Toronto FC Winless in Four After Loss to Real Salt Lake
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Real Salt Lake shut out Toronto FC this afternoon to pick-up three points at home as they continue to close the gap in the MLS Western Conference standings, while Toronto FC on the other hand are winless in four matches.
Toronto came into this game looking to build off their performance from Wednesday, when they played DC United to 0-0 draw, in a game they dominated from all aspects but couldn’t convert any of their scoring chances. The performance was positive for a team that had lost back-to-back games prior and today’s game against Real Salt Lake was a great opportunity for Toronto to get back on track.
Coach Greg Vanney went with a similar starting-XI today; Quentin Westburg started in-goal, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta, and Ashtone Morgan, who started in place of Chris Mavinga, on the backline, Justin Morrow, Jonathan Osorio, Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, and Auro Jr. in the midfield, and Alejandro Pozuelo and Jordan Hamilton in the attack. Jozy Altidore started on the bench as a way for coach Vanney to ease the star forward back in the lineup after he’d been dealing with an injury.
Toronto started the game off well and had a scoring opportunity when Alejandro Pozuelo lobbed the ball to Marky Delgado, who then headed the ball to Jordan Hamilton, but he took an extra touch on the ball and lost before he could strike it on goal.
Pozuelo would then have a scoring opportunity of his own after receiving a pass from Justin Morrow, but his shot missed the net. Unfortunately for Toronto FC, Hamilton and Pozuelo early scoring opportunities was their best chance for the remainder of the game.
Real Salt Lake forward Damir Kreilach would score a header off a cross to put his team up 1-0 in the twelfth minute after miscommunication from Toronto’s defenders allowed him to find open space and capitalizing on the scoring opportunity. Real Salt Lake weren’t done there as Sebastian Saucedo would score an incredible goal in the 27th minute to put his team up 2-0. Saucedo struck a powerful shot from a few yards outside the box to beat Westberg for his first goal of the season.
Vanney brought Jozy Altidore on at the start of the second half to help get Toronto back in the game however, the substitution wouldn’t help as Real Salt Lake would continue their dominate play in the second half.
🔥Saucy 🔥Sava 🔥 pic.twitter.com/1jkKf432Wc— Real Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) May 18, 2019
Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino scored in the 60th minute to put his team up 3-0 after beating Toronto defender Justin Morrow for positioning of the ball and struck it past Westberg for his second goal of the season.
Pozuelo received a second yellow card in the 61st minute for his challenge on Saucedo resulting in a red card being shown, which means Pozuelo will miss next Sunday’s home game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Today’s game wasn’t Toronto’s best outing and the team will need to come out strong next Sunday because if they continue to drop points at this point of the MLS season, they’ll either be put in a position where they have to play catch up later on in the season if they want to get into the MLS Cup playoffs.
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