Toronto FC is almost back at full strength.
Canada’s Gold Cup journey ended on Tuesday night at BMO Field. Benito Floro’s side challenged Costa Rica to a 0-0 draw in a relatively good performance by the Canadians against the 2014 World Cup Quarterfinalists.
But they needed to win this game to advance to the knockout stage, and unfortunately for Jonathan Osorio, Ashtone Morgan, Quillan Roberts and the rest of the team, Canada failed to score for the third straight game.
Osorio made his first start of the tournament on Tuesday and showed why many were clamouring for him to get more playing time during the CONCACAF tournament. Osorio’s creativity was sorely missed in the opening two fixtures.
Morgan and Roberts did not make an appearance during the tournament.
Osorio remained positive following the match, pointing to Canada’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers in September.
"It's definitely not the results we wanted, but what we can take as a positive is that we played three very difficult teams," said Osorio, via MLSSoccer.com.
"We played one away game in the first game [against El Salvador], and the second game was against a very good Jamaica team. In the third game we showed that playing at BMO is very hard for other teams to get a result or to get three points. We know that going into World Cup qualifiers that any home leg is an advantage for us."
The trio returned to TFC camp on Wednesday as the Reds begin preparation for Saturday’s clash versus the Philadelphia Union.
Jozy Altidore also returned to the squad this week, leaving Michael Bradley as the lone TFC starter still competing in the Gold Cup.
Though it was a disappointing end for Canada, there is a silver lining for Toronto. The team is nearly back at full strength sooner than expected.