Toronto 2-2 Los Angeles


Game in a sentence

Jonathan Osorio completes the journey from section 113 to hometown hero, as Toronto FC overcome an early deficit to stun the Galaxy only to blow it late in typical TFC style.

Observations

  • Ashtone Morgan may be exhausted and thus, deserves some time off. Unfortunately, if Darel Russell is next off the bench Kevin Payne and Ryan Nelsen aren’t doing enough. Russell’s clearance attempt late in extra time found it’s way to sub Jose Villarreal, who deposited the ball past Joe Bendik with a delicious scissor kick. The kid is going to be a star. Back to Russell though. He was poor throughout and found himself drawing attention from analysts and fans alike for all the wrong reasons.
  • Four points in four games isn’t the end of the world, but it was looking so much better after Jonathan Osorio’s goal in the 78th minute. The introduction of the Brampton native and Luis Silva looked to be a masterstroke by Nelsen. A superb flick on by Robert Earnshaw gave Silva room to work against Omar Gonzalez one on one. Silva did just enough to get in a ball across the goal mouth, where Osorio got enough to beat Carlo Cudicini.
  • Speaking of the former Chelsea/Spurs man, an egregious error by the veteran Italian keeper made a poor situation created by a Leonardo error considerably worse by rushing out of his crease. Earnshaw beat Cudicini to the ball, and calmly chipped the ball over Gonzalez to equalize.
  • Considering the first 20 minute of the game, TFC could consider themselves lucky to be tied at halftime. Mike Magee opened the scoring in the 17th minute with his league leading 5th goal. Marcelo Sarvas, who was fantastic today, whipped in a cross (or shot depending on who you ask) towards the back post. Magee beat Russell to the ball, putting a damper on the home opener festivities.
  • Landon Donovan came back to North America for the important things. First, to visit the White House and President Obama. And Second, to see Toronto one more time. Donovan replaced Jack McBean in the 61st minute and nearly opened his 2013 account on his first touch, accepting a pass from Magee only to roll the ball hopelessly into Bendik’s arms.
  • Toronto’s defense remains leaky, but the presence of Darren O’Dea and Danny Califf have brought a sense of accountability to Toronto’s set piece defending. O’Dea’s voice is heard on television, above the crowd and commentators, when barking out orders.
  • John Bostock may have had his first welcome to MLS moment today, matching up against veteran Todd Dunivant. Bostock was shaky at times, sending panicky passes that were easily picked out, but the former Spurs man settled in and showed his ability towards the latter stages of the match.
  • Toronto welcomes Dallas to BMO field next Saturday while LA hosts Monterrey on Wednesday, in a Champions League clash. TFC’s play against one of the best teams in the league was more than adequate, but once again a late lapse leaves the reds wondering what could of been.

Three stars

1. Robert Earnshaw

2. Mike Magee

3. Marcelo Sarvas