Tomas Karageorgos | Report
Toronto FC suffered their fifth home loss of the season on Sunday against New York City FC.
TFC lost only once at home last year during their record-breaking season, and five times in total. This result against NYCFC gave them their 12th loss of the season.
The BMO Field crowd saw their team go down to ten men just 11 minutes into the match when Jozy Altidore got sent off for blatantly kicking NYCFC defender Alexander Callens. Just four minutes later, the away side took the lead through Spanish legend David Villa who finished with his weak foot. In the 27th minute, TFC drew level when Sebastian Giovinco took a low-driven shot from just inside the 18-yard box which ended up in the far corner. NYCFC responded in the 36th minute when David Villa and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi played a give and go outside of TFC’s box, Tajouri-Shradi took a shot which ended up in the net after going under the arms of Alex Bono. NYCFC had a chance to go 3-1 up before the end of the first half when a failed Gregory van der Wiel clearance fell to Anton Tinnerholm who tried to send the ball back the way it came, which forced a save from Alex Bono.
TFC tied things up again early in the second half when Marky Delgado headed a Jonathan Osorio cross over to Victor Vazquez who tapped it in with his head, getting slightly injured on the play. Vazquez played through the pain up until the 86th minute when he was substituted for new signing, striker Jon Bakero who TFC acquired from Chicago, which sent Nicolas Hasler the other way. Just two minutes later, NYCFC scored the game winner in this back and forth affair to make it 3-2. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi got on the scoresheet again by capitalizing on bad clearances from both Ashtone Morgan and Nick Hagglund. He unleashed a shot from the top of the box which Alex Bono could not get a hand to.
Toronto FC’s next game is Wednesday night at against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the second leg of the final in the Canadian Championship. The Reds took two crucial away goals back to BMO after leg one at BC Place last week. The winner of the second leg will be crowned Canadian Champion and will go on to represent Canada in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League tournament. TFC’s next MLS game is just three days later in San Jose where they will face a struggling Earthquakes team and hope to come away with three important points.
Featured image by Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press.