Trouble in Toronto | Case of the Mondays

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Trouble in Toronto | Case of the Mondays

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

Here's who's having the worst #CaseOfTheMondays this morning.

TORONTO FC

On Saturday, Toronto FC — who were the first team, by a wide margin, to clinch a 2017 MLS playoff spot — had a chance to clinch the Supporters Shield. Instead, the usually unstoppable team took their second loss in a row.

And to the New England Revolution, no less — the team that no more than a week and a half ago was beaten 7-0 by Atlanta, and was dominated 3-1 by Sporting Kansas City last weekend. Even 9-win DC United snuck by them 1-0 at the end of last month!

But Toronto could not; they were sunk 2-1 by a Kei Kamara header after Nicolas Hasler had tied it up.

Of course, TFC were resting both Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, who are both expected to return this weekend when Toronto welcome the Red Bulls to BMO Field.

And while barring a major collapse they will still win the Supporters’ Shield, what is more at stake is another record: the all-time best MLS points record of 68, set by the LA Galaxy in 1998. With 62 points currently and only 3 games remaining, they cannot lose another game if they set to break and not just tie the record. They should be able to do the business at home against a struggling New York side, but Montreal in very recent memory gave them trouble at home and Atlanta away should make any team, no matter how strong, quake in their boots right now.

It will be a very hefty test to finish out the regular season. But wouldn’t it just sum up the Galaxy’s season if Atlanta stole their almost-20-year-old record from them in Atlanta’s inaugural?

RANGERS

Surprise, surprise: Rangers lost an Old Firm Derby.

Between last season’s results — Celtic bested Rangers five out of six times, with one ending in a draw — and other recent history — Rangers haven’t beaten Celtic since 2012 — on their side, Celtic were heavily favored heading into the match, even despite Rangers’ big-spender summer transfer window.

As Gordon Parks put it: “Rangers are miles away from having the quality to give Celtic a game.”

Indeed, Rangers sit 5th after seven games played, having finished 39 points behind title-winning Celtic last year in 3rd. Will they win a game against Celtic this year? Next year? It’s a steep road up for them.

FC BAYERN

A 2-0 lead ending in a 2-2 draw is not the kind of result that Bayern Munich will want in what might shape up to be a rare, multiple-horse Bundesliga title race.

The draw means Bayern sit in third after 6 games, one point behind Hoffenheim and three behind Dortmund.

The current league leaders, on the other hand, have five wins and one draw. Dortmund have also been very much dismantling teams in those wins: most recently 6-1 against Mönchengladbach at the weekend, but 3-0 against HSV and 5-0 against Köln before that. Their +18 goal difference — having only conceded one all season so far — is looking pretty great at the top of the table.

Dortmund’s disappointing season last year really let Bayern pull ahead easily for yet another Bundesliga title. This year, though, early indications point towards there being a little more spice in the German league — hopefully it actually lasts.

CRYSTAL PALACE

What the heck is wrong with Crystal Palace?

Six league games, six losses, zero goals. A -13 goal difference. Full-on crisis mode before the second international break of the season.

It is physically possible for them to score goals; they bagged a whopping one goal against Huddersfield, who really aren’t that bad, in the League Cup third round on the 19th and a whole two against Ipswich Town in the second round back in August.

But their next two games are against Manchester United and Chelsea, so — good luck, Roy Hodgson. Maybe you’ll have a shot against Newcastle in a month.

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