September 2, 2012
TFC not great late
By KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Petitions for Toronto FC’s Milos Kocic to regain his No. 1 role are being written following TFC’s 2-1 loss in Kansas City Saturday night.
Freddy Hall’s attempt to blame choppy turf for the howler he let in three minutes from time will be met with massive amounts of frustration from supporters who continue to witness late daggers every other week.
The loss comes four days after Santos Laguna scored two late goals at BMO Field in a 3-1 Champions League defeat Tuesday.
And after taking a 1-1 scoreline deep into the match Saturday night, it happened for a second time this week — the Reds conceded in shocking fashion after doing enough to earn a result.
Kansas City’s Oriol Rosell connected with a side-footed attempt in the 87th minute that eluded traffic and somehow slipped under Toronto’s Bermudian ’keeper, lifting KC to its third straight win over TFC this season.
After head coach Paul Mariner called out his captain’s defending Tuesday, Torsten Frings’ exclusion at Livestrong Park turned heads in the buildup. The German will receive treatment for a hip injury in the coming weeks. In addition, already without an injured Eric Hassli Saturday night, Ashtone Morgan was held out, which led to Sporting Kansas City creating most of the game’s chances.
A Graham Zusi corner in the 22nd minute pinged around the box before C.J. Sapong was provided with a look that Hall scooped up from close range. Ten minutes later, a header-clearance was set up perfectly for Roger Espinoza, who struck his full-volley attempt just wide.
In the 37th minute, Kamara dispossessed Logan Emory, who had a difficult night filling in for Morgan on the wing, deep in the corner before walking along the goal line. Kamara’s teasing cross missed the near-post run of Sapong, who would have had an open look.
Failing to register an attempt on goal through the first 40 minutes, Andrew Weideman nearly made something out of nothing in the 41st when against the run of play, he struck a dipping half-volley from 30 metres that worried KC’s Jimmy Nielsen before flashing wide.
Despite being utterly out-possessed, Toronto struck against the run of play two minutes later after Ryan Johnson managed to beat Kansas City’s offside trap before halftime. The Jamaican received a diagonal from Richard Eckersley, taking his first touch into the box before slotting past Nielsen to make it 1-0.
Johnson had the match on his foot in the 49th minute after receiving a pass from Luis Silva on the break. Cutting in on his left 20 metres from goal, Johnson’s curler beat Nielsen for a second time before striking the post.
Kansas City would find the goal it deserved on the hour mark when the Reds could only clear a restart as far as the top of the box, where Paulo Nagamura hammered the ball back into the turf before its top spin took it over Hall and under the bar to level the score at 1-1.
Having conceded 10 goals inside the final 15 minutes this season, the Reds were on their heels following KC’s equalizer.
In the 71st minute, a fast break rolled to Graham Zusi, who cut in from the left and unleashed a screamer that Hall did well to get a hand to.
Silva looked like he’d provide Toronto full points in the 79th after a decent buildup ended with a cross that the TFC rookie collected at the top of the area before putting his attempt too close to Nielsen, who made the stop.
Looking like they’d escape KC with their first points in three all-time visits, Rosell would strike at the death to offer TFC supporters an all too familiar feeling.
The Reds head into the international break four points behind New England in the MLS basement. Toronto returns to action a day after Canada’s World Cup qualifier in Panama when it hosts the Chicago Fire at BMO Field.