Tomas Karageorgos | Report
Toronto FC defeated the New England Revolution 4-1 on Saturday night after conceding first.
TFC had never won a game this season after conceding the first goal, until Saturday. Defender Auro had started his first game since suffering an injury in late June. Striker Sebastian Giovinco returned to the XI after not traveling to New York last weekend due to injury.
Toronto had been absorbing all the pressure early on and conceded first as Cristian Penilla took advantage of Gregory van der Wiel’s failed clearance in the 10th minute to put the visitors in front. Jozy Altidore was forced off in the 18th minute due to injury, Lucas Janson took his place. The Reds tied things up in the 36th minute via Giovinco. Victor Vazquez played a through ball to the Italian, who finished superbly just outside of the 18-yard box.
Toronto turned up the tempo in the second half when Jonathan Osorio put home the rebound from in close. The goal was disallowed by the referee who reviewed the goal with VAR (Video Assistant Referee). The goal was disallowed because of a foul committed by Osorio in the build-up play. That wouldn’t matter because Lucas Janson put the hosts in front in the 53rd minute, firing home his own rebound.
TFC continued to dominate possession and create chances when in the 58th minute, Giovinco sent a ball into Janson who played it back for Michael Bradley who was fouled in the box, ensuing in a penalty. Victor Vazquez slotted the penalty in the bottom right corner in the 58th minute to extend their lead to 3-1.
The Reds killed the game off in the 81st minute when Marky Delgado headed in a loose ball to make it 4-1 and give Toronto the eventual three points. They now sit 9th in the Eastern Conference, seven points back of the final playoff spot, currently occupied by rivals Montreal.
Toronto hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon, who are also looking to make the playoffs. Important implications will make for a good match between the two Canadian teams.
Featured image from David Chant.