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TFC look to keep momentum vs. Colorado

Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - Toronto FC is coming off its first win in 13 Major League Soccer matches Thursday against New York. Colorado is coming off consecutive 1-0 road losses and has fallen to 10th in the league standings.

But when the two squads meet Sunday at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, the fact that the expansion franchise played four nights earlier coupled with the fact that the Rapids are four points out of the last playoff spot with just three games remaining means that the match is a must-win for the home side.

"We need to win. Forget about the points right now. We just need to win. At the same time, if Chicago doesn't do their part or Columbus doesn't do their part, but there's nothing we can do right now so it's going to be a dogfight all the way to the last game of the season," Colorado coach Fernando Clavijo said. "There's nothing that we can do."

Toronto also has hope for the playoffs, although very slim. The team is not mathematically eliminates yet, but it would need to win its remaining games and hope for a lot of help, which isn't likely.

Instead, the team is looking to play spoiler and finish the season strong. The team's 2-1 win over Red Bull New York Thursday went a long way toward doing that.



"What I said at halftime, was - guys we're one-zero up, we gotta be tight, but we can't sit back. But if you really look at it and analyze it, we were the ones that had the shots, obviously (Colin) Samuel, (Jeff) Cunningham, we were getting some shots in, even Gabe Gala, came in and got one with his right foot," Toronto coach Mo Johnston said after the win. But I felt we were throwing people forward, we were containing them, the one that caused us the biggest problem was Richards with his pace."

Even if the rapids close out the season strong, winning their final three matches, they are not guaranteed to make it into the postseason, but a win Sunday will be a huge step.

"We need to find a horseshoe and a little leprechaun," Colorado's Pablo Mastroeni said. "I don't even know if three wins will get it. It's so easy to sit here and say three wins, but that's why we're in the position we are, because wins aren't easy to come by. We need a lot of luck. We need to keep working. We need to keep the same mindset, where we're coming in and working hard for 90 minutes. Like I said, we need to find a horseshoe somewhere on the field, if not, we need to find a pot of gold."

After Sunday's fixture, Colorado travels to CD Chivas USA on Oct. 14 to take on a Goats side that hasn't lost at home before finishing the season vs. Real Salt Lake the following weekend. Toronto travels to Los Angeles for its next league fixture on Oct. 13 before hosting New England in its final game a week later.


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