Well tonight is the big one. Our Nutrilite Canadian Championship hopes can be ended if we lose to Toronto at Swangard tonight.
A win puts us in a very good position and even a draw keeps us in the hunt, but with all to do. Exciting stuff and what the trophy should be all about. Taking aside the fact that obviously we want to win, it would be bad for how the tournament will be perceived if there are two meaningless games left.
Toronto are starting to look like they are finally clicking as a team, but it does kind of depend on what team turns up at times with them on the road. Whether injuries, especially to de Guzman, are likely to keep some out of the starting line up we don’t know. Could be injuries. Could be fatigue. Could all be a smokescreen. I tend to think the latter.
From a Caps point of view, what is very important is that we try and create as intimidating an atmosphere in the Southside this evening. Loud, noisy, obnoxious, abusive. It’s never been more important.
It’s also important we mix it up on the pitch from the start. If any of the doubtful players are playing then we need our guys to go in with some crunching challenges from the get go. If someone has a sore ankle, target it.
Every year this is the home game I most look forward to. With our inability to score at the moment, but great defensive showings, it’s not going to be a high scoring goalfest. TFC are the favourites, but let’s hope all our pieces click into place at just the right time.
We can’t play for a draw. We can’t be defensive. We need to just go for it from the off. We need to play on any tiredness and make them wonder what’s hit them.
C’mon the Caps. Do us proud.
*** The Southsiders will be having a pre-match tailgate party at the southeast corner of Swangard Stadium in Central Park from 5.30pm. Come one, come all. Special burger and hotdog combo deals (with chips and pop) will be available to purchase. The weather is gorgeous at the time of writing so should be a great night ***