- August 27, 2011 MLS--Toronto FC vs San Jose Earthquakes (by Rocket Robin)


Result of the Saturday August 27, 2011 game between Toronto FC and San Jose Earthquakes played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:00pm.

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

.................30 Milos Kocic
27 Richard Eckersley...20 Ty Harden...3 Andy Iro...5 Ashtone Morgan
.........70 Peri Marosevic...6 Julian de Guzman...22 Torsten Frings (cpt)
.........9 Ryan Johnson...8 Eric Avila...7 Joao Plata

Subs:...24 Stefan Frei (gk)...2 Demitrius Omphroy (def)...15 Matt Stinson (mid)...21 Leandre Griffit (mid) ...23 Terry Dunfield (mid)...25 Danleigh Borman (mid)...55 Eddy Viator (def)
head coach Aron Winter

San Jose Earthquakes (all black, white names and numbers, blue trim)

..................18 Jon Busch
3 Chris Leitch...2 Bobby Burling...21 Jason Hernandez...15 Justin Morrow
17 Joey Gjertsen...30 Rafael Baca...12 Ramiro Corrales (cpt)...11 Bobby Convey
............8 Chris Wondolowski...10 Simon Dawkins

Subs:...1 David Bingham (gk)...4 Sam Cronin (mid)...7 Khari Stephenson (mid)...19 Jacob Peterson (mid)...25 Ellis McLoughlin (fwd) ...27 Nana Attakora (def)...32 Matt Luzunaris (fwd)
head coach Frank Yallop

Game officials:...referee Terry Vaughan...referee's assistants George Gansner and Eric Boria...fourth official Geoff Gamble... (teal shirts, black shorts and socks)

Before the game there is a moment of silence and a reading of a letter from Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party which became the official opposition party in the recent Federal election. He had represented Toronto as a local city councillor and moved up to a Member of Parliament in a decades long career.

1st Half:...game starts 7:07pm...TFC defend north end on this warm evening with a bright sun in the north west.
1 min...TFC Eckersley low cross into box from 22 yards on right has SJE Hernandez stop ball and clear from right side.
4 min...SJE Convey cross from 25 yards on right has TFC Harden dive at 15 yards and head ball across box wide left for cornerkick.
4 min...SJE Convey cornerkick from left has SJE Wondolowski flick header on left through 6 yard box. SJE Morrow rolls ball back for SJE Gjertsen to take 15 yard shot on right that deflects off SJE Wondolowski at 5 yards and roll over end line.
6 min...TFC de Guzman blocks shot from 20 yards down middle after SJE pass from left.
7 min...SJE goalie beats TFC Johnson to through ball to catch on bounce at 15 yards on left side of box .
8 min...TFC Frings 40 yard freekick up middle is cleared from box on header by SJE defender.
9 min...TFC Eckersley injured at TFC 30 yards when he clears ball and collides with SJE Morrow near sideline.
11 min...SJE Convey low cross from left is into box has first SJE player on left let ball ball go and SJE Dawkins shoots deflection from 12 yards down middle off sliding TFC Morgan at 10 yards that deflects ball high and wide right of net for cornerkick.
11 min...SJE Convey cornerkick from right is low past SJE player at 6 yards and TFC Frings clears out of box.
12 min...the sun is now behind the stands so is no longer a factor.
13 min...SJE Convey 40 yard freekick from right has SJE Wondolowski offside at 10 yards.
14 min...TFC Johnson sends through ball up left wing but TFC Plata is offside at 18 yards.
17 min...SJE Baca 25 yard freekick from left has TFC Frings at 15 yards in middle head ball high over box for cornerkick.
18 min...SJE Convey cornerkick on right is over players in box and SJE Gjertsen head ball from 5 yards on left back to center of box where SJE Burling chips up ball from 7 yards and TFC Eckersley heads from 6 yards on left to edge of box where SJE Dawkins shoots 16 yarder that's blocked by TFC Eckersley at 12 yards and SJE Baca blasts 20 yard rebound through middle that defender blocks at 12 yards and defender clears off SJE Burling which has ball pop up and bounce wide right of net for goalkick.
20 min...SJE Convey 40 yard shot up middle through crowd of players bounces to goalie.
22 min...TFC Plata rush on left and crosses over box from 25 yards for SJE throw-in on right.
24 min...TFC Frings 40 yard freekick from left sideline has goalie punch ball away in crowd of players at 7 yards.
26 min...SJE goalie picks up ball wide right of goal on bounce when SJE Hernandez heads ball back to him from 20 yards to break up TFC rush.
26 min...SJE Gjertsen slides and crosses from right 20 yards that TFC Harden clears from box.
28 min...TFC Eckersley runs around SJE Morrow and into SJE goalie chasing bouncing ball and Morrow sends ball out of box. SJE Morrow gets to ball at 18 yards wide right near end line and passes back upfield but TFC Marosovic intercepts clearance and bends 22 yard shot that recoved goalie catches at 6 yards then falls injured for whistle.
30 min...SJE YELLOW card...Burling earns it for tackle from behind on TFC Avila at SJE 50 yards in middle.
31 min...TFC Frings 50 yard freekick down middle is over players and wide left.
32 min...TFC Eric Avila GOAL...Avila follows up on TFC Marosevic being brought down on sliding tackle at 22 yards up middle leaving ball loose rolling towards right and he dribbles to 15 yards and rolls low 15 yard shot into left corner of net beyond sliding goalie Jon Busch.
33 min...SJE Convey 45 yard freekick from right has ball knocked down on right edge of box and TFC Iro clears. SJE Gjertsen bounces 22 yard shot from right that goalie dives forward at 5 yards on right post to smother with sliding SJE Wondolowski at 8 yards missing ball.
33 min...TFC Marosovic rush on break from TFC Frings long pass up right sideline and low cross from 20 yard near end line is saved by goalie diving forward.
34 min...SJE players work out short cornerkick from left and SJE Convey crosses 22 yarder from left that diving TFC Iro heads out of box from 15 yards.
35 min...SJE Dawkins is checked off ball on edge of TFC box.
36 min...SJE YELLOW card...Convey earns it for tackle on TFC Frings at SJE 45 yards in middle.
37 min...TFC Frings 45 yard freekick down middle one-bounces to goalie.
38 min...TFC Frings cross from right has defender head away in box. TFC Morgan gets pass to left and cross from 18 yards on left is behind net.
41 min...TFC Avila is injured when he makes sliding tackle on SJE Morrow at SJE 50 yards and takes knee to face. SJE Corrales rush down middle and 20 yard push of ball up middle rolls rolls to goalie.
44 min...TFC Morgan rush to ball on left and 20 yard low shot is wide right of post.
46 min...TFC Plata on rush down left has SJE Burling get back to poke away from 10 yards for cornerkick.
46 min...TFC Frings cornerkick from left has TFC Johnson leap and push over defender to head ball from 7 yards but can't quite turn header and ball bounces wide right for goalkick.
46 min...SJE Leitch 40 yard cross from right has SJE Wondolowski head ball from 6 yards high and wide left of net.
47 min...TFC Johnson passes from 45 yards on right upfield for TFC Marosevic and he dribbles to SJE 25 yards near end line and sends low cross into box defender gets foot in to prevent TFC Avila getting to ball at 6 yards. SJE Leitch clears ball out right side of box for throw-in.
48 min...SJE Leitch heads ball back to goalie in box over TFC Plata.
48 min...half ends 7:55pm.

Halftime Entertainment: contestants were asked to guess the TFC player by looking at the Jumbotron of legs. The second one is Andy Iro. Someone won a $250 discount card. There was a three minute mini-game in the center circle of team from Royal York Timbits team.

2nd Half:...starts 8:11pm.
45 min...SJE Gjertsen centered pass from left by SJE Corrales and 25 yard shot is over net.
48 min...SJE Gjertsen low cross from 25 yards on right has TFC Iro clear ball from middle of box at 8 yards.
48 min...SJE Leitch cross from 25 yards on right is over players in box.
49 min...SJE Morrow cross from left after rush is through box that SJE Wondolowski can't get to at 8 yards while shadowed by TFC Iro.
50 min...TFC Morgan is injured on collision with SJE Gjertsen at TFC 40 yards and wins freekick.
51 min...TFC Johnson chips pass up middle from from 30 yards to TFC Frings who gets ball up left and his low 8 yard shot has flying goalie block and SJE Baca clears from 8 yards for cornerkick.
51 min...TFC Frings cornerkick from left is over players in box.
52 min...SJE Wondolowski tips ball from SJE Baca from 12 yards up middle weakly to goalie after TFC Morgan had won battle for ball with SJE Convey at 15 yards on right but then rolled clearance to Baca.
53 min...TFC Johnson blasts 35 yard shot from right high and wide left of goal.
53 min...TFC Avila cornerkick from right is quick and TFC Frings shoots 15 yarder from right that goalie punches ball forwards.
55 min...SJE Morrow cross from 22 yards from left has SJE Wondolowski pushed by TFC Harden and ball is knocked wide left from 8 yards.
57 min...TFC sub...Stinson replaces Marosovic.
58 min...TFC goalie clears back pass off SJE Wondolowski at 15 yards popping ball up.
59 min...SJE Dawkins off balance 15 yard shot from left is wide left.
62 min...TFC Avila 50 yard low cross from left is through players and wide right of net.
64 min...SJE Convey blasts low 30 yarder up middle that's just wide right of post.
65 min...SJE sub...Stephenson replaces Dawkins.
.........SJE sub...Peterson replaces Gjertsen.
66 min...SJE Leitch receives pass on run up right and low cross from 25 yards is into box and SJE Stephenson gets foot to it as he ran past at 10 yards and play ends with TFC Eckersley in middle bicycle kick clearance at 15 yards.
67 min...SJE Convey cornerkick from right is high and SJE Burling heads ball wide left of net from 8 yards on left.
68 min...TFC Morgan rush on left has shot from 18 yards wide right.
70 min...SJE Peterson long throw-in from right bounces through box wide left for goalkick. SJE Wondolowski is just out of position.
71 min...SJE Wondolowski 28 yard shot up middle through crowd of players is stopped by goalie at 5 yards.
74 min...TFC Joao Plata goal called back on offside when TFC de Guzman checks at SJE 50 yards and short pass to TFC Johnson sends him through up middle. He passes to Plata at 30 yards who rounds sprawling keeper at 16 yards and taps in from 8 yards.
75 min...SJE player's cross from 25 yards from left has SJE Wondolosky backheel midair pass and SJE Peterson also backheel ball further across box for SJE Convey to blast 19 yarder high and wide right from up middle.
79 min...SJE Baca cornerkick from left has TFC Frings clear from right. Long pass has TFC Plata run past ball as it bounces over him at 25 yards.
81 min...SJE Morrow rush to save ball on TFC left line but crosses behind net.
81 min...SJE Peterson rushes up middle for pass and crashes with TFC Iro on edge of box and goalie picks up ball.
82 min...SJE sub...Luzunaris replaces Baca.
.........TFC sub...Viator replaces Avila.
84 min...SJE Luzunaris 25 yard shot from extreme right is blocked in box.
84 min...SJE Wondolowski through middle for 15 yard shot that goalie blocks and SJE Luzunaris dives for 15 yard header wide left of net.
86 min...SJE Wondolowski wins throw-in when squeezed in box by TFC Eckersley and TFC Harden and sliding Harden kicks ball out of play.
86 min...SJE Chris Wondolowski GOAL...SJE Jacob Peterson long throw-in from near left cornerflag has jumping SJE Bobby Burling pop header from 6 yard box on left over players in middle and SJE Wondolowswki kicks in 4 yarder down middle to right side of net with goalie Milos Kocic guarding left side of net.
87 min...SJE Peterson on rush up right wing sends cross in from 28 yards and SJE Wondolowski heads 12 yarder up middle that TFC Eckersley blocks.
87 min...TFC sub...Borman replaces Plata.
88 min...SJE player's long throw-in from left has ball headed down at 10 yards in box and SJE Wondolowski's shot is blocked by TFC Morgan.
88 min...SJE Hernandez 45 yard chip up middle over players and leaping goalie catches at 8 yards.
89 min...TFC Borman sends low cross after run up left into box and defender at 14 yards clears from box.
89 min...TFC Morgan is tapped back own throw-in from left and sends 28 yard cross into box that jumping defender at 15 yards heads through and out right side.
91 min...SJE Peterson 35 yard freekick from right has TFC Harden head ball over net.
92 min...SJE Convey cornerkick from right has goalie leap to catch in crowd of players at 6 yards.
93 min...SJE Luzunaris tumbles over end boards on rush with TFC Iro with a shove.
93 min...game ends 8:59pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......1..........San Jose Earthquakes..........1...........

Attendance was not announced but listed as 21117 on this mild evening. The Canadian National Exhibition is still on and many people were late getting here at the start of the game.

The Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was goal scorer Eric Avila. He was injured in a tackle at 41 minutes getting a bloody mouth but played on until finally being subbed out at 82 minutes.

Earthquakes have four ex-TFC players from the last few years. Defenders Nana Attakora, midfielder Sam Cronin and forward Alan Gordon did not play in tonight's game but midfielder Jacob Peterson did come in as a second half substitution. Cronin and Attakora stayed on the subs bench. Forward Ryan Johnson started for TFC but he was on the Earthquakes roster at the beginning of the year.

The game program put down the Earthquakes and Wondolowski. The Earthquakes had only scored 26 goals it said (although that was still one more than TFC this season!) and Wondo had only scored eight goals this season after finishing with eighteen last season to win the scoring title.

Tonight's result means Toronto FC hasn't won in their last three games in all competition and Earthquakes have now not won in 13 games. Neither team is close to making the playoffs.

It was also announced that the Bank of Montreal's Team of the Week national champions as conducted by a computer poll. The choice is Glen Shield's Sun Devils from Vaughan Ontario for a $125,000 pitch refurbishment and a trip to an MLS game involving a Canadian home team. Their field is just a few streets outside the City of Toronto. Their choice is to attend a Vancouver Whitecaps game. I say that's a wise choice as it will get the kids and parents a flight and hotel stay in Vancouver. I wonder if a trip to watch TFC would have just been giving them a pocketful of bus tokens? I didn't read any message board complaints.

stats from mlssoccer.com

Scoring Summary: 
Scoring Summary:
 TOR -- Eric Avila 2 (unassisted) 33
 SJ -- Chris Wondolowski 9 (Bobby Burling 1) 87
Misconduct Summary:
 SJ -- Bobby Burling (caution; Reckless Tackle) 31
 SJ -- Bobby Convey (caution; Reckless Foul) 37
San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Bobby Burling, Jason Hernandez, Justin Morrow, Joey Gjertsen (Jacob Peterson 66), 
Rafael Baca (Matt Luzunaris 83), Ramiro Corrales, Bobby Convey, Simon Dawkins (Khari Stephenson 66), Chris Wondolowski.
Substitutes Not Used: Nana Attakora, Sam Cronin, Ellis McLoughlin, David Bingham.
Toronto FC -- Milos Kocic, Richard Eckersley, Ty Harden, Andy Iro, Ashtone Morgan, Julian de Guzman, Torsten Frings, 
Eric Avila (Eddy Viator 84), Peri Marosevic (Matt Stinson 58), Ryan Johnson, Joao Plata (Danleigh Borman 88).
Substitutes Not Used: Terry Dunfield, Leandre Griffit, Demitrius Omphroy, Stefan Frei.
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee's Assistants: George Gansner, Eric Boria
4th Official: Geoff Gamble
Attendance: 21,117
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Clear and 77 degrees

Match Stats from mls.com

Toronto FC              San Jose Earthquakes
 8       Attempts on Goal          18
 4       Shots on Target            3
 3       Shots off Target           8
 1       Blocked Shots              7
 3       Corner Kicks               7
14       Fouls                      9
16       Open Play Crosses         16
 5       Offsides                   6
 0       Yellow Cards               2
 0       Red Cards                  0
43       Duels Won                 50
46%      Duels Won %               53%
271      Total Pass                527
60%      Passing Accuracy %        78%
35.3%    Possession                64.7%

TFC starters

Earthquakes starters

TFC Ryan Johnson (9) and Eric Avila (8) take opening kick off.

SJE Bobby Convey finds he has no one to pass to as TFC Richard Eckersley shadows him.

TFC Ashtone Morgan takes throw-in.

TFC Torsten Frings lines up freekick.

SJE goalie Jon Busch punches ball away.

2nd Half starts with SJE Simon Dawkins (10) and Chris Wondolowski (8) taking kick off.

SJE cornerkick near end of game.

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