The South Stand Report : Toronto v Orlando

Orlando City meets Miami Gatos

Orlando City meets Miami Gatos

After the glut of summer games, I’ve got a weird sense of withdrawal, don’t you?

OK, maybe it’s just me.

After Toronto came back to tie it and nearly stole the three points (or had the penalty taken away from them… I’m still not sure), a game against the Princes of MLS (cuz they’re the purple ones), Orlando, should be three points.

Mostly because they’ve conceded 4 goals in each of their last three games. Yeah, they lost them.

There was a preview, so you don’t need anything from me here. Let’s get to some stupid predictions.

Bold Predictions :

  1. #ALTITTS *hey* will have at least 2 goals and 2 assists (I said it was bold)
  2. Bendik will not be largely responsible for any of the goals
  3. Larin will bag one

So I guess I’m thinking it’ll be at least 2-1 for Toronto. Screw it, I’ll say 4-1.

On to the Match :

5’ – Bradley on a corner finds a leaping Ricketts

10’ – Brek Shea puts a low cross through the box and finds Larin for a poke, but Bono makes a solid diving save to palm it away.

19’ – Osorio lays it off to Delgado who puts a low cross behind a sliding defender, but a sliding Morrow at the far post can’t quite get to it in time.

59’ – YELLOW – Ricketts for something. Dunno.

Quote of the Match :

Ugh, there’s still half an hour left in this game.

~ my wife

71’ – RED – Ricketts gets a second yellow for an attempted bicycle kick and must have resulted in a boot to the face of Aja.

74’ – SUB – Lovitz comes on for Delgado

74’ – YELLOW – Beitashour booked for stuff

78’ – SUB – Johnson in for Cooper

84’ – SUB – Cheyrou for Osorio

3 minutes of extra time

90+2 – I’m awake! Osorio down the wing with a beautiful cross to no one, terrible clearance lays down for Johnson and 15 yards out, puts his foot through the ball and just goes wide of the goal.

Full Time : Toronto 0, Orlando 0

Man of the Match : Sure, Bono, why not.

Goat of the Game : Bradley had some questionable short corner choices, but not really a goat. You know what, Ricketts for getting a suspension. He’s really putting his club at a disadvantage by not being on the field as a part of the hottest scoring duo in MLS right now #ALTITTS *hey*

Ref Rating : 3 out of 5

I Am Not The Gaffer, But… : only because I’m biased, I think Cheyrou should have started (out of bias), and I want a better explanation as to why Bono started over Irwin (largely curious).

In Case You PVR’d It : ugh. You’re either going to watch the whole thing because you need to or quit after 20 minutes because nothing happens after that.

Kit Spotting : I was wearing an Ottawa Fury kit, so I win. Boom.

Bold Predictions Results :

  1. Failed it. #ALTITTS offered very little to the game, though each had a quality chance or two.
  2. Failed it. Bendik played very very well. Happy for him.
  3. Failed it. Larin will bag none

This was an odd game. Orlando’s goal hemorrhaging has stopped and it couldn’t have come at a worse time (with Montreal winning) meaning Toronto hasn’t secured a home date. Yet. Toronto had a good first half, but nothing really happened, then had a less-than-good second half but challenged Bendik to make some saves. Orlando never really threatened to be anything past mediocre for large portions of the match, and became rather anemic once Toronto was down to ten men.

Player Ratings : Bono 7.5, Beitashour 6, Hagglund 6.5, Moor 7, Morrow 100, Bradley 6, Delgado 6.5 [Lovitz N/A], Cooper 6 [Johnson N/A], Osorio 6.5 [Cheyrou N/A], Altidore 6.5, Ricketts 6

Unused Substitutions : Irwin, Babouli, Hamilton, Zavaleta

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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  1. A good old run around, the game was.

    Cooper did holdup the ball, but only for himself. You could see Morrow stop running when Cooper gained possession near the box. Cooper even launched some shots towards the net. In the end a little tic-tac-toe interplay would have resulted on someone left in a 1-on-1 with Bendik. In fact, Ricketts was in exactly that situation, but was too shocked to pull the trigger.

    It was a good old run around. Let’s be happy that we made the playoffs

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