Toronto FC players were in a slightly better mood heading back home on Sunday, though the disappointment of Saturday's 4-2 loss to Vancouver in the first ever all-Canadian MLS match still stings. They maintain that it's a long season and there is time to get things right.
The squad is back training in Toronto on Monday, though the session is closed to the media. Head coach and technical director Aron Winter made the admission after the Vancouver defeat that the team "(wasn't) good enough" on the night and that there was work to do.
The Reds will have the schedule in their favour to work out the kinks and pick up a few valuable early season points as the next two matches are at home. On Saturday, the 2011 edition of Toronto FC makes its BMO Field debut against another expansion team from the Pacific northwest, the Portland Timbers (2:00 p.m. ET on TSN). The Reds will remain at home for another week to face Chivas USA on April 2.
Portland fans received some bad news on Monday morning with reports in The Oregonian indicating that former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert has been denied a P1 Visa and will not be signing a contract with the Timbers.
The first year side lost to defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids 3-1 on Saturday. Talented striker Kenny Cooper scored the lone goal for Portland on his return to North America after spending more than two years in Germany and England.
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