Toronto Move to Top Spot in Eastern Conference with Win Over New England
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Ayo Akinola’s goal in the 29th minute was all Toronto FC needed to take the full three points and move into top spot in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Akinola has had an incredible season for Toronto; he has scored 8 goals in 10 matches and has been a reliable striker for Greg Vanney while Jozy Altidore has been in and out of the lineup this season.
Vanney went with a 4-2-3-1 formation: Alex Bono starting in-goal; Richie Laryea, Laurent Ciman, Chris Mavinga, and Tony Gallacher on the backline; Marky Delgado, Jonathan Osorio, Pablo Piatti, Nick DeLeon, and Alejandro Pozuelo in the midfield; and Ayo Akinola as the lone striker.
Fortunately for Toronto, the Revolution were unable to convert from the penalty spot after Adam Buksa struck the penalty with too much power resulting in the ball going over the net.
Tonight’s match marked another milestone for Bono, who started his 100th match for the club as well as recording his 29th clean sheet overall in all competitions, to pass Stefan Frei. Following the match, Bono spoke on how proud he was on these milestones with Toronto FC:
“I’m so honoured and so blessed to be part of this organization and so grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me.”
This is a good problem to have to for Vanney and his coaching staff as both Bono and Westberg have performed well and have come up big for the club in their starts, so it will be interesting to see if they continue with a rotation as the matches ramp up or if Westberg will remain the starter with Bono getting the start every third or fourth match.
Toronto were without the services of Justin Morrow and Jozy Altidore, who had both been subbed off in the last match due to injury. As it pertains to Altidore’s injury, Vanney mentioned that he did not know how long he will be out but noted that it was disappointing as he had begun to find his rhythm offensively.