Saturday, August 25, 2007

Injury Problems

I was annoyed earlier this year when Clavijo apologizes, people experienced in the pro game, were claiming the Rapids had injury problems and that Clavijo shouldn't be judged until he had a fully non-injured squad. It bothered me because at the pro-level, that rarely happens. The coaches job is to find ways to get the team to win despite it's obstacles. The injuries may be the difference between 1st place and 2nd but usually they're not even that bad. Especially when it's a minor injury or two causing a player or two to miss a game or three.

In the case of Toronto FC right now things are different. They are missing 3 key starters for the rest of the season due to injury. Greg Sutton has been out due to a concussion. Ronnie O'Brien was injured in the fancy scrimmage against Aston Villa. And last years league leading goal scorer Jeff Cunningham is out with a hernia. 3 starters out for the last 10 games or so? Now those are injuries that are going to cause problems!

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