Tomas Karageorgos | Report
Toronto FC was officially eliminated from playoff contention after losing to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
Toronto welcomed teenage star Alphonso Davies and the Vancouver Whitecaps to BMO Field on Saturday afternoon. Davies, just 17, was named the number one player on MLS’ “22 Under 22” list earlier that week.
TFC manager Greg Vanney made one change to the starting lineup, as Lucas Janson started ahead of Jozy Altidore. The Reds found themselves down early yet again, as Niagara Falls native Russell Teibert put Vancouver ahead in the fourth minute. Good buildup play between Davies, Yordy Reyna and Teibert culminated in the first goal of the game, as Reyna sent a through ball to Teibert who slotted it in at the far post.
TFC had a couple chances within a span of two minutes, the first came from Sebastian Giovinco who let a shot fly from outside the 18-yard box which was saved by keeper Stefan Marinovic. Then in the 15th minute, Justin Morrow played a low cross into Janson who shot right at Marinovic. Toronto had many chances to tie or even go ahead before halftime, the final opportunity of the half for them coming from Michael Bradley who took a shot from outside the box that was parried by Marinovic.
Both Toronto centre backs Chris Mavinga and Gregory van der Wiel picked up yellow cards in the first half. Van der Wiel received a second yellow in the 66th minute, which ensued in a red card. TFC had to play with a man down for the rest of the match.
This was a game of missed opportunities for Toronto FC, as they had a few more good attempts to level the match. They finally got that opportunity when former TFC defender Doneil Henry was called for a handball in the box, resulting in a penalty. Substitute Jozy Altidore converted the penalty in the 73rd minute, tying things up. Vancouver showed more fight and hunger for the three points as they are looking to make the Western Conference playoffs. Striker Kei Kamara gave the Whitecaps the lead just five minutes after Altidore tied the game, which ultimately gave TFC’s Canadian rival the three points.
This result officially eliminated Toronto FC from making the playoffs. As for Vancouver, they sit just three points out of the final playoff spot, who will look to pressure their conference competitors until the end of the season.
Featured image from David Chant.