Result of the Wednesday October 8, 2014 MLS game between Toronto FC and Houston Dynamo played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:30pm.

Toronto FC (all black, silver names and numbers)

.......................12 Joseph Bendik
28 Mark Bloom...13 Steven Caldwell (cpt)...17 Nick Hagglund...2 Justin Morrow
11 Jackson...8 Kyle Bekker...4 Michael Bradley...21 Jonathan Osorio
............18 Jermain Defoe...27 Luke Moore

Subs:...1 Chris Konopka (gk)...3 Warren Creavalle (def)...14 Dwayne De Rosario (mid)...16 Bradley Orr (def)...23 Dominic Oduro (fwd)
26 Collen Warner (mid)...35 Daniel Lovitz (mid)
team officials:...head coach Greg Vanney

Houston Dynamo (orange socks and shirts, white shorts, names, and numbers)

...................24 Tyler Deric
8 Kofi Sarkodie...18 David Horst...16 A J Cochran...21 DaMarcus Beasley
7 Omar Cummings...17 Servando Carrasco...13 Ricardo Clark...20 Andrew Driver
.............23 Giles Barnes...11 Brad Davis (cpt)

Subs:...30 Michael Lisch (gk)...2 Eric Brunner (def)...3 Anthony Arena (def)...10 Alexander Lopez (mid)...12 Will Bruin (fwd)
...14 Jason Johnson (fwd)...22 Brian Ownby (mid)
team officials:...head coach Dominic Kinnear

Game officials:...referee Armando Villarreal...referee's assistants Craig Lowry and Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho...fourth official Silviu Petrescu
...(teal shirts, black shorts and socks)

There are pink corner flags and the TFC goalies are dressed in pink in support of breast cancer research.
Before the game, TFC defender Nick Hagglund is presented with the MLSE Community Award for September for his charity work.

1st Half:...game starts 7:39pm...TFC defend south end on this cold and windy night with rain threatening.
2 min...HD Sarkodie low cross into box from 25 yards on right has TFC Bradley kick away from 15 yards.
3 min...TFC Caldwell backheads from 30 yards the HD goalie's freekick from 85 yards for his own goalie to charge forward and dive on at 15 yards.
4 min...TFC Moore has clearance off him at 25 yards by HD Cochran deflect back to HD goalie.
5 min...TFC Jackson blasts 25 yarder from right that goalie catches on right post.
6 min...TFC Caldwell at 8 yards heads HD Sarkodie cross from 25 yards on right to clear from TFC box.
6 min...TFC Caldwell makes another headed clearance from 8 yards on HD Sarkodie's cross from 22 yards on far right.
6 min...TFC Bradley 60 yarder down middle is well over net trying to catch goalie who'd come to 25 yards to clear ball before TFC Defoe can get to it.
8 min...TFC goalie makes catch on bouncer at 15 yards to beat HD Barnes to through ball.
9 min...TFC Bradley blasts 30 yard roller that spins back to HD goalie off deflection at 15 yards.
10 min...TFC Jackson is checked off ball just inside right corner of box.
11 min...HD Barnes runs down left with TFC Hagglund and pokes 13 yard shot that diving goalie at 5 yards pushes wide right of post.
13 min...HD Barnes run on left and his cross attempt from 18 yards wins cornerkick on deflection off TFC Bekker.
13 min...HD Davis cornerkick from left has TFC Bradley head ball away from 10 yards on left for fast breakout.
14 min...TFC Bloom low cross from 30 yards on right bounces wide of net to left for goalkick as TFC Moore misses ball at 10 yards in middle.
16 min...HD Driver low cross from 25 yards on left is into box and TFC Morrow at 10 yards in middle kicks ball away.
16 min...HD Davis cross from 20 yards on left and HD Cummings leaps to kick 5 yarder that goalie blocks on left side of net.
17 min...TFC Bradley 35 yard freekick from left has ball deflected high off foot of HD Davis at 15 yards and comes down just over net for cornerkick.
18 min...TFC Bradley cornerkick from left has goalie grab loose ball at 7 yards.
19 min...HD Clark 40 yard shot up middle has goalie punch ball away to right.
19 min...HD Driver cross from 25 yards on left has TFC Hagglund at 6 yards head ball away out right side of box.
21 min...HD Cummings cross from 25 yards on right has TFC Caldwell in middle head away just inside box. HD Driver tries 18 yard blast up middle but sliding TFC Morrow blocks shot and ball deflects downfield.
21 min...TFC Defoe on run gets by diving goalie at 15 yards on right but retreating HD Beasley blocks his 10 yard shot from right for cornerkick.
22 min...TFC Bradley cornerkick from right has goalie make overhead catch at 7 yards in middle.
23 min...TFC Jackson cross from 25 yards has HD Sarkodie head away at 6 yards on left.
25 min...TFC Bloom cross from 25 yards on right is over players in box. TFC Defoe rescues ball on left and give and go with TFC Bekker gets TFC Defoe a low shot from 20 yards on left that defender stops at 10 yards. Defoe has rebound blocked. TFC Jackson is touched pass from TFC Bradley and 28 yard roller up middle is wide left of net.
26 min...TFC Bradley pass is too far for TFC Defoe at 35 yards up middle and goalie grabs on bounce at 15 yards.
27 min...HD Cummings 60 yard chip from right is downfield and TFC goalie catches bouncer before HD Barnes can get to it at 10 yards on left.
28 min...TFC Defoe low shot from 25 yards even with left post is just wide of left post.
28 min...HD Barnes is caught with arm to face on left at TFC 40 yard line near sideline by TFC Caldwell.
29 min...TFC Morrow long throw-in from near left cornerflag has TFC Moore chest ball down with back to goal at 10 yards on left and Morrow passes upfield for TFC Osorio to cross 28 yarder from left that HD defender heads away in center of box.
30 min...TFC Bradley 45 yard freekick from left has HD player just inside box dives forward to head ball away.
31 min...TFC Defoe turns on midair ball and kicks 22 yarder wide right of net.
32 min...HD goalie makes clearance of ball up middle.
34 min...HD goalie picks up ball at 10 yards that had been knocked around on edge of box.
34 min...HD Giles Barnes GOAL...HD Kofi Sarkodie chips ball from 65 yards on right down sideline and Barnes at 25 yards on right pushes off TFC Nick Hagglund and runs forward and towards net and holds off TFC Justin Morrow to get away low sharp angle shot from 10 yards that's between legs of goalie Joe Bendik at 3 yards and into left corner of net.
37 min...TFC Bradley 55 yard freekick is cleared on edge of box.
38 min...TFC Defoe rush and pass from 25 yards in middle over to TFC Jackson on right and his low 18 yard shot on right is blocked and off HD Beasley for cornerkick on right.
39 min...TFC Bradley cornerkick on right has leaping TFC Hagglund head ball from 12 yards up middle and HD Sarkodie heads ball away on right post. Bradley recrosses from 20 yards on right and TFC Moore heads wide left from 6 yards up middle wide left of post.
40 min...TFC Jackson crosses ball downfield from 40 yards on left and TFC Moore outjumps HD Horst to head ball from 8 yards out left side of box.
40 min...TFC Morrow long throw-in from left has defender on left chest down at 10 yards and clear.
41 min...TFC Morrow cross from 28 yards on left is headed away by defender in crowd of players in middle of box.
42 min...HD Cummings rush on left and 18 yard shot is punched away by sprawling goalie at 3 yards on left side of goal.
42 min...TFC Hagglund clears ball off HD Barnes just inside box after his long run up middle.
43 min...TFC Morrow is injured making sliding tackle on HD Beasley's crossfield run at TFC 30 yard line.
46 min...TFC Defoe is checked off ball by three defenders inside left side of HD box.
46 min...half ends 8:25pm.

Halftime Entertainment: A woman named Pam, a survivor of cancer, is presented with a pink TFC goaltender kit. A new contest for an HP printer is held asking three children to draw the picture of the TFC player they are given. After 10 minutes, the winner is decided by applause from fans but with one being no louder than the others, all the contestants are given the prize package. There's also the usual pizza slice and Drumstick ice cream giveaway. Also a Scott's Lawn Lounge seat upgrade. There was no mini game of local kids nor Loopyball--just as well on tonight's wet field.

2nd Half:...starts 8:42pm.
45 min...TFC Bekker low 45 yard shot through crowd of players is smothered by goalie on bounce.
46 min...HD Driver low cross from 22 yards on left has HD players at 6 yards in middle flick kick across box and HD Davis hits upper part of right post on 7 yard shot.
47 min...HD defender clears ball away from TFC Defoe for cornerkick before he can shoot from 16 yards down middle.
47 min...TFC Bradley cornerkick from left wins another cornerkick on left as HD Barnes at 6 yards on left heads ball behind end line.
47 min...TFC Bradley cornerkick from left has HD Davis put foot out near left post and ball deflects back to Bradley and 22 yard recross is shot into outside webbing of net.
49 min...TFC Bekker charges forward to rescue TFC Bradley long cross before it bounces over left end line has Bekker then cross from 22 yards and ball is headed away by HD Horst at 12 yards.
50 min...HD Beasley cross from 30 yards on left is around TFC Jackson but drifts well behind net.
51 min...HD Driver cross from 25 yards on left is well over box.
51 min...TFC Jackson low cross from 25 yards on right has TFC Moore not able to get to ball at 10 yards as defender clears.
52 min...TFC Bradley rolls pass forward up right from 45 yards to TFC Jackson who eludes defender at 22 yards then can't win Penalty kick on right side of box as HD Beasley climbs over him at 15 yards.
53 min...TFC Moore wins Penalty kick on being pulled down by HD Cochran in HD box at 12 yards.
54 min...HD RED card...A J Cochran is given the direct ejection from referee Armando Villarreal for his part on play as the last man back.
57 min...HD sub...Brunner replaces Cummings.
57 min...TFC Jermain Defoe takes Penalty kick low and goalie dives to push ball wide left from post.
58 min...TFC Bloom shot spins off HD Clark at 20 yards and forward to TFC Jackson who takes 9 yard kick that's batted down by goalie near right post.
59 min...HD Davis 22 yard freekick from left end line has TFC Bradley leap and head ball away on left.
60 min...HD Beasley rush on left but trips on own in TFC box.
62 min...TFC Bradley 40 yard chip downfield has TFC Moore head 12 yarder that flying goalie palms onto outside of left post and ball bounces away.
63 min...TFC Bloom taps pass over to TFC Defoe in center on edge of box who rolls pass to left for TFC Morrow who shoots 15 yard roller wide right of post.
64 min...TFC sub...Oduro replaces Bekker.
64 min...HD Beasley has shot blocked by TFC Bloom at 12 yards on left near end line.
65 min...TFC Bradley cornerkick from right has TFC Hagglund miss connecting on sliding kick and ball bounces for TFC Caldwell to head ball from 12 yards in crowd of players that goalie catches overhead at 5 yards.
67 min...TFC Defoe chip pass forward from 25 yards is over endline on left before TFC Osorio can get to it.
68 min...TFC Bradley 45 yard freekick from left has defender head ball away on edge of box. Bradley gets to rebound and kicks from 45 yards on left to TFC Hagglund on right at 12 yards who heads towards left corner of net and diving goalie palms ball wide left of net and charging TFC Jackson shoots 10 yarder that deflects off HD Clark behind falling TFC Moore at 6 yards and goalie catches ball on left post and falls and hangs on. HD Brunner is hurt on play on right side of box when Hagglund crashed into him to get to header.
72 min...TFC Morrow on left crosses from 25 yards and HD Brunner on right side of box heads ball behind end line.
72 min...TFC Bradley cornerkick from right is whistled down for pushing in box.
73 min...HD defender's clearance off TFC Jackson at 28 yards on left pops high up and back for goalie to make catch at 5 yards on left.
75 min...TFC Defoe backheel pass forward from 15 yards is picked up by goalie.
75 min...HD goalie beats TFC Oduro to long bounced through ball on left side of box.
76 min...TFC Bloom rush on right but shot is blocked on edge of box.
77 min...TFC Morrow cross from 25 yards on left is through box including the HD goalie flying forward who gets a piece of it and HD Beasley boots it away.
77 min...TFC Oduro long throw-in from left has TFC Moore chest down on bounce at 8 yards on right but HD defender clears ball away.
78 min...TFC Jackson chips 22 yarder from left that's over TFC Moore at 10 yards and goalie dives forward on right post to smother ball.
79 min...TFC De Rosario replaces Jackson.
80 min...TFC Bradley 50 yard freekick from right has defender clear on left side of box.
80 min...TFC Bloom chips 30 yarder up middle and goalie charges to left to punch ball away at 7 yards.
81 min...TFC Moore rolls pass forward from 22 yards to TFC Defoe who blasts 14 yard shot from left well over net.
82 min...HD sub...Ownby replaces Davis. Clark now becomes the captain.
83 min...HD Barnes on 1 on 3 rush wins freekick on edge of TFC box after long run. HD Barnes is injured on play.
84 min...HD Driver 22 yard freekick is saved by goalie on left post.
85 min...TFC Moore 22 yard shot deflects off HD Brunner and wins cornerkick on left.
85 min...TFC Bradley cornerkick on left has HD Ownby head ball away at 5 yards and starts break out.
88 min...TFC Bradley 55 yard freekick from right has TFC Caldwell leap and backwards header from 18 yards is wide left of post.
89 min...TFC Morrow taps roller from left from 15 yards that goalie dives to smother on left post.
90 min...TFC sub...Lovitz replaces Morrow.
93 min...TFC Bradley 25 yard freekick down middle is over net.
94 min...TFC YELLOW card...Lovitz earns it for sliding tackle on HD Ownby at TFC 45 yard line on right.
95 min...TFC Bradley eludes tackle and 35 yard pass to right is over end line and TFC Bloom slides to crash into end boards.
96 min...HD sub...Johnson replaces Barnes.
97:14 min...game ends 9:34pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC.......0..........Houston Dynamo...........1........

Attendance was announced as 18269 which is more than 4000 less than a sellout. Besides those empty seats, there were also many season ticket holders that didn't show up for this cold and rainy midweek night game. The weather was cold. It rained off and on throughout the game including at the time off the Penalty kick and at the end of the game.

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was announced as defender Justin Morrow who played well in defence and as a winger on long runs.

The goalie's adapted the wet weather with Bendik making at least two punch outs and Deric smothering some easy ones.

Jermaine Defoe missed the Penalty kick. I wonder if he subliminary wanted to miss it to hasten his departure from the team after only one season. Dynamo did their best to get him off. Argueing with the referee, standing in front of the ball, making a substitute before the kick was taken, and a good five minutes before the kick was taken and the rain picking up to its hardest just before the kick were all a distraction.

TFC also had two goalpost strikes and some shots over the bar and some great saves by Dynamo goalie Tyler Deric as well as his good clearances of backpasses. TFC attacks were continuous in the second half especially after going up a man.

Michael Bradley while there was a break in the action came over to the sideline to tell off a ball boy to throw the ball faster when there was a throw-in.

TFC now must win on the road. Dynamo are now back in the playoff race with tonight's win...just one point behind TFC. All the Eastern conference teams have now played 31 games. TFC and Dynamo used up their last game-in-hand. TFC had at one time four games on most of their rivals. Dynamo have almost a better chance as they have two home games and only one of the road--their last game of the season against weak Chicago Fire. TFC is away to New York Red Bulls, then home to Montreal Impact, then away to New England Revolution. Red Bulls are holding fourth spot, Impact won't only put in a half effort against their TFC rivals, and Revs will be trying for a higher place to get a better playoff draw.

This result took me by surprise. I though TFC would win because they were on a two game home winning streak, it was a cold weather teams against a warm weather team; Dynamo had two midfield starters (Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido) away on national team duty with Honduras and defender Jermaine Taylor away with Jamaica; Dynamo were using their second string goalie after a season ending injury to Tally Hall; Dynamo have a terrible road record. As the game wore on I became even more confident because TFC were given a Penalty kick and even though that was missed they still were a man up from the 54 minute mark. TFC had come from behind 2-0 to beat Dynamo 4-2 on July 12th...I thought with these circumstances they could do it again.

Kyle Bekker turned down the invitation to the Canadian National team to play for TFC for their playoff drive. Jonathan Osorio was deliberately not picked for that reason. TFC players that did go were the now bench riding defender Doneil Henry and non first team players goalie Quillan Roberts and midfielder Manuel Aparicio. Only player missing from their lineup was forward Gilberto who'd picked up an injury and was a late scratch.

There has still been no mention of season ticket renewals for the 2015 season (just for new fans to join the waiting list). This strategy may backfire as now the chances of making the playoffs look bleak.

Much of the parking lot on the east side is torn up for the stadium expansion. I hope they build a lot more washrooms so the lines won't be so long.

I took the wrong bus out of here. I thought I'd get to Union Station before the Air Canada Centre let out from the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener. Nope. Huge traffic jam with limosines and parked cars pulling away.

TFC have only one more home game for the regular season. It is against Montreal Impact just like last year's final weekend game. The stadium should be filled as more travelling fans coming to repay last year's Impact season opener in Montreal with busloads of TFC fans.

I arrived at the game early enough to get a TFC team picture postcard from sponser HP Printers. On the way out I put my hand in a cooler to take what I thought were free double AA flashlight batteries but they were Rolaids antacid rolls--how appropriate after tonight's game!

Rocket Robin

stats from MLSsoccer.com
Match Information
MLS at BMO Field
Attendance 18269
Weather Cloudy

Scoring Summary

Goals and Assists
35'  Giles Barnes    Assisted By: Kofi Sarkodie 

55'    A.J. Cochran   RED     Reason: Serious Foul 
90'+5' Daniel Lovitz  YELLOW  Reason: Foul 

Toronto FC:       11-13- 7  40 pts.
Houston Dynamo:   11-14- 6  39 pts.   


Toronto FC 
12 G Joe Bendik 
28 D Mark Bloom,  13 D Steven Caldwell,  17 D Nick Hagglund,  2 D Justin Morrow  (90' + 1' 35 M Daniel Lovitz)
11 M Jackson (80' 14 M Dwayne De Rosario),  4 M Michael Bradley,  8 M Kyle Bekker (65' 23 F Dominic Oduro),  21 M Jonathan Osorio 
18 F Jermain Defoe,  27 F Luke Moore 

Substitutions not used:  1 G Chris Konopka, 3 D Warren Creavalle, 16 D Bradley Orr, 26 M Collen Warner  

Houston Dynamo 

24 G Tyler Deric 
8 D Kofi Sarkodie,  18 D David Horst,  16 D A.J. Cochran,  21 D DaMarcus Beasley 
17 M Servando Carrasco,  11 M Brad Davis  (83' 22 M Brian Ownby), 20 M Andrew Driver,  13 M Ricardo Clark 
23 F Giles Barnes (90'+7' 14 Jason Johnson),  7 F Omar Cummings (58'  2 D Eric Brunner)

Substitutions not used:  30 G Michael Lisch, 3 D Anthony Arena, 10 M Alexander Lopez, 12 F Will Bruin


Team Statistics

TOR                           HOU
 26     Shots                   9 
  8     Shots on Target         6 
 12     Shots off Target        1 
  6     Blocked Shots           2 
  8     Corners                 1 
 32     Crosses                14 
  4     Offsides                3 
  8     Fouls                  10 
  1     Yellow Cards            0 
  0     Red Cards               1 
522     Total Passes          316 
 81 %   Passing Accuracy       67 % 
 62.4 % Possession             37.6 % 
 43     Duels Won              41 
  8     Tackles Won            13 
  5     Saves                   6 
 11     Clearances             47 

Referee  Armando Villarreal 
Assistant Referee  Craig Lowry 
Assistant Referee  Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho 
Fourth Official  Silviu Petrescu 

Toronto FC starters

Houston Dynamo starters

Dynamo Giles Barnes (23) and Brad Davis (11) take opening kickoff.

Dynamo goalie Tyler Deric charges out to clear before TFC Jermain Defoe (18) can get to ball.

TFC goalie Joe Bendik charges forward to make clearance.

Dynamo Andrew Driver (20) stretches out to control ball.

TFC Jermain Defoe (18) and Luke Moore (27) take second half kickoff.

TFC Jermain Defoe (18) lines up Penalty kick.

Dynamo goalie Tyler Deric pushes away penalty kick.

TFC Michael Bradley (4) in added time sends freekick over net.

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