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TFC get rare road win at San Jose

Posted on 13 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Barrett and TFC have something to cheer about

Toronto FC came into Saturday’s match with the San Jose Earthquakes with only one win on the road. But after a two week break they were physically strong from the start and willed their way to a 3-1 victory, thanks in no small part to a brace by Chad Barrett.

The Toronto FC lineup saw a few changes for this game, with Marvell Wynne returning from international duty and Sam Cronin departing for the same commitment. Jim Brennan was pushed up to the midfield to replace Cronin and Wynne took Brennan’s place in defence.

The lineup seemed to work at the start of the game, with Brennan’s crosses into the box causing concern for the San Jose defense. Within five minutes of play Barrett notched Toronto’s first goal on a Dwayne De Rosario assist. The chances kept coming yet San Jose was the one to capitalize on their chances. Bringing the Earthquakes back into the game was Darren Huckerby at minute 32.

Toronto FC brought back their starting game after halftime, creating plenty of chances. The second goal finally came from Pablo Vitti, before Barrett was left all alone to take on the last Earthquake defender and seal the win for the visitors.

Toronto FC are currently sitting in first in the Eastern conference tied with Chicago Fire who have a game in hand.

Ratings for the Toronto FC players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:

Stefan Frei: 8
Great saves from start to finish, kept Toronto in the game till they got a hold of the lead once again.

Marvell Wynne: 6.5
Could have done better, but after a few weeks of no real action on the field you become a little rusty.

Nana Attakora: 8
His presence was definitely felt by the San Jose attack, he was on every ball and did the best he could to avoid the goal.

Nick Garcia: 7
Had a few mistakes that which may have been proven more costly, he was definitely lucky a few times.

Adrian Serioux: 7.5
As usual he always gets a knock in the start of the game but goes on to finish it strongly.

Dwayne De Rosario: 7.5
A good overall performance yet an unnecessary yellow card.

Amado Guevara: 6
Absolutely lacked energy and creativity, inconsistency does not do him well.

Carl Robinson: 7
Won his challenges well, always there when needed. He seemed to play a more attacking role in this game.

Jim Brennan: 8
Playing a different position than usual but gave a great performance over-all. He fed great crosses into the middle caused nerves for the San Jose defense.

Chad Barrett: 8.5
Took his chances well, could have had a few more goals yet two goals for him will do for the day.

Pablo Vitti: 7.5
An improvement on his behalf he was very involved in plays, but still needs plenty of work on his first touches to keep possession.

Subs Used:
Danny Dichio: N/A
Was in for a short period of time and had little to no impact

Marco Velez: N/A
Was in for an even shorter period of time than Danny Dichio, and had close to no touches with the ball.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. dsadsa Says:

    Very nice article, finally another one came, its been awhile!

  2. Mark Says:

    The player ratings are spot on. Very wellwritten. We need more soccer articles like this in North America. Keep it up Mr. Shoblaq

  3. Mike Says:

    well deserved win by TFC. nice to see they can mix up the lineup to help them get results away from home.

  4. Stizzle Says:

    Lets get some more TFC news on this site. Great article, lets hope TFC can put together a good run of games and stay on top. Barret played a great game, some pretty good ratings for the players.

  5. DRRJ Says:

    he's not just a good writer, hes also a pretty face!

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