Toronto FC takes pride in being 'harder to beat'

Now unbeaten in four, Toronto is taking solace in being difficult to beat after a 1-1 draw with New York.
TORONTO - The season may well be a lost cause in terms of potential playoff action, but Toronto FC has seemingly turned a corner recently.

The Reds are unbeaten in four matches, and while that may sound like a good run, it's tempered by the fact that three of those results are draws. Still, for a club that started the season on a nine-game losing streak, it'll take what it can get.

"I think what you can recognize a little bit is it's not beautiful, flowing football, but we're a little bit harder to beat than we have been in the past," TFC head coach Paul Mariner told reporters after Saturday's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls. "If you become a hard team to beat in this league and you stay in the game, with the likes of Ryan [Johnson] and Danny [Koevermans]  and Torsten [Frings] with his service, you might be able to nick something."

That was certainly the case on Saturday, as the Reds responded to an early Red Bulls goal by marching down the field and equalizing through the red-hot Koevermans just minutes later. For Mariner, who took over the reigns three weeks ago, the reason for his club's recent turnaround is simple.


"Those boys out there are working for this club," he stated. "They are working very hard."

And while the recent results are certainly more positive, the players are realistic about their team's position relative to the rest of the league.

"At the end of the day," said midfielder Terry Dunfield, "we're still bottom of the table and we're fighting tooth and nail to catch up with teams and put some pride back into this club." has a new podcast! Goal Daily Podcast is a MUST for all soccer fans and discusses the very latest news and views. What’s more when you sign up the service is FREE for the first month and you can cancel anytime.