- June 4, 2011 MLS--Toronto FC vs Sporting Kansas City (by Rocket Robin)


Result of the Saturday June 4th, 2011 MLS game between Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:00pm.

Toronto FC (all red, black shoulders and sleeves, white names and numbers)

........................24 Stefan Frei
27 Richard Eckersley...3 Nana Attakora...20 Ty Harden...25 Danleigh Borman
........22 Tony Tchani...11 Nathan Sturgis...19 Mikael Yourassowsky
........33 Javier Martina...29 Marcos Santos (cpt)...7 Joao Plata

Subs:...30 Milos Kocic (gk)...4 Doneil Henry (def)...8 Dan Gargan (def)...13 Keith Makubuya (fwd)...16 Oscar Cordon (mid) ...26 Matt Gold (def)
head coach Aron Winter

Sporting Kansas City (all sky blue, black names and numbers)

.....................18 Eric Kronberg
7 Chance Myers...78 Aurelien Collin...5 Matt Besler...2 Michael Harrington
11 Chance Myers...4 Craig Rocastle...22 Davy Arnaud (cpt)...8 Graham Zusi...99 Omar Bravo
......................9 Teal Bunbury

Subs:...21 Jon Kempin (gk)...3 Korede Aiyegbusi (def)...17 C J Sapong (fwd)...20 Birahim Diop (fwd)...32 Luke Sassano (def) ...55 Julio Cesar (def)...88 Milos Stojcev (mid)
head coach Peter Vermes

Game officials:...referee Yader Reyes...referee's assistants Chris Strickland and Peter Balciunas...fourth official Abbey Okulaja... (all black uniforms neon yellow trim)

1st Half:...game starts 7:09pm...TFC defend south end.
40 sec...SKC Smith 45 yard freekick from right has TFC Harden head ball from 7 yards from left wide right for cornerkick.
1 min...SKC Zusi cornerkick from right has TFC Santos head away from 6 yards on right side of box.
2 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right has TFC Tchani in crowd of players jump and pop header over net from 6 yards.
6 min...TFC Plata rolls cross from left sideline and TFC Martina has 20 yard kick blocked by defender in middle.
7 min...SKC Myers on rush down right crosses in from 25 yards and TFC Attakora dives back and heads from 3 yards on right post for SKC cornerkick.
7 min...SKC Zusi cornerkick from right has TFC Attakora head ball away for throw-in on right.
9 min...SKC Zusi cornerkick from right has SKC Besler kick pop up wide right from 8 yards.
11 min...TFC Martina 40 yard chip from right misses TFC Santos and defender heads ball away.
11 min...TFC Eckersley 30 yard shot from right bounces to goalie.
13 min...TFC Tchani injured on SKC Bravo tackle from behind at TFC 40 yard line.
14 min...TFC Sturgis 40 yard freekick has SKC Myers head away on edge of box.
17 min...SKC Bunbury out races TFC Harden to ball and rolls pass back on right for SKC Myers who chips 20 yarder wide left of net.
18 min...TFC Tchani 60 yard freekick from right has goalie catch.
22 min...SKC Smith 40 yard freekick from right has SKC Rocastle head high and wide left from 18 yards.
22 min...TFC Borman cross from 25 yards on left after long run is cleared by defender in box.
25 min...SKC Bunbury offside on pass at 20 yards but kicks ball into net.
26 min...SKC Bravo pops up header from 12 yards on left that goalie charges to catch when SKC Smith sends in long cross from 30 yards on right.
27 min...TFC Plata 22 yard roller as he cuts over from left is just wide left of net.
29 min...SKC Bravo cross from 25 yards on extreme left deflects off TFC Eckersley for cornerkick.
29 min...SKC Zusi cornerkick from left has TFC Eckersley on left pop up ball and TFC Attakora head away on edge of box.
30 min...SKC goalie charges to edge of box to beat TFC Martina to ball on right.
30 min...TFC goalie charges forward to catch cross from SKC Arnaud from 35 yards on right.
32 min...TFC Santos 25 yard cross from near left end line is caught by goalie.
33 min...TFC Eckersley long run from right has pass across to TFC Plata but 22 yard shot attempt down middle is blocked.
34 min...SKC Bunbury can't get away shot on edge of box when SKC Smith pushes him a pass in crowd of players.
36 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from left has TFC win another cornerkick when SKC Arnaud knocks ball out.
37 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from left has leaping SKC Myers head ball away from near post.
38 min...SKC YELLOW card...Bravo earns it for trip on TFC Eckersley at center line on run down left sideline. TFC Sturgis was hurt earlier on the play back at the TFC 30 yard line when he flipped over SKC Harrington.
39 min...TFC Harden heads ball back to goalie from 30 yards to prevent SKC Bunbury from getting to ball.
40 min...TFC Martina cross from 22 yards from right is popped up by sliding SKC Harrington and caught by goalie.
41 min...SKC Zusi cross from left from 25 yards is over players in box for goalkick.
42 min...TFC Sturgis hurt again making pass to TFC Eckersley from TFC 50 yards.
45 min...SKC Zusi pops up header at 15 yards that goalie catches.
46 min...SKC YELLOW card...Zusi earns it for bump tackle on TFC Tchani jumping for header injurying him at SKC 53 yards.
48 min...half ends 7:57pm.

Halftime Entertainment:...It was some children's choir came out to sing one song and after that a Pizza Pizza 'Meal or No Meal' contest again. This time a man named John won the maximum prize of 12 pizzas. (I still say the game is fixed). Biggest cheer though was for a squirrel that ran across the field and into the north goal.

2nd Half:...starts 8:14pm.
47 min...TFC Eckersley gets back to break up rush soon after his rush.
47 min...TFC Santos gets to pass into box from right by TFC Martina but SKC Besler slides in and his 8 yard shot is deflected wide left.
48 min...TFC Plata cornerkick from left has goalie catch.
50 min...SKC Zusi 50 yard freekick from left is over players on edge of box and bounces to goalie.
53 min...TFC Martina breaks into box on right but is checked off ball.
54 min...TFC Tchani passes from 30 yards from right has TFC Santos ruled offside on edge of box down middle.
55 min...TFC Eckersley 55 yard freekick has goalie punch ball away in crowd of players at 12 yards.
56 min...TFC Yourassowsky rolls ball too far for TFC Plata on left and goalkick as defender SKC Myers shields ball.
58 min...SKC Harrington pokes ball away from TFC Martina running into right side of box.
58 min...TFC Yourassowsky 25 yard shot from left is batted down and picked up by goalie.
59 min...TFC Attakora shoves SKC Zusi off ball after whistle at TFC 50 yards.
59 min...SKC sub...Sassano replaces Rocastle.
61 min...TFC Borman 30 yard freekick on left is bent through crowd of players but wide right for throw-in.
63 min...SKC Zusi rolls pass across from left and SKC Bunbury 22 yard shot down middle has diving goalie push ball wide right of net.
63 min...SKC player's quick cross from right end line has another player fluff 12 yard shot and miss starts fast TFC break out.
65 min...SKC Smith cross through box from right that bounces through box unplayed.
66 min...TFC Santos dekes defender SKC Myers on left and 25 yard shot has goalie leap and palm ball over net.
66 min...TFC sub...Soolsma replaces Plata.
67 min...SKC YELLOW card...Collin earns it for pushing in the SKC box waiting for cornerkick.
.........TFC YELLOW card...Tchani earns it for pushing in the SKC box waiting for cornerkick.
67 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from left has SKC Myers dive forward and head ball away from near left post.
68 min...TFC YELLOW card...Eckersley earns it for tackle on SKC Bravo injurying him at TFC 35 yards.
68 min...SKC Zusi 40 yard freekick from left has goalie charge out to punch ball away from 8 yards.
69 min...SKC Bunbury 22 yard low shot from right is smothered by goalie on right post.
72 min...SKC Zusi 45 yard freekick from left lands on top of net with goalie getting hand to it.
73 min...SKC Zusi cornerkick from right has SKC players miss header on left and TFC fast break out of box.
75 min...TFC sub...Gargan replaces Eckersley.
76 min...SKC Bravo cross from 22 yards on right has TFC Gargan head ball for throw-in on right.
76 min...SKC Zusi 32 yard shot up middle is wide right of net.
77 min...TFC Martina cross from 22 yards on left has charging TFC Soolsma push ball wide left for goalkick.
78 min...TFC Borman long run from 65 yards but blasts 28 yarder down middle well over net.
82 min...SKC Arnaud rolls 30 yarder up middle that TFC goalie picks up.
83 min...SKC Smith receives cross from right and heads 15 yarder just over net.
84 min...SKC sub...Diop replaces Zusi.
85 min...SKC Bravo rush on right and cross from 35 yards into box has flying goalie bobble then smother at 8 yards.
87 min...SKC sub...Sapong replaces Bunbury.
88 min...SKC Diop pushes ball over end line when he can't control pass at 15 yards near left end line. (TFC Attakora was injured earlier in the play).
90 min...TFC Yourassowsky knocks over SKC Myers at 35 yards after whistle blown just after Myers had bumped into Yourassowsky.
91 min...TFC sub...Henry replaces Attakora.
91 min...TFC Borman 65 yard freekick from right bounces over end line on right.
92 min...TFC Borman 60 yard freekick down middle has TFC Henry head 10 yarder that flying goalie catches on right post.
93 min...TFC Martina cuts along edge of box from left but is checked off ball.
94 min...TFC Santos blasts low 35 yard shot from right wide right of net.
94 min...game ends 9:03pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......0..........Sporting Kansas City..........0...........

Attendance was announced as 19962 on this warm evening. Not all those people showed up.

Before the game a presentation had Esquire (watch company) Player of the Month for May went to Maicon Santos for community service.

The result was another tie. SKC was behind TFC in the standings and I wasn't expecting this. SKC was playing their final road game to start this season. It was their tenth game in a row on the road. To NOT win this game hurts TFC's dim playoff prospects. BMO Field has not been the fortress it was in prior years--or is this team not good enough?

Although TFC defenders limited Teal Bunbury to a few long range shots on goal--playing in effect as the lone striker, the team couldn't score themselves. Hamilton Ontario born Bunbury was booed by the fans every touch of the ball as he had decided to switch his international allegiance to the United States after playing for Canada's youth teams growing up.

Julian de Guzman's picture was on our season tickets. He was not playing today because he is away at the Gold Cup for Canada. Dicoy Williams is playing for Jamaica. Joao Plata was supposed to play for Ecuador in their exhibition tour of North America (he played against Canada here in Toronto) but he decided to stay here with TFC. SKC also has players away on international duty. Shavar Thomas is away with Jamaica, Roger Espinosa with Honduras, Stephane Auvray for Guadeloupe, and Kei Kamara with Sierre Leone. Craig Rocastle is supposed to play for Grenada but he hadn't left yet.

stats from MLSsoccer.com

BMO Field | Toronto, Ontario
Weather:  Cloudy, 57 degrees
Attendance: 19,962 

Score:                                 1        2        F
Sporting Kansas City (1-6-3, 6 pts)    0        0        0
Toronto FC (2-5-7, 13 pts)             0        0        0    

Sporting Kansas City: Eric Kronberg; Michael Harrington, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Chance Myers; Craig Rocastle (Luke Sassano 61), 
Davy Arnaud ©, Graham Zusi (Birahim Diop 85); Omar Bravo, Teal Bunbury (C.J. Sapong 88), Ryan Smith

Subs not used: Jon Kempin, Julio Cesar, Milos Stojcev, Korede Aiyegbusi

Toronto FC: Stefan Frei; Richard Eckersley (Dan Gargan 76), Ty Harden, Nana Attakora (Doneil Henry 92), Danleigh Borman; Tony Tchani, 
Nathan Sturgis, Mickael Yourassowsk; Javier Martina, Maicon Santos, Joao Plata (Nick Soolsma 67)

Subs not used: Milos Kocic, Oscar Cordon, Matt Gold, Keith Makubuya

Stats:            SKC     TFC
Shots               6       7
Shots on Goal       2       3         
Saves               3       2         
Fouls              16      16      
Offside             5       1
Corner Kicks        5       5          

Misconduct Summary:
SKC – Omar Bravo (Caution, tactical foul) 39
SKC – Graham Zusi (Caution, reckless tackle) 45
TFC – Tony Tchani (Caution, unsporting behavior) 68
SKC – Aurelien Collin (Caution, unsporting behavior) 68
TFC – Richard Eckersley (Caution, reckless tackle) 69 

Scoring Summary:

TFC starters

SKC starters

SKC players start game.

SKC rush

SKC Chance Myers on right trying to cross to Teal Bunbury (9) and Ryan Smith (11)

SKC cornerkick

TFC Richard Eckersley freekick at center.

TFC Maicon Santos (29) and Tony Tchani (22) start second half.

TFC head coach Aron Winter joins the player procession to thank the fans.

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