Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post
The goals finally came through for Toronto FC Friday evening, as they rolled past Real Salt Lake 3-1.
Star forward Sebastian Giovinco had the opportunity to score Toronto’s first goal of the season in the 16th minute, but squandered a penalty kick being stopped by goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Jozy Altidore led the Reds up front by scoring a pair (23′ and 45′), and Canadian Tosaint Ricketts added one in stoppage time (90′ + 2′) to further certify the victory.
After being shut out and dropping the first two games of the season, the defending champs finally looked like the team fans had high hopes for.
Head coach Greg Vanney has been stressing that their was no panic in his team, as Toronto opened up last season with only seven points in their first six games, and that later lead to a championship.
The Reds came into this game without four key starters, three lost to injury (Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow, Victor Vazquez) as well as starting goalkeeper Alex Bono getting the night off being replaced by backup Clint Irwin.
But that didn’t get in the way of a quality performance from the team as whole, smashing Real Salt Lake in shots and shots on goal (19-8, 8-4), and carrying the play for the majority of the match.
It was an impressive performance for Toronto, but they will have to further improve if they hop to climb up the standings in the MLS.
The Reds focus now switches to getting prepared for CONCACAF Champions League action, as they will play host to Mexican squad Club América on Tuesday.
Kick off is set for 8:00 p.m. from BMO Field and can be seen on TSN.
More coverage to follow. Image from SB Nation.