Wednesday May 3, 2017--Toronto FC vs Orlando City (by Rocket Robin).......................... ...............
I've found that I don't have the time to do a game play by play with all the writeups I'm doing
covering other leagues. I will skip the details and maybe do that after the season is over.
8 min...TFC Sebastian Giovinco GOAL...TFC Raheem Edwards saves the ball on the left
sideline and dekes around OC Scott Sutter to get to left edge of box where sends in low cross from
18 yards on left that's partly tipped by defender's foot but TFC Jozy Altidore at 10 yards even with
left post touches ball upfield to Giovinco who at 17 yards takes a step to middle of box to elude defender
and rolls screened shot past defenders and diving goalie Joe Bendik into far left side of net.
37 min...TFC Sebastian Giovinco GOAL...TFC Steven Beitashour sends low cross from 22 yards
near right end line and goalie dives forward at 3 yards near right post to stop. TFC Victor Vasquez
with back to net beats retreating OC Luis Gil to ball and pokes rebound from 6 yards past defenders
over to right for Giovinco to shoot a 6 yarder into short right side of net past OC defender Jonathan Spector.
45 min...Orlando City Kaka GOAL...OC Carlos Rivas chips ball from 28 yards on left into box that OC Cyle Larin
at 8 yards on right heads across 6 yard box between two defenders and ball bounces for charging Kaka to blast
5 yarder from even with left post into top left corner of net past goalie Alex Bono.
Final Score:.......Toronto FC.........2...........Orlando City............1.............
Attendance was announced as 25200. The weather was cold parka weather but the temperature didn't fall much further after the sun went down. That is almost another 150 less than last Friday. The next home game isn't until the middle of May and it's in the afternoon so the weather will finally be warmer, right? Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was named as Sebastian Giovinco for scoring both TFC goals. It was an easy choice although Alex Bono's work in goal was worth considering. I will say now that Alex Bono deserves Save of the Week for his save on Cyle Larin as both were down in the box but Larin sprang up first for a tap-in but Bono reached back behind himself while still down and swatted the ball away from near the goal line at 58 minutes. That would have been the tieing goal. With no other scoring in the game this preserved all three points for TFC. Giovinco stayed on the entire match in hope of scoring a hat trick. It was Altidore who made way for Tosaint Ricketts at 82 minutes after he slowed down to a walk. Raheem Edwards, the lone Canadian TFC starter again for this game played well on the wing using his great speed on the left to run downfield and make crosses into the OC box. Jonathan Osorio at 64 minutes and Ricketts at 83 minutes added to the Canadian minutes. TFC will be forced to use more Canadians in the Canadian Championships because of CSA rules. That competition actually started tonight and while waiting for the streetcar home I found Ottawa Fury had won 1-0 in the home leg of their series against FC Edmonton with a goal at 89 minutes. Ottawa couldn't even beat TFC II in a USL home game two weekends ago so I can't see them being much of a challenge. Orlando only played well in the second half with Kaka's goal in first half injury time inpiring the team. Kaka was subbed out at 64 minutes. I was rooting for Cyle Larin to do well as I watch him play for Sigma in the first year of League 1 Ontario in 2014. We were lucky to have Kaka in the game. I can remember the last few seasons when either Kaka or Larin missed these games at BMO. Kaka just returned from injury last week and scored a goal against Colorado. Larin had a cast on his arm or wrist but it didn't seem to effect him. Canadian Will Johnson did not get into tonight's game or even make the OC bench. [Press reports say he was sidelined by stomach flu.] Referee Baldomero Toledo had my section braying out for TFC calls. They aren't the most knowledgeable and we're lucky there weren't Red cards as his reputation is giving out among the most in the league. TFC goalie Bono was lucky he only picked up a Yellow card against Larin when he pushed him outside the box on a break. TFC go three wins in three games in completing their brief homestand and this victory was just what they needed for even more confidence by beating the first place team in the East who had a six win, one loss record coming into tonight's game. There are only two games in the MLS tonight and none until the weekend so tomorrow no other teams will play and knock their placings back down. They move into a tie with New York Red Bulls for second place who lost in the other game tonight on the road against Kansas City. TFC have one game in hand. Orlando remains in first place by two points with one game in hand on TFC. TFC now goes on a short road trip. This Saturday they play Seattle in a rematch of last year's MLS Cup. Next Wednesday they will be in Columbus for the second time within a month for a rematch with the Crew. That has been their only loss of the season 2-1. Rocket Robin firstname.lastname@example.org stats from MLSsoccer.com Match Information Goals and Assists 9' TOR Sebastian Giovinco Assisted By: Jozy Altidore 38' TOR Sebastian Giovinco Assisted By: Víctor Vázquez 45'+1' ORL Kaká Assisted By: Cyle Larin, Carlos Rivas Disciplinary 50' TOR Alexander Bono Reason: Unsporting Behavior 52' TOR Jozy Altidore Reason: Unsporting Behavior 74' ORL Jonathan Spector Reason: Unsporting Behavior 85' ORL Cristian Higuita Reason: Unsporting Behavior 90'+3' TOR Michael Bradley Reason: Dissent Lineup Toronto FC 17 F Jozy Altidore (83') 10 F Sebastian Giovinco 25 G Alexander Bono 15 D Eriq Zavaleta 6 D Nick Hagglund 2 D Justin Morrow 33 M Steven Beitashour 18 M Marco Delgado 4 M Michael Bradley 7 M Víctor Vázquez (65') 44 M Raheem Edwards (79') Bench 40 G Mark Pais 23 D Chris Mavinga 8 M Benoit Cheyrou 31 M Armando Cooper (79') 21 M Jonathan Osorio (65') 87 F Tosaint Ricketts (83') 9 F Tsubasa Endoh Manager Greg Vanney Orlando City SC 9 F Cyle Larin 11 F Carlos Rivas 1 G Joe Bendik 21 D Scott Sutter 29 D Tommy Redding 2 D Jonathan Spector 25 D Donny Toia 5 M Servando Carrasco (75') 7 M Cristian Higuita (87') 17 M Luis Gil 10 M Kaká (65') Bench 28 G Josh Saunders 95 D Léo Pereira 4 D José Aja 14 M Giles Barnes (75') 32 M Matías Pérez García (65') 16 M Tony Rocha (87') 94 - Victor Pagliari Giro Manager Jason Kreis Officials Referee Baldomero Toledo Assistant Referee Gianni Facchini Assistant Referee Peter Balciunas Fourth Official Silviu Petrescu Match Information MLS at BMO Field Toronto, ON Attendance 25200 Weather Clear Team Statistics TOR ORL 6 Shots 9 3 Shots on Target 3 2 Shots off Target 4 1 Blocked Shots 2 3 Corners 5 11 Crosses 27 1 Offsides 2 16 Fouls 13 3 Yellow Cards 2 0 Red Cards 0 408 Total Passes 522 78 % Passing Accuracy 84 % 43.3 % Possession 56.7 % 64 Duels Won 53 24 Tackles Won 20 2 Saves 1 20 Clearances 11
Toronto FC starters
Orlando City starters
TFC Sebastian Giovinco (10) takes opening kickoff.
TFC Raheem Edwards (44) is cutting off OC Scott Sutter (21) down right.
TFC Justin Morrow (2) dribbles ahead of OC Cyle Larin (9).
TFC Victor Vazquez (7) rolls pass forward to TFC Jozy Altidore (17).
OC Kaka (10) takes second half kickoff.
OC Kaka (10) will blast freekick well over bar.
OC Servando Carrasco (5) takes freekick.
TFC Steven Beitashour (33) salutes fans in the eastern stands!
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