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.
A few Crew fans made the journey to Toronto from Columbus and were not disappointed as their team hung on for the win
Pumas defender Marco Palacios leaps in the air to celebrate his game-tying goal early in the second half
Koevermans (left) celebrates his game-tying goal in the 83rd minute on Saturday
Reds captain Torsten Frings (left) made his return to squad after missing five weeks with a hamstring injury. He started in the backline instead of his usual midfield position and made a costly mistake in the first minute leading to a Chicago goal
New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry celebrates his late game-tying goal Saturday night at BMO Field
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
TFC forward Peri Marosevic celebrates his goal directly in front of a group of Mexican fans on Tuesday night at BMO Field
Santos Laguna forward Christian Suarez attempts to move the ball in between Toronto FC defender Richard Eckersley and midfielder Nick Soolsma. Both teams played to a draw in front of 18,950 fans at BMO Field in Toronto
Canada's starting line-up: Back row (l-r) David Edgar, Kenny Stamatopoulos, Adam Straith, Josh Simpson, Olivier Occean, Dwayne De Rosario. Front row: Tosaint Ricketts, Patrice Bernier, Will Johnson, Ashtone Morgan and Nik Ledgerwood.
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy stops Danny Koeverman's flick at goal in the second half
Canadian striker Simeon Jackson (right) pushes the ball forward as Puerto Rican defenders close in on him
Toronto FC players and supporters celebrate as Jermain Defoe's goal lifts them past D.C. United in their home opener at BMO Field
Courtesy of Amil Delic
Puerto Rico's goalkeeper makes an acrobatic save on Tosaint Ricketts while the linesman raises his flag to signal offside
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
Koevermans collides with Gruenebaum in one of their many in-air battles for 50/50 balls on Saturday afternoon
Johnson makes one of his many runs in Saturday's game and is closely
watched by Chivas defender James Riley
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
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
Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and defender Darrius Barnes look on helplessly as TFC striker Danny Koevermans knocks in the game-tying goal
Canadian midfielder Josh Simpson (right) ponders his options while being watched by defenders Cristian Arrieta (left) and Scott Horta (centre)