No Disney Magic For Toronto

A 1-0 loss to Orlando City hands the Reds its second loss of tourney.

Toronto FC fell 1-0 to Orlando City in the Bronze Medal Match tonight in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. Toronto maintained possession throughout the second half and created a number of chances on goal but were unable to capitalize. Orlando grabbed a late goal in the 76th minute by player-coach Ian Fuller to take the lead and third place in the tournament.

Milos Kocic earned the start in goal for Toronto and trialists Chris Hunter, Mikael Yourassowsky, Ivo de Heus, Nick Soolsma, Jamal Gay, and Javier Martina were in the starting 11 along with Dan Gargan, Adrian Cann, Matt Stinson and captain Dwayne De Rosario.

Toronto maintained possession in the opening minutes of the match but it was Orlando who had the first attempt on goal in the sixth minute of the game when Yordanny Alvarez forced Kocic into a diving save. Toronto conceded a corner but it would not amount to anything for Orlando.

Toronto Braces For Earthquakes

A pair of teams in need of points in a hurry meet on Saturday evening when Toronto FC take on the San Jose Earthquakes at BMO Field. TFC sit in a tie at the foot of the Eastern Conference table after a 2-0 loss at Chicago last weekend, and fell 1-0 to FC Dallas in the CONCACAF Champions League at midweek. That match was played on Thursday morning after a rain stoppage on Wednesday night, giving Toronto less than 60 hours rest before hosting San Jose. The Quakes are riding a club-record 12-game winless streak, after their 2-0 loss at the LA Galaxy last weekend.

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TORONTO FC
Toronto FC weren’t able to build on a victory, going down to a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Fire on Sunday evening at Toyota Park. TFC has 23 points from 24 games on the season, sitting in a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Logan Emory - April 26, 2012

04/26/2012

Logan Emory speaks with the media following training at BMO Field on Thursday.

LAST MLS MATCH
• Dominic Oduro put the Fire ahead in the 16th minute, completing a nice attacking move by neatly flicking defender Gonzalo Segares’ cross from the left corner past TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic.
• The Fire doubled their lead in the 69th minute. A corner kick from the left was allowed to bounce through the area all the way to the far post, and Dan Gargan, traded from Toronto to Chicago just over three weeks ago, got on the end of it to power a header home.
• TFC head coach Aron Winter made two changes to the team that defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0 at BMO Field. Javier Martina and Ryan Johnson came into the team for Danny Koevermans and Eric Avila.
• TORONTO FC (3-1-3-3): Milos Kocic - Richard Eckersley, Torsten Frings, Andy Iro - Julian de Guzman (Mikael Yourassowsky 61) - Matt Stinson, Peri Marosevic, Danleigh Borman (Ashtone Morgan 80) - Javier Martina (Nathan Sturgis 46), Ryan Johnson, Joao Plata.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
The San Jose Earthquakes saw their winless skid reach 12 games, falling to a 2-0 defeat by the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening at The Home Depot Center. The Quakes have 25 points from 23 games on the season, sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference.

LAST MLS MATCH
• It took Robbie Keane just 21 minutes to open his MLS account for the Galaxy. David Beckham played a freekick from midfield over the San Jose defense, and Keane easily walked onto the ball with only goalkeeper Jon Busch to beat, rounding him easily before slipping the ball into an empty net.
• The Quakes went down a man in the 81st minute when Steven Beitashour was sent off by referee Andrew Chapin after he deemed that the defender intentionally kicked Landon Donovan.
• Mike Magee punctuated the victory with a goal in the game's final minute, knocking in a cross from close range from Sean Franklin while completely unmarked in front of goal.
• Earthquakes boss Frank Yallop made two changes to the team that fell 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium. Justin Morrow and Rafael Baca came into the team for Brad Ring and the suspended Sam Cronin.
• SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-4-2): Jon Busch - Steven Beitashour (sent off 81), Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling, Justin Morrow - Joey Gjertsen (Ellis McLoughlin 86), Ramiro Corrales, Rafael Baca, Bobby Convey - Khari Stephenson (Edmundo Zura 71), Chris Wondolowski (Simon Dawkins 71).

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (7 meetings): Toronto 2 wins, 10 goals … San Jose 2 wins, 9 goals … Ties 3

AT BMO FIELD (3 meetings): Toronto 0 wins, 3 goals … San Jose 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 2

• The teams ended in a 1-1 draw on April 9. Alan Gordon scored for Toronto FC; Simon Dawkins also scored in the first half for the Quakes.
• The road teams won both meetings a season ago, TFC winning 3-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 29, and the Quakes winning 3-2 on Sept. 25 at BMO Field.
• In seven all-time meetings, the home team has won just once: a 2-0 Earthquakes victory at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 25, 2008.
• Coaches record: Frank Yallop v TOR: P9 W3 L2 D4 … Aron Winter vs. SJ: P1 W0 L0 D1

New Tickets Go On Sale Monday

TORONTO FC ANNOUNCES ON SALE DATE FOR REMAINING CONCACAF GROUP STAGE MATCHES
   
Toronto FC announced Friday; tickets for the remaining two home games in the CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage will go on sale to the public on Monday, August 23 at 10 a.m. ET. Ticket prices range from $25.50-$74.50 and can be purchased through the team’s website www.torontofc.ca or by calling 416-360-GOAL. The BMO Field ticket office is also be open during the CNE from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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After an impressive 2-1 victory over Group “A” opponent Cruz Azul of Mexico in the first game of the Group Stage, Toronto FC will welcome Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake on Tuesday, September 28. This will be the fourth meeting in 2010 between the clubs. The defending MLS Cup Champs were 2- 1 winners in Utah back on May 1.
Salt Lake will travel to BMO Field for an MLS regular season match-up on
Saturday, August 28. The American club opened their Group Stage with a 2-1 win over Panama's Arabe Unido in Utah on Wednesday night.
   
Toronto FC will wrap up the Group Stage at home on Tuesday, October 19 when they welcome Arabe Unido. In last season’s edition of the Champions League, Arabe Unido reached
the quarterfinals of the competition only to lose 4-0 to Cruz Azul. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
   
All Champions League matches will be shown on GOLTV Canada – with the home games to be shown in high definition. Kick-off for all matches, home and away will start at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also listen to the games on The FAN 590.
   
Toronto FC will depart for their next Champions League match on Sunday, August 22 for Colon, Panama in preparation for the game on Tuesday, August 24 at Augustin Muquita Sanchez Stadium.

In the CONCACAF Group Stage, two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the quarterfinals, with each group winner drawn to face a runner-up from one of the other groups. The draw which establishes the quarterfinal pairing, also determines the potential semifinal matchups. Other MLS clubs still alive in the tournament include the Columbus Crew, and Seattle Sounders.

LAST MEETING

April 9, 2011 - San Jose 1-1 Toronto (Dawkins 38 – Gordon 27)

• The visitors took the lead after 27 minutes. Toronto defender Danleigh Borman saw his cross from the endline blocked, then Sam Cronin tried to clear in front of goalkeeper Jon Busch. But it looped right into the goalmouth where Alan Gordon knocked it home.
• The Quakes pulled even just 11 minutes later. Simon Dawkins played a nifty one-two with Chris Wondolowski at the top of the box before racing into the area and jabbing a shot past TFC ‘keeper Stefan Frei.
• SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-1-4-1): Jon Busch – Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald, Ike Opara, Ramiro Corrales (Joey Gjertsen 85) - Sam Cronin - Bobby Convey, Khari Stephenson (Matt Luzunaris 80), Simon Dawkins, Ryan Johnson - Chris Wondolowski
• TORONTO FC (4-2-1-3): Stefan Frei – Ty Harden, Nana Attakora (Julian de Guzman 46), Adrian Cann, Danleigh Borman - Jacob Peterson, Tony Tchani - Maicon Santos (Joao Plata 65) - Javier Martina, Alan Gordon, Alen Stevanovic (Gianluca Zavarise 63).

REFEREE: Terry Vaughn. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Eric Boria; 4th: Geoff Gamble

Vaughn MLS Career: 150 games; Fouls called/game: 28.4; Yellow cards/game: 3.8; Red cards: 48; Penalties: 49

INJURY REPORT

TORONTO – OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (R knee surgery recovery); DF Adrian Cann (R knee surgery recovery); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery); QUESTIONABLE: MF Leandre Griffit (abdominal strain); MF Eric Avila (R hamstring tightness); FW Danny Koevermans (L hamstring tightness); PROBABLE: GK Stefan Frei (knee contusion)

SAN JOSE – OUT: MF Andre Luiz (L knee injury); DF Ike Opara (L foot injury); FW Alan Gordon (surgery); FW Steven Lenhart (family leave); QUESTIONABLE: MF Brad Ring (R shoulder sprain); MF Anthony Ampaipitakwong (L groin strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

SUSPENDED: San Jose - Steven Beitashour (through Aug. 28)

WARNINGS

SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: Toronto - Danleigh Borman … San Jose - Bobby Convey, Alan Gordon, Brad Ring
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: Toronto - Terry Dunfield, Ryan Johnson, Javier Martina, Mikael Yourassowsky … San Jose - Sam Cronin, Jason Hernandez, Chris Leitch, Steven Lenhart

Toronto began to press forward creating a number of opportunities but were unable to finish. In the 12th minute Martina sent in a through ball to De Rosario that was cleared. Minutes later De Rosario again was on the offensive as his cross into the box was headed just wide by Gay, a Trinidad and Tobago international.

Orlando forced a turnover in Toronto’s half and had a clear path on goal only to be followed by De Rosario. The captain conceded a free kick and picked up a yellow card for his challenge at the 20th minute. Lewis Neal’s free kick found its way over the wall and forced Kocic into another diving save for Toronto.

Reds maintained their pressure and had a couple of attempts on goal but neither threatened Orlando goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo, who didn't have much to do through the first 30 minutes.

Orlando countered later and Jamie Watson’s shot was again saved by Kocic, but the rebound was put in by Orlando, however the linesman had his flag up for an offside and the goal was disallowed. Both teams had attempts on goal in the closing minutes but neither could break the deadlock keeping it scoreless after the first half.

Toronto made five changes to start the second half as Nick La Brocca, Jacob Peterson, Ashtone Morgan, Demitrius Omphroy, and Gianluca Zavarise made their way into the action. Toronto had much better possession of the ball and attempts on goal in the second half as they were the more dangerous side for most of the half.

A deflection off an Orlando defender almost resulted in the game’s first goal for Toronto as De Rosario sent a ball into the box that was grabbed by Orlando goalkeeper Sean Kelley, who replaced Gallardo at the break. Orlando picked up their first yellow card of the game in the 58th minute when Luke Boden was called for a poor challenge.

Toronto picked up another caution at the 67th minute when Dan Gargan was handed a yellow for his tackle on Jose Burciaga. Following the foul Toronto made two substitutions as Academy player Keith Makubuya and forward Maicon Santos made way for Martina and De Rosario. LaBrocca claimed the captain’s armband following the substitution.

Both sides exchanged weak attempts on goal twenty minutes from full time. Orlando made a substitution in the 72nd minute when Fuller came on for Justin Fojo.

Four minutes into his runout, Fuller made his mark getting past a diving Dan Gargan and Milos Kocic to maintain possession and fire a sliding shot that found its way into the Toronto goal to give Orlando the 1-0 lead.

Toronto made a number of runs forward in the closing minutes but could not make them count as Orlando hung on to preserve the lead and earn the Bronze medal.

Scoring Summary:
Toronto FC - None
Orlando City - Ian Fuller 76’

Toronto FC (4-3-3)
Milos Kocic, Dan Gargan, Chris Hunter, Adrian Cann (Nick La Brocca 46’), Mikael Yourassowsky (Ashtone Morgan 46’), Matt Stinson (Gianluca Zavarise 46’), Ivo de Heus, Dwayne De Rosario (Maicon Santos 67’), Nick Soolsma (Demitrius Omphroy 46’), Jamal Gay (Jacob Peterson 46’), Javier Martina (Keith Makubuya 67’)

Orlando City (4-4-2)
Miguel Gallardo (Sean Kelley 46’), Mechak Jerome, Jack Stewart, Demar Stewart, Jack Traynor, Jamie Watson (Jose Burciaga 40’), Luke Boden (Wes Allen 85’), Justin Fojo (Ian Fuller 72’), Lewis Neal, Yordanny Alvarez, Maxwell Griffin (Dennis Chin 81’)