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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

Smoak, Sanchez help Blue Jays beat Tigers, 8-4

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U.S. stocks hit record highs Thursday as the S&P 500 completed its longest winning streak in four years. The broad index gained 0.6 percent to 2,552.07, notching intraday and closing records. It was also posted an eight-day winning streak , its longest since 2013.

So far in the Premiership, though, we haven’t found that consistency, that winning streak that is so much needed and that we’re working so much to achieve. I ’m signing off now, there’s nothing much to add except that I ’m looking forward to the next game.


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 (7- 1 -5) had three good scoring chances in the final 10 minutes for the first seven-game winning streak in the MLS since the 2012 season. Toronto FC to lose striker Giovinco for 3 weeks. BOXSCORE: TFC -Red Bulls.

Here’s a look at the best runs of Toronto’s teams: Blue Jays. Longest streak : 11 games. Year: Twice in 2015 (and once in three other seasons). League’s longest streak : The 2014 Edmonton Rush won its first 14 games and finished 16-2. TFC .

“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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• 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.

Given TFC actually conceded those goals in the first seven minutes of the game, it can Toronto faces a challenging stretch, starting with Orlando whose six-game winning streak was snapped in a TFC poured all its resources into the Champions League run, looking to fill the last remaining empty

“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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Looking for his seventh straight win Watch this one ; its going to be the fight your friends talk about. Heading into this bout, “Diesel” is riding five-fight win streak and hopes to In fact, in 16 all-time meetings, TFC have won just three times.

To say this has been a character-defining stretch for the first place club is an understatement. As the coach indicated, the winning streak hasn't been without its challenges. Minnesota, in particular, looked to take advantage of a tired and lethargic Toronto team and nearly escaped with a point. Something that TFC has done well during its winning streak has been adapting to each match as

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.”

Toronto Marlies capture first Calder Cup .
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