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Mar 28, 2008 

Young Stars have Toronto Looking To Future

Toronto FC's Carl Robinson and Danny Dichio hope to excite Ontario's rabid fans


2006 Record: 6-17-7, 25 points (7th in East)
Head Coach: John Carver
In: Kevin Harmse, Julian James, Marco Velez.
Out: Ronnie O'Brien (SJ), Chris Pozniak (SJ), Adam Braz, Kenny Stamatopoulos.

Starting Lineup: Greg Sutton; Todd Dunivant, Tyrone Marshall, Andrew Boyens, Marvell Wynne; Jim Brennan, Kevin Harmse, Carl Robinson, Maurice Edu; Danny Dichio, Jeff Cunningham.

Strengths: In just their second season, the Reds have assembled a host of highly-skilled young players like Maurice Edu and Marvell Wynne. Top draft pick, Julian James, could be the next piece and odds-on favorite for Toronto's second straight Rookie of the Year.

Weaknesses: Greg Sutton in goal is a stop-gap for a position without any viable back-ups. Scoring might be difficult with aging stars Danny Dichio and Jeff Cunningham. Just four goals away from reaching 100 MLS goals, Cunningham needs to be rejuvenated from last season's hernia injury for this team to even reach .500.

Outlook: Mo Johnston has this franchise moving in the right direction. With the most ravenous fans in MLS and some of the best young talent in the game, Toronto is still a goalkeeper and sniper away from seriously contending in the East.

Prediciton: 7th place in the East.

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