Toronto FC wins, but not really

Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe (left) celebrates his first-half goal against Vancouver with...

Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe (left) celebrates his first-half goal against Vancouver with teammates on Wednesday night. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sport)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

TORONTO - The visitors won Wednesday night.

Not according to the scoreboard, or those in the stands.

But to Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson, a 2-1 loss looks as good as gold considering the ’Caps were playing a roster full of kids.

“I’m delighted,” Robinson said, a smile ear to ear when he entered the press conference room. “I’m really, really proud. We had a young team. It was younger than young. I wanted to give players opportunities ... It makes it an exciting second-leg tie.”

With a chance to put this Canadian Championship semifinal to bed at BMO Field, Toronto FC could only muster a narrow one-goal win against a Vancouver Whitecaps side that included a goalie who can’t legally drink and a minor-league (USL) callup.

Now, the visitors will happily head back to B.C. Place next week needing just a shutout win with a roster that’s sure to be substantially stronger.

Pre-game chit-chat had the Reds — and fans — licking their chops.


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