Preki, Johnston fail to produce a winner

BY foxsports • September 14, 2010

So what led to such a monumental decision at this point in the year? It had to be difficult to ignore the growing number of empty seats at BMO Field, where sellout crowds and a five-figure waiting list for season tickets had been the norm. It was clear for all to see that Toronto soccer fans had seen enough losing and had spent enough money supporting a team that didn’t appear to be making any progress.

The next long-term step for Toronto will be finding a head coach and or director of soccer who can do a better job of landing quality international signings, something key to the success of every top team in MLS. For now, the club will turn to long-time assistant Nick Dasovic to try and salvage something from the season. His laid-back demeanor will be a welcome change to a TFC squad that had been worn down by Preki’s abrasive and confrontational style, a style that wore thin with the team’s veterans.

While the moves may not be enough to help Toronto reach the playoffs for the first time in club history this season, they should re-instill some faith in the club by fans who were clearly growing tired of continued mediocrity. Four years of losing was enough, and Toronto has taken a major step toward trying to ensure that a fifth losing year doesn’t happen.

Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for covering Major League Soccer and U.S. national team.

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