March 8, 2007 Toronto FC beats University of Connecticut (from Globe and Mail)

POSTED ON: 08/03/07

Toronto FC wins exhibition

Globe and Mail Update

BRADENTON, FLA. Major League Soccer expansion Toronto FC defeated the University of Connecticut 4-0 Thursday in an exhibition game at the IMG Academy where they are conducting training this week and next.

Toronto FC coach Mo Johnston said he isn't interested in results so much as getting the team ready to play for its season opener early next month.

Alecko Eskandarian, Andrea Lombardi, Abbe Ibrahim and Ivan Cadavieco scored the goals. Toronto led 1-0 at the half.

"I'm not interested in how many goals are scored and who scored, I'm interested in gelling this team together," Johnston said. " We're a brand new team and it's going to take time."

The Toronto team is without some front-line players because of injuries to Marco Reda and Ronnie O'Brien. Conor Casey has had some minor injuries.

O'Brien injured his knee in an exhibition game in Sunrise, Fla., on Feb. 23 but he should be ready to train early next week.

Toronto FC Starting lineup: Jon Busch (Greg Sutton 46 minutes), Andrew Boyens, Adam Braz, Chris Pozniak ,Jose Cancela, Jim Brennan, Paulo Nagamura, Maycoll Canizalez, Carl Robinson, Alecko Eskandarian, Edson Buddle

Substitutes Used: Stephen Lumley, Jamaal Smith, Hunter West, Richard Asante, Joey Melo, A.J. Gray, Abbe Ibrahim, Ivan Cadavieco, Andrea Lombardo, Conor Casey

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