Another night, another tie for Toronto FC, except Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Montreal cost TFC a trip to the CONCACAF Champions League, which opens in September in Nicaragua.
What's got to hurt even more is that TFC had several second-half chances to break the tie but couldn't convert on any of them.
How desperate are TFC and its fans for offense?
This desperate: In the 85th minute a few clusters of spectators began chanting "We Want Smith!"
No disrespect to Jarrod Smith, who hustles as hard as anyone on the team, but when the fans clamour for a rookie with one goal in 12 career games, hoping he'll be the one to break the tie....well you must not have too many offensive options.
Carver reiterated the point in the post-game news conference, when he pointed out that the team currently relies on a raw 16-year-old (Ibee Ibrahim) for offence -- and it shouldn't have to.
And he sounded more urgent than ever when discussing his team's need for a proven goal scorer.
"It's blatantly obvious what we need to do, but unless we do something about it this season's going to out," he said.
That's deep, and with the regular season more than half over it's the first time Carver has expressed concern about his team's long-term health.
Carver assured the media, fans and whoever else would listen that he and the rest of TFC staff are working hard to address the problem before it's too late.
So far this season we've seen two TFC targets -- Darren Huckerby and Nuno Gomes -- decline to play in Toronto, while two more aging but possibly effective prospects -- Brian McBride and Paul Dickov -- remain in limbo.
With McBride headed to the Olympics it might be another six weeks before TFC can sign him, trade him or let another team assume his rights. And as far as I know Dickov is back in the UK, which isn't to say he'll never sign with TFC, but wherever he is, he's not in a position to help the team right now.
So I guess the question is, with Champions League out of the picture and the regular season half finished, how late is too late?
-- Morgan Campbell