Stefan Frei

Reds Will Travel With Confidence

Photo: Stefan Frei "disappointed" with draw & doesn't fear LA Galaxy (Paul Giamou/

A 2-2 draw against the two-time league and current MLS Cup winner in a Champions League tilt isn’t a bad way to start what could be a promising 2012.

Toronto players will feel they should have won the match after taking a 2-0 lead and we will get to that later, but there are many positives they can take with them to next Wednesday’s return leg against LA Galaxy in Carson.

“I think the main thing we need to do going into LA is not get scored on … get on the counter attack and get that one goal we need,” Toronto forward Ryan Johnson said in his postgame talks. The Jamaica international has been in form for club & country and opened the scoring on Wednesday.  

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“We showed tonight that we can score goals.”

This season more than any in the past, Toronto has an abundance of attacking options. Though what Johnson said about keeping the opposition at bay will be on TFC’s mind Thursday and right into next Wednesday’s encounter.

“We’re all disappointed. Obviously giving up a goal at the 89th (minute) is not what we had planned but it’s a good thing we are disappointed,” Stefan Frei told the cameras after the match.

“It’s safe to say people were counting us as the underdog and we gave (LA Galaxy) a heck of a game. Unlucky not to get the third goal.”

Frei gave a glimpse of the mood in the dressing room. It’s one that will delight TFC fans as the goalkeeper said Toronto “definitely shouldn’t be scared going in on Wednesday (in LA) and taking it to them.”

That’s the same outlook all Toronto supporters need to embrace next week and going forward in 2012. Toronto was up against one of the best paid, technically gifted football outfits in North America. Reds showed they can cope with one of the top teams on the continent. While some wrinkles still need to be ironed out to elevate TFC to the next level, the club is much closer to being the ideal today than it was 12 months ago when head coach Aron Winter first took charge of an official match.

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