The Part I Write Before :
Guys. We had a good run. No center-backs. Bradley is playing defense. Zavaleta and Moor injured.
Bold Predictions :
- We’ll have fun.
- We’ll reminisce over the time we defeated two massive Mexican sides.
- We’ll look ahead to Chicago.
Only partially sorry.
On to the Match :
9′ – Altidore gets sent down the left side, Chivas keeper comes out to challenge and Jozy tries to chip, but is stopped.
11′ – Solid cross from the corner and gets headed towards goal but hits Bono in the chest.
18′ – GOAL – Shit. Pineda gets a ball through, sidesteps a defender, chips Bono.
CHIVAS 1, ROBINS 0
25′ – GOAL – HOLY SHIT! Hasler with the ball to the right of goal by the line, cuts a pass back and finds Altidore who buries it. #fuckingLegend
CHIVAS 1, ROBINS 1
42′ – YELLOW – Seba goes into the book complaining to the ref after getting beaten about.
44′ – GOAL – HOLY SHIT! Seba loses his marker just enough to fire a shot low to the right beating the keeper to the near post.
CHIVAS 1, ROBINS 2
Halftime Mood : I’m gonna need a drink.
51′ – Hasler is having a lovely game. Fighting for a corner and gets one.
52′ – Delgado does wonderfully to fight to pick up a loose ball, lays it off for Vazquez and he let forth a rocket that’s mostly stopped by Cota, but keeps a handle on it.
57′ – SUB – Hasler off for Hamilton. Curious.
59′ – Seba gets tackled, falls to the ground, ref calls for stretcher immediately, players wave it off… bizarre.
61′ – Godinez gets a shot, beats Bono but not the post.
71′ – SUB – Chapman is off for Vazquez
83′ – Altidore goes down, and he’s hobbling.
84′ – YELLOW – Auro Jr. goes into the book for excessive fouling.
86′ – SUB – Aketxe on for Altidore.
My nerves. They are shot.
4 minutes of extra time
90+1′ – Giovinco gets a cross finds a wide open Delgado and fires it over the bar.
Full Time : Chivas 1, Toronto 2
ON TO PENALTIES
CHIVAS – Goal 1-0
TORONTO – Goal 1-1 (Giovinco)
CHIVAS – Goal 2-1
TORONTO – Miss 2-1 (Osorio)
CHIVAS – Goal 3-1
TORONTO – Goal 3-2 (Delgado)
CHIVAS – Goal 4-2
TORONTO – Miss 4-2 (Bradley)
CD Guadalajara wins your #MOMSCCL.
Man of the Match : Bradley.
Goat of the Game : Nope.
Ref Rating : 3 out of 5
I Am Not The Gaffer, But… : Did better than expected with that line-up.
In Case You PVR’d It : Quality match but you might want to quit after the full-time whistle goes.
Bold Predictions Results :
- Nailed it. Fun had.
- Failed it. We will regale the time Toronto defeated THREE Mexican sides. Never forget that.
- Failed it. Nope. Not quite. Not yet.
This is the morning after reflection. Guys, what a fucking ride. Three new clubs to put on the metaphorical trophy case. One goal – one touch – away from going to Dubai, and ruining Christmas with that travel bill, for the World Club Cup. Toronto set a new standard in CCL for MLS sides, and they didn’t even need MLS to enter the damn tournament. #neverForget
Bradley played very well out of centre back. Do I want to see this again? Absolutely not.
Just a reminder, going to penalties are as close to a coin toss to deciding a winner as you’ll get in sport short of actually flipping a coin. It’s a weak way to win. It’s a shitty way to lose, but the game had to end someday and for a result, someone has to go down.
Also, this is the first time in the tournament where the lesser side won the tie, so congratulations to Chivas MEX.
Player Ratings: Bono 7, Morgan 7, Bradley 8.5, van der Wiel 7.5, Auro Jr. 7, Osorio 6, Hasler 7 (Hamilton N/A), Vazquez 6.5 (Chapman N/A), Delgado 6.5, Altidore 7.5 (Aketxe N/A), Giovinco 7.5
Unused Substitutions: Irwin, Zavaleta, Telfer, Ricketts
Feel free to add your comments below, grieving or praising or raging.