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.
A few Crew fans made the journey to Toronto from Columbus and were not disappointed as their team hung on for the win
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
Koevermans leaps over fallen Revolution defender Franco Coria
Koevermans watches his diving header go towards the far post for his second goal of the match
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
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
FC striker Danny Koevermans battles a Pumas player for the loose ball
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
TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic leaps up and outmuscles Red Bulls defender Stephen Keel to grab the ball out of the air
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
Galaxy's Landon Donovan celebrates his tying goal in the 88th minute with teammates Todd Dunivant and Beckham as TFC fans watch in disappointment
TFC forward Peri Marosevic celebrates his goal directly in front of a group of Mexican fans on Tuesday night at BMO Field
TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic (centre) reacts to the header on the game-tying goal
Ryan Johnson jumps over top of former Red Dan Gargan and heads the ball towards goal. It was as close as TFC got to tying the game as the ball bounced off the base of the near post
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
Tauro FC's Victor Mendieta comes close to scoring off a header in the first half and rattles the ball off the near post
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
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
Santos striker Herculez Gomez goal fires his first half goal while eluding a tackle from Julian de Guzman