Whitecaps/ Toronto FC recap
Vancouver took on TFC at home in a final round national battle for Canada’s lone Champion’s League berth and was moments from suffering a 1-0 letdown when Eric Hassli summoned another late match magical feat with a spectacular volley.
The game now presents the Whitecaps with the need to produce a win in Toronto to capture their first CONCACAF campaign opportunity.
Martin Rennie maintained his 4-3-3 alignment, and returned most of his starters to the lineup, except for Matt Watson taking Davide Chiumiento’s midfield spot, and a major surprise at forward where Etienne Barbara started in the place of red hot striker Eric Hassli.
Joe Cannon was powerless to prevent Ryan Johnson’s second half header, but pulled off a terrific stop to keep out TFC’s Nick Soolsma and preserve a chance for the ‘Caps to tie it up.
The midfield was once again the weakest link in the team, as Jun Marques Davidson, Watson and John Thorrington struggled to control the middle of the park. The trio appeared hesitant at times, and devoid of ideas to move the ball creatively. Chiumiento improved the quality when he came on for the final 20 minutes.
Sebastien Le Toux worked up a terrific effort form some neat interplay between Barbara and Camilo but was unable to beat the TFC ‘keeper.
However, that was the only real chance of note for Vancouver until Hassli’s late game heroics, gave him his 4th goal in his last 5 matches.
Man of the Match
Hassli was yet again the saviour for the Whitecaps.
Play of the Match
Hassli’s rocket is another highlight to savor.