Vancouver – Toronto FC traveled to Vancouver on Monday night without the company of captain Torsten Frings, who exacerbated his shoulder injury in the 10-man, 2-0 win over Montreal Impact last Wednesday in the Amway Canadian Championship semifinals.
That victory put the Reds 180 minutes away from lifting the Voyageurs Cup for the fourth consecutive time, and a chance at more CONCACAF Champions League success – the top continental tournament where Toronto has played some of its most memorable matches in the last two years.
Another player head coach Aron Winter must do without is fullback Richard Eckersley. The Englishman picked up an unconvincing red card against Montreal that sees him ruled out of the first leg against Vancouver on Wednesday night (10 p.m. ET on Sportsnet One).
Toronto will host the second leg a week later (May 23) at BMO Field. That match will determine if Toronto or Vancouver will represent Canada in the 2012/13 Champions League.
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Video: Jim Brennan after being named assistant coach.
While Winter will be forced to make at least two lineup changes (the availability of forward Danny Koevermans could see a third), he already rearranged his back room staff ahead of the match this week.
On Monday, former TFC captain Jim Brennan was named first team assistant coach, while Bob de Klerk was made technical manager.
Brennan was on the Toronto squad that won its first Canadian title in 2009. The former Canadian international and the Reds' first player had been an assistant general manager and then a Toronto FC Academy coach since he retired from playing.
The Reds will train at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Toronto FC TV will have the latest pregame thoughts from players late Tuesday evening ahead of Wednesday's kickoff from Vancouver.
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