Toronto FC Dominate FC Cincinnati to Secure Important Road Win
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, September 7, 2019
After last week’s 1-1 draw to the New England Revolution, Toronto FC got back in the win column Saturday night, when they dominated FC Cincinnati 5-1, to improve their positioning in the MLS Eastern Conference standings. Toronto went into halftime with a 3-0 lead and added two more in the second more in the second half, which saw them shut down their opposition.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney went with a bit of a different look in his 4-3-3; Quentin Westberg got the start in-goal, Auro Jr., Laurent Ciman, Omar Gonzalez, and Nick DeLeon, who usually plays in more of an attacking role, were on the backline, Marky Delgado, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Michael Bradley in the midfield, and Erickson Gallardo, Nicolas Benezet, and Patrick Mullins as the three attackers up top.
Toronto wasted little time getting their offense on track and on the scoresheet when Patrick Mullins struck the ball past FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton in the 10th minute to put his up 1-0.
The team weren’t done there as Nick DeLeon, who started the game at right-back, put the team up 2-0, when he struck a powerful shot past Tyton following a Toronto FC corner kick. Toronto FC would make it 3-0 shortly after, when Alejandro Pozuelo struck a perfectly placed cross to Marky Delgado, who headed the ball in the net.
Everything was looking positive for Toronto FC; the team were structured well on the defensive end by limiting Cincinnati’s on offense and not wasting their own chances on the offensive end by converting on scoring opportunities that provided them the momentum in heading into the second half.
Toronto FC began the second half with the same amount of aggressiveness that led to them getting a three-goal lead in the first half and it’d be a matter of time before they scored their fourth goal of the game.
Alejandro Pozuelo once again created a play when he lobbed the ball to the substitute Tsubasa Endoh, who took a touch on the ball for Michael Bradley, who struck it in the back of the net for his third of the season, putting Toronto up 4-0.
Nicolas Benezet made it 5-0 for Toronto in the 85th minute following a sequence of play that saw him push the ball up through Cincinnati’s midfield, before a deflection allowed him with enough space to strike the ball past Tyton.
Unfortunately for Toronto FC, they were unable to keep the clean sheet as Eriq Zavaleta would be sent off for his foul on Joe Gyau, which VAR would later determine to have taken place in Toronto’s box and awarding Cincinnati with the penalty. Emmanuel Ledesma was successful from the penalty spot to get his a goal and spoil Toronto’s clean sheet.
This was an unnecessary challenge by Zavaleta because there was really no need for it; the game was almost over and his team had a five goal advantage, so he would’ve been better off with Gyau having a shot on goal as it would allow to stay on the field and make the most of the minutes he was receiving for Saturday’s game.
Toronto FC are back in action this Wednesday, when they play New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC (@TorontoFC)