the reality is it does not change the fact that what has transpired over the past seven days for the Toronto FC club has not been good no matter what spin anyone wants to put on the proceedings. Not for the players, not for the staff and certainly not for the management.

However, at the end of the day, while the three points may still not be good enough for TFC to make the playoffs, in terms of drama it could not have been better.