Portland Hand Toronto Second Loss of the Season
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Toronto--- The Portland Timbers came into BMO Field and defeated Toronto 2-1 after trailing in the first-half, to give Toronto their second loss of the 2019 season.
Toronto forward Jordan Hamilton got the start in place of Jozy Altidore, who left last week’s 4-3 win over Minnesota due to injury. The 23-year-old has three-goals in three-games this season and has become a great scoring option off the bench. Hamilton has played well so far this season when coming off the bench, so this was a great opportunity for him to showcase his ability and earn more playing time.
Coach Gregg Vanney went with a 4-4-1-1 formation with Quentin Westberg starting in-goal, Eriq Zavaleta, Justin Morrow, Auro Jr., and Chris Mavinga on the back-line, Marky Delgado, Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, and Nick DeLeon in the midfield, and Alejandro Pozuelo and Jordan Hamilton in the attack.
Toronto were playing well early on; they moved the ball quickly and had some success moving the ball down the wings and crossing the ball into the box, but they were unable to score. Their passing also caused trouble for Portland’s back-line.
Toronto midfielder Jonathan Osorio scored in the 20th minute after a taking advantage of a rebound off Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark, who had stopped a header from a TFC corner, but wasn’t able to hold onto the ball, allowing Osorio to strike it in the net to put his team up 1-0.
The lead was short-lived as the Timers immediately scored in the 22nd minute off a perfectly placed shot by defender Bill Tuiloma, to tie the game 1-1.
Following the goal, Portland looked like a much better team and were starting to have more success offensively and had been able open up more space with their ball movement.
Toronto’s Chris Mavinga was excellent on defence in the first-half and made a couple of crucial challenges that helped keep the game tied 1-1 heading into the second-half. Toronto’s back-line remain composed and not have to make too many plays out of desperation.
Toronto’s Ayo Akinola was subbed on for Jordan Hamilton in the 68th minute in an attempt to take the lead. Akinola is another young striker that has played well for Toronto when called upon this season, so this could a positive impact on his development as the season progresses.
Portland took the lead in the 70th minute, when Jeremy Ebobisse headed the ball past Westberg following a great cross into the box.
The offence just wasn’t there for Toronto FC today; they weren’t able to have much success from their crosses into the box, which they’ve done a great job at this season and the team didn’t have too many goal scoring opportunities, which could’ve built more momentum for them had they been able to tie the game or even take a two-goal lead after they got on the score-sheet first.
Toronto having a tough stretch of games in the next two weeks could be the best thing for their club becuase it'll allow them to get right back on the field frequently and put this game behind them.
TOR Osorio 20’
POR Tuiloma 21’
POR Ebobisse 70’
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