After Saturday, it all seemed like a bit of a letdown as Toronto FC were unable to find a way past the Vancouver Whitecaps as their home stand continued at BMO Field. The 1-1 draw somewhat flattered the visitors, who had a lot less going for them in the match than the home side. The draw now brings Toronto to 7-5-4 on the season.
Jermain Defoe continued to be perfect from the penalty spot as he scored his eleventh goal of the season. Darren Mattocks opened the scoring for the visitors after a nice ball from Russel Teibert found him in the box.
Postgame analysis of this one will find its way to this space soon. If you enjoy penalties, here is yet another nice one from Defoe, as well as the full highlights.
RYAN NELSEN - HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC
Your thoughts on the game?
We were disappointed with the first half. We didn't really get going. We really didn't have an energy about us. Even though we were in control, we were disappointed. Obviously it was a lot better in the second half. Consider the soft goal again. They only had a couple of shots on target the whole game, but one of them went in and that was a soft one. We knew we had numbers around there. We didn't defend our box as well as we should. Then we make up the goal, I think were the only team who was probably going to win it and we had three or four pretty decent chances it win the game and we didn't take it unfortunately.
You mentioned a slow start two games in a row. Anything come to mind as to why that might be?
No, because we would have remedied it. We obviously thought about it and talked about it and we said all the right things. But with Michael (Bradley) coming back, that's another new piece that we're just trying to fit in. We're just trying to feel each other out again I think as a team. I'm a perfectionist, I know every other team starts a bit slow as well but I want to get this team to be bordering on perfect. We'll keep trying to get perfect and until that happens there will be something I'll be moaning about.
Collen Warner again tonight was fantastic?
He was the best player on the park. He was absolutely fantastic. The amount of work he did without the ball, his passing was fantastic. I honestly think he was head and shoulders the best player on the park. He deserves all the credit that hopefully all you guys give him.
MICHAEL BRADLEY - MIDFIELDER, TORONTO FC
How did you feel physically in your first game back?
Ya I felt good, really good. It's good to be back, obviously I played sixty minutes against DC but anytime you miss some time it's good to be back on the field. It was great. A point is a point and we'll take it and in this league a point is always valuable. On days when you are not able to get the win and get all three points to be able to stay solid in the back and not concede the win and get a point.
Was it nagging injuries or fatigue after Brazil that kept you off the field?
Ya it's a little bit of everything. Anytime you go through a stretch where there's games, there's travel and more games and more travel your body at a certain point just needs a chance to catch up.
Do you think a point is a fair result today?
I think you can certainly tell that they are coming off of a stretch that wasn't so hot for them and they were now very determined to come in and make sure at the very least they came away with a point. In that sense I thought we were still the team that pushed the game and trying to play and push the tempo and get a win. Obviously just because you are the team that does that doesn't guarantee anything.
JERMAIN DEFOE - FORWARD, TORONTO FC
How different is it having Michael Bradley in the game?
When you have someone of Michael's quality on the team helps the team but all of the players that have stepped in have done well. It was important for us to try and get three points tonight, but it didn't happen, we managed to get a point. I suppose that is better than getting no points. We just have to look forward to the next game, its a lot of games in a short space of time so hopefully we can get as many points on the board as possible.
What did you think of the opposition tonight?
I thought they were really good. I think they were really organized; they made it difficult for us in the first half with the system they played, a 4-2-3-1. Sometimes it's difficult to play against that system because as a forward they have two midfielders just standing in front of the back four and sometimes it's difficult to come short and get the ball and try and make things happen. They were really organized so credit to them and their manager but saying that towards the end of the second half I thought we would push on and get the winner. Obviously it wasn't meant to be and we have to look forward to the next one.
Next week you play your old team, how much does that mean to you?
There's no point to gain but it's going to be nice to see my old teammates and the staff. Beforehand we'll have a laugh and a joke but I suppose when the whistle blows then its same as usual you try and win the game. It will be nice to see everyone again.
CARL ROBINSON - HEAD COACH, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Thoughts on today's game...
I think it was a very good performance from us. I think we played the way I want us to play. We adjusted the formation slightly to try and break down Toronto because they are a very organized team. I think it worked without having the final end product in the first half. In the second half, for the first 10 or 15 minutes, we got a little bit more belief, went a goal up and obviously then conceded a penalty but managed the game quite well really. You're always going to be under pressure at Toronto and we were at times and on set pieces because they're a big team but I think it was a deserved point.
Do you think you deserved more than a point tonight?
I'm sure that Ryan (Nelson) will say that he deserved three points and I'm going to say that I deserved three points but the reality is that you sometimes don't get what you deserved. I think it was a very professional away performance from us. I think we played in certain times during the game and they couldn't get near us in our possession and that is credit to the guys in there. But I'm disappointed we couldn't get three points, I really am.
On giving up a PK while up 1-nil...
Disappointing but as I've said all along, we are a work in progress. We've got young players and they are doing fantastic at the moment. They are going to make mistakes, senior players make mistakes. Today other players made mistakes but I'll take the blame for that. I want them to play a certain way and I want to try and win games of football and that's the balance at the moment where we're doing it sometimes but not consistently enough.
DARREN MATTOCKS - FORWARD, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Thoughts on today's game...
Toronto is a fantastic team. I think they brought in guys who are very experienced and who have played at the highest levels so coming to Toronto derby game it is always going to be competitive and I think the team played fantastic to get a point. It's unfortunate not to get three points but we move forward knowing that it was a hard earned point for us.
Thoughts on the different lineup tonight...
I think we are positioned really well. I think our build-up play was fantastic especially in the second half. It's unfortunate we didn't create more goal scoring chances or shooting chances that would have been easy to take. Credit the guys for the point.
Did you think that Russell Teibert was going to be able to pick you out on the goal?
I mean, it was a fantastic pass. I think Russell deserves all the credit for that goal and the build-up play by the team. I mean, for him to pick out a pass like that it it's really amazing.
Is it important when you come back in the lineup to try and not do too much?
I'm a very patient guy and I'm always going to be confident. That is one thing that no one is ever going to take away from me. Erik (Hurtado) has played fantastic, and is still doing fantastic. We're going to need depth on this team to get where we want to go. For me, to get back in the team and to put one in the back of the net is huge for me but it still keeps me grounded, it still keeps me humble. I've got to keep working extremely hard to get myself on the team
VAN- Mattocks (Teibert, Morales) 50’
TFC- Defoe (PK) 63’
TFC- Orr (Caution) 28’
VAN- Teibert (Caution) 61’
VAN- Reo-Coker (Caution) 70’
VAN- Adekugbe (Caution) 83'
TFC- Warner (Caution) 90'
Toronto FC: 7-5-3 (24 pts)
Vancouver: 6-4-7 (25 pts)
Toronto FC: Bendik, Orr, Morrow, Henry, Bloom (Hagglund 55’), Jackson (Gilberto 71’), Bradley, Warner, Osorio (Oduro 59’), Moore, Defoe
Unused Subs: Konopka, Lovitz, Bekker, De Rosario,
Whitecaps: Ousted, Beitashour, Adekugbe, Mitchell, Leveron, Teibert (Manneh 82’, Laba, Reo-Coker (Koffie 70’), Morales, Hurtado (Fernandez 90'), Mattocks
Unused Subs: Tornaghi, Salgado, O’Brien, Mezquida,