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.
Toronto FC's Ryan Johnson (centre) wins the battle for a header against teammate Doneil Henry and Montreal Impact's Matteo Ferrari (left) and Shavar Thomas (right). TFC won 2-0 against the Impact on Wednesday night at BMO Field
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
Johnson makes one of his many runs in Saturday's game and is closely
watched by Chivas defender James Riley
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
Players from both teams look on as Impact's Sinisa Ubiparipovic sits on the pitch clenching his injured leg and TFC defender Richard Eckersley is shown a straight red card for what was deemed a dangerous challenge
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.
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
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
A few Crew fans made the journey to Toronto from Columbus and were not disappointed as their team hung on for the win
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
Players from both teams watch Marosevic's shot go past sliding goalkeeper Odin Patino on the opening goal
TFC forward Peri Marosevic celebrates his goal directly in front of a group of Mexican fans on Tuesday night at BMO Field
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
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 starting lineup (l-r) - Back row: Nick Soolsma, Danny Koevermans, Andy Iro, Ty Harden, Milos Kocic and Ryan Johnson. Front Row: Peri Marosevic, Richard Eckersley, Julian de Guzman, Matt Stinson and Ashtone Morgan.
United keeper Bill Hamid makes a big save in the second half and preserved a clean sheet on the road
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
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
Canadian striker Simeon Jackson (right) pushes the ball forward as Puerto Rican defenders close in on him
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