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.
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.
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
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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Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy stops Danny Koeverman's flick at goal in the second half
TFC defender Richard Eckersley makes his lonely walk off the pitch after being ejected as fans at BMO Field look on
Santos striker Herculez Gomez goal fires his first half goal while eluding a tackle from Julian de Guzman
Fire's Gonzalo Segares celebrates with a fist pump in the air after drawing his team even in the first half just over a minute after TFC took a 2-1 lead
Fans celebrate at a Toronto FC game
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
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
FC striker Danny Koevermans battles a Pumas player for the loose ball
Toronto FC starting lineup (l-r) - Back row: Terry Dunfield, Danny Koevermans, Andy Iro, Ty Harden and Milos Kocic. Front Row: Richard Eckersley, Torsten Frings, Peri Marosevic, Nick Soolsma, Ashtone Morgan and Ryan Johnson.
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
Torsten Frings joins his teammates to celebrate Koevermans' first goal of the match
FC forward Ryan Johnson (centre) finds an opening while being surrounded by Revolution players
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
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
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
A few Crew fans made the journey to Toronto from Columbus and were not disappointed as their team hung on for the win