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.
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
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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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
A few Crew fans made the journey to Toronto from Columbus and were not disappointed as their team hung on for the win
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
FC forward Ryan Johnson (centre) finds an opening while being surrounded by Revolution players
Santos striker Herculez Gomez goal fires his first half goal while eluding a tackle from Julian de Guzman
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
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
Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski is congratulated by teammates after opening the scoring in just the ninth minute. He added another goal in the second half to ice the game and now has three goals on the season
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
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
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
Pumas defender Marco Palacios leaps in the air to celebrate his game-tying goal early in the second half
TFC keeper Milos Kocic makes a big save on Darwin Quintero in the 12th minute after a defender mishit the ball. Quintero was given a red card at the final whistle for head butting Ashtone Morgan and will be suspended for the second leg
New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry celebrates his late game-tying goal Saturday night at BMO Field
TFC forward Peri Marosevic celebrates his goal directly in front of a group of Mexican fans on Tuesday night 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
Koevermans (left) celebrates his game-tying goal in the 83rd minute on Saturday
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