Toronto FC was thoroughly outplayed in the second half of their 2-1 loss to Mauro Biello’s Montreal Impact Sunday night, so it was a surprise to see Greg Vanney name an unchanged XI in the club’s first post-season game against the same opposition.
Some things never change. Broccoli will always remain unappealing, society will never be fully satisfied with the weather, and major Toronto sports franchises will continue to break the hearts of millions, nationwide.
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.
In the opening 45 minutes, you could question whether either side was seeking maximum points at Toyota Park. Toronto FC’s quick counterattacks were non-existent, and Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire found it difficult to find their rhythm against Reds.
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.
Jermain Defoe’s week couldn’t get any worse. The Toronto FC striker was named a stand-by player in Roy Hodgson’s 30-man England provisional squad earlier this week, as his World Cup dreams are on the cusp of being shattered.
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
You have the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Argonauts, the Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC. That's 5 professional sports teams in the Canadian city and not one a playoff team last season.
He scored the first ever goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS but French striker Eric Hassli appears to have scored his last for the club. The latest in a series of moves for the Caps sees them send Hassli to rival Toronto FC.
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.
Iro (left) keeps Earthquakes forward Simon Dawkins to the outside in a one-on-on challenge
TFC midfielder Torsten Frings sprints ahead of the Quakes defence to chase down a loose ball and take a shot on goal
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 striker Danny Koevermans (left) jumps up and does a fist pump in celebration of his first of two goals in the match
Fans celebrate at a Toronto FC game
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
Henry taunts TFC fans after his game-tying goal
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
TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic leaps up and outmuscles Red Bulls defender Stephen Keel to grab the ball out of the air
Julian de Guzman tries to keep up with De Rosario in the first of Saturday's game. The TFC midfielder shadowed his old teammate and shut him down in the opening 45 minutes
Chivas captain Alejandro Moreno (far right) raises his hands in celebration after watching Oswaldo Minda's header bounce past TFC's Terry Dunfield and Milos Kocic
Henry finishes off his fancy footwork to fire a left-footed strike to tie the game late 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
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 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
TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic (centre) reacts to the header on the game-tying goal
Henry keeps the ball away from Toronto FC forward Peri Marosevic
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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
Koevermans collides with Gruenebaum in one of their many in-air battles for 50/50 balls on Saturday afternoon