Florida sure hasn't been the "sunshine state" for Toronto FC's preseason campaign. After going undefeated in Los Angeles, albeit against mostly collegiate opposition, TFC have yet to win since arriving in Florida.
After losing to Orlando City B and drawing the New York Red Bulls in a scrimmage, Toronto FC lost 2-1 to Orlando City's senior side yesterday afternoon. Orlando City designated player Kaka had a pair of goals, both of which came in the second half.
Toronto opened the game in good form as Jonathan Osorio scored a beautiful goal to give the club a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the match. The young Canadian looks like he has once again earned a role in the Toronto FC starting midfield as he has played with the first team all of preseason.
Jozy Altidore would play provider on the goal, as his ball would put Osorio behind the Orlando defence. Osorio, who had trouble finishing in the first half of last year, made no mistake this time as he would find the top corner of former teammate Joe Bendik's net.
After playing very few of their starters when Toronto FC met their B side earlier in the week, Orlando played a basically first choice lineup this time around. Brek Shea would play at right back, with Kaka in the midfield and Canadian duo of Richie Laryea and MLS rookie of the year Cyle Larin would play as well.
Toronto would keep them off the scoresheet in the first half, but Kaka would strike just two minutes into the second half. Orlando would then take the lead, and hold it for the remainder of the match, on a penalty kick after Mark Bloom took down Kevin Molino in the box.
TFC were playing a lineup that is likely very close to that which they will start against the New York Red Bulls in their March 6 season opener. Clint Irwin played the full 90 in net with Justin Morrow, Drew Moor and Mark Bloom in front of him. Damien Perquis would also play 67 minutes at centre back before being replaced by Justin Williams.
Michael Bradley would centre Will Johnson and Osorio in the midfield three. It appears that Bradley will be playing deeper this year after having played a more advanced role last season, for the most part in a midfield diamond. Many believed Benoit Cheyrou would start alongside Johnson and Bradley in the midfield, but it appears Osorio has the inside track. Cheyrou would replace Osorio in the 76th minute, while Mo Babouli replaced Johnson in the midfield in the 71st minute.
Toronto would once again go with a front three of Jozy Altidore in the middle of Tsubasa Endoh and Sebastian Giovinco. TFC's first round pick, Endoh, is expected to sign a first team contract in the near future according to the Toronto Sun's Kurt Larson. He has impressed this preseason and appears to fit nicely in the Toronto lineup.
The club will play their next preseason game against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday. This is expected to be the first game of preseason to be streamed.