- Sebastian Giovinco missed Toronto’s trip to Vancouver with an injury.
- Brek Shea was sent off for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
- Jozy Altidore scored his third goal in as many games.
With Sebastian Giovinco out with an injury Jozy Altidore became the hero to lead Toronto FC to victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Vancouver vs Toronto 0-2
Goals: 0-1 (Vazquez 76′), 0-2 (Altidore 80′)
The match got off to a slow start with both sides lacking real determination to gain an early advantage. Vancouver’s frontline of Alphonso Davies, Nicolás Mezquida, Brek Shea, and Fredy Montero, attempted to play themselves through Toronto’s tight midfield formation, but were incapable to find the necessary room for creating goal scoring chances. Toronto on the other hand had several chances to establish the lead Nick Hagglund got on the end of a Michael Bradley freekick, but the ball missed the goal, and Armando Cooper failed to control the ball after he broke free of Vancouver’s defence in the 18-yard box. Vancouver had their first appearance in Toronto’s penalty box with 15 minutes to go in the first half, but the Caps failed to capitalise when Toronto goalkeeper Alexander Boro failed to clear the ball. Shortly after Fredy Montero attempted to backheel a Alphonso Davies cross into Toronto’s goal, but the Colombian failed to make proper contact with the ball.
Toronto could have gone up with the first shot of the second half, but Tosaint Ricketts attempt was deflected. Vancouver then attempted to establish more control over the match, but struggled to break into Toronto’s 18-yard box. Brek Shea finally had the first chance for Vancouver when he powered into Toronto’s penalty box just to find his shot blocked. On the other side Vancouver’s Spencer Richey had to do well to stop Justin Morrow’s curled effort. Just after that Brek Shea was sent off for dissent. Toronto made the most of the man advantage when new signing Victor Vázquez headed home the home a cross from Jozy Altidore, who was also the main protagonist of Toronto’s second goal when he calmly collected the ball on the penalty box, turned, and then slotted the ball past Richey to make it 2-0.
Vancouver vs Toronto – Man of the Match
Jozy Altidore was the man of the match. The United States international forward assisted Toronto’s first goal, and then made no mistake to score Vancouver’s second goal.
Vancouver vs Toronto – Talking Point
Vancouver and Toronto were both missing star players in this match. Vancouver was without starting goalkeeper David Ousted, and Toronto was without the league’s most productive player Sebastian Giovinco. Toronto, however, demonstrated that they are not dependent on their star man, as they easily dispatched the Whitecaps in Vancouver. Vancouver’s defeat makes it the third defeat in three games. A season that started with plenty of promise for Vancouver after they advanced to the semi-final of the CONCACAF Champions League is now already looking like it could end in disappointment once again.
Vancouver vs Toronto – Match Stats
- Vancouver has now received red cards in two consecutive games.
- Jozy Altidore has now scored three goals in three games.
- Including the CONCACAF Champions League defeat to Tigres Vancouver has now lost three matches in a row.
Richey – Harvey, Waston ©, Parker, Williams – Teibert, Laba – Davies (Bolaños 45′), Mezquida (Manneh 73′), Shea (red card 70′) – Montero (Hurtado 73′)
Coach: Carl Robinson
Bono – Hagglund (Edwards 74′), Moor, Zavaleta – Morrow, Osorio, Bradley ©, Cooper (Vazquez 63′), Beitashour – Ricketts (Mavinga 81′), Altidore
Coach: Greg Vanney