What Jonathan Osorio did to New York’s Kosuke Kimura during TFC’s 2-0 loss at Red Bull Arena Saturday night should receive the league’s attention.
In the 77th minute and the game still very much in question, Kimura was pulled down by TFC’s Jonas Elmer as the Japanese-born defender looked to beat TFC’s Swiss winger.
With Kimura face first on the turf and the ball still close by, Osorio arrived late before drilling a perceived clearance attempt into the side of Kimura’s head, kicking off a brief melee that somehow ended in TFC’s rookie remaining on the pitch without punishment.
Asked after the game if he thought it was the correct decision, Toronto FC bench boss Ryan Nelsen said he applauded referee Edvin Jurisevic for allowing cool minds to prevail, going as far to say the media just “wants to see a story.”
But if we rewind it and break it down (video at blogs.canoe.ca/reds), something much more sinister took place 15 minutes from time Saturday night.