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.
Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls shared a point in a fairly open football match at Red Bulls Arena. Ryan Nelsen and Mike Petke utilized similar systems, but oddly neither side cancelled each other out.
It appears that Toronto FC’s philosophy under Ryan Nelsen won’t alter this season. TFC dominated possession in the opening half of their showdown with the San Jose Earthquakes, but endured the same issues that have hindered their approach this season.
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.
Toronto FC’s fairytale start to the Major League Soccer season reached its conclusion Saturday night. A trip to Rio Tinto Stadium –– a venue that TFC has failed to record a victory in –– was the ideal platform to test the Toronto club’s crede
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.
With all the hype surrounding the biggest game in its franchise history, Toronto FC gave its record crowd plenty to celebrate in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal – except a victory.
Down but not out.
Despite being officially eliminated from the MLS playoff race on the weekend, Toronto FC were able to stay alive in CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) with a much needed point in a 1-1 draw against defending Mexican champions Pumas UNAM.
TFC Head Coach Aron Winter (centre) reacts to a bad challenge on his defender Richard Eckersley who is tackled hard to the ground
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 watches as Saunders leaps to grab the ball in the air. The Galaxy keeper came down on with his cleats on Kovermans leg. That angered the TFC forward who then pushed Saunders and both had to be separated. It is also believed that the keeper had landed outside box with the ball in his hands and should have resulted in a TFC free kick
Johnson makes one of his many runs in Saturday's game and is closely
watched by Chivas defender James Riley
A few Crew fans made the journey to Toronto from Columbus and were not disappointed as their team hung on for the win
DC United Captain Dwayne De Rosario celebrates a 2-0 win with his teammates against his old team at BMO Field. In the background frustrated Toronto FC forward Ryan Johnson walks off the pitch
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
Players from both teams watch Luis Silva's header bounce just out of the reach of Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders. It was an incredible professional debut for the rookie who scored on the team that he adored growing up
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
Koevermans leaps over fallen Revolution defender Franco Coria
Beckham clears away streamers strewn over a corner of the field. Fans threw the streamers at Beckham's direction every time he lined up for a corner kick
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy stops Danny Koeverman's flick at goal in the second half
Pumas defender Marco Palacios leaps in the air to celebrate his game-tying goal early in the second half
Koevermans manages to out jump Tauro 'keeper Alvaro Anzola to head in the lone goal of the match, but also gets punched in the head
Henry keeps the ball away from Toronto FC forward Peri Marosevic
TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic (centre) reacts to the header on the game-tying goal
TFC striker Danny Koevermans (left) jumps up and does a fist pump in celebration of his first of two goals in the match
Head Coach Aron Winter (left) and goalkeeper Milos Kocic (right) salute TFC fans after 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