I have no predictions, as I was busy. And I’ll be fair, I know how it ended (thanks Twitter!) but as a “respected” “journalist” and “blogger” [Added the quotes, you’re welcome ~Ed.], a match report will be filed.
On to the Match :
3’ – Rowe has a go forcing Bono to make a lunging save low and to his right.
4’ – was there foreshadowing for the game by blaming the turf so early?
6’ – Vazquez gets on the end of a very pretty Edwards cross but heads it over the bar.
7’ – Rowe gets on the end of cross and beats Bono, but was offside.
17’ – GOAL – From a corner, Lee Nyugen finds Angoua wide open and buries a header from 14 yards out.
TEA TERRORISTS 1, ROBINS 0
24’ – Morrow breaks down the left side takes a shot beats the keeper but hits the post. Rebound comes out and finds Edwards but he can’t control it. Tragic.
34’ – Cooper has a go from 25 yards and beats the keeper but not the crossbar. So tragic.
36’ – is this where it goes sideways? Kamara takes a ball on the wing wide open but fires into the side netting.
41’ – Rowe takes a ball from Fagundez, slots is brilliantly past Bono, the linesman calls it offside when it wasn’t.
42’ – Vazquez loops a ball over to Beitashour who cuts it back looking for Edwards but the keeper gathers it up.
43’ – Fagundez takes a beauty of a pass on a full volley wide open in front of goal but his control puts it over the bar.
Halftime Mood : it’s not terrible
64’ – SUB – Zavaleta off for Osorio
65’ – Agudelo and Fagundez to a pretty one-two and Bono makes a tremendous stop on Agudelo
66’ – GOAL – Fagundez passes to Agudelo, turns and lays it off for Fagundez, takes a touch and then rifles it past Bono.
TEA TERRORISTS 2, ROBINS 0
69’ – SUB – Vazquez off for Hamilton
76’ – Giovinco chips over three markers to find the leaping head of Osorio but fires just wide.
82’ – SUB – Cooper off for Chapman
85’ – GOAL – Nguyen ball to Agudelo, Agudelo finds Fagundez who fires it and hits the cross bar, bounces a second time on the cross bar, comes down and Agudelo heads it in.
TEA TERRORISTS 3, ROBINS 0
3 mins of extra time
90+3’ – Row rolls a ball right across the face of goal from 5 yards out and somehow none of the 6 players near by got a touch on it.
Full Time : New England 3, Toronto 0
Man of the Match : Fagundez. To pick a Toronto player, probably Bono
Goat of the Game : is Moor fair? He looked like he was caught out a few times. So was Zavaleta once, but he had a stronger game overall.
Ref Rating : 4 out of 5.
I Am Not the Gaffer But : I’m torn. They didn’t attack poorly, just no goals. And the second goal not a minute after switching tactics was bizarre.
In Case You PVR’d It : Watch the first half, and skip to the last 20 minutes.
I feel as if I’m about to be an apologist, and that’s not my intention, but aside from the scoreline, it wasn’t that bad. There were times that they took their foot off the gas, gave away the ball in some poor positions, but many of those moments didn’t result in catastrophe. “What if” is often a game played with supporters and viewers in matches like this, because ‘what if Osorio’s header had gone in/Cooper’s long range shot dipped half a centimeter/Vazquez’s header hit the mark’ it would’ve, could’ve and should’ve been 3 points going the other direction.
I will say that though Toronto’s defense was suspect at times, however New England’s attack was excellent and deserved every single goal that they scored. They created many chances, and had they converted them all, the scoreline could’ve been double.
Maybe I’m still tired. I don’t know.
Player Ratings : Bono, 6.5 Mavinga 6, Moor 5.5, Zavaleta 6 (Osorio 6), Cheyrou 6, Beitashour 6.5, Morrow 6.5, Vazquez 6 (Hamilton N/A), Cooper 6 (Chapman N/A), Edwards 6, Giovinco 6