Toronto FC Get Shut Out on the Road
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Dallas, TX--- It was a one-sided victory for FC Dallas tonight as they defeated Toronto FC 3-0, to get a crucial three points at home and to leapfrog the Houston Dynamos for 4th place in the MLS Western Conference standings.
With regular starters Jonathan Osorio, Jozy Altidore, and captain Michael Bradley currently representing their respective nations in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney had to make a few adjustments to his starting-XI. Vanney went with Quentin Westberg again in-goal, Eriq Zavaleta, Laurent Ciman, Drew Moor, and Justin Morrow on the back line, Richie Laryea, Liam Fraser, Marky Delgado, and Jay Chapman in midfield, and Nick DeLeon and Terrance Boyd started as the strikers.
This was a difficult game for players on both sides because they had to deal with the humid weather conditions throughout the game. Even though there were water breaks in each half, it took a noticeable toll on the players’ performance.
Quentin Westberg was by far Toronto most valuable performer in the first half; he had to make many incredible saves to keep his team in the game and ensure that it was scoreless until his teammates can gain an advantage on the counterattack. Toronto were fortunate to keep the game tied because the game could’ve gotten out of hand early however, the team stuck to their game plan.
FC Dallas would eventually get on the scoresheet in the 41st minute, when Dominique Badji redirected his teammates’ shot on goal to put his team up 1-0. There was some protesting from Toronto FC players who felt Badji was offside, but the referee ruled that it was a good goal.
It would get worse for Toronto in the second half even with the addition of Alejandro Pozuelo off the bench. Pozuelo couldn’t seem to find his rhythm offensively and the team continued to struggle defensively.
FC Dallas defender Bressan put his team up 2-0 after he got a touch on the ball following a cross into the box. Toronto attempted to get back into the game by pushing more of their players forward, but FC Dallas would make them pay for that decision on the counterattack, which saw Domnique Badji score his second goal of the game and give his team both the 3-0 lead and the win.
This isn’t a great sign for Toronto FC because they’re about to have a tough stretch of games. They begin by hosting defending champions Atlanta United at BMO Field on Wednesday and will then play three straight games on the road; DC United on Saturday, LA Galaxy on next Thursday, and finally Montreal Impact on July 13th.
The summer transfer window is about to open as well, so Toronto’s front office will be busy evaluating their roster and finding areas they feel could be improved.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC (@TorontoFC)