It's a good thing Michael Bradley is not with Toronto FC this weekend. In a situation eerily similar to last season's famous Gilberto no-goal call by Dave Gantar, the same no-goal that sparked the "He's just not good enough" comment that earned him a fine from MLS, Nick Hagglund had a seemingly perfect set-piece header called back for a mystery foul by Hilario Grajeda. The non-goal didn't ultimately change the game as drastically as the Morrow red card at Columbus, but it certainly will hold most of the attention.
The game started positively for the Reds. The Centre Back pairing of Nick Hagglund and Clement Simonin sprayed long ball after long ball up towards Luke Moore and Robbie Findley, creating a few half chances and pinning RSL in their own end for good stretches of the first half. As RSL settled the game, they began to press the inexperienced TFC backline. In the 38th minute, Javier Morales recycled a ball into the box that found Luke Mulholland unmarked at the back post. A few moments before, however, play should have been whistled dead as Devon Sandoval received the ball in an offside position. Not a lot of fuss was made, but the evidence is pretty clear. A miss for referee Hilario Grajeda and his officiating crew.
One bright spot for TFC & something to keep an eye on for the second half - Giovinco's corners are exceptional. Hagglund reads them well.— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) March 30, 2015