Montreal Impact Ends Toronto FC's Unbeaten Streak with 1-0 Victory
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Toronto FC saw their unbeaten streak come to an end tonight as their rivals Montreal Impact took advantage of an early opportunity to get the 1-0 victory.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney once again went with a 4-4-2 diamond formation in tonight’s match: Quentin Westberg in-goal; Auro Jr., Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, and Justin Morrow on the backline; Jonathan Osorio, Marky Delgado, Pablo Piatti, and captain Michael Bradley in the midfield; and both Alejandro Pozuelo and Jozy Altidore, who made his return to the starting-XI, as the attackers.
Toronto had plenty of scoring chances throughout the match, but were unable to capitalize on them, which surely caused frustration for Vanney and his coaching staff.
Rudy Camacho headed the ball past Westberg in the 13th minute following an excellent cross, to give the Impact the 1-0 lead. The goal provided pressure on Toronto because it came quite early in the match and they had performed well up until that point.
Toronto were awarded a penalty kick towards the end of the first half after Altidore was taken down in the Impact’s box. Based on the replays that followed, one could argue that Toronto were lucky to receive the penalty to begin with, so it was a positive sign that they would be able to tie the match up heading into halftime.
Instead of taking the penalty, Pozuelo tapped the ball forward and Piatti sprinted in to strike it past Celment Diop. Unfortunately for Toronto, the goal was disallowed, and play was restarted with a free-kick for the Impact.
This was a real head scratcher because Pozuelo, who has been successful from the penalty spot since joining Toronto FC, attempted to pull off a risky play while his team was down 1-0, instead of taking the penalty.
Obviously had Piatti and Pozuelo’s play from the penalty spot resulted in a goal, fans and media members would all be praising Pozuelo for displaying an incredible amount of skill however, that did not happen and so he now faces the consequences of wasting an opportunity to tie the game up.
During his post-match media availability, Vanney mentioned he had not spoken to Pozuelo about the failed penalty attempt and then gave his thoughts on what transpired:
“It’s something that works and people can do it. I just think it’s unnecessary when we’re down a goal. It’s something you might want to do when you’re up but it’s just unnecessary in my opinion at this moment, but I’ll share that with him and talk about and try to get the logic behind it.”
With the win, Montreal moves to three points back of Toronto for top spot in the Canadian series of MLS matches with a game in hand, to determine who advances to the Canadian Championship Finals.
Toronto will have a few days to regroup and get back on track as they are back in action on Saturday, when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC