Toronto FC wrapped up its match schedule in Florida by tying the Chicago Fire, 1-1, with a Jarrod Smith
equalizer in the 78th minute, yet more intriguing to the TFC tale is a potential trialist who is apparently not on trial.
According to a source in Bradenton, former Portuguese international
did indeed arrive in the Sunshine State, but declined to train as requested. Pinto, accompanied by his agent, is eager to discuss a contract but
supposedly unwilling to try out in order to land it.
TFC doesn't return to Canada until Friday, so it's possible Team Pinto and TFC can work out their differences while manager Mo Johnston
and head coach John Carver
are still in town. Calen Carr
a rebound in the 52nd minute for a 1-0 Fire lead. TFC got that goal back with 12 minutes left when Smith, a New Zealand product drafted out of West Virginia in the 2007 Supplemental Draft, took a pass
from Tyler Hemming
and drilled home a low shot.
Chicago trialists Steve Marlet
, Pius Ikedia
and Jesus Mendoza
all played, and Mendoza nearly triggered a late winner by fighting through two defenders and pushing through a ball
that Peter Lowry
fed to Dwight Barnett,
who fired over the crossbar. A dustup between Cuauhtemoc Blanco
and Maurice Edu
earned each player a caution and players from both teams scuffled on a few other occasions.
and Carver are taking a long look at trialist Kiki Musampa
, who played in midfield with Collin Samuel
, Ronnie O'Brien
The Fire returned home after the match and will head down to Mexico Sunday for matches against Dorados, San Luis and Necaxa. Andy Herron
, recently acquired in a trade with Columbus, will accompany the team.
Toronto will train for a few days back home, then heads to the Texas Pro
Soccer Festival in San Antonio to play Chivas USA, D.C. United, and Houston.