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Short Scouting Report: Toronto FC

TORONTO - JULY 24: Julian de Guzman #6 of Toronto FC jumps over Milton Rodriguez #7 of FC Dallas at BMO Field during a MLS game July 24 2010 in Toronto Ontario Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
TORONTO - JULY 24: Julian de Guzman #6 of Toronto FC jumps over Milton Rodriguez #7 of FC Dallas at BMO Field during a MLS game July 24 2010 in Toronto Ontario Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Fun fact, that article released at like 7 this morning about the Canadian Cup started as the Short Scouting Report and then horribly mutated into its own thing. Pat on the back for myself!

...Anyway, on to this.

Toronto are a side that have pretty much conceded this year not even 1/3 of the way through the season. Pre-season the team was supposed to be bad, but there's really no hope for anything to come out of this year that isn't a CCL berth from winning the Voyageurs Cup. The old way to scout Toronto was to just draw a picture of Dwayne De Rosario on the blackboard with a big arrow next to it saying "STOP THIS GUY", but that's out the window now. A trade early in the season with the New York Red Bulls ditched De Rosario and picked up a handful of goodies, with the most notable being Canadian midfielder Tony Tchiani and a first round draft pick coming soon.

Speaking of draft picks, there's one making quite a bit of noise right now around Toronto from this year's draft. With the 49th pick they selected a guy not much taller than I was when I was 12 years old, the 5'3'' Joao Plata. The Ecuadorian spitfire has already shown that he was a brilliant selection by the Reds, coming in and performing as their best player offensively in the last couple of weeks. With a couple of goals in only a handful of games on his resume, he'll be the guy to watch if he plays against Colorado. That's not to say that there's no quality elsewhere on the pitch for Toronto - midfielder Julian de Guzman is still a quality player and Stefan Frei in goal certainly could be worse, for instance - but there's unfortunately not much to talk about in terms of ability from this Toronto FC side.