- September 17, 2011 MLS--Toronto FC vs Colorado Rapids (by Rocket Robin)


Result of the Saturday September 17, 2011 game between Toronto FC and Colorado Rapids played at BMO Field in Toronto at 1:30pm.

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

.................30 Milos Kocic
27 Richard Eckersley...20 Ty Harden...22 Torsten Frings (cpt)...3 Andy Iro
.........8 Eric Avila...6 Julian de Guzman...5 Ashtone Morgan
.........18 Nick Soolsma...14 Danny Koevermans...9 Ryan Johnson

Subs:...24 Stefan Frei (gk)...4 Doneil Henry (def)...15 Matt Stinson (mid)...19 Mikael Yourassowsky (def) ...23 Terry Dunfield (mid)...25 Danleigh Borman (mid)...70 Peri Marosovic (fwd)
head coach Aron Winter

Colorado Rapids (all white, burgundy shoulders, black names and numbers)

..................18 Matt Pickens
27 Kosuke Kimura...22 Marvell Wynne...3 Drew Moor...32 Miguel Comminges
11 Brian Mullan...25 Pablo Mastroeni...4 Jeff Larentowicz...15 Wells Thompson
...........14 Omar Cummings...23 Sanna Nyassi

Subs:...31 Steward Ceus (gk)...5 Joseph Nane (mid)...10 Macoumba Kandji (fwd)...16 Ross LaBauex (mid)...21 Caleb Folan (fwd) ...29 Scott Palguta (def)...34 Tyrone Marshall (def)
head coach Gary Smith

Game officials:...referee Mark Kalecik...referee's assistants Claudio Badea and Brian Poeschel...fourth official Mark Geiger... (teal shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 1:38pm...TFC defend south end on this warm afternoon with a wind from the south.
2 min...Col Larantowicz can't cross from 7 yards along left end line as he's blocked by TFC Harden and TFC wins freekick.
5 min...TFC de Guzman cross from 28 yards on right is into box just over head of TFC Avila at 10 yards and headed away by defender.
5 min...Col Nyassi injured on run into TFC box as he passes ball off and needs treatment.
10 min...Col Cummings in battle on rush with TFC Harden pushes ball over end line for goalkick.
13 min...Col Nyassi overhead kick from right after receiving short throw-in from 30 yards bounces to goalie.
14 min...TFC Johnson 40 yard kick from left bounces to goalie.
15 min...Col Nyassi 30 yard cross from right sideline is well over net.
15 min...TFC Frings long 70 yard pass down middle bounces to goalie as too far for TFC Johnson.
17 min...TFC Iro 45 yard low from left has sliding Col Wynne knock out of play from 12 yards in middle of box.
18 min...TFC Koevermans charges to right end line to keep ball in play and turns and crosses from 20 yards back into Col box. TFC Johnson heads ball from 10 yards in crowd of players downward and defender clears when TFC Soolsma can't make play.
20 min...Col Nyassi cross from left from 25 yards is tipped for cornerkick by TFC Eckersley making block.
20 min...Col Nyassi cornerkick from left has TFC Frings head ball away from just inside left side of box for throw-in.
21 min...Col Comminges throw-in from left has Col player get to ball near left end line but rolls it to TFC goalie when blocked by defender.
22 min...TFC Frings 45 yard freekick down middle is headed away on edge of box by defender. TFC Morgan 40 yard chip on left is over players at 20 yards and bounces to goalie.
23 min...Col Kimura long run up right and 25 yard cross has TFC Harden chest ball down and back to goalie from 12 yards.
26 min...TFC Frings injured in center circle when Col Nyassi charges over to take header and collides with him.
27 min...TFC Eckersley rushes down right wing and blasts 20 yard punt well wide right of goal.
28 min...Col Cummings is injured at center line.
29 min...TFC Frings 52 yard freekick down middle has TFC Johnson on left head 8 yarder wide right of net.
30 min...TFC Eckersley rolls pass to TFC Koevermans who survives pull down attmept and rolls 12 yard cross from right end line that Col Kimura clears from 6 yards in middle to prevent TFC Johnson waiting on left for shot.
32 min...Col Nyassi cross from left 22 yards and TFC Iro in box heads away from 15 yards.
33 min...Col Cummings rush on left and cross into box as goalie punches ball away from 5 yards just over head of charging Col Mullan.
35 min...TFC Morgan rescues ball on left endline and pass is partially blocked and TFC Koevermans at 3 yards on left end line has his cross blocked and TFC Johnson crosses partial clearance from 20 yards on left over players in box and out for goalkick.
36 min...Col Mastroeni 40 yard freekick has leaping Col Moor not able to turn header at 20 yards on right.
37 min...Col Nyassi gets short pass from right and slips and 22 yard shot well over net.
37 min...TFC YELLOW card...de Guzman earns it for trip on Col Thompson at Col 40 yard line.
38 min...TFC Soolsma cornerkick from right has TFC Johnson sicks foot up to chip 10 yard shot wide right of net.
40 min...TFC Avila and Col Larentowicz get warning from referee for tangle on sideline.
44 min...TFC Soolsma rolls ball from 15 yards on right that Col Moor clears. TFC Eckersley gets ball and rushes in from right and low cross has Col Moor at 6 yards clear for throw-in on right.
45 min...TFC Johnson cross from 35 yards on left has defender stop at 12 yards preventing TFC play.
46 min...half ends 2:24pm.

Halftime entertainment:...provided by Miracle Whip for their "Don't tone it down" campaign there was a shoot-to-win TFC season tickets. The three contestants had to roll the ball between a hole in a sign leaning against the net. A guy named Ian won for scoring twice.

2nd Half:...starts 2:41pm.
46 min...TFC Soolsma freekick from 22 yards on right is over players in box and cleared by defender's head on left side of box. TFC Morgan chips in partial clearance from 28 yards down middle is flagged offside when sent back into box.
47 min...Col Kimura sends low cross from 20 yards near right end line that TFC Iro stops and clears at 5 yards.
48 min...Col Cummings on rush on right sideline can't cut towards goal as checked by TFC Iro near cornerflag. Iro wins freekick.
49 min...TFC de Guzman 30 yard shot down middle has Col Wynne block on edge of box.
49 min...Col Thompson shot from 30 yards on left after getting ball when TFC Eckersley fell and lost possession is shot well high and wide right of goal.
51 min...TFC Danny Koevermans GOAL...TFC Eric Avila at center line crosses to left sideline that has TFC Ashtone Morgan rush to ball at 30 yards on left and sends low cross from 25 yards that has ball one step in front of charging TFC Ryan Johnson but TFC Koevermans even with right post stepping in front of Col Miguel Comminges to kick in 7 yarder to middle of net with goalie Matt Pickens guarding left post.
54 min...Col Mastroeni injured in check by TFC Iro at 25 yards on right.
55 min...Col Larentowicz 30 yard freekick from right is low and TFC Koevermans behind player wall stops it with foot that pops up high ball and Col Comminges heads ball from 22 yards back into box from left and charging goalie picks up bouncing ball at 8 yards.
57 min...TFC de Guzman long cross from 50 yards on right has TFC Koevermans chest ball down at 15 yards in middle but defender clears out of box.
58 min...Col sub...Folan replaces Thompson.
59 min...TFC Danny Koevermans GOAL...TFC Richard Eckersley freekick from 45 yards on right sideline is downfield for TFC Nick Soolsma to cross from 22 yards on right has Koevermans lean forward to turn glancing header from 7 yards down middle into left side of net.
61 min...Col Comminges 35 yard cross from left has TFC goalie step wide right of post to catch in front of Col player.
62 min...Col Mastroeni passes forward from 25 yards but ball bounces over end line before Col Wynne being covered by TFC Harden can get to it.
65 min...Col Nyassi cross from 25 yards on left is bent well over net.
65 min...TFC Soolsma rolls weak 15 yarder up middle to goalie when threaded pass.
66 min...TFC Eckersley can't draw Penalty kick when sliding tackle by Col Nyassi in box strips him of ball at 10 yards.
66 min...Col YELLOW card...Nyassi earns it for sliding tackle on ankle of TFC Koevermans on right sideline.
68 min...TFC Frings 50 yard freekick from right has nearest Col player on edge of box head ball away. TFC Johnson crosses in from 25 yards from left and Col Moor in crowd of players heads away from 15 yards in middle.
68 min...Col Miguel Comminges GOAL...Comminges rush from 80 yards on left and eludes TFC Torsten Frings at 35 yards and rolls cross at 15 yards from right over to Col Omar Cummings who shoots from 12 yards down middle which is blocked by TFC Ashtone Morgan's face at 8 yards. Cummings gets to loose ball at 12 yards, eludes check attempt by TFC Andy Iro and rolls pass to Comminges who blasts shot from 7 yards past TFC Richard Eckersley and into top left corner of net with TFC goalie Milos Kocic anchored in center of net.
68 min...Col sub...Marshall replaces Comminges.
69 min...TFC Morgan rush on left crosses from 25 yards into box and Col Marshall heads down from 12 yards.
69 min...TFC Soolsman pushes ball forward on left for TFC Avila who has Col Marshall deflect cross for cornerkick.
70 min...TFC Soolsma cornerkick from left has TFC Iro slip on ball at 15 yards and defenders clear ball from box.
71 min...Col Mullan rolls ball into box from 25 yards on right but TFC Harden clears.
72 min...Col Nyassi low 25 yard shot from left has diving goalie push ball wide left of post.
72 min...Col Nyassi cornerkick from left has ball over players in box but charging Col Moor on right has 5 yard kick saved on line by TFC Morgan. Col Kimura blasts 30 yard rebound low which is stopped at 12 yards by defender.
73 min...TFC sub...Stinson replaces Koevermans.
74 min...TFC Frings 50 yard freekick from right has TFC players called for offside on edge of box.
77 min...Col Nyassi 25 yard freekick from left has Col Mastroeni flick backwards header over net from 12 yards on left.
78 min...TFC Stinson blasts 30 yard roller up middle wide left of post after TFC Frings 45 yard freekick is cleared from box.
79 min...TFC sub...Dunfield replaces Soolsma.
82 min...TFC Morgan low cross from 25 yards has Col Marshall clear from 10 yards in middle of box.
83 min...Col sub...Kandji replaces Kimura.
84 min...TFC Stinson 30 yard blast from right snakes just over net.
85 min...TFC goalie dives on ball at 16 yards on right as initially he messed up on long chip upfield bouncer.
86 min...Col Moor cross from 40 yards on left has play flagged offside in TFC box when Col player heads ball down at 10 yards.
87 min...TFC sub...Yourassowsky replaces Avila.
89 min...Col Kandji on right taps pass to Col Nyassi on right sideline at 30 yards. Nyassi rolls ball forward for charging Kandji who sends in low from 18 yards near right end line and TFC goalie dives forward to push ball away at 5 yards. Col Moor shoots low 7 yard rebound up middle that TFC Eckersley blocks on one yard line up middle and ball deflects back to prone TFC Kocic to smother it. TFC Dunfield was injured in box on play.
91 min...Col Mastroeni shot down middle from 20 yards is deflected high for cornerkick by TFC Dunfield.
92 min...Col Nyassi cornerkick from left has goalie swat ball forward in crowd of players and Col Nyassi gets passed over and takes 15 yard shot that's caught by goalie but flag was up for offside.
94 min...game ends 3:30pm.

Final Score:........Toronto FC........2.............Colorado Rapids......1............

Attendance was announced as 20318. A big crowd for tickets sold but a lot of season ticket holders didn't show up. The subway was not operating today between Eglinton and Bloor which made north to south travelling more difficult.

The Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was double goal scorer Danny Koevermans. Before the game goalie Stefan Frei was presented with the Esquire (watch company) Player of the Month for his community service.

This was the first time the Rapids were back in Toronto since they won the 2010 MSL Cup against FC Dallas last November.

There were no great chances in firts half but each team had enough to win in the second half.

A different announcer read the lineups today and he was bad--botching names like 'Andy Ear-O' for Andy Iro and 'Ash-Tone Morgan' for Ashtone Morgan.

stats from mlssoccer.com

Scoring Summary: 
TOR -- Danny Koevermans 5 (Ashtone Morgan 2) 52
 TOR -- Danny Koevermans 6 (Nick Soolsma 4, Richard Eckersley 1) 60
 COL -- Sanna Nyassi 5 (unassisted) 70 
Misconduct Summary: 
TOR -- Julian de Guzman (caution; Reckless Foul) 38
 COL -- Sanna Nyassi (caution; Reckless Foul) 67
Colorado Rapids -- Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura (Macoumba Kandji 84), Marvell Wynne, Miguel Comminges (Tyrone Marshall 70), Drew Moor, 
Brian Mullan, Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Wells Thompson (Caleb Folan 59), Sanna Nyassi, Omar Cummings.
Substitutes Not Used: Joseph Nane, Ross LaBauex, Scott Palguta, Steward Ceus.
Toronto FC -- Milos Kocic, Richard Eckersley, Ty Harden, Andy Iro, Ashtone Morgan, Eric Avila (Mikael Yourassowsky 88), Julian de Guzman, 
Torsten Frings, Ryan Johnson, Danny Koevermans (Matt Stinson 74), Nick Soolsma (Terry Dunfield 80).
Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Doneil Henry, Peri Marosevic, Stefan Frei.
Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Referee's Assistants: Claudio Badea, Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Mark Geiger
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Partly cloudy and 59 degrees
Attendance: 20,318

Match Stats
Toronto FC                 Colorado Rapids
10  Attempts on Goal        14
 3  Shots on Target          5
 5  Shots off Target         4
 2  Blocked Shots            5
 2  Corner Kicks             3
15  Fouls                   19
22  Open Play Crosses       14
 2  Offsides                 4
 1  Yellow Cards             1
 0  Red Cards                0
37  Duels Won               38
49% Duels Won %             50%
337 Total Pass              412
74% Passing Accuracy %      75%
46.2% Possession            53.8%

TFC starters

Rapids starters

Rapids Omar Cummings (14) and Sanna Nyassi (23) take kickoff.

TFC Julian de Guzman (6) closes in on Rapids Jeff Larentowicz (4).

TFC Torsten Frings (22)is ahead of Rapids Sanna Nyassi (23) on this rush.

Rapids Wells Thompson (15) on a rush.

TFC Nick Soolsma (18) takes freekick.

TFC Danny Koevermans (14) has just scored and thanks TFC Ashtone Morgan (5) for sending him the cross.

TFC Mikael Yourassowsky (19) and Ashttone Morgan (5) late in game.

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