College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The grass has been laid, the practise was televised and there’s nothing left to do but let them play. It’ll be an electric night tonight at BMO Field as Toronto FC takes on Real Madrid of the Spanish Premier League.
It would be safe to say that Real Madrid was the biggest wheeler-and-dealer over its offseason and there was no bigger deal then the acquisition of superstar and reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, Cristiano Rinaldo. Without a sniff of any type of trophy in the last four of six season the spending didn’t stop there for Real Madrid. They also signed 2007 Player of the Year and Brazilian attacking midfielder, Kaka away from AC Milan. To top if off they added Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa from Liverpool and French striker Karim Benzema. In total, Real Madrid spent over 250 million euros on these five players in hopes that their additions help the team win the Primera Division, the Cope Del Ray and ultimately the UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately for Real Madrid they felt the sting of watching bitter rival Barcelona pulled off the trifecta last season and want to make sure that doesn’t happen this season.
For Toronto FC, although they have the chance to play against arguably the best team in the World, their focus needs to be on their standings in MLS league play. TFC hasn’t had a win since July 11, a stretch that’s included a lose, two ties and an unsuccessful home-at-home CONCACAF play with the Peurto Rico Islanders. The Reds have dropped to fourth in the division, 6 points behind the leading Columbus Crew. On the 15th of this month they’ve got an enormous battle with DC United who FC only trails by one point. The experience of playing internarional teams has value, but Toronto only has 10 games remaining and a trip to their first ever postseason would be priceless.