The Part I Write Before The Match :
I’m feeling much better about going into this match than the last one. All those fears were unfounded. Man, that was embarassing.
This match, we have to deal with Houston, who are shooting out the lights… when they’re at home and on the road haven’t earned a point yet. There’s a plus. Toronto are coming off the best performance of 2017 thus far, Giovinco nearly bagged a handful, and then was subbed off a bit too early in my humble opinion.
And even though he won’t be playing, Drew Moor has had his ticker mended and should be back into the first team in a few weeks. That’s a player I’ve missed.
Bold Predictions :
- Torres will bag a goal
- Vazquez will not get to take a free kick
- Toronto scores at least three goals
On to the Match :
16’ – GOAL – Edwards takes a ball from 20 yards out onto the wing from Delgado, slots a pretty low cross into the box, Altidore side foot it, keep gets a piece but not enough.
ROBINS 1, CREAMSICLES 0
28’ – Vazquez takes a ball, loops it over his marker and pops it through to Giovinco who almost was in on goal but the keeper got to it first.
30’ – Houston counterattack with Torres on the ball crosses it for Alex but Zavaleta gets ahead of him, however it rolls to another forward and Bono comes to the rescue.
32’ – GOAL – Altidore takes the ball at the top of the box, lays it back for Seba for a give and go, Altidore takes it and buries it.
ROBINS 2, CREAMSICLES 0
41’ – Giovinco has a go from 15 yards out and the Houston keeper makes a great stop redirecting the ball onto the post. Ugh.
43’ – Vazquez takes a free kick! It was good given the terrible location. Hopefully he’ll graduate to free kicks within 30 yards of goal.
48’ – Giovinco gets a shot low and to the left forcing another diving save from the Houston keeper.
51’ – Did… Did Vazquez just wave Giovinco away from a corner?
67’ – Giovinco free kick from 20 yards out beats the wall and forces another diving save from the Houston keeper.
70’ – SUB – Osorio on for Delgado
74’ – Houston ball from the left side finds the head of Torres but it was saved by Bono
75’ – SUB – Cooper on for Vazquez
79’ – SUB – Ricketts on for Altidore
4 minutes of extra time
90 + 2’ – Ricketts gets on a long ball and is racing down the wings. To control it the defender catches up, brings it inside but takes a touch too many and instead of laying it off, he loses it just inside the box.
90+4’ – low shot from 20 yards out gobbled up by Bono.
Full Time : Toronto 2, Houston 0
Man of the Match : Altidore was brilliant
Goat of the Game : Wasn’t enamoured by Bradley’s play, but far from goat-worthy.
Ref Rating : 4 out of 5. Let them play, not a lot of bookings or interference.
I Am Not The Gaffer, But… : Well played Mr. Vanney. Spot on. Struggled with why taking someone off more than anything
In Case You PVR’d It : see the goals and the near goals. Solid game. Totally worth watching.
Bold Predictions Results :
- Failed it. Disappointed in Cubo for the sake of this bit, but happy because clean sheet.
- Failed it. It was in a difficult position but Vazquez did well.
- Failed it. So close.
Cooper’s first two touches made me sad… Houston tried to unleash an attack, tried so hard, but little got through and Bono did what he had to. Deserved the clean sheet… Did anyone else get the Soccer United Fan Council thingie about pre-game stuff? I made sure to openly state my distaste for the MLS “anthem” and the lack of necessity of the national anthem pre-game. I’m sure it’ll get put in the delete folder… I blame Steve (@_sgennaro) for re-thinking how I view Delgado. He had an excellent game tonight. Also, every time he touched the ball, I heard the words “carries the water” and “engine” over and over again (see podcast Episode 184 for context) so thank you and sorry… Houston keeper Willis had Giovinco’s number all night. Must’ve made at least four quality saves against him, denying him his glories…
Player Ratings : Bono 6.5, Zavaleta 6.5, Hagglund 6, Morrow 6, Beitashour 6.5, Edwards 7, Bradley 5.5, Delgado 7 (Osorio N/A), Vazquez 7 (Cooper N/A), Altidore 8 (Ricketts N/A), Giovinco 6.5
Unused Substitutions : Pais, Cheyrou, Endoh, Chapman