Photo: Toronto forward Danny Koevermans (Paul Giamou/TorontoFC.ca)
TORONTO – A subdued Danny Koevermans said things will change. “It’s got to turn around, it will turn around,” the Toronto FC striker vowed after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew.
The second home game in a row without a goal has left the Reds in a 0-3 hole in league play.
They have scored one goal in the three games, a spectacular blast from Ryan Johnson in the 3-1 loss in Seattle that opened the season for them two weeks. Since then it has been zeroes.
“In soccer you have to score otherwise you can’t win,” the former Dutch international said, stating the obvious.
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The loss on Saturday left Toronto FC stunned. “We played better, we had more chances,” Koevermans said.”If we weren’t having chances then we should be concerned.”
Koevermans, who scored eight goals in 10 league games after joining the team last year, has yet to find the mark this year. He is also convinced the team is better than zero points in three league games.
“Of course there is frustration,” he said. “But that’s normal I think. But today again we don’t deserve to lose this game. It has to turn around. It’s impossible if it goes like this and we don’t score and keep losing. It’s impossible.”
Toronto has played two seasons this year. They also have played three games in the CONCACAF Champions League with one win and two draws. They complete their CCL semifinal Wednesday against Santos Laguna in Mexico after a 1-1 draw in Toronto. Then next Saturday they are back for MLS in Montreal.
“We’ve played quite okay,” Koevermans said, taking all six games into consideration. “Everybody wished for a better start to the season. We started off well against LA [in winning the CCL quarterfinal] but that’s not MLS.
“We wanted points in MLS and again today we didn’t get even a point, a draw, so we have to go to next week. We have to get off zero points. I think we deserve to be at least three points in the league but we don’t have them that’s for sure.”
Koevermans reminded that “we still have 31 league games.”
After Saturday’s result it remains to be seen if that is good news or not.