Toronto FC's Playoff Hopes in Doubt After 2nd Straight Loss
Los Angeles FC (4) Toronto FC (2)
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Toronto—Toronto FC lost a crucial home-game to Los Angeles FC Saturday night, casting doubt in their playoff aspirations. The Montreal Impact were victorious on their game with the New York Red Bull, which now puts TFC 9-points back of the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin was caught off guard in the 23rd minute after Diego Rossi’s shot deflected off TFC defender Justin Morrow and then Carlos Vela, before going into the back of the net, giving Los Angeles the 1-0 lead. This would be the first of many bad breaks for TFC throughout the game.
Toronto’s bad luck continued in the second half as it took two short minutes for Diego Rossi to score with a perfectly placed strike past Clint Irwin, putting his team up 2-0. Lee Nguyen would then add a goal two-minutes later to give LAFC a 3-0 lead.
Toronto forward Jozy Altidore gave the team some life with his 74th minute goal, after a great through ball from Sebastian Giovinco allowed him to get through LAFC’s defense, who had been playing well up to that point. Altidore wasn’t done, as he added another goal in the 93rd minute to get his team within 1-goal of tying the game.
However, Toronto’s luck ran out when Carlos Vela scored his 2nd goal of the game in the 94th minute, resultinng in his team winning the game 4-2.
Toronto started the game quite well; they were pushing the pace and creating chances. Their best chance came when Sebastian Giovinco struck an incredible bicycle-kick however, it was stopped by LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller. From that moment, the game seemed to go down-hill for Toronto, who couldn’t find space through LAFC’s defense or create any other scoring opportunities that would worry Miller in-goal.
Toronto midfielder Victor Vazquez needed to be subbed off in the 27th minute after sustaining an injury and was replaced by Lucas Janson, who has played well alongside both Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore since joining the team.
Even though the numbers aren't in Toronto FC's favour, captain Michael Bradley made it clear during the post-game scrum that the team shouldn't give up saying:
“It’s still there for us, but the margin for error is gone. We’ve got to regroup for these last seven games and find a way to tilt the bar in our favour.”
Toronto FC are back in action Saturday, September 15th, when they host Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Los Angeles Galaxy at BMO Field.
- Vela 24’
- Rossi 47’
- Nguyen 49’
- Altidore 74’
- Altidore 90’+
- Vela 90’+
- LA Jakovic (Caution)
- TOR Delgado (Caution)
- TOR Bradley (Caution)
- TOR Janson in for Vazquez
- LA Feilhaber in for Horta
- TOR Chapman in for Zavaleta
- TOR Moutinho in for Urena
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