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Shapes of MLS Toronto FC suffered their sixth home loss of the season on Saturday after thoroughly being outplayed by Philadelphia Union, who leave town after taking six points off Greg Vanneys side in four days. Custom Denver Broncos Jerseys . Formations Vanney stuck to a 4-4-2 shape, handing Dwayne De Rosario his first start in almost five months and the Canadian international spent most of the first half on the right wing before switching to the left in the second half. His inclusion, with Jonathan Osorio out injured, was one that made sense as Vanney attempted to surround Michael Bradley with outlets and De Rosario did a reasonable job playing narrow and demanding the ball. Bradley Orr came into a back four short on experience, pushing Nick Hagglund to right back and Mark Bloom over to left back. Collen Warner kept his place alongside Bradley but really struggled and was replaced by Kyle Bekker before half-time. Jim Curtin, as expected, kept with his intelligent 4-2-3-1 from Wednesdays win and made just one change, bringing in Vincent Nogueira, back after injury, for Brian Carroll in midfield. The Game Fridays message at training from the players and staff was clear and united. Start well and give the home fans something to be excited about. Expectations may be high but, unusually in professional sports, these come to a franchise whose fan base is haunted and anxious based on the past seven years. After eight minutes, the winds of worry and concern blew across BMO Field when Conor Casey headed home the opening goal. It was a nightmare start for Vanneys men and one that was avoidable as they failed to clear the ball out in their own end. It set the tone for an abysmal afternoon for Toronto while in possession of the ball. Many words will be written and spoken about the manner in which they conceded both goals - unchallenged headers in their own box - but you only had to look at what Philadelphia did with the ball to see the alarming concerns Toronto has when they have it. The Good On a miserable afternoon for the Reds, all the positives came from Curtins team and Torontos 4-4-2 contributed to it. It was alarming to see how a four-band system like Philadelphias can thoroughly dominate a static three-band system. Too much can often be made of systems but at such a crucial time in Torontos season, it remains one of their biggest issues. With so much invested into two big name DP strikers, the club committed to playing 4-4-2 before the season even started but it simply doesnt help any of the other players on the field and allows a deep-lying playmaker to run the game against them. Nogueira was magnificent for Philadelphia, starting transitions, finding space and giving a clinic in distribution. Vanney will have recognised these concerns very early in the game but with Bradley and Warner sitting deep and the two front men operating in advanced areas, the magician in midfield was given free reign to dictate the tempo of the match. In front of him sat Cristian Maidana, a gifted playmaker whose set pieces were outstanding and his movement caused problems for Toronto FC all game long. The Bad Nogueira and Maidana highlighted all that is wrong with Toronto FC. The French midfielder constantly had an outlet to find when in possession, which can not be said about TFCs midfield talisman, Bradley. Maidana hit set pieces with a purpose and was able to bring a creative spark to an attack from a deeper area. And therein lies a massive problem with Toronto FC. Yes, their back line is missing significant pieces through injury and isnt good enough but as Vanney works on bringing an identity to a team, he does it with attacking players that dont fit a system he has to play. In the 82nd minute, Bradley picked up the ball in his own third and penetrated into the Union half. He then had to kill the attack, and momentum, because he had no outlets. The same thing happened again four minutes later. It is not easy playing up top when you get little service but Gilberto and Luke Moore were poor when balls were played to their feet. Throughout the game, they were passengers waiting for someone to get them into the game and easy to defend against. Vanney understandably wants both on the field, particularly when down early, but his team had two statues up top while the others paid the price. That means TFC are unable to insert midfield dominance where they can dictate everything you need to be successful. Current personnel on the playing staff also plays a factor. It is hard for anyone associated to think long-term with Toronto FC at the moment but whether they make the playoffs or not should not affect how they go about building this club for next season. It is essential for any sports franchise to evaluate their own talent. It is clear the team needs another centre-back in the mold of Steven Caldwell, so badly missed during this horrendous run, but GM Tim Bezbatchenko needs to look at this team and think how he can get the best out of Bradley and whoever his star DP striker will be next season. This is a league built for creative number tens, the ball treasuring space finders who can unlock defences and attract men towards him like Pedro Morales in Vancouver or Maidana for Philadelphia. This allows teams to play a 4-3-3 hybrid that would bring the best out of Bradley in midfield, who then has outlets close to him who demand the ball rather than hiding and running into an area where they can be easily marked. The American international is a gem of a player but many in Toronto dont know how good he is because of the system he is forced to play in. Star man Bradley has the capabilities of taking over a game the way Nogueira did and would have if he was playing for Philadelphia in the heart of their 4-2-3-1. Instead, it was the diminutive former Sochaux man who not only delivered a real dent into TFCs playoff plans but also gave them plenty to think about in terms of how they should be built next season. Royce Freeman Jersey . Goergl, the 2011 world champion, started 28th after the other top contenders had already gone down but had the fastest time at each interval. Goergl finished the demanding 3-kilometre Kaelberloch course in 1 minute, 47. Von Miller Jersey . Spains victory rendered Frances 3-0 win against Finland meaningless as Spain needed just one point to secure passage to Brazil. Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema scored either side of Joona Toivios own-goal as France advanced to the playoff among the eight best second-place finishers. . Johnny Manziel, college footballs most entertaining player with the reputation for pulling off magical plays, was selected with the No.CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls are showing they can score points as well as limit them. And when they do both, they can make beating even a good team look easy. Taj Gibson scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulls used a big third-quarter run to win for the seventh time in eight games, pounding the Golden State Warriors 103-83 Wednesday night. Jimmy Butler scored 16 points after missing two games with bruised ribs, Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 15, and Joakim Noah grabbed 17 rebounds for Chicago. The Bulls dominated on the glass 56-41, forced 16 turnovers and held All-Star Stephen Curry in check while bringing Golden States four-game win streak to an emphatic end. "I thought we were playing well before the break, and as a group, we talked about continuing to keep it going after the break," Boozer said. "Nows the time to step on the gas pedal and really get ready for the playoffs." The Bulls hit the 100-point mark for the third time in four games and shut down a high-scoring team in the process. Jordan Crawford scored 16 points, but it was a rough night for the Warriors even though David Lee returned to the rotation. He came off the bench to score 11 points in 20 minutes after being hospitalized with a stomach flu and missing two games. "Timing was a little off," Lee said. "I was definitely more winded quicker than I would have been. Twenty minutes felt like about 55 minutes tonight on the court, but that usually is going to happen the first game back. Im glad I got that under my belt and Im ready for the next one." Curry, meanwhile, tied a season low with five points on 2-of-10 shooting with Kirk Hinrich guarding him and the Warriors never found a rhythm. "He always seems to keep a hand on you and never really gives a beat when his help isnt there," Curry said. "Hes very consistent at funneling you where they want you to go. Tonight it was even difficult to get him off-balance and going the opposite way. They made adjustments from the first game (a home win over the Bulls on Feb. 6), and we were just a step slow on making our adjustments iin the game. Terrell Davis Jersey. They just outplayed us from start to finish." The Warriors trailed by 11 at the half and were within eight in the third quarter when things got out of hand. Dunleavy blocked Andre Iguodalas layup with 7:33 left to send the Bulls were on their way. Hinrich converted a three-point play, igniting a 14-2 run that sealed this one for Chicago. Butler stole a pass by Lee, leading to a layup for Boozer, and scored on a putback that made it 66-51 with 5:52 remaining. After Dunleavy hit a free throw, Boozer capped the run with three straight baskets -- a 15-footer, a short jumper and a 13-foot bank shot -- that bumped Chicagos lead to 73-53 with 3:20 to go in the quarter. Afterward, Hinrichs defence against one of the leagues top scorers drew heavy praise. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau acknowledged Curry missed a few shots he normally makes but was quick to praise his veteran guard. "You never can measure his true value if you go by statistics," Thibodeau said. "If you go by what he is doing for your team, setting the tone for the defence with his ball pressure, his hustle plays, first to the floor, running your team -- the things he does, it really ignites and inspires your team. And he plays to win. I think that its never lost on his teammates, and its certainly not lost on the coaches or the organization." NOTES: Bulls star Derrick Rose has started running as he tries to work his way back from another season-ending knee injury, although Thibodeau said a return to practice remains a long way off. "Nowhere close to practicing," he said. "Hes doing some running. Hes off the treadmill. Still on it at some times, but his full weight now, and doing lateral slides and things like that. Nowhere near practicing or anything like that." He also reiterated that Rose will not return this season. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson praised Thibodeau, who was an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy when Jackson played for the New York Knicks. "He was a guy you knew was going to be a very good coach," Jackson said. "Worked his tail off and was committed to his craft. Im very happy for him." 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