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Recap: Pozuelo spurs Toronto FC to resounding win

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It has begun.

MLS: New York City FC at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Alejandro Pozuelo era started with a bang on Friday night as Toronto FC defeated New York City FC by a score of 4-0. In his debut as the club’s newest DP, Pozuelo was worth the price of admission as he played Jozy Altidore in for a splendid assist and added two goals of his own.

The Reds dominated almost the entire match, with New York’s chances all coming against the run of play as a result of poor passing or miscommunication out of the back. TFC’s buildup play from midfield onward was clinical for most of the night, though.

The first half was a bit of a roller coaster, with TFC hitting the back of the net three times — only one of which ended up on the scoreboard, the other two being called back for offside. Third time was the charm, though, as a beautiful piece of play from Jonathan Osorio to Alejandro Pozuelo to Jozy Altidore (a combo we’ll surely here more than once this season) put TFC ahead.

The Reds came out of the dressing rooms firing again for the second half, and it wasn’t too long before they doubled their lead. A lofted ball into the box led to Jozy Altidore going down from an egregious shirt tug (one which he sold, in all honesty, but a penalty nonetheless).

Alejandro Pozuelo, clearly unaffected by the ghosts that haunt the rest of his new team, stepped up and chipped it right into the middle, possibly the gutsiest move a TFC player has made in a while.

Not to be stopped there, Pozuelo did it again in the 78th minute. After Jonathan Osorio ran about 25 yards completely unmarked, he laid it off to Pozo. The Spaniard chipped Sean Johnson, who was too far off his line, perfectly to make it 3-0, before leaving the game to a thunderous ovation.

Jay Chapman entered the match for Pozo, and he too made an immediate impact. Jumping onto a good pass from Auro after some great footwork from the Brazilian, Chapman smashed it past Johnson to make it 4-0.

There was no shortage of excellent performances from TFC tonight. Pozuelo was absolutely everywhere on the pitch, Altidore was dangerous in the box, and pretty much everybody else did exactly what was asked of them.

All in all, it’s hard not to say that everything went right for Toronto FC tonight. What an incredible attacking performance. With that, the Reds have won three straight to start the season for the first time in their history (and the first time since summer of 2017 that they’ve won three on the bounce at all).

Stats

Shots: TOR 16, NYC 7
Shots on target: TOR 9, NYC 3
Possession: TOR 52.5%, NYC 47.5%
Duels won: TOR 43, NYC 35

Man of the Match

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Toronto FC’s man of the match?

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  • 80%
    Alejandro Pozuelo
    (280 votes)
  • 17%
    Alejandro Pozuelo
    (60 votes)
  • 2%
    Not Alejandro Pozuelo?
    (10 votes)
350 votes total Vote Now