Toronto FC would deliver a performance today worthy of their new stage. In front of a sold-out crowd of 30,025 at BMO Field the club would beat FC Dallas 1-0 in its 2016 home opener. The win was their fourth of the season, improving their record to 4 wins, 3 losses and two draws on the year.
Tsubasa Endoh had the lone goal in the match the first of his Major League Soccer career. Toronto FC's 2016 first round Super Draft pick was impressive throughout. Clint Irwin earned his fourth clean sheet for the club, all of which have come in wins.
Toronto FC carried the majority of the play early in the match, testing the FC Dallas defence. Giovinco had a number of early chances, one which he chipped narrowly over the bar, and a long shot which hit the post.
In the 28th minute he helped the team find their breakthrough. Receiving a pass from Endoh, he put the Toronto FC rookie in behind the FC Dallas defence. Having missed some earlier opportunities, Endoh made not made no mistake, putting Toronto FC up 1-0.
The club headed into halftime with the lead, having held FC Dallas to just three shots. Looking to change things, Dallas would introduce winger Fabian Castillo. The Colombian had been a menace against Toronto FC in the past, scoring two goals in their last meeting.
However, Toronto started the second half on the attacking foot, just as they were for most of the first half. Giovinco, Endoh and Jozy Altidore especially had several chances to double Toronto's lead, but could not convert. Altidore, especially, seemed to be once again snake-bit in front of goal.
The club only needed the one goal, however, as the Toronto FC would march onto the victory with little further threat. For a team known for their attacking prowess, FC Dallas would rarely break Toronto's backline through the 90 minutes.
The win temporarily moves Toronto FC up to second place in the Eastern Conference, ahead of the Philadelphia Union. They now have 14 points from their first 9 matches of the season.