By Dave Rowaan Waking The Red
Toronto FC’s new faces hold their own
Toronto FC got busy towards the end of last week signings all kinds of players to their roster to ensure they actually had a squad to send to Vancouver and despite the scrambled, last-minute nature of the signings things seems to go well against the Whitecaps for the new guys. Fans got their first chance to see Robert Earnshaw and Hogan Ephraim in action and both did enough to at least show there is potential there for them to turn into contributors. Saturday night was also fans first chance to get a look at a trio of TFC draft picks who made their MLS debuts. It wasn’t quite all the new faces possible but over the course of 90 minutes at BC Place there were seven different players making their competitive debuts for TFC.
The first of those 7 was Joe Bendik who got the start in goal ahead of the injured Stefan Frei. Bendik did well in goal coming to claim a number of tricky balls and showed that he was in control of his area. It was nice to see him making all the plays that you need to be able to rely on the keeper to make if you want to have a chance in any game. Bendik was making only his 4th start (6th appearance total) in MLS so to see him rise to the occasion was reassuring for TFC fans that might have been worried if he would be good enough to get the job done should Frei miss an extended period of time this season. Where he will need to improve is his ball distribution out of the back. Of the 28 times that the stats record him playing the ball out from the back he only managed to find a teammate on 5 of them which is a very poor rate and resulted in the Caps getting easy possessions throughout the game.