By Chris Reiko
Doneil Henry, the Toronto FC defender – he was the one who took the blame for his team surprising loss to New England Revolution last Saturday, but bad passes happen to everybody who plays the game.
OK, maybe he did not have the best game, and after his mistake, Patrick Mullins (see letter “M” in MLS Alphabet Week 9) scored a cracker from outside the box, but the Toronto Sun and the Canadian press are blaming him for collapse of the entire TFC team on Saturday.
“That pass on the first goal, that’s my fault. At the end of the day, I have to get better. That’s on me,” Henry admitted like a man after the game to Kurtis Larson from the Toronto Sun, who was also questioning head coach Ryan Nelsen for starting Henry instead of Bradley Orr.
I love Kurtis Larson and his passion for the game, and truly appreciate his work, but blaming one player for a team losing its “soul” seems a little like a cheap shot to me.
Doneil Henry is making $87,000 per season, so why must he take all the blame for the entire team? Oh, yeah it’s easy to blame a 21 year-old kid who is already a Canadian national team member for one mistake, instead of Brazilian DP Junior Gilberto, on whom the blame clearly needs to set its sights. Gilberto makes $1.2 million, and yet not a single word about him wasting clear chances this season, instead finger-pointing at a young, promising defender? Sadly, coach Nelsen added fuel to the fire by saying “until that bad pass everything was as planned.”
Sorry, Nelly and TFC, but that’s the beginning of the road to nowhere. Gilberto should have scored at least twice, Defoe once, and then no one would remember Doneil Henry’s bad pass. I kind of understand how reporters from Toronto can miss things at BMO Field, the only soccer stadium on the world where visibility from the press box is limited to 70% of the pitch. I guess Gilberto was operating out of reporters’ range :)
With money invested and talent acquired last offseason, TFC should easily be able to score more than once against a team like the Revolution, instead of blaming young players. More about Toronto FC issues and problems under letters I and J in MLS Alphabet Week 9 by Chris Reiko