Osorio and Chapman Score, Toronto FC Defeat Orlando City
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Orlando-- Toronto FC put last week’s defeat to the Portland Timbers behind them and got back in to the win column this afternoon, after defeating Orlando City 2-0, to improve their record to 5-1-2.
Coach Greg Vanney went with a 4-4-2 formation with Quentin Westberg once again getting the start in-goal, Laurent Ciman, Justin Morrow, Auro Jr., and Chris Mavinga on the back-line, Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, Marky Delgado, and Nick DeLeon in the midfield, and Alejandro Pozuelo and Jordan Hamilton as the strikers.
Toronto would have to contain Nani and limit his chances if they wanted to be successful. The 32-year-old Portuguese midfielder signed a three-year designated player contract with Orlando back in February and so far, his MLS career has been off to a great start. In nine games played this season, Nani has scored five goals and added four assists, which is a great sign for Orlando because he’s been a great attacking option for a team that finished at the bottom of the Eastern Conference last season.
Chris Mavinga and Quentin Westberg came up big in the first half for Toronto; Westberg made an incredible save in the 29th minute and Mavinga came to the rescue for his teammates by making plenty of tackles and cleared the ball out of Toronto’s box, which was crucial in keeping the game scoreless at the end of the half and ensured that Toronto didn't give up any bad goals.
Orlando were the better team in the first-half and didn’t allow Toronto to get any real opportunities to counter-attack or build any momentum offensively.
The second-half was a completely different story for Toronto as they came on a lot more focused and pushed the pace offensively, which allowed them to find openings through Orlando’s defense.
Toronto’s improved play would pay off in the 65th minute, when Jonathan Osorio maneuvered himself around two Orlando defenders to score an unbelievable goal to put his team up 1-0.
Toronto FC weren’t done as Jay Chapman, who subbed on for Nick DeLeon, scored in the 77th minute after bringing the ball down patiently and striking it past Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe, to put his team up 2-0.
The two-goal lead would be enough for Toronto as they'd get the full three points on the road and a clean sheet for goalkeeper Quentin Westburg, who played spectacular in goal.
Toronto FC are back in action on Wednesday, when they travel to Atlanta to take on the reigning MLS Cup champions at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’ll be interesting to see whether Vanney continues to go with Westberg in-goal or if he’ll go back to Alex Bono. On the bright side, Westberg’s performance against Orlando provides the team with options going forward.
TOR Osorio 65’
TOR Chapman 77’
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