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.
TFC striker Danny Koevermans is mobbed by his teammates to celebrate his goal early in the second half
TFC midfielder Torsten Frings sprints ahead of the Quakes defence to chase down a loose ball and take a shot on goal
Henry taunts TFC fans after his game-tying goal
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
Koevermans watches his diving header go towards the far post for his second goal of the match
New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry celebrates his late game-tying goal Saturday night at BMO Field
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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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
Santos Laguna forward Christian Suarez attempts to move the ball in between Toronto FC defender Richard Eckersley and midfielder Nick Soolsma. Both teams played to a draw in front of 18,950 fans at BMO Field in Toronto
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
Tauro FC's Victor Mendieta comes close to scoring off a header in the first half and rattles the ball off the near post
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Koevermans leaps over fallen Revolution defender Franco Coria
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 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
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
Former Red Jacob Peterson (left) is knocked down by TFC defender Andy Iro (centre)
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
United keeper Bill Hamid makes a big save in the second half and preserved a clean sheet on the road