TFC earns draw at San Jose

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:17 AM ET

It is a clear sign of progress for Toronto FC that a 1-1 road draw with San Jose probably felt a little disappointing for the club.

TFC, a traditionally awful road squad outplayed San Jose on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium, yet could not create enough top-notch scoring opportunities to come away with the win.

Still, this probably was Toronto’s best overall effort in four outings this season and the team has now collected points in all but one of those games.

There were many encouraging signs on this night for Aron Winter’s side.

Just 20, Alan Stevanovic looked extremely dangerous on the left side, showing tremendous skill with the ball in creating a host of chances.

In the 27th minute, Stevanovic did good work to catch up to a pass from Tony Tchani and to get the ball through to Danleigh Borman wide of the net. Borman was able to chip a shot off the legs of a defender and the ball caromed off the head of another San Jose defender in front, right to Alan Gordon, who made no mistake in scoring for the second game in a row.

Adrian Cann was a rock at the back all night, turning away San Jose repeatedly in a dominant performance. Cann was the best player on the pitch in a return to the form that earned him recognition as TFC’s 2010 MVP.

Cann said TFC responded to a halftime talk by head coach Winter and assistant Bob De Klerk who urged the team to play tighter defence.

“The guys played with intensity, very aggressive, it’s unfortunate we couldn’t pull off the victory,” Cann said in a television interview afterwards.

Though San Jose’s Simon Dawkins made TFC’s backline look foolish in the 38th minute, finishing off a give-and-go by beating four defenders and Stefan Frei - the team did well to shut down Chris Wondolowski.

Wondolowski, Major League Soccer’s 2010 goal scoring leader, was held in check by Cann and Co.

“He’s a nifty little player, but (with) a little communication, we did alright,” Cann said.

Midfielder Julian de Guzman also looked solid, though he still was only fit enough to play half the match, following off-season knee surgery.

De Guzman looked strong in the middle and helped give his team a decided advantage in the second half after a pretty even opening 45 minutes.

Stevanovic and Borman were a handful on the left side and Javier Martina looked dangerous at times.

Though the final stats favoured San Jose - 58% possession to 43%, five shots on goal to three - TFC had four corner kicks to San Jose’s two and was the more dangerous side.

"It's a pity that we didn't win because we had better chances than San Jose," Winter told Goltv.

San Jose has been a rare road haven for the Reds. The club has picked up two wins and a tie in four matches at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Next up for Toronto is a home clash with David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the formidable Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night at BMO Field.


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