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TORONTO - Plagued by injuries to its backline, Toronto FC continues to struggle on defence. Adidas Nmd Grosshandel Deutschland . While plenty of statistics illustrate Torontos turnaround in the second year of manager Ryan Nelsens tenure, stopping goals is not one of them. Toronto (9-8-6) ranks 15th in the 19-team league in goals against, conceding an average of 1.57 per outing (36 goals in 23 games). Last year, the 6-17-11 club averaged 1.38 per contest (47 goals in 34 games). Injuries have contributed to the frailty in the back. But Nelsen has lamented soft goals of late and pointed to the backline being left without adequate help from the players in front of it. "Look, I dont like conceding goals," Nelsen, a hard-nosed defender during his playing days, said after practice Tuesday. "I dont want to concede goals. The goals that were conceding, theyre goals that are very avoidable. "But were also creating a lot more chances. Were a lot more of an attacking threat. We always look like were going to score. So you have to take a wee bit of the good with the bad and hopefully marry the two. "What weve got to understand is that theres going to be times in the game where you have to knuckle down, you have to really defend. Youre not going to be able to have the ball and possess it all the time, and always look to attack." The goal is to withstand the opposition pressure and then counter-attack. "At the moment, were not seeing out those little periods (under pressure)," Nelsen added. Scoring is indeed up, despite assorted injuries to England striker Jermain Defoe. Toronto is averaging 1.43 goals a game, compared to 0.85 last year. But Torontos desire to counter-attack can leave gaps as midfielders and forwards look to set the scene for an onslaught on the other end. At times, that has meant leaving the defence exposed with the Toronto players in front of them expecting their backline to win the ball and send it forward. One half of the Toronto lineup is poised to attack, like a relay sprinter waiting for the man behind him to pass the baton. If they do, the passing of Michael Bradley and others can lead to scoring chances as Toronto slices open the opposing defence. But if the handover fails, the Toronto defenders can be left stranded and normally reliable goalie Joe Bendik exposed. "What weve got to understand is that if somebody gets in trouble, we need to help out," said Nelsen. "Its not just the backline, its the midfield as well. And the midfield need help from certain areas, the strikers need help in certain areas. We cant just rely on hoping that in a one versus one battle we will win it 10 out of 10 times." Nelsen believes its just a matter of reinforcing the message. The TFC boss faces more challenges this weekend with captain Steve Caldwell, the clubs defensive lynchpin, and fullback Justin Morrow both out as the New England Revolution (9-12-3) come to town Saturday. With the Revolution just three points behind Toronto in the standings, its a crucial Eastern Conference matchup. Caldwell lasted just 22 minutes in his return to action on the weekend against the Chicago Fire before re-injuring his quad muscle. Morrow, another of Torontos defensive rocks this season, left in the 58th minute with a hamstring problem. Nelsen says Caldwell, who missed seven games in the first go-round with the injury, will be out for a couple of weeks with Morrow expected to be sidelined three to four weeks. Asked if the injury situation may hasten a move to bring in help, Nelsen replied: "Maybe." The good news is that versatile defender-midfielder Warren Creavalle has recovered from his own hamstring issue. Caldwell, who has played 14 of Torontos 23 league games, and fullback Mark Bloom (17) have both been sidelined through injury on a backline that seems to get one player back and then lose another. Centre back Doneil Henry has missed games through both injury and suspension. He has also sat out in favour of athletic rookie Nick Hagglund, perhaps to give him a break after conceding a string of penalties. Nelsen has used Hagglund and Brazilian Jackson, normally a winger, at fullback when needed. Bradley Orr is also comfortable there but his veteran savvy is diminished by lack of mobility. Young Canadian fullback Ashtone Morgan and midfielder-defender Jeremy Hall seem so far down the depth chart youd need a GPS to find them. Nelsen, however, says everyone including Morgan, who has seen just one minute of league action this season has an opportunity. "When one door kind of closes, another one opens," Nelsen said. Noting Toronto is 2-1-1 in August, Nelsen says his club is on the right track. But Toronto, which has given up eight goals in the last three games, needs to close its defensive door if it wants to stop dropping points as the business end of the season looms. 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Goalie Julio Cesar is on international duty with Brazil in South Africa and backup forward Bright Dike is already probably out for the season after tendon surgery. Manager Ryan Nelsen has been down three fullbacks and three strikers. Minor niggles have turned into more bothersome setbacks. Its meant extra minutes for some players and new positions for others. For an MLS franchise that has gone all-in on the transfer market in a bid to finally make the playoffs after seven seasons of failure and a woeful 51-105-66 record, there is still much work to do. The good news is Toronto has a bye this weekend when 16 clubs kick off the 2014 season. Toronto opens March 15 in Seattle. "We planned that brilliantly," Nelsen said dryly after practice Tuesday under the bubble at the teams well-appointed north Toronto training ground. Nelsen, in his second year at the helm, has managed to find some positives in the rocky pre-season. "It did expose our weaknesses," he said. "You always get exposed at some part of the season, whether its injuries or suspensions or international call-ups or something like that." "We know what we have, we know what we need to be and where we need to get to," he added. "Its good to know now rather than a quarter or halfway through the season. "Well be a different animal come the 15th but in the back of my mind, its a nice thing to know moving forward." Depth is an issue. Toronto can field an impressive starting 11 but pre-season has already shown that the wrong combination of injuries at the wrong position can cause havoc. The team remains very much a work in progress. Even MLSsoccer.com, which ranked TFC 17th out of 19 teams in its weekly "power rankings," has Toronto 14th in its pre-season lisst. Adidas Nmd Deutschland. "Were not all aboard the bandwagon just yet," said the website. Nelsen, whose team went 6-17-11 last season, says he doesnt concern himself with "outside voices." But the former New Zealand international knows that whipping up a gourmet meal is more than just buying the right ingredients. "Just because you make some changes, its not like a light switch. It does take time," he said. "Thats the beauty of sport. "But in saying that we fully expect to get where we want to be. And if you think the expectations are high outside, theyre probably higher inside. But we know its hard and we know its a journey to get to." The pre-season injury list has included forwards Gilberto (quadricep) and Dike (tendon), midfielders Jonathan Osorio (flu) and Daniel Lovitz (knee) and fullbacks Mark Bloom (quadricep), Bradley Orr (calf) and Justin Morrow (hip). Bradley, who withdrew from the U.S squad to face Ukraine in Cyprus, is nursing a minor foot issue. More worrying for Nelsen is the fact that the injuries to Bloom and Orr started as minor issues but got worse. "Well definitely be addressing it," Nelsen said. "You always get niggles and you always get injuries but theyre re-injuries. When you re-do an injury, its major cause for concern." Nelsen expects everyone to be ready for the season. Defoe, the former Tottenham star, is expected to join the team after Wednesdays England friendly against Denmark. "As soon as he plays the game for England, hell be on a plane over," said Nelsen. Still, that means a longer road for team chemistry. Although, unlike past off-seasons, Torontos transaction list has been relatively short and very select. Bradley, Defoe, Gilberto, Cesar, Morrow, Jackson, Orr, and veteran midfielder Dwayne De Rosario are all targeted as starters. The injuries at fullback have meant rookie centre back Nick Hagglund has been shifted to an emergency right back. "Couldnt be more happy with Nick," said Nelsen. ' ' '

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