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.
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 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
TFC defender Richard Eckersley makes his lonely walk off the pitch after being ejected as fans at BMO Field look on
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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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
FC striker Danny Koevermans battles a Pumas player for the loose ball
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Tauro FC's Victor Mendieta comes close to scoring off a header in the first half and rattles the ball off the near post
Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum leaps up to grab a ball in the air on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. The Crew capitalized on a Toronto FC mistake in the second half and hung on for a 1-0 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
Toronto FC starting lineup (l-r) - Back row: Nick Soolsma, Danny Koevermans, Andy Iro, Ty Harden, Milos Kocic and Ryan Johnson. Front Row: Peri Marosevic, Richard Eckersley, Julian de Guzman, Matt Stinson and Ashtone Morgan.
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
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
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
TFC's Julian de Guzman moves the ball between two Colorado Rapids midfielders
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TFC striker Danny Koevermans is mobbed by his teammates to celebrate his goal early in the second half
Former Red Jacob Peterson (left) is knocked down by TFC defender Andy Iro (centre)
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