The Video Room: Strength and Speed Seal The Win in Vancouver

Back inside the video room, we take a look at the movement and finish that sealed all three points for the Reds in Vancouver.

The Situation

Following a rather unconventional red card to Whitecaps midfielder Brek Shea, the Reds found themselves a man up with 20 minutes remaining in the match. It didn’t take Toronto very long before making the most of their man advantage as Victor Vazquez nodded his side in front just six minutes later.

Sensing a chance to deal the finishing blow, the visitors did just that in the 80th minute thanks to some terrific build up play that started with some quick passing in their defensive end.

The Play

Moving down the right wing, Vazquez expertly picked out a trailing run from Jonathan Osorio as the Reds entered the attacking third.

The Canadian international still had plenty of work to do as he operated in traffic, but did well to control the pass before quickly releasing Jozy Altidore in on goal.

Altidore made no mistake from there, showcasing his strength and power to hold off a challenge from defender Kendall Waston before firing to the far post past a diving Spencer Richey to secure the 2-0 victory.

What They Said

Jozy Altidore: “I felt and knew where the defender was and knew where I was at. I knew if I could make a little bit of space for myself that I’d have a good chance to score. It was a good ball from [Osorio] and overall a good team goal.

“The best thing about defenders is that you can kind of let them win; all you need to do is win one battle and get a goal.”