Stars shine as Toronto FC master Impact

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Toronto were left angered and motivated after their weekend match against New York City FC. As well as hate towards the referee, they felt the frustrating tactics of a New York side were aggressive and unfair. New York looked to break apart the rhythm of the game through constant fouls and obstruction towards Toronto’s star players. Head coach Greg Vanney explained the mindset perfectly, “I hope this game pissed us off, I know it has me‚Ķ..I love that we play again this week”

Toronto played the Montreal Impact at BMO Field just four days after that frustrating loss against New York. After citing the slow start as one of his greatest frustrations against New York, Vanney would have loved to watch how Toronto started against Montreal. The passing play was exquisite and the possession numbers were fantastic. Toronto held on to the ball well and threatened throughout the first half. Montreal looked to soak in the pressure but looked very  dangerous on the counter, where Ignacio Piatti had acres of space to set up Jack McInerney and Andres Romero.

Piatti burned Justin Morrow to set up Ambroise Oyongo and put the Impact up 1-0 early on in the first half against the run of play- a common theme for Toronto. Toronto FC continued to put pressure on. Eventually, Sebastian Giovinco found enough space and threw a low cross to Michael Bradley, who finished up neatly and knotted the game at 1-1.

Montreal looked dangerous on the counter throughout the game, but Toronto continued to carry the game. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore were combining very well; the second half resulted in a long ball from the captain to Altidore, who volleyed home from 18-yards to put Toronto up 2-1. The Impact seemed to lose their spirit at that point, and eventually Sebastian Giovinco won and scored a penalty to cap off a 3-1 win.

U-20 US international Marky Delgado, acquired in the off-season draft from Chivas USA, made his debut for Toronto after returning from the U20 World Cup in New Zealand. He made a good impression on the head coach. Captain Bradley and Vanney both mentioned that they thought the youngster was excellent today.

Toronto FC: 3

Montreal Impact: 1

 

Goals: Bradley, Altidore, Giovinco

Assists: Giovinco, Bradley.