After a three hour delay on the tarmac at IAH last night it was good to finally get to the hotel in Toronto at around 2 in the morning. Continental thank you for the upgrade .
By the way the Dynamo are staying here also at the Renaissance Hotel on Blue Jay Way which has a restaurant that looks out on the Toronto Blue Jays baseball field. Pretty interesting.
Alot is being made in the press up here with Dwayne DeRosario and Pat Onstad returning to a city where they have played professionally and of course as members of their national team. The veterans that they are I am sure they have the balance of emotion and performance heading into tonite.
Something tells me this will be a big night for DeRosario with fans and friends in attendance. I also think he is going to find room in midfield against Carl Robinson and Maurice Edu of Toronto FC which could spell trouble for the pairing of Andrew Boyens and Jim Brennan who lack a bit of pace in central defense. Ngwenya will also test those two.
Toronto will look the same from their win over Chicago except for the loss of Daniel Dichio who after scoring their first goal was ejected. He is the focal point of their team, and believe me their direct game will suffer without him. Ronnie O’Brien will need to take control of midfield for Toronto FC and he will show up also in the middle of midfield from his right side position. No different than Brad Davis floating in the middle for the Dynamo from his left mid spot.
What now for Toronto with out Dichio who is a great long ball option? Stick long balls to Edson Buddle and Alecko Eskandarian or Andrea Lombardo?
Without Dichio it is going to force Toronto FC to build up the game and get possession which is not their strong suit right now in my opinion. They are still trying to figure out what type of team they are, one thing is for sure, they will try to physically impose themselves on the Dynamo just like they did beating up Chicago.
They do have the additional emotional boost of the most inspiring crowd in MLS to this date.
Kevin Goldthwaite. The former Dynamo will have his biggest challenge to date going against Brian Mullan tonite.
Expect the Dynamo lineup to remain the same from their Colorado win except Joseoph Ngwenya recently acquired from Columbus should start up front. Paul Dalglish did not make the trip after injuring his ankle in training on Sunday.
Both teams starting points are a 4-4-2 so space will be found tonite.
Expect emotion, passion from both players and fans and I hope you join me tonite on Channel 55 to catch the defending MLS champs at a packed BMO Field in Toronto.
PS: For all who made it out to the Dynamo Power Hour live broadcast at Taco Milagro in the Woodlands, thanks for a great night.