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Toronto FC got the tactics wrong in Independiente loss

Toronto FC got the tactics wrong in Independiente loss

They don’t have the players for the system they tried to play last night. The waste bin next to Toronto FC’s drawing board must be filled to the brim with crumpled paper. Since the turn of the year, almost nothing has gone to design for the club. First, one of its key architects, Tim Bezbatchenko, left for the Presidency role at the Columbus Crew. Then Victor Vazquez left, followed by Gregory van der Wiel being sent home from training, and of course Sebastian Giovinco to Al-Hilal. The club has been desperately trying to rework the blueprint, but that has had plenty of complications as...
Waking The Red Feb 20, 2019
Rate the Reds 2.0: Independiente 4-0 Toronto FC

Rate the Reds 2.0: Independiente 4-0 Toronto FC

We’re trying something different. Toronto FC fell (cough) 4-0 in Panama to C.A. Independiente on Tuesday night in one of the most disappointing losses in club history. So, there could hardly be a better time than now to roll out what we’re trying out this year with regards to post-game player ratings. This new format is similar to the old Rate the Reds in that you’ll have your say on every TFC player who took the pitch, but instead of ranking them in relation to each other you’ll be giving each player a rating out of 10. We got the idea from Sounder at Heart; this is a format...
Waking The Red Feb 19, 2019
Recap: Mistakes cost Toronto FC in disastrous CCL opener

Recap: Mistakes cost Toronto FC in disastrous CCL opener

A massacre in La Chorrera. Toronto FC’s 2019 Concacaf Champions League began in cataclysmic fashion on Tuesday as the Reds fell 4-0 in La Chorrera, Panama to Independiente. The night started badly when Abdiel Ayarza scored for the home side in just the ninth minute of action, taking advantage of some sluggish defending and firing it home through Chris Mavinga’s legs. Nice goal... not so nice defending. pic.twitter.com/Zr1MPwiTvb— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) February 20, 2019 Things did not improve from there. The Reds sent in several waves of attack through the rest of...
Pro Soccer USA Feb 19, 2019

Toronto FC shellacked by Independiente in CCL opener

Toronto FC were one of the final two teams playing in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League, ending the tournament with a heartbreaking penalty-kick shootout defeat to Chivas de Guadalajara. Tuesday night in Panama, TFC were one of the first teams to open play in the 2019 version of the continental championship. Following a shocking 4-0 […] The post Toronto FC shellacked by Independiente in CCL opener appeared first on Pro Soccer USA.
Waking The Red Feb 19, 2019
Game thread: Toronto FC open 2019 CCL in Panama

Game thread: Toronto FC open 2019 CCL in Panama

WAKE UP Y’ALL LET’S PLAY SOME SPORTS As I stare out the window at the foot of snow piled on my back porch, my mind (totally not resentfully) floats to Toronto FC, who currently await kickoff La Chorrera, Panama — where the temperature will be 26 Celsius at 8 p.m. when the Reds open their 2019 Concacaf Champions League campaign away to Independiente FC. The now-gone off-season has been extremely long, but somehow it seems to have flown by (just me?). It’s been turbulent as hell — Sebastian Giovinco, Victor Vazquez, Gregory van der Wiel, and a number of other players are out of the...