February 16, 2007 Toronto FC 2-0-0 in preseason (from Toronto FC Media Relations)
Toronto FC 2-0-0 in preseason
Hunter West scores two
Toronto FC Media Relations
Toronto FC played their second game of their inaugural training camp in Sunrise, Florida Friday against local team, Honduras Five-Star, emerging 3-0 winners. Playing conditions were ideal for the teams, but a little chilly for spectators with overcast skies and a temperature of 55F (13C).
First half action saw Sutton barely tested at all in the Toronto goal. The Canadian side creating some great chances at the other end - Andrea Lombardo played a perfect right sided cross to Edson Buddle in front, but his shot was off the mark, and Midfielder Jim Brennan tested the goalkeeper with a powerful blast that was knocked down.
The second half saw most of the veteran players give way to other camp invitees, and it didn't take long for the first goal. 50th minute, Jamaican international Garfield Reid scored from long range, firing a powerful low blast that just eluded the keeper's finger tips.
75th minute, Lombardo sent a perfect cross to the far post, where University of South Florida product Hunter West headed it past the diving keeper to make it 2-0.
The Toronto FC 2007 Draft pick scored his second of the game 5 minutes later, Colombian international Hector Hurtado played a long pass up the middle to West, the keeper came out to challenge, and Hunter practically walked it in to make it a 3-0 Toronto victory.
"I felt guys moved the ball around well, I felt collectively we played as a team," said Head Coach Mo Johnston, "defensively we were good, our midfielders were good, and obviously we got some goals up front."
The game was a feisty one, with some nasty looking tackles in the first half, but overall Johnston said he was happy.
Midfielders Ronnie O'Brien (back) and Alecko Eskandarian (stiffness) both did not see action. Maurice Edu remains on the bench out with a pelvic injury.
Toronto is back on the pitch Saturday morning at 10:00am ET, as training camp continues.
Toronto Line-up: Ist Half: Greg Sutton, Marco Reda, Andrew Boyens, Adam Braz, Chris Pozniak, Joey Melo, Jim Brennan, Tyler Hemming, Paulo Nagamura, Andrea Lombardo, Edson Buddle
2nd Half: Greg Sutton, (JP Piques 54), Adam Braz, Marco Reda, Andrew Boyens, Garfield Reid, Miguel Canizalez, Tyler Hemming (Andrea Lombardo 57), Richard Asante, Hector Hurtado, Junaid Hartley, Hunter West
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