Result of the Saturday June 30th, 2012 MLS game between Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:00pm.

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

........................30 Milos Kocic
25 Jeremy Hall...27 Richard Eckersley...2 Logan Emory...5 Ashtone Morgan
19 Reggie Lambe...23 Terry Dunfield...22 Torsten Frings (cpt)...8 Evic Avila
.............14 Danny Koevermans...9 Ryan Johnson

Subs:...40 Quillan Roberts (gk)...3 Miguel Aceval (def)...6 Julian de Guzman (mid)...11 Luis Silva (mid)...15 Matt Stinson (mid)
...21 Aaron Maund (def)...31 Dicoy Williams (def)
team officials:...head coach Paul Mariner

New York Red Bulls (navy socks and shirts, yellow shorts, white names and numbers)

........................18 Ryan Meara
25 Brandon Barklage...3 Heath Pearce...2 Wilman Conde...16 Connor Lade
19 Dane Richards...11 Dax McCarty...20 Joel Lindpere...8 Jan Gunnar Solli
................14 Thierry Henry (cpt)...33 Kenny Cooper

Subs:...24 Jeremy Vuolo (gk)...7 Roy Miller (def)...12 Jonathan Borrajo (def)...15 Tyler Ruthven (def)...22 Stephen Keel (def)
...27 Jhonny Arteaga (fwd)...44 Victor Palsson (mid) team officials:...head coach Hans Backe

Game officials:...referee Ricardo Salazar...referee's assistants Craig Lowry and Claudio Badea...fourth official Tyler Ploeger
...(gray shirts, black shorts and socks)...(same referee as TFCs last home game!)

1st Half:...game starts 7:06pm...TFC defends north end on this hot, early evening with a bright sun shining in the north west.
The confetti was shot out of the north end at the start of the game tonight which was as unusual as TFC defending the north end in the first half.
3 min...NYRB Jan Gunnar Solli GOAL...NYRB Thierry Henry heads short pass from 25 yards in middle down to NYRB Dane Richards on right who rolls
ball further to right for NYRB Brandon Barklage who crosses from 30 yards on right has that finds Solli behind three TFC defenders to kick 7 yarder
into left side of net past goalie Milos Kocic frozen in middle.

5 min...TFC Danny Koevermans GOAL...TFC Torsten Frings cornerkick from right has Koevermans in middle jump to head in 8 yarder down middle
just under bar over hands of goalie Ryan Meara.

7 min...TFC Frings 50 yard chipped shot from left is well wide left of net.
9 min...TFC Lambe races in on breakaway from 40 yards on left holding off grab of NYRB Jonathan Conde and rolls ball past goalie from 12 yards
on left but sliding defenders Conde and Heath Pearce save at 3 yards to make partial clearance and goalie recovers to pick up ball.
11 min...TFC Johnson cross from 25 yards near left end line bounces to goalie.
13 min...TFC Koevermans cross from 20 yards on right has NYRB Conde fly to block in center at 15 yards. TFC Lambe eventually gets pass on right
and takes 25 yard cross that goalie punches upwards and defender kicks from 12 yards on right for throw-in.
13 min...TFC Hall long throw-in from right is caught by goalie near right post.
14 min...NYRB Henry 30 yard freekick from right has TFC Frings on right duck at 15 yards and head ball clear of box for throw-in.
15 min...TFC Morgan clears ball before NYRB Henry can receive ball in box.
15 min...NYRB Barklage cross from right 25 yards is cleared by flying header by TFC Emory at 12 yards.
16 min...NYRB Barklage on right passes forward and NYRB Richards crosses 22 yarder near end line is over net.
18 min...TFC Morgan rush on left and cross into box has TFC Koevermans lunge back but shoot well wide left from 10 yards.
19 min...TFC Johnson cross from left 25 yards has goalie catch in front of TFC Koevermans.
21 min...TFC Frings 45 yard freekick from left has defender on edge of box head ball wide right for cornerkick.
22 min...TFC Frings cornerkick from right has NYRB McCarty leaps to head ball out of box from 12 yards.
24 min...TFC Frings 30 yard freekick from right has NYRB Solli head ball away from 15 yards.
26 min...TFC Koevermans can't save long ball sent on right before it crosses end line.
27 min...TFC Hall long throw-in from right is headed away by NYRB McCarty on edge of box.
28 min...TFC Koevermans is bumped off ball by NYRB Solli trying to get pass at 25 yards up middle.
29 min...NYRB Henry 35 yard freekick bends ball just over bar near top left corner.
30 min...TFC YELLOW card...Dunfield earns it for sliding tackle from behind on NYRB Henry at TFC 30 yard line. NYRB Henry is injured on play.
32 min...NYRB Henry 35 yard freekick from left is blocked in player wall. NYRB McCarty blasts 30 yard rebound well over net.
33 min...NYRB Conde gets back to check TFC Koevermans off ball on clearance at 15 yards on left.
34 min...TFC Johnson checked off ball on ritht edge of box by NYRB Conde.
35 min...TFC Hall throw-in from left cornerflag is headed away by NYRB defender.
35 min...TFC Johnson on right on rush into box and 10 yard shot is deflected by retreating NYRB Solli for cornerkick.
36 min...TFC Frings cornerkick from right is headed wide left of net by TFC player on 8 yard pop up header.
37 min...NYRB Barklage chips ball into box that's cleared by TFC players.
40 min...TFC Frings 30 yard freekick from left has NYRB Henry clear ball away with midair kick at 15 yards.
40 min...TFC Morgan 45 yard cross from left sideline is over players and NYRB goalie catches in 6 yard box.
41 min...TFC Johnson rolls ball into box from 20 yards on left but it's cleared by defender at 10 yards.
42 min...NYRB Henry chips 40 yarder that leaping goalie catches at 15 yards in front of charging NYRB Cooper.
43 min...NYRB Barklage throw-in and NYRB Lindpere cross in eventually and NYRB Cooper shoots low 7 yarder off left goalpost.
45 min...TFC Frings 30 yard freekick from right has charging TFC Kouvermans get foot up to shoot 6 yarder wide right of post.
45:17 min...half ends 7:51pm.

Halftime entertainment:...There is no halftime entertainments today. TFC Kocic and Johnson take an extra warm-up during halftime.

2nd Half:...starts 8:08pm. The weather is unchanged from the first half.
45 min...NYRB Richards rush on right and cross has TFC Eckersley concede cornerkick knocking ball wide right from 6 yards.
45 min...NYRB Henry cornerkick from right is outside box to NYRB McCarty kick from 20 yards blocked for TFC Johnson breakout.
46 min...NYRB YELLOW card...Richards earns it for holding player at center line.
46 min...TFC Hall 30 yard chip into box has retreating NYRB player dive and head ball across box for throw-in.
48 min...TFC Frings 28 yard freekick from right has goalie catch overhead on left post.
48 min...NYRB Cooper tap back at 25 yards has NYRB Henry chip ball wide right from 30 yards down middle just wide right.
49 min...NYRB Pearce is injured at NYRB 20 yard line on collision with TFC Johnson.
52 min...TFC Morgan cross from 35 yards on left is just step ahead of sliding TFC Koevermans at 12 yards.
54 min...TFC Frings 25 yard freekick from left is low and sliding NYRB Henry behind two man wall deflects ball from 6 yards wide left for cornerkick.
55 min...TFC Frings cornerkick from left is headed through box and cleared out right side of box.
58 min...NYRB Solli cross from 15 yards on left end line is caught by goalie although ball behind end line.
60 min...TFC Johnson cross from right near end line has defender clear ball from box.
61 min...NYRB Richards is injured at NYRB 40 yards.
62 min...NYRB Solli rush on left and rolls 18 yard shot just wide right of post.
63 min...TFC Johnson at 15 yards on left rolls ball across box and NYRB defender clears.
64 min...TFC Lambe is injured when he slides under NYRB Lade near left TFC cornerflag.
65 min...TFC Morgan pokes ball off runner NYRB Richards and wins freekick on tackle on right side outside of TFC box.
66 min...TFC sub...Soolsma replaces Lambe.
68 min...NYRB Henry cornerkick from right has goalie punch ball out left. NYRB Lindpere crosses high and back into box from 25 yards on left.
TFC Koevermans heads ball away from box and play is whistled down.
70 min...TFC Frings in middle takes 45 yard freekick to left is over head of TFC Johnson on left at 10 yards and flies for goalkick.
71 min...NYRB Cooper cross from 25 yards on left has TFC Emory head ball away from box.
73 min...NYRB Henry rolls ball forward on left and NYRB Lindpere saves on end line but cross is blocked by TFC Eckersley.
74 min...TFC goalie rushes left to pick up through ball ahead of NYRB Cooper.
75 min...NYRB Henry rolls through ball to NYRB Lindpere who has sliding TFC Emory knock ball away at 15 yards. Lindpere ia injured on play.
77 min...TFC goalie charges right to boot away ball as NYRB Cooper charged in while being shadowed by TFC Emory.
78 min...NYRB sub...Palsson replaces injured Lindpere.
.........TFC sub...de Guzman replaces Avila.
80 min...TFC Johnson cross from 25 yards on right has TFC Koevermans head 10 yarder that's caught by goalie.
81 min...NYRB sub...Keel replaces Conde.
82 min...TFC Dunfield pass right to TFC de Guzman who rolls cross that sliding TFC Soolsma at 12 yards deflect wide of defender for cornerkick.
83 min...TFC Frings cornerkick is popped up and TFC Emory has shot blocked from 12 yards and TFC Soolsma have 15 yard shot cleared at 5 yards on right.
84 min...TFC Frings cross from near right edge of box near end line is over box and TFC Johnson at 5 yards along left end line heads ball
across 6 yard box and NYRB Keel kicks ball out of box from 3 yards in middle.
85 min...TFC sub...Silva replaces Koevermans.
85 min...TFC de Guzman cross from 35 yards has ball hit prone NYRB player in box and ball cleared by another NYRB player.
90 min...NYRB Barklage long throw-in from right has leaping TFC Emory head ball out of box.
91 min...TFC Morgan sends in cross from 25 yards on left and TFC Soolsma pops up header from 12 yards high wide left. NYRB Pearce is hurt on play inside NYRB box crashing into Soolsma.
92 min...NYRB sub...Miller replaces injured Pearce.
93 min...TFC Frings 50 yard freekick from left is headed away on edge of box.
94 min...TFC Hall long throw-in from right is headed out of box.
94:16 min...game ends.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......1..........New York Red Bulls...........1........

Attendance was announced as 20071. It was one of the few Premium price tickets this year. My ticket was $11 more than most other games. The stadium started out half-filled as usual but gradually filled up by halftime.

The weather was hot, sunny, and humid with no noticeable wind.

Man of the Match (which is always a TFC player) was announced as defender Logan Emory. He made some important blocks on NYRB runs and shots. Emory had his hair cut so he no longer looks like one of The Jacksons mid 1970s.

TFC had both their starting 11 and subs warm up on the west side which was the only shady part of the field. pre-game entertainment was from City Dance corps and had six hip-hop dancers. Their returns must have been hard to do on grass. Shows like this border on old Toronto Lynx territory which always annoyed the hard corp fans however its doubtful they had even arrived in the stadium when this troup came on.

The goals started out fast so fast in this game I though it would be a 5-4 game but they stopped after the five minute mark. Closest chance was at 43 minutes when NYRB Kenny Cooper hit the left goalpost from 7 yards and then two minutes later when TFC Danny Koevermans just miss the post from 10 yards.

Our tickets had the image of Doneil Henry on them 'Henry IV' as is his '4' uniform number but he was not part of today's game. Coach Paul Mariner said he had an allergic reaction to something and was on medication. We put up with the world famous Thierry Henry who is among the most recognizable faces in the league. He and Kenny Cooper have a combined 20 goals so far this season while the entire TFC roster scored their 17th goal of the season today. Thierry Henry pulled up lame a few times in the game but at other made some feather touch perfect passes.

Toronto FC extends their modest undefeated streak to four games with today's tie. Red Bulls lose their share of first place with today's tie as DC United beat Montreal tonight and pull two points ahead of them.

Something new today is the PA announcer read the TFC subs today first off before the starters for both teams. Also the stadium video board showed a clock ticking away the extra time just like on television rather than stopping at 90 minutes.

Before the game the club announced the news that midfielder Efrain Burgos Jr had been released. There was unconfirmed news that forward Joao Plata had been returned to his club in Ecuador. Maybe some new signings are being contemplated and some roster space and capt room are being opened up.

Toronto FC's next game is on the road against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.

Rocket Robin

stats from MLSsoccer.com

Major Events

Goals and Assists
NY  4'  Jan Gunnar Solli  (Brandon Barklage, Dane Richards)
TOR 6'  Danny Koevermans  (Torsten Frings)
Match Info
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Attendance: 20071

TOR  32'  Terry Dunfield  Dissent
NY   47'  Dane Richards   Foul
Toronto - Milos Kocic; 
Jeremy Hall, Richard Eckersley, Logan Emory, Ashtone Morgan; 
Reggie Lambe (Nick Soolsma 67'), Torsten Frings, Terry Dunfield, Eric Avila (Julian de Guzman 80'); 
Danny Koevermans (Luis Silva 86'), Ryan Johnson 
... Unused substitutes: Quillan Roberts; Miguel Aceval, Aaron Maund, Matt Stinson
New York - Ryan Meara; 
Heath Pearce (Roy Miller 90+3'), Jan Gunnar Solli, Wilman Conde (Stephen Keel 82'), Connor Lade; 
Dane Richards, Dax McCarty, Brandon Barklage, Joel Lindpere (Victor Palsson 79'); 
Kenny Cooper, Thierry Henry 
... Unused substitutes: Jeremy Vuolo: Tyler Ruthven, Jonathan Borrajo, Jhonny Arteaga

Match Stats

Toronto FC             New York Red Bulls
 10   Attempts on Goal        7
  3   Shots on Target         1
  4   Shots off Target        4
  3   Blocked Shots           2
  5   Corner Kicks            2
  8   Fouls                  15
 24   Open Play Crosses      12
  1   Offsides                1
  1   Yellow Cards            1
  0   Red Cards               0
 36   Duels Won              35
 50%  Duels Won %            49%
284   Total Pass            385
 70%  Passing Accuracy %     75%
 43.5% Possession            56.5%

TFC starters

Red Bulls starters

NYRB Thierry Henry (14) and Kenny Cooper (33) take kickoff.

TFC Torsten Frings kicks ball into NYRB end.

NYRB Dax McCarty ready to play high ball.

NYRB Thierry Henry heads ball away.

ball is in NYRB box

NYRB Thierry Henry takes cornerkick.

NYRB Wilman Conde crosses ball back into TFC zone.

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