Whitecaps / TFC game summary
A relatively quiet first half in Toronto with no goals gave little notice of a second half that blew the doors off the hinges, when TFC and the Whitecaps slotted five goals between them for a thrilling spectacle on a warm summer evening.
Unfortunately for Vancouver, the extra goal in the contest went to Toronto with the final play of the match as ex-Whitecap (and Canadian) Terry Dunfield headed in from a curling corner kick to earn The Reds their 3rd win of the season.
The in-form Darren Mattocks opened the goals rush with a sharp angle finish from near the byline after he skipped past the Toronto defenders.
TFC went on to tie it and eventually went ahead with a neat flick by Luis Silva and a long range strike by Torsten Frings.
Mattocks then provided an unbelievably athletic display as he soared a couple of feet above the Toronto goalie and defender to head down into the net off a speculative left wing cross from Jordan Harvey (who is settling well into regular minutes as the left back).
However, the Vancouver comeback was rendered moot by the Dunfield winner.
Bonjour looks vulnerable again
Not for the first time this season, Argentine centre back Martin Bonjour was caught out by long balls hit over his head. It happened twice prominently in this game, but he was bailed out by an aggressive Joe Cannon on one occasion, while the second break came when the TFC player hit the post off the breakaway.
It has to be a matter of concern for coach Martin Rennie as good scouting teams will take advantage of this weakness until Bonjour rectifies the problem.
Can’t beat last place TFC?!
In three contests this year, between the two Voyageurs Cup playoff final rounds and this MLS league contest, the ‘Caps have been unable to knock off The Reds, while nearly every other team seems to have little trouble doing so.
Potential MLS Cup winners have to be able to step on the weak sisters of the league, and Vancouver needs to assert more dominance in this regard.
Man of the Match
Darren Mattocks continues to add to his glowing reputation with his second two goal performance of the year. The Jamaican is proving to be one of the elite young talents in North American soccer.
Play of the Match
The incredible leap by Mattocks to notch the tying tally was worthy of rewinding several times on the PVR for repeat viewing.
“Very disappointed to lose. We’ve not lost to many this season, so it always hurts when you lose. But to lose it so late in the game is very frustrating and something we’re not happy about, disappointed we didn’t do well on not only that set play, but other set plays in the game.” – Coach Martin Rennie
VANWH – Darren Mattocks 50th minute
TFC – Luis Silva 68th minute
TFC – Torsten Frings 72nd minute
TFC – Terry Dunfield 90th minute
VANWH – Darren Mattocks 90th minute
TFC – Luis Silva (Yellow Card) 38th minute
TFC – Terry Dunfield (Yellow Card) 63rd minute
VANWH – Alain Rochat (Yellow Card) 71st minute
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