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2010 MLS Preview: Toronto FC

Toronto FCThe Side: Ah yes, Toronto FC, those commie bastards. OK, so maybe they are not actually communists, but their nickname is the “Reds”, so I – a Yank who bleeds red, white and blue (which sort of makes purple) – am inherently distrustful of them. I don’t trust this team either, even though I must admit they look quite good on paper. Toronto took a step up last season, and now they have Preki in place to steer them to the playoffs. Well, at least they hope so.

The Pride: I don’t know Preki’s political persuasions, but I know he leans towards playing guys who have the hot hand. Which men are hoping to be so hot they have to play in oven mitts in 2010? Well, it begins and ends for TFC with DeRo, their bedreaded leader. He played well last season, and now that he has had a little time to work with these guys, I am betting he does well in 2010. I also like me some Barrett, and am partial to Marvell”ous” Wynne.

The Guide: I like Toronto’s chances of prospering under Preki, and I would love to do my odds for you now like usual. You know, the odds, the thing where I say “what are _____’s chances of hoisting some significant hardware (US Open Cup, MLS Cup, Supporters Shield).” But, I have recognized that Toronto can never win the US Open Cup (because they’re socialist pigs). They did win the Canadian Cup in ’09, so I will substitute it. So, what are their odds?

I’ll put them at 6:1. I think Preki will improve them.

And, yeah, I think they can beat the Montreal Impact.