Toronto FC and Orlando CIty Exchange Goal Scoring Chances and Play to 1-1 Draw
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Toronto, ON--- After a slow first-half for both teams, Toronto FC and Orlando City picked up the pace in the second half and played to an entertaining 1-1 draw. Toronto would likely want to have a do-over a few plays, but this was a game that was they’d likely want a do-over on.
Toronto looked to build on their 2-0 mid-week win over Ottawa in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semi-final, where the winner will take on the Montreal Impact or CPL Spring season champions and current Fall league point leaders Calvary in the Canadian Championship finals.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney went with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Quentin Westberg starting in-goal, Richie Laryea, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, and Auro on the backline, Marky Delgado and captain Michael Bradley as the defensive midfielders, Jacob Shaffelburg, Tsubasa Endoh, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Jacob Shaffelburg in the midfield, and Jozy Altidore as the lone striker up top.
Toronto FC’s best scoring opportunity came at the 28th minute when Alejandro Pozuelo lobbed a nice pass to Jozy Altidore, who had made a run into the box, but he unfortunately wasn’t able to get to the ball on time and it went out for a goal kick. This was a positive sign for the club because up until that point, they had a relatively slow start to the game.
The first half wasn’t the greatest for Toronto; they weren’t to get any real scoring opportunities aside from the 28th minute, when Pozuelo attempted the lob to Altidore. This wasn’t a great sign because Toronto looked to have gained some momentum with their performance mid-week but couldn’t carry it over in today’s game. For Toronto be successful, they would have to take some more risks offensively and attempt more shots on goal.
Toronto FC began the second-half with a scoring opportunity when Jozy Altidore used his pace to free up space before passing the ball off to Pozuelo, who then crossed to Delgado to no avail. This attacking play was a missed opportunity for the team because both had been reserved offensively and a goal by Toronto would have provided more pressure to an Orlando side that hadn’t done much all game.
Tsubasa Endoh had a great opportunity to put his team on the scoresheet in the 58th minute when Jozy Altidore back healed the ball, leading to him having enough room to strike a shot on goal, which he in fact did, but he slightly missed the net. Shortly after, Toronto would get another chance, but they were unlucky once again, as the ball hit the post.
After a slow first-half, both teams picked up the pace offensively, which made for an entertaining second-half.
Toronto were continuing to press with Pozuelo and Delgado both joining the attack from the midfield and it would eventually pay off; Richie Laryea was fouled to what looked to be inside Orlando’s box however, VAR showed that the contact had occurred just outside the box.
Toronto would turn the negative into a positive as the free kick would lead to Patrick Mullins getting a goal in the 77th minute, when he battled for possession in the box and struck the ball in the back of the net to tie the game 1-1.
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