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.
Many TFC supporters came out to watch former captain De Rosario play against his old club. Fans still remember him fondly and wish he had never been traded away
Canadian striker Olivier Occean lunges forward to knock the ball just out of Byron's reach for the first goal of the game
Johnson makes one of his many runs in Saturday's game and is closely
watched by Chivas defender James Riley
Canadian striker Olivier Occean goes up for a ball along with Puerto Rican goalkeeper Brandon Saldana
TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic (centre) reacts to the header on the game-tying goal
Players from both teams watch Marosevic's shot go past sliding goalkeeper Odin Patino on the opening goal
A few Crew fans made the journey to Toronto from Columbus and were not disappointed as their team hung on for the win
Both teams emptied its benches after a final whistle and a melee resulted in front of the TFC goal. Quintero, who was ejected at the whistle, was angered while TFC came to the defence of Morgan
Pumas defender Marco Palacios leaps in the air to celebrate his game-tying goal early in the second half
Toronto FC striker Ryan Johnson (middle) and Chicago Fire Jalil Anibaba chase down a ball in the air in a match at BMO Field Saturday afternoon. Chicago prevailed with a 3-2 win prolonging TFC's woes to start the MLS season with a sixth straight loss
Koevermans collides with Gruenebaum in one of their many in-air battles for 50/50 balls on Saturday afternoon
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy stops Danny Koeverman's flick at goal in the second half
Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and defender Darrius Barnes look on helplessly as TFC striker Danny Koevermans knocks in the game-tying goal
FC forward Ryan Johnson collect a pass while United's Andy Najar follows him closely. Johnson was very critical of the team's game plan after the game and said change was needed
TFC forward Peri Marosevic celebrates his goal directly in front of a group of Mexican fans on Tuesday night at BMO Field
Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum leaps up to grab a ball in the air on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. The Crew capitalized on a Toronto FC mistake in the second half and hung on for a 1-0 win
TFC's Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter wears a look of frustration and fatigue while answering questions from media in the post-game press conference
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
TFC defender Richard Eckersley makes his lonely walk off the pitch after being ejected as fans at BMO Field look on
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