Toronto FC's undefeated run in preseason came to an end yesterday as the club fell 1-0 to Orlando City's USL squad. After winning all four matches in the first half of preseason, spent in Los Angeles, the club got off to a losing start in Florida.
17-year-old US youth international Pierre DaSilva had the lone goal of the match, which came in just the seventh minute. It was also the first time that Toronto FC have failed to score in the preseason, as the club could not beat Orlando keepers Earl Edwards and Mark Ridgers.
Saying the club lost to a USL side is a bit of a misnomer, however, as Orlando played a handful of veterans in the match including Aurelien Collin. The Lions side also included Canadian first round pick Richie Laryea.
The Toronto FC roster for the match was far more veteran heavy, however, as the club continues to refine its lineup ahead of next month's season opener. With only three preseason games left one can expect cuts, as well as moves to make the club cap compliant, to be coming shortly.
Toronto started the first half with Clint Irwin in goal, and a back four of Justin Morrow, Damien Perquis, Drew Moor and Marky Delgado in front of him. This was the first game action of preseason for Morrow, who has been dealing with a hip injury.
With international duty now over, the Toronto midfield three featured Will Johnson alongside friend Michael Bradley and fellow Canadian Jonathan Osorio. Meanwhile the club played Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and rookie Tsubasa Endoh up top. By all accounts Endoh has impressed this camp, and could stay with the first team this year.
Just as they did for the majority of games in LA, the club would completely switch up their lineup at halftime. Quillan Roberts would get the net for the second half, and is still involved in a goalkeeping battle with fellow youngster Alex Bono. So far there has been little mentioned out of camp as to who will be the senior team backup this year.
The second half backline was made up of Dan Lovitz, Eriq Zavaleta, Nick Hagglund and Wes Charpie. Jay Chapman would play alongside Cheyrou and Chris Mannella in the midfield three while Herculez Gomez would lead the attacking line with Mo Babouli and Jordan Hamilton.
Toronto will play the Orlando City senior team on Sunday in their next match of preseason. They will then take part in the Suncoast Invitational tournament where they take on the Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union.