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.
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.
Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei leaps up to grab one of many corner kicks from David Beckham. TFC played to a 2-2 draw in front of 47,658 fans Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre
Koevermans (left) celebrates his game-tying goal in the 83rd minute on Saturday
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
TFC celebrate its first goal by Ryan Johnson in the 12th minute as fans cheer in appreciation
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
Players from both teams watch Marosevic's shot go past sliding goalkeeper Odin Patino on the opening goal
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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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.
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
Iro (left) keeps Earthquakes forward Simon Dawkins to the outside in a one-on-on challenge
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy stops Danny Koeverman's flick at goal in the second half
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
Toronto FC striker Ryan Johnson (middle) and Chicago Fire Jalil Anibaba chase down a ball in the air in a match at BMO Field Saturday afternoon. Chicago prevailed with a 3-2 win prolonging TFC's woes to start the MLS season with a sixth straight loss
Henry taunts TFC fans after his game-tying goal
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
United keeper Bill Hamid makes a big save in the second half and preserved a clean sheet on the road
Toronto FC's Ryan Johnson (centre) wins the battle for a header against teammate Doneil Henry and Montreal Impact's Matteo Ferrari (left) and Shavar Thomas (right). TFC won 2-0 against the Impact on Wednesday night at BMO Field