Saturday July 31, 2017--Toronto FC vs New York City FC (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.
Result and details of the Sunday July 30, 2017 MLS game between Toronto FC and New England Revolution played at BMO Field at 8:00pm. 31 min...TFC Sebastian Giovinco GOAL...TFC Michael Bradley from 60 yards in center circle passes forward to TFC Jozy Altidore at 30 yards who heads ball to right for TFC Raheem Edwards who taps pass further right for TFC Marky Delgado. Delgado runs to 22 yard line and rolls centering pass back to Giovinco at 28 yards who cuts around NYC Andrea Pirlo to blast 25 yarder down mddle into top left ocrner of net. 66 min...TFC Sebastian Giovinco GOAL...Giovinco takes 25 yard freekick from slight right sent over wall and into top right corner over goalie Sean Johnson rooted to center of goal. 73 min...TFC Jozy Altidore wins Penalty kick from referee Chris Penso at 8 yard line when TFC Sebastian Giovinco rolls pass from 25 yards on far left and Altidore with back to net backs into NYC Alexander Callens although referee was convinced Altidore was being pulled back. .........NYC YELLOW card...Callens earns it for his part on last play. 74 min...TFC Jozy Altidore GOAL...Altidore blasts Penalty kick into top left corner well over goale flying to post. 81 min... TFC Raheem Edwards GOAL...TFC Sebastian Giovinco in crowd of players at 25 yards in middle chips short pass to Edwards just inside left side of box. Edwards jumps to chest ball down and steps forward to shoot low 12 yarder into right corner of net past sprawling goalie at 6 yards. 91 min...NYC player at 25 yards on right crosses ball and TFC Marky Delgado has ball hit his arm just inside right side of box. Referee calls for a Penalty kick. 92 min...NYC Maximiliano Moralez boots Penalty kick just over bar to left side of net. Final Score:.....Toronto FC......4......New York City FC......0..... Attendance was announced as a sellout of 29203 on this hot and humid afternoon. I saw some media reports that it would be a sellout a day or so before the game. I'm not really sure why the game was played this early in the day in the hottest possible weather except possibly for television programming. This was the only MLS game of the day. A bottle of water is $5.00 so I just stayed thirsty. Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was announced as Sebastian Giovinco. He scored two goals plus had an assist and gave up an almost sure hattrick by giving the Penalty kick opportunity to Jozy Altidore to renew his confidence. Wow Canadians with their first goals! Today it was Raheem Edwards with his first MLS goal. Last week against Colorado Rapids it was Jay Chapman with his first MLS career goal. The week before that in New York City it was Ashtone Morgan scoring his first MLS goal in his seventh MLS season. However I still won't forget that once again for this day there were no Canadian starters in the lineup. When does this new Canadian professional league start again? The three TFC players that were with the champion American team at the Gold Cup that ended last Wednesday were back with the team. Defender Justin Morrow, captain and midfielder Michael Bradley, and forward Jozy Altidore were all starters today. Toronto FC distance themselves by six points over NYCFC who were in third place in the East. Chicago Fire was beaten by Sporting Kansas City out west on Saturday so TFC moves further ahead of them too. The Western Conference teams aren't that good this year so TFC is the leader for the Suporters' Shield. Referee Chris Penso gave out only one Yellow card to each team and called rather one soft Penalty call to each team. It wasn't a rough game with lots of long rushes by both teams on this hot day. This was TFC's first ever regular season win in seven games against NYCFC but with last year's playoff series Eastern Semi-Final it could be said TFC is on a three game win streak against them with an 11-0 goal advantage. The shutout puts an end to NYCFC's streak of scoring in twenty straight regular season games. They had pulled into a tie for ninth place last week for all time of MLS teams since the league got started in 1996. This was the last MLS game of the weekend and the fourth that ended in an unusual 4-0 scoreline! I wanted to get away fast to possibly see the TFC III game in Woodbridge but the University line is closed this weekend so it cut off a shortcut I'd planned. I stood on the streetcar to the end then on the subway was packed with baseball fans as their game started one hour earlier than our game but ended half hour later so we ran into them. I had parked my car at home and walked from the end of the subway line home to pick it up. I did get to the League 1 Ontario game in time. Rocket Robin firstname.lastname@example.org twitter @RocketRobin01
stats from MLSsoccer.com Match Information Goals and Assists 32' TFC Sebastian Giovinco Assisted By: Marco Delgado 67' TFC Sebastian Giovinco 75' Jozy Altidore (PK) 82' Raheem Edwards Assisted By: Sebastian Giovinco Disciplinary 74' NYC Alexander Callens Reason: Unsporting Behavior 80' TFC Raheem Edwards Reason: Unsporting Behavior Lineup Toronto FC 17 F Jozy Altidore (78') 10 F Sebastian Giovinco 25 G Alexander Bono 27 D Oyvind Alseth (15') 15 D Eriq Zavaleta 3 D Drew Moor 23 D Chris Mavinga 2 D Justin Morrow (64') 18 M Marco Delgado 4 M Michael Bradley 7 M Víctor Vázquez Bench 1 G Clint Irwin 6 D Nick Hagglund (64') 44 D Raheem Edwards (15') 31 M Armando Cooper 21 M Jonathan Osorio 87 F Tosaint Ricketts 14 F Jay Chapman (78') Manager Greg Vanney New York City FC 11 F Jack Harrison 7 F David Villa (77') 15 F Thomas McNamara (62') 1 G Sean Johnson 3 D Ethan White 13 D Frederic Brillant 6 D Alexander Callens 2 D Ben Sweat 10 M Maximiliano Morález 21 M Andrea Pirlo (68') 8 M Alexander Ring Bench 25 G Eirik Johansen 27 D RJ Allen 12 M John Stertzer 9 M Sean Okoli (68') 5 M Mikey Lopez 17 F Jonathan Lewis (62') 14 F Kwame Awuah (77') Manager Patrick Vieira Officials Referee Chris Penso Assistant Referee Jeff Muschik Assistant Referee Andrew Bigelow Fourth Official Geoff Gamble Match Information MLS at BMO Field Toronto, ON Attendance 29203 Weather Sunny Team Statistics TOR NER 13 Shots 12 6 Shots on Target 3 4 Shots off Target 7 3 Blocked Shots 2 4 Corners 1 6 Crosses 10 0 Offsides 2 11 Fouls 7 1 Yellow Cards 1 0 Red Cards 0 488 Total Passes 493 83 % Passing Accuracy 85 % 50.2 % Possession 49.8 % 42 Duels Won 42 16 Tackles Won 15 3 Saves 2 17 Clearances 24
Toronto FC starters
New York City FC starters
NYCFC David Villa (7) takes opening kickoff.
TFC Chris Mavinga (23) clears ball.
TFC Michael Bradley (4) dribbles over center line.
TFC Jozy Altidore (17) bashes up middle.
NYCFC Andrea Pirlo (21) sends in freekick.
TFC Sebastian Giovinco (10) and Jozy Altidore (17) take second half kickoff.
TFC Jozy Altidore (17) blasts Penalty kick to top left corner.
NYCFC Maximiliano Moralez (10) shoots Penalty kick over bar.
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