Toronto and Vancouver play to 1-1 Draw
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Vancouver, B.C---Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw tonight after Toronto rallied back in stoppage time to get a much needed point on the road.
Toronto FC came into this game following a disappointing 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, who had been down 1-0 and rallied back to win the game following two goals from MLS all-time leading goal scorer Chris Wondolowski. Toronto has struggled as of late; they were winless in their past five games heading into tonight and haven’t had the best of luck scoring goals.
Toronto coach Greg Vanney went with a different look for his team’s starting-XI; he went with a 3-5-2 formation with Quentin Westberg getting the start in goal, Chris Mavinga, Drew Moor, and Laurent Ciman as the three central defenders, Richie Laryea, Justin Morrow, Marky Delgado, Liam Fraser, and Alejandro Pozuelo in the midfield, and Terrance Boyd and Jozy Altidore as the strikers up-top.
Drew Moor wore the captain’s armband for Toronto tonight as he was playing in his milestone 400th MLS game. In his fourteen-year MLS career, Moor has played for three different teams; FC Dallas (2005-2009), Colorado Rapids (2009-2015), and Toronto FC (2016-present), and has won two MLS Cups: 2010 with Colorado and 2017 with Toronto.
Both Toronto and Vancouver looked sluggish throughout the game and neither could convert on their scoring opportunities. Toronto forward Terrance Boyd had a great opportunity that saw him one-on-one with Vancouver’s goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau however, he was unable to strike the ball with a lot of power, making it an easy save and a missed opportunity for Toronto take an early lead on the road. Boyd would then miss another opportunity when Pozuelo lobbed the ball to him after seeing that he had been alone in the box, but Boyd missed the ball when attempting to get a touch to redirect it in Vancouver’s net.
The Whitecaps would catch a break in the 84th minute, when Drew Moor brought down forward Yordi Reyna in the box, resulting in a penalty-kick being awarded for the home side. Fredy Montero stepped up to the penalty spot and scored his fifth goal of the season to make it 1-0.
Once Montero scored the penalty-kick, it looked as though Vancouver would run the clock and be able to cruise to a victory, but fortunately for Toronto, Nick DeLeon’s shot would be deflected in the back of the net off of a Whitecaps defender, which tied the game 1-1.
Tonight’s game wasn’t the best of outings for either team, so a draw is at least a positive result heading into their next games. Toronto FC are back in action on Friday night, when they host Sporting Kansas City at BMO Field.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC (@torontofc)