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It is only in Cup competition you can really call a win a disappointment. Jordan Mills Jersey .  On a night heavily skewing in Toronto FCs favour, a 2-1 victory over a virtual Vancouver Whitecaps reserve team hardly flatters.  The first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship was an opportunity for Toronto to take control of the tie.  Mission failed.   Vancouver Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson elected to rest his regulars looking ahead to Saturdays game against the Columbus Crew.  Even with 29-year-old Nigel Reo-Coker in the lineup, the average age of the Whitecaps starting XI was 21.6, including 17-year-old Canadian goalkeeper Marco Carducci.  It was a glimpse of the future for Vancouver.  The kids were alright.  Toronto FC was less convincing.  Toronto, with the week off until the return leg next Wednesday in Vancouver, had the luxury to play a regular starting XI.  With only two changes from last weekends loss to New England, Toronto FC began the night heavy favourites.  Instead, heavy legs, heavy touches, and heavy lifting were needed to see the game out.  The Whitecaps grew in confidence and the manager played his cards right.  Robinson, seeing weakness in TFC and his team grow into the match brought on attacking players Kekuta Manneh and Sebastian Fernandez late, pushing for an away goal.  Although Vancouver conceded in the 89th minute en route, they found the precious goal in time added on and head home next week as favourite to advance.   Manneh scored the goal. Not the prettiest, but a timely and much needed strike in aggregate competition.  Toronto FC substitute Dwayne De Rosario was lucky to stay on the field after landing a forearm to the face of the goal scorer amongst a pile of flailing arms as Vancouver tried to get the ball back to midfield as soon as possible.  Manneh and De Rosario saw yellow before the game died out and the final whistle blew.   The script never seems to be straightforward for Toronto FC.  They have seldom been the dominant side in any match thus far this season.  Team commitment, work rate and shape remain solid, but interplay, build up, and execution in the final third continue to be issues.  It takes time for a team of new faces to come together.  With the World Cup break rapidly approaching, time is ticking for the team to click.   Here are my five thoughts from Toronto FCs 2-1 victory: 1) Two is not enough - Toronto FC dictated proceedings all night long, rendering Vancouver reliant on the counter-attack.  The build-up remained consistent and decent until reaching the final third.  In and around the opposing 18-yard box, the team remains a mess, with the exception of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley.  Good thing the big money players are coming through because the rest of the team needs to be much better in dangerous areas.  The final ball is often erratic.  And when the ball is on a platter, the finishing goes awry.  There isnt just one culprit.  They are too easily letting defenders off the hook.  Its all sloppy, too direct and too easy to mark.  Part of the issue is the team playing too narrow.  Justin Morrow and Mark Bloom rarely get involved in the attack to overlap in to dangerous areas.  The bulk of the attacking play comes down the middle, with even the outside midfielders coming far too inside.  More than two goals should have been had against a team of inexperienced kids.  Now Toronto has to go out west and get a result.  The pressure will be on the Whitecaps to get a goal, which may put Toronto back in their comfort zone playing on the counter.  2) Oh, Gilberto - More of the good and bad on display by Gilberto.  Hes not doing himself or the club any favours dispelling the notion he wasnt worth the club giving up Matias Laba.  The ups and downs in his game are so pronounced he may as well be called Two-Face.  For a player who predicted a 25-goal season, the polish in front of goal is simply not there.  Some nice interplay between Defoe and Issey Nakajima-Farran in the 21st minute broke Toronto FC free down the left flank.  The Canadian Internationals cross was on point, finding Gilberto wide open on the far post at the six-yard box.  The Brazilian headed wide; a brutal miss by any standard.  Its now been seven games without a goal for the striker.  The good: the work rate remains a plus and glimpses of his ability surface from time to time.  Gilberto dropped deep into space to gain possession and played a crafty ball behind the back line, springing Defoe on his goal.  More of this kind of positive play will ease the critics.  They will ultimately not be silenced until he starts scoring goals.  Designated Players must be impactful.  Thus far, the returns are subpar.  With an injured Bright Dike and De Rosario struggling to find form, a productive Gilberto is essential for sustained team success. 3) Defoe does it again - Defoe looked much sharper in his second game back returning from a nagging hamstring injury.  His quickness and superior movement was on full display in the win.  Defoe was cool in front of goal, composed as ever beating Carducci for his 28th minute opener, his fourth wearing red.  Defoe played provider on Bradleys 89th minute winner, drawing two defenders to him before playing a diagonal ball finding Bradley in space.  Whenever he gets the ball in and around the box, he is a threat and has the ability to create on his own.  Thats why its so important for the Englishman to be more involved.  There were stretches in the game where he faded out of the match when Toronto FC was too sloppy in possession.  He needs the ball played to his feet and his teammates to do better moving off the ball, finding space.  Defoes touch is sublime and distribution is spot on.  As long as Defoe stays fit, Toronto FC will remain a threat in every match they play.  Hes far too dangerous. 4) Hail Cesar - Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar was named to the Brazilian squad for this summers World Cup in his home country.  Cesars inclusion doesnt surprise with a resume second to none and showing good form since his arrival in Toronto.  He has fit in with the team exceptionally well, on and off the field.  Last years starting goalkeeper, Joe Bendik, will be called upon as stand-in upon Cesars World Cup absence.  Bendik got his first start Wednesday and picked up where he left off last season with strong play.  Bendik came to the rescue in the 44th minute, making a big save on Russell Teibert who found space inside the Toronto FC 18-yard box.  It was instinctive stuff, with Bendik reading the play, coming off his line and staying big.  Doneil Henry helped out Bendik seconds later, clearing Nicolas Mezquidas effort off the goalline.  Bendik came up big again in the 75th minute with a pair of timely saves on Omar Saldado.  The goal conceded was a mess with the defending all over the place.  The blame hardly falls on the goalkeeper.  There was enough on display Wednesday to alleviate any worry about a significant dip in goalkeeping when Cesar is gone.  But theres no question who remains the number one.   5) Not your average Joe - Linesman Joe Fletcher manned the west-side touchline for the match.  Much bigger games lay ahead for the Niagara Falls native in the not-so distant future.  The 37-year old will be running the touchline at this summers World Cup, just over a month away.  The assistant referee will link up with an American duo to form one of the 25 officiating crews in Brazil.  The last Canadian official to participate at a World Cup was Hector Vergara who was part of the 2002, 2006, and 2010 competitions.  Wishing Joe the best of luck and safe travels this summer. Next up for Toronto FC is the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal tie in Vancouver against the Whitecaps, Wednesday May 14 at BC Place. O. J. Simpson Jersey . That still leaves a big hole.You dont replace the leadership, defensive co-ordinator Billy Davis said. You just dont. Leadership is something that is earned over time. LeSean McCoy Jersey . Still, Milan remained five points behind city rival Inter Milan in the race for fifth place and the final Europa League berth, after Inter beat 10-man Parma 2-0. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba led the way as Juventus stayed on course for a third consecutive title with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Bologna.DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli were admitted to a Daytona Beach hospital Saturday night for further testing following a two-car accident right before the three-hour mark of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. IMSA officials said both drivers were awake and communicating, but gave no other information about their conditions. Gidley was driving for the pole-winning GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team. He had to be cut out of the No. 99 Corvette, which crumpled like an accordion when he plowed into the back of Malucellis Ferrari. The cars were heading into the kink in the infield portion of the track facing directly into the sun. Malucellis car had apparently lost power -- his team said he radioed he was pulling out of the way -- as the cars headed into a high-speed turn. At the same time, Gidley tried to lap a slower car. He pulled out to the left and tried to duck under the lapped car, apparently didnt see Malucelli off the pace, and drove directly into the Ferrari at nearly full speed. The race was red-flagged as emergency workers tended to both drivers. They were placed onto stretchers, loaded into ambulances and taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, located roughly a mile outside the race track. "This stuff, it happens, its racing. But you never expect it to be your car, your team," said Gidley teammate Darren Law. Olivier Beretta, Malucellis teammate on the Risi Competizione team, saw a replay of the accident and wondered if the glare played a role in the wreck. "Its difficult to say because its the sun going down, and in this corner you dont see very well," Beretta said. "I dont know. I honestly dont know. The most important thing right now is Matteo, the rest I dont care. Its just Matteo and the other driver." Many drivers inquired about Gidleys condition. Christian Fittipaldi passed by the accident scene before the race was stopped and was concerned for Gidleys well-being. "At that point, conditions were really hard. The sun was setting. There were two points on the track where you couldnt see anything," Fittipaldi said. "One was at start-finish and the other point was coming out of Turn 3 and coming out of the kink. I imagined there was a slow car ahead of him and he couldnt see." The clock ticked off roughly 90 minutes under combined red and yellow flag following the accident before racing resumed. The sun had gone down and the drivers had turned on their headlights by the time the field went green again. Nathan Peterman Jersey. The bizarre accident was yet another disappointment for the GAINSCO team, which was the surprising pole winner Thursday despite limited preseason testing and a thin budget that has the organization planning to run only five of the 13 events in the in the inaugural United SportsCar Championship season. The odds were stacked against the GAINSCO team winning the race -- since 1994 only three pole winners have reached Victory Lane in the twice-around-the-clock endurance event -- but a strong showing would have sufficed. Although the team won the pole in 2007 and finished second in 2008, it has finished no better than seventh since and had DNFs in 2010 and was 89 laps off the pace in 2012. When racing did resume, the event got its feel good moment when Wayne Taylor came out of retirement to briefly get behind the wheel of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette. The 58-year-old last raced in 2010, in this event, but was talked into driving one stint as an opportunity to join the lineup with sons with Ricky and Jordan. The opportunity came about when Ricky rejoined the team that won the Grand-AM driver championship last season with Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli. Wayne Taylor, despite his vocal reluctance to do much in the car, seemed to be on pace as he battled Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan. "My Dad just held Tony Kanaan off for two laps. I have a very cool Dad!" Jordan Taylor posted on Twitter. The plan had been for Ricky Taylor, who started the race, to turn the car over to his father. But the driver change came as the sun was setting, and the team decided at the last minute to instead have Angelelli drive second. "When I got out of the car, there was a big glare and he has had trouble with his eyes and his old age," Ricky Taylor said, laughing slightly. "We would like to put him in in the nighttime, and preferably under yellow, because hes also a little on the shorter side. He has a big insert in his seat and we have to get him snug in there tight. We have to loosen our belts up a lot." His sons said their father has been protesting competing in the event, but they believe hes secretly enjoying himself. "After the race he will look back on it and be very happy that we made it happen and that we got through it," Ricky Taylor said. "He is hating it. He doesnt enjoy driving anymore. He always wants to get out of the car. But every time he is finished driving, hes happy." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '