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After the game Wednesday against Vancouver Whitecaps getting called off due to weather, TFC remained at home to take on Philadelphia Union.
The starting line up saw a few changes from the midweek Canadian Championship game.
Keeper: Stefan Frei.
Defenders: Richard Eckersley, Dicoy Williams, Ty Harden, Dan Gargan.
Midfielders: Tony Tchani, Julian De Guzman, Mikael Yourassowsky.
Forwards: Nick Soolsma, Maicon Santos, Joao Plata.
This is a very tough game to talk about, it was a very horrible performance by Toronto FC.
In the first half TFC looked like they didn’t show up or were depending on mother nature to save them once again after falling down 2-0 after just 10 minutes and 3-0 by the half.
Second half changes provided a spark, with Javier Martina and Danleigh Borman coming on for Julian De Guzman and Dan Gargan. Danleigh Borman was what TFC needed from the start of the game as he provided something that Dan Gargan did not provide at the left back position. With that in mind TFC was able to get themselves back in the game with Maicon Santos scoring a brace to make it 3-2.
Shortly after Maicon Santos’ second goal the Union scored another and that was when TFC fell apart letting in 2 more for a final score of 6-2.
It was a historical day with TFC suffering their worst loss at home and conceding the highest number of goals against in their history. Even Real Madrid didn’t score this many times against Toronto.
Luckily TFC has no midweek game and are staying at home next week, this will give them time to regroup and hopefully improve their performances. On the negative side several players will be leaving for international call-ups which may have TFC short handed. Plata will be with Ecuador for their game against Canada on June 1st and against Greece June 7th. Julian De Guzman and Dicoy Williams have been called up by Canada and Jamaica respectively for the Gold Cup (June 5th – 25th) and are expected to be reporting to their teams this week. Therefore, TFC will likely be without Plata, De Guzman and Dicoy for some of their upcoming games.
On a side note, the TFC reserves tied the Philadelphia Union reserves 0-0.
Toronto will face Sporting Kansas at BMO Field on Saturday June 4th.
Ratings for players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:
Stefan Frei: 5
Not one of Frei’s best performances and maybe even his worst. Could he be to blame for all of the goals… no! Should all the work be put on him… no! But his performance was not the greatest, a bad clearance resulted in an easy goal in addition he almost let in what would have been the most embarrassing goal. All in all a bad performance but the defenders need to help him out.
Richard Eckersley : 7.5
Did well and may have been the best player on the field for TFC both defensively and offensively. The player with the most heart on the team on this day.
Ty Harden: 4
Should have been substituted way earlier in the game .Without Attakora or Cann on his side he is too much of a gamble .
Dicoy Williams: 5
Too much responsibly for him, the pair of Harden and Williams is not one that should exist.
Dan Gargan: 4
Another disappointing performance, was at fault for one or more of the goals in the first half.
Mikael Yourassowsky: 7
Did well overall, the effort and heart he puts into the game is what each player should be doing.
Tony Tchani: 5
Not his best performance, did not complete his passes and lost the ball too easily.
Julian De Guzman: 5
DP? Not for much longer! With performances like this, TFC is lucky to have him be gone with the National team for a while. Lost the ball way too easily and was doing unnecessary things when he had the ball.
Nick Soolsma: 5.5
Has his moments and tries very hard but he is too slow.
Maicon Santos: 6.5
Did what he could in the second half for the team scoring a brace, but it was not his best performance overall.
Joao Plata: 6
Has his moments in the game and needs to be more consistent overall, but TFC shouldn’t be depending on him so much.
Javier Martina: 6
Came on in the second half and provided something different but once Philadelphia figured his positioning out he was silent.
Danleigh Borman: 7
Provided the spark TFC needed from the start and contributed well in the second half.
Alen Stevanovic: N/A
Was only on for a short period of time and it was too late for him to make an impact..