- September 20, 2011 CONCACAF Championship League Group Stage--Toronto FC vs Tauro FC (by Rocket Robin)


Result of the Tuesday September 20, 2011 CONCACAF Championship League Group Stage game between Toronto FC and Tauro FC played at BMO Field in Toronto at 8:00pm.

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...22 Torsten Frings (cpt)...23 Terry Dunfield
.........18 Nick Soolsma...14 Danny Koevermans...9 Ryan Johnson

Subs:...24 Stefan Frei (gk)...4 Doneil Henry (def)...6 Julian de Guzman (mid)...11 Nathan Sturgis (mid)...15 Matt Stinson (mid)... 19 Mikael Yourassowsky (mid)...28 Gianluca Zavarise (mid)
head coach Aron Winter

Tauro FC of Panama (white socks and shorts, black & white striped shirts, yellow numbers...very difficult to read!)

..............1 Alvaro Anzola
8 Leonel Parris...26 Reinel Herrera...3 Luis Moreno (cpt)...22 Carlos Rodriguez
15 Marcos Sanchez...6 Juan Perez...19 Jhoan Melo...11 Juan Barrera
.........5 Temistocles Perez...16 Victor Medieta Jr

Subs:...99 Adnihell Ariano (gk)...9 Diego Canali (fwd)...10 Gabriel Rios (def)...12 Auriel Gallardo (fwd)...14 William Aguilar (mid)... 23 Jean McLean (mid)...29 Azmahar Ariano (def)
head coach Juan Cubilla

Game officials:...referee Terry Vaughan...referee's assistants Chris Strickland and Baldomero Toledo ...fourth official Eric Boria...(yellow shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 8:07pm...TFC defends south end on this mild evening.
1 min...TFC Eckersley cross from 25 yards on right has defender pop up ball at 8 yards on right and TFC Johnson on left heads 10 yarder that another Tauro defender boots away from 12 yards.
3 min...TFC Eckersley beats defender on right end line and 15 yard low cross is smothered by goalie on right post.
5 min...TFC Morgan cross from 25 yards on left sideline is over goalie just wide right for goalkick.
9 min...Tauro Medieta pushes 25 yard ball up middle but rolls to goalie.
11 min...TFC Koevermans is pushed pass forward up left by TFC Johnson at 50 yards and takes 15 yard roller that's smothered by goalie.
12 min...TFC Morgan low cross from 25 yards on left is cleared from crowd of players in box by a Tauro defender at 15 yards.
13 min...Tauro Hererra intercepts pass and blasts low 40 yard shot up middle through crowd of players wide left.
14 min...TFC Johnson cross from 25 yards on left has Tauro Rodriguez on right at 15 yards head ball behind line on right for cornerkick.
14 min...TFC Soolsma low cornerkick from right is cleared from box by nearest defender on right.
15 min...TFC Frings recovers ball at 25 yards in middle and pushes pass over to right for TFC Soolsma who crosses into box from 20 yards on right and defender on right edge of box heads ball away.
16 min...TFC Morgan rush on left for pass wins cornerkick when defender kicks behind end line.
17 min...TFC Soolsma cornerkick from left is cleared by defenders on edge of box up middle for quick break and rush wins cornerkick when TFC Frings clears behind end line from 12 yards after long run up right side by Tauro Barrera.
17 min...Tauro Rodriguez short cornerkick from right never reaches box as pass back to him has TFC defender get in way for clearance down right.
20 min...TFC Dunfield 45 yard freekick from right has TFC Johnson pop up header at 18 yards and defenders clear when it comes back down.
20 min...TFC Iro sends in 30 yard chip from left side and TFC Koevermans leaps with Tauro goalie who punches ball away at 4 yards but draws freekick as both players fall. Koevermans had elbowed him on jump.
23 min...Tauro Moreno freekick from 35 yards is tapped over and Tauro Parris chip into box is cleared on header in crowd of players. Tauro Mendieta bends 25 yard on left cross that goalie catches on bounce.
24 min...TFC Iro knocks over Tauro Temistocles Perez at TFC 35 yards for freekick.
25 min...Tauro Rodriguez 40 yard low freekick from right ends up with goalie out of box after initial clearance by defender has Tauro player send high cross to edge of box from 45 yards down middle. TFC goalie was bumped by Tauro Herrera after he chested ball down which drew whistle for TFC freekick.
25 min...TFC Eckersley on right rush and low cross from 18 yards has goalie dive to push forward away from TFC Koevermans standing ready for tap-in and defender gains possession at 10 yards and runs ball over to right side of box for clearance.
30 min...TFC Marosevic gets to ball on left after Tauro player's long throw-in from right was headed away on edge of box. Marosevic runs down left wing and sends long pass from 50 yards over defender's head in middle and bounces over to right at 25 yards for chaging TFC Soolsman to push over end line.
31 min...Tauro Juan Perez rescues ball on end line after racing TFC Iro to ball and rolling cross from 12 yards across 6 yard box and TFC Frings kicks ball over end line.
32 min...Tauro Rodriguez cornerkick from right has ball flicked over box from right by charging Tauro player and Tauro Mendieta nods 7 yard header from left downward and it deflects off outside of left post although TFC Morgan was guarding inside of post.
33 min...Tauro Mendieta gets ball off TFC miscue but crosses 20 yarder from left through box is wide right for goalkick.
34 min...TFC Morgan cross from left has TFC Johnson head 12 yarder down middle well over net.
35 min...Tauro Teristocles Perez chip from 35 yards on left bounces to goalie.
36 min...TFC YELLOW card...Dunfield earns it for knock over of Tauro Moreno at TFC 50 yards while TFC Harden was holding him.
37 min...TFC Morgan cross from 45 yards on left has defender head away at 10 yards in middle of box preventing TFC Koevermans from getting into play on edge of box.
39 min...TFC Danny Koevermans GOAL...TFC Ashtone Morgan cross from 20 yards on left has Tauro Luis Moreno fly to end line to keep ball from charging TFC Ryan Johnson but keeps ball in play popping it back to 8 yard where leaping TFC Peri Marosevic heads ball forward for Koevermans to head ball into net on header from 3 yards while having back turned to net. Tauro goalie Alvaro Anzola leapt late behind Koevermans but couldn't get to ball. Tauro defender Leonel Parris did not jump but backed into Koevermans on his jump and knocked him over injurying him and Koevermans had to leave field for treatment.
42 min...TFC Eckersley blocks cross on Tauro player at 20 yards near left end line giving up cornerkick.
42 min...Tauro Barrera cornerkick from left is short and tapped back by Tauro player for Barrera to cross that TFC Koevermans on left edge of box heads away but offside flag was up.
43 min...Tauro Temistocles Perez low 25 yard shot up middle is blocked at 15 yards by TFC Iro.
43 min...TFC goalie catches on one-bounce long Tauro throw-in taken from 30 yard line on right side.
44 min...Tauro Juan Perez held off ball by TFC Harden so goalie can dive on ball at 7 yards wide right of net.
44 min...Tauro YELLOW card...Herrera earns it for tackle from behind on TFC Johnson at center line.
46 min...half ends 8:53pm.

Halftime entertainment:...there aren't any events.

2nd Half:...starts 9:09pm.
Tauro halftime sub:...Gallardo replaces Sanchez.
45 min...Tauro player chips ball down right and Tauro Gallardo heads ball frrom 25 yards well wide right of net.
46 min...Tauro Herrera long throw-in from right has TFC Harden behind Tauro player at 15 yards on right head ball out of box to clear.
47 min...Tauro Gallardo rolls 28 yard shot from right well wide right of net.
50 min...TFC Soolsma rush on right and cross from 30 yards has defender on left kick ball over end line for cornerkick.
51 min...TFC Soolsma cornerkick from left has defender on left leap and flick header from 8 yards across box. TFC Johnson turns away from net at 8 yards in center and jumps to get foot on ball in midair and takes bicycle kick chip from 8 yards on right that defender heads from 6 yards in center and another defender boots ball out of box.
53 min...Tauro Barrera on rush down right wing and low cross from 25 yards deflects off shadowing TFC Morgan and TFC Frings kicks ball behind end line from 6 yards near right post for cornerkick.
54 min...Tauro Parris cornerkick from right is headed away by TFC Iro at 8 yards in crowd of players in box.
54 min...Tauro player from 25 yards on right takes shot that TFC Frings chests down at 8 yards and clearance attempt deflects off Tauro player and out of play for TFC throw-in. on right.
55 min...Tauro player's cross from 35 yards on right has charging goalie punch ball away split second before a Tauro player in box can get head to it at 10 yards on right.
56 min...Tauro Temistocles Perez is checked off ball near left end line as he backs towards goal by TFC Harden and TFC Eckersley.
58 min...Tauro Juan Perez 30 yard cross from left has TFC Iro head ball away from 8 yards in middle of box.
58 min...Tauro player gets short throw-in from 20 yard line on left back to him and he crosses from sideline into box where Tauro player pops 12 yard header down middle over defenders but easy for goalie to catch.
60 min...TFC sub...de Guzman replaces Soolsma.
62 min...Tauro Parris cross from 35 yards on right has TFC Frings head out of box at 8 yards ends with tap over pass for Tauro Melo who takes 25 yard shot down middle well over net.
62 min...Tauro sub...Rios replaces Barrera.
63 min...TFC Frings 45 yard freekick from right has defender clear on edge of box.
64 min...TFC Koevermans at 20 yard in middle taps ball left over to TFC Johnson who crosses through box instead of trying 18 yard shot.
64 min...Tauro player at 25 yards chips ball forward for Tauro Temistocles Perez ot take low 12 yard shot from left that's smothered by goalie.
66 min...Tauro YELLOW card...Melo earns it for pushing over TFC Dunfield at Tauro 50 yards after he'd passed away ball.
67 min...TFC de Guzman chips 30 hard shot from right that defender heads away at 17 yards. TFC Morgan recovers at 28 yards on left and rolls pass to TFC Johnson who crosses from 25 yards near left sideline and goalie charges forward in crowd of players to make catch at 6 yards.
67 min...Tauro YELLOW card...Rodriguez earns it for sliding tackle on TFC Marosevic at Tauro 50 yards injurying him.
68 min...Tauro YELLOW card...Gallardo earns it for dissent when referee makes booking on previous play.
69 min...TFC Frings freekick from Tauro 50 yards has defender head away on edge of box.
70 min...Tauro Mendieta gets cross from right and heads ball forward for Tauro Gallardo and goalie smothers before he can shoot. TFC Dunfield suffers a shoulder injury on the play on the edge of the box.
71 min...Tauro sub...Canali replaces Mendieta.
72 min...TFC sub...Stinson replaces injured Dunfield before play resumes.
75 min...TFC Johnson on run on left rolls cross from 22 yards that's blocked by defender at 8 yards on left and deflects for cornerkick.
76 min...TFC de Guzman cornerkick from left is low and closest defender on left blacks ball and another defrender clears ball from box.
77 min...TFC Marosevic low cross from 25 yards has sliding defender push ball behind end line on right in front of TFC Koevermans at 6 yards who has ball deflect off him and over end line on right for goalkick.
77 min...TFC goalie charges to right and concedes cornerkick on sliced clearance kick on through ball near end line.
77 min...Tauro Rios cornerkick from right has Tauro Canali pop 12 yard header onto top of net.
78 min...TFC sub...Yourassowsky replaces Koevermans.
79 min...TFC YELLOW card...Yourassowsky earns it for complaining about freekick at center line when he pushed Tauro Juan Perez over.
83 min...Tauro Moreno chips 45 yard freekick from left that TFC de Guzman heads out of crowd of players in middle of box from 10 yards. Tauro Moreno gets ball back at 40 yards in middle and chips ball to left for Tauro Temistocles Perez who has low cross from 15 yards on left blocked by TFC Eckersley and deflect for throw-in on left near end line.
83 min...Tauro long throw-in from left has jumping TFC Johnson on left post head ball behind end line.
84 min...Tauro Rios cornerkick from left has goalie leap forward to catch at 6 yards in center of goal in crowd of players.
85 min...TFC Marosevic tap over freekick to TFC de Guzman stops ball and TFC Frings charges forward to blast low shot up middle that deflects through player wall and rolls just wide left of post beyond diving goalie.
86 min...TFC Marosevic cornerkick from left has defender pop up header from 13 yards on edge of box and TFC Yourassowsky rolls pass from right to middle for TFC de Guzman to blast an 22 yard shot well high and wide right of net.
87 min...TFC Frings 50 yard freekick on right is just over TFC Johnson at 16 yards and bounces to goalie on left post.
88 min...Tauro Moreno chips 40 yard shot up left and ball bounces wide left of net past charging Tauro Gallardo at 5 yards.
89 min...Tauro Gallardo gets to TFC Iro high header at 25 yards and blasts shot over net down middle from 22 yards.
90 min...Tauro player's low cross from 22 yards on left has TFC Frings head ball downward at 10 yards on right and kick ball away.
91 min...Tauro Temistocles Perez cross from right 25 yards is caught by goalie unthreatened at 3 yards.
92 min...Tauro Rodriguez cornerkick from left has goalie jump and punch ball forward out of box. TFC Stinson slides on edge of box to clear and trips Tauro Melo.
92 min...TFC Yellow card...Frings earns it for complaining about giving Tauro a freekick on the last play.
93 min...Tauro freekick from 22 yards hits head in player wall and deflects wide left into box but whistle blows to end the game.
93 min...game ends 8:58pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......1..........Tauro FC (Panama)..........0...........

Attendance was not announced but was listed by concacaf.com as 10122. I was given a free ticket to make up for the rainout from the FC Dallas game last month in this competition. I had to e-mail my request and print out my ticket. My friend was a last minute no-show and it looked like a lot of others didn't show up also as the stadium was less than half full.

Tauro wore yellow numbers that were very difficult to read on black & white striped shirts. The television commentators also had trouble as very few of their comments named a Tauro player in the action so I couldn't add much to my notes.

Koevermans scored the only goal of the game. He had the two goals in TFC's last MLS game on the weekend against Colorado Rapids. He has now scored seven goals in his last eight games in all competitions.

Tauro had earned some respect since group play started because after TFC beat them away in Panama in the first game, Tauro had tied Pumas UNAM in Panama and then tied FC Dallas in Texas. TFC had lost games in Toronto against FC Dallas and then Pumas UNAM in Mexico City.

stats from www.concacaf.com

General Game Stats
                  Toronto     Tauro
Shots on goal       2           3
Shots wide          6           6
Fouls              18          16
Corner Kicks        5           7
Offsides            1           3
Possession         54%         46%

TFC starters

Tauro starters and their hard to read numbers.

Tauro Temistrocles Perez (5) and Victor Mendieta Jr (16) kick off the game.

TFC rush with Peri Marosevic.

TFC players defend shot from right.

Tauro Juan Barrera on rush.

TFC freekick

Tauro freekick

TFC players and coaches salute the fans.

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