Result of the Wednesday July 22, 2009 International Friendly between Toronto FC and Club Atletico River Plate from Argentina played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:30pm.

Toronto FC (all red, white names and numbers)

........................18 Brian Edwards
16 Marvell Wynne...32 Emmanuel Gomez...4 Marco Velez...11 Jim Brennan
.............8 Pablo Vitti (cpt)...33 Carl Robinson...20 Amado Guevara
............14 Dwayne DeRosario...10 Ali Gerba...27 Gabe Gala

Subs:...24 Stefan Frei (gk)...3 Nana Attakora (def)...6 Nick Garcia (def)...9 Danny Dichio (fwd)...15 Adrian Serioux (def)...17 O'Brian White (fwd)...19 Chad Barrett (fwd)
team officials:...on field coach for this game Nick Dasovic...(head coach Chris Cummins was in the press box).

Club Atletico River Plate (all white, black numbers, one diagonal red stripe on shirts)

...........................1 Leandro Chichizola
4 Maximiliano Coronel...2 Mateo Musacchio...6 Lucas Orban...3 Rodrigo Archubi
8 Facundo Afranchino...10 Mauro Diaz...5 Nicolas Domingo...7 Matias Abelairas (cpt)
......................9 Gonzalo Gil...11 Gustavo Bou

Subs:...12 Gonzalo Marinelli (gk)...13 German Pezzela (def)...14 Cristian Villagra (def)...15 Daniel Villalba (fwd)...16 Gustavo Fernandez (gk/fwd)...17 Erik Lamela (fwd)...18 Augusto Fernandez (mid)
team officials:...manager Nestor Gorosito

Game officials:...referee Sylviu Petrescu....referee's assistants Daniel Briere and Pierre Cantave...fourth official Justin Tasev...(yellow shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 7:37pm...TFC defend south end on this warm overcast evening.
2 min...TFC Gala long 35 yard cross from left sideline is caught by goalie.
2 min...RP Gil 30 yard midair blast from left is well over net.
4 min...TFC Gala rolls 30 yarder from left to RP goalie.
5 min...RP Diaz taps up to RP Bou who blasts 20 yarder up middle well over net.
6 min...TFC Gala cross from 25 yards on left has sliding TFC DeRosario miss connecting at 5 yards.
8 min...RP Diaz 25 yard freekick from left has RP Bou with back to net flick up 12 yarder on back kick onto top of net.
10 min...RP Afranchino whiffs and falls trying to kick 10 yarder along right end line.
11 min...TFC Guevara 40 yard freekick from left has TFC Vitti knock ball down but TFC players can't get away shot on edge of box.
12 min...TFC DeRosario charge to bouncing through ball but 18 yard touch on left endline is well over net.
15 min...RP Archubi and RP Diaz work out throw-in on left but TFC Wynne clears away blocked cross.
16 min...TFC Gomez shanks clearance attempt back for own goalie to catch.
17 min...TFC Guevara shot from 35 yards on left is caught by goalie drifting right into crowd of players.
18 min...TFC Velez kicks 25 yarder behind own net giving up cornerkick.
18 min...RP Abelairas cornerkick from right has RP Coronel head ball well wide left from 12 yards on left.
19 min...TFC Brennan sliding block on RP Afranchino cross from right end line.
20 min...RP Abelairas cornerkick from right has goalie charge and catch but play was whistled down anyway.
22 min...TFC Robinson chips cross forward from 18 yards but play is ruled offside.
25 min...TFC DeRosario gets ball all alone at 35 yards on right but play is flagged offside.
26 min...RP Gil rolls 10 yard cross from right that goalie dives to block and crawls to pick up ball.
27 min...TFC DeRosario rolls cross from right 12 yards and TFC Gerba misses 5 yard kick.
28 min...TFC Guevara taps freekick to TFC DeRosario whose 30 yard blast is headed away by charging RP player at 25 yards.
29 min...TFC Wynne cross from 20 yards is over players in box.
29 min...TFC Guevara cornerkick from left is well over players on right goalpost.
30 min...TFC DeRosario chip from 30 yards is caught by goalie.
31 min...TFC Gomez has kick blocked at center line and RP players set off on 2 on 1 rush. RP Bou 25 yard kick is saved by goalie on right post.
32 min...RP Archubi 35 yard cross from left has RP Gil pop 15 yard header well over net.
34 min...TFC Guevara 40 yard cross from left has TFC DeRosario not able to control ball on right and knocks for goalkick.
36 min...RP Abelairas chips pass to RP Gil has defender hit a kick for cornerkick on right.
37 min...RP Musacchio 40 yard shot of partial clearance is caught by goalie.
38 min...TFC Velez flicks header back to goalie who has to bring ball into box to pick it up.
39 min...TFC Vitti cross from 12 yards has TFC Robinson head 8 yarder down middle and diving goalie saves on left post and ball is cleared.
40 min...TFC YELLOW card...Gala for tackle on RP Domingo at RP 50 yards.
43 min...TFC Gerba behind defenders has 15 yard shot deflected over net by sprawling goalie.
43 min...TFC Guevara cornerkick from right has ball headed back from left and TFC DeRosario rolls 18 yarder wide right.
45 min...half ends 8:22pm.

Halftime entertainment...Carlsberg kick of beer cartons off a bench with a soccer ball. It was really too windy to play with one guy having them all blow off on a slight hit.

2nd Half:...starts 8:40pm.
halftime subs:...TFC White replaces Gerba.
..................TFC Dichio replaces Vitti.
..................TFC Garcia replaces Brennan.
.................TFC Attakora replaces Wynne.
..................TFC Barrett replaces DeRosario.
46 min...RP Coronel injured at RP 35 yards and leaves field until he's waved back on.
48 min...TFC Gala concedes cornerkick on right with charge of RP Afranchino.
49 min...RP Abelairas cornerkick from right is caught by goalie.
50 min...RP Diaz 35 yard blast from left is just wide left.
51 min...TFC Barrett 35 yard freekick up middle is low and bounces to goalie in middle of net.
53 min...TFC Gala cross from 25 yards on left has TFC Dichio miss header and TFC Robinson have header at 8 yards blocked and cleared.
54 min...TFC Guevara 35 yard freekick from right has diving RP Orban head ball out of box.
54 min...RP Afranchino can't control ball on run on right and ball goes over end line for a goal kick.
55 min...RP Gil leaps to head 35 yard cross from left and shot is hight and wide right of net from 15 yards.
56 min...TFC Barrett long run on right and cross has defender head ball away from TFC players waiting in box at 10 yards.
57 min...TFC Velez 35 yard cross from left has TFC Gala head ball over bar from 10 yards on right.
58 min...RP Abelairas touched ball at 30 yards and blast up middle is over net.
60 min...TFC Gala checked off ball at RP 35 yards and RP starts a fast break with RP Bou run on right and cross on end line that's caught by leaping goalie in fron of RP Gil.
60 min...TFC sub...Brennan replaces Robinson.
............TFC sub...DeRosario replaces Guevara.
61 min...TFC Attakora rolls 25 yard cross from right and defenders clear ball on edge of box.
62 min...TFC White on right side of box can't get away shot.
63 min...RP Gil crosses behind endline on right with close checking of TFC Garcia.
64 min...RP sub...Fernandez replaces Afranchino.
...........RP sub...Villalba replaces Bou.
65 min...TFC Gomez leaps to head chipped ball back to goalie at 25 yards.
66 min...RP Diaz 30 yard freekick from left is caught by goalie on left post.
68 min...TFC Gomez injures RP Villalba on check at TFC 40 yards.
..........RP sub...Gustavo Fernandez replaces Gil.
68 min...RP Abelairas chips 40 yard freekick that defenders clear.
70 min...TFC Velez 40 yard throw-in on left bounces over end line.
71 min...RP players show good ball control but can't get away a shot on edge of TFC box.
It now starts to rain.
73 min...RP Archubi 45 yard shot from left is wide left of net.
74 min...RP Fernnadez long cross to RP Archubi on left who heads ball behind end line for goalkick.
75 min...RP sub...Lamela replaces Diaz.
.............TFC sub...Wynne replaces Brennan.
.............TFC sub...Vitti replaces DeRosario.
77 min...TFC Dichio flicks 30 yard header that bounces to goalie.
77 min...RP Abelairas gets back a tapped pass and 25 yarder has leaping goalie palmed over bar.
78 min...RP Abelairas cornerkick from left has defender head over to right for throw-in.
79 min...TFC Attakora injured at TFC 30 yards.
80 min...TFC sub...Gerba replaces injured Attakora.
81 min...RP Lamela blocked shot and RP Fernandez chips wide left from 30 yards.
82 min...TFC Gerba 40 yard freekick up middle is low and blocked in wall has TFC Barrett chip 35 yard rebound on left that defenders clear on edge of box.
83 min...TFC Velez cross from 35 yards bounces right by TFC White who can't connect on 20 yarder.
85 min...RP Abelairas rolls 20 yarder that defender blocks on foot save.
86 min...RP sub...Pezzela replaces Archubi.
87 min...TFC Gala 30 yard cross from left drifts over for goalie to catch.
87 min...RP Lamela 40 yard low blast up middle is well wide right of goal.
88 min...TFC Velez 55 yard freekick from left has TFC White twist backwards header from 25 yards on right that's popped to goalie.
89 min...TFC Gerba flicks ball over defender and 20 yarder bounces to goalie.
90 min...TFC Vitti run to middle from left at 35 yards and pass to TFC Barrett has him shoot 30 yarder low and wide left.
90 min...TFC Dichio at 10 yards inside RP box heads ball away from net on cross from left.
92 min...TFC Gala can't get to chip on left before ball crosses end line.
93 min...regulation time ends 9:28pm.

The score at the end of regulation time is 0-0 but since someone has to win the Carlsberg Cup the game goes right to penalty kicks. TFC Dichio is now the captain and wins the coin toss and chooses the south goal to maximize the crowd support.

Penalty kicks:
1. RP Matias Abelairas GOAL...Abelairas rolls shot low to right post freezing goalie.
1. TFC Ali Gerba GOAL...Gerba blasts shot to top left corner.
2. RP Erik Lamela GOAL...Lamela shoots to low to right and goalie dives left.
2. TFC Danny Dichio saved...Dichio shot is low and goalie dives to save in middle of the net.
3. RP Augusto Fernandez misses...Fernandez blasts hard shot off bar with goalie falling.
3. TFC Pablo Vitti misses...Vitti blast shot well over bar with goalie falling.
4. RP Cristian Villagra misses...Villagra blasts shot well over net aiming for left corner.
4. TFC Chad Barrett GOAL...Barrett blasts shot to top left corner with goalie sprawling.
5. RP Nicolas Domingo GOAL...Domingo blasts shot to center just under bar as goalie falls.
5. TFC Nick Garcia GOAL...Garcia blasts under bar to left as goalie falls.
6. RP Gustavo Fernandez GOAL...Fernandez shot to left side of net with goalie staying in middle.
6. TFC Marco Velez misses...Velez blasts shot well over net.

Final Score:..........Toronto FC.........0............AC River Plate..........0......
River Plate wins 4-3 on Penalty kicks in the sixth round.

Attendance was announced as 20005. The crowd had a lot of River Plate supporters although it was part of our season ticket package. I recognized very few regulars in my row. The NEE supporters had taped up a huge banner against unnecessary friendlies. A problem was the risk of injury and that may have come true depending on how serious Nana Attakora's injury was.

Toronto FC officials were upfront about starting their back-up players to give them playing time. The game was the first time we were able to see newly acquired Ali Gerba. He had been away at the Gold Cup playing for the Canadian team and had scored in the first two games.

This game was double-priced compared to our usual premier tier MLS tickets. I was thinking how well TFC were playing against a South American power house but found out later the visitors were using an all back-up lineup too and were saving their regulars for later on in their travels such as the friendly in Edmonton against English premier league team Everton.

TFC lost last year's Carlsberg Cup as well on Penalty kicks to Pachuca. They have one tie and four losses in International friendlies in their three year history.

The Carlsberg (brewery) Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was Pablo Vitti who was the honoury captain for TFC tonight. He is the only Argentine player on the team...but he didn't score even on this penalty kick.

Rocket Robin
robing@eol.ca


Carlsberg Cup on display before the game.


TFC starters


River Plate starters


first minute action


midfield action


TFC player's header


River Plate throw-in

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