Roma defeats Toronto FC in friendly

Toronto FC's Stefan Frei and Gale Agbossoumonde leap to stop a shot against Roma during Wednesday...

Toronto FC's Stefan Frei and Gale Agbossoumonde leap to stop a shot against Roma during Wednesday night's friendly at BMO Field. (STAN BEHAL/Toronto Sun)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:00 PM ET

A pair of notable absences dwarfed Toronto FC’s meaningless mid-season showcase Wednesday night, one that saw Serie A side AS Roma claim a comfortable 4-1 win.

In the southeast corner of BMO Field, normally home to TFC’s most passionate supporters, hung an AS Roma flag among a small contingency of maroon and orange, a testament to the level of detestment from TFC supporters who were upset with the club’s decision to play a friendly ahead of a weekend league fixture.

The other absence was a bit more puzzling. The seat normally reserved on TFC’s bench for head coach Ryan Nelsen was filled by the New Zealander’s No. 2, Fran O’Leary — the official explanation being that the club’s bench boss is away attempting to finalize a deal before Wednesday night’s summer transfer deadline.

Albeit expected, Wednesday night’s lopsided result speaks to the lack of depth and overall quality at the club, a massive reason as to why Toronto’s coach deemed it necessary to travel abroad to meet potential targets face-to-face.


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