The South Couch Report : Orlando v Toronto

Orlando City meets Miami Gatos

The Part I Write Before The Match :

Got home late.  No time!  

Bold Predictions :

  1. Larin scores
  2. Toronto wins
  3. Vazquez is amazing

On to the Match :

18’ – GOAL – Giovinco takes a ball from Delgado, cuts a pretty pass through four defenders to Altidore, one touch to settle, one to put it underneath Bendik.

24’ – Giovinco free kick from 20 yards out nearly makes Duncan choke on his drink as he beats everyone but the underside of the crossbar.  

30’ – Kaka beats Alseth along the goal line, but Hernandez clears the ball from danger.

31’ – Hydration break. #finishYourDrink

35’ – Wil Johnson takes a terrible ball from Kaka and launches a rocket at goal, but was right at Bono.

39’ – Alseth floats a nice ball over to Seba, who takes it full volley and smacks it just wide.  Mostly a note for Alseth’s offensive contribution.

41’ – Oh hey, Orlando supporters in the fancy seats showed up.  That’s nice.

45+3’ – Nice play Orlando, get sleepy for the first 45 minutes, turn it up for injury time

Half-time Mood : Toronto deserve this scoreline.  So does Orlando.

45’ – SUB – Moor in for Cheyrou.  OK, 3-5-2 time?  Sure.

46 ‘ – GOAL – Vazquez with a beautiful pass onto a wide open Altidore, Jozy sits on it, waits for Bendik to come off his line, lays it off to Seba, who chips it over Bendik.

58’ – Vazquez threads a beautifully weighted ball onto the path of Giovinco, takes one too many touches and the ball gets gobbled up by Bendik.

61’ – SUB – Chapman comes in for Vazquez.  OK, sure. We’re safe. Aren’t we?

63’ – GOALRivas, who just came on, takes a ball from Kaka, slots it low and banks it off the post and in.

64’ – GOAL – Duncan totally choked on his drink. 20 yards out, free kick, over the wall, curls into the top left corner. Seba wizard. Seba genius.

72’ – SUB – Altidore off for Hamilton

88’ – Morgan puts in a stellar low cross and Hamilton gets on it, but Bendik comes up big with the stop.

Full Time : Orlando 1, Toronto 3

Man of the Match : Seba. Got two, set up one.

Goat of the Game : pass.

Ref Rating : 3 out of 5, not great but not terrible.

I Am Not The Gaffer, But… : He got the starting XI spot on.

In Case You PVR’d It : watch the goals in the first half, and the whole second half.

Bold Predictions Results :

  1. Failed it. Larin did not bag one.
  2. Nailed it. Felt like it could happen and it did.
  3. Nailed it. To be fair, Vazquez would have to have a nightmare for this to be untrue.

Player Ratings : Bono 6, Zavaleta 6, Hernandez 6, Alseth 6, Morgan 6.5, Vazquez 7 (Chapman N/A), Delgado 6, Bradley 6.5, Cheyrou 6 (Moor), Giovinco 7, Altidore 7 (Hamilton N/A)

Unused Substitutions : Irwin, Mavinga, some others.  Whatever.

Author: Mark Hinkley

Mark is a full-time graphic designer, full-time smart ass and full-time logo, stadium and kit nerd. When he isn't writing ridiculous match reports or redesigning logos for his own amusement, he's salivating over the day that promotion and relegation occurs in MLS. You can follow him @kitnerdmark on the twitterz.

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