Toronto FC’s tactical flexibility has been questioned on several occasions this season. Ryan Nelsen’s reluctance to stray away from his preferred 4-4-2 is odd, but the return of Michael Bradley, and a congested fixture list forced his hand.
One of the main themes that dominated European football over the past 12 months was the success of reactive football. Teams dominated games through negating space in the final third, and attacking on the counter in some of the biggest matches this season.
Toronto FC suffered their second defeat of the season against the Colorado Rapids in a dull encounter at BMO Field. Poor field conditions can be held accountable for the lacklustre showdown, but the match was also dire from a tactical perspective.
A win is a win. It may not have stopped the bleeding in league play but Toronto FC was finally able to taste victory once again knocking off the Montreal Impact 2-0 in the Amway Canadian Championship (ACC) semifinal.
After five straight losses to begin the MLS season and the worst start in franchise history, the hope of turning its fortunes around and the goal of a playoff spot is looking faint for Toronto FC.
Chivas captain Alejandro Moreno (far right) raises his hands in celebration after watching Oswaldo Minda's header bounce past TFC's Terry Dunfield and Milos Kocic
Canadian striker Simeon Jackson (right) pushes the ball forward as Puerto Rican defenders close in on him
New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry celebrates his late game-tying goal Saturday night at BMO Field
Toronto FC forward Ryan Johnson hangs his head in frustration after a missed opportunity in a 1-0 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field
Puerto Rico's goalkeeper makes an acrobatic save on Tosaint Ricketts while the linesman raises his flag to signal offside
Fire's Gonzalo Segares celebrates with a fist pump in the air after drawing his team even in the first half just over a minute after TFC took a 2-1 lead
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United keeper Bill Hamid makes a big save in the second half and preserved a clean sheet on the road
Toronto FC players and supporters celebrate as Jermain Defoe's goal lifts them past D.C. United in their home opener at BMO Field
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FC forward Ryan Johnson (centre) finds an opening while being surrounded by Revolution players
Canadian captain Dwayne De Rosario stares down St. Kitts and Nevis goalkeeper Akil Byron as he finishes his penalty kick in the first half
Toronto FC forward Ryan Johnson (right) is defended closely by San Jose Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour. Johnson was fresh off being awarded MLS goal of the week for his effort last weekend in Seattle. On Saturday, like his teammates, he had little success on the pitch in a 3-0 loss at BMO Field
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy stops Danny Koeverman's flick at goal in the second half
Julian de Guzman tries to keep up with De Rosario in the first of Saturday's game. The TFC midfielder shadowed his old teammate and shut him down in the opening 45 minutes
A few Crew fans made the journey to Toronto from Columbus and were not disappointed as their team hung on for the win
Canadian forward Tosaint Ricketts (centre) lies on the pitch after knocking the ball underneath Byron to increase Canada's lead to 4-0 in the 88th minute
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Johnson makes one of his many runs in Saturday's game and is closely
watched by Chivas defender James Riley
Canadian striker Olivier Occean lunges forward to knock the ball just out of Byron's reach for the first goal of the game
TFC striker Danny Koevermans is unable to get to a loose ball inside the Crew's six yard box. The Reds dominated play but could not get the equalizer before the final whistle