Altidore Scores Late, Toronto FC get Important Road Point
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Columbus, OH--- Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore scored a crucial goal in stoppage time to secure an important point on the road for Toronto FC as they continue their quest for a playoff spot.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney went with a 3-4-1-2 formation for their road game with the Columbus Crew; Quentin Westberg started in-goal in place of Alex Bono, who started midweek against the Ottawa Fury, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, and Auro started as the defensive trio on the backline, Justin Morrow, Jonathan Osorio, Michael Bradley, Nick DeLeon, and Alejandro Pozuelo were in the midfield, and Patrick Mullins and Jozy Altidore were the strikers up-top.
It was a relatively slow start for both teams tonight as they were both trying to find their momentum and a spark offensively for the better part of the first half. Toronto were coming off a great mid-week performance against the Ottawa Fury in a game that saw them advance to the finals of the Canadian Championship. The team were looking to replicate that performance against the Crew in hopes of keeping their playoff and MLS Cup aspirations alive.
After both teams had exchanged goal scoring opportunities, Jonathan Osorio struck a perfectly placed shot in the back of the net from outside the Crew’s 18-yard box to put his team up 1-0. The goal was a significant moment for Toronto as it came near the end of the first half and provided the team with momentum leading into half-time and something positive that they’d be able to build on for the second half.
The lead would be short-lived as the Crew started the second half strong, which resulted in Pedro Santos scoring in the 48th minute to tie the game 1-1. Toronto have had some trouble this season particularly when it comes to maintaining a lead and closing out games. With the Crew tying the game early in the half, it essentially backed Toronto FC into a corner and forced Vanney to make some adjustments to his lineup.
It would get worse for Toronto FC as David Accam scored a late goal in the 82nd minute following a counter-attack, leaving Toronto in a position where they might’ve gave up crucial points on the road.
Just when it looked as though Accam’s goal would be enough to seal the win for the Crew, Toronto’s Jozy Altidore score in stoppage time to tie the game 2-2 and secure one point on the road for his team and keep them tied for the final playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Altidore’s late game heroics was positive and a sense of relief for the team as well as coach Greg Vanney because a 2-1 loss would’ve raised many questions post-game on the direction and trajectory of the team going forward.
Toronto are back in action with a big game next Saturday when they host their rival Montreal Impact at BMO Field.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC (@TorontoFC)