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TFC Reference Library: About Last Night

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Pozuelo, Hamilton and Vanney had themselves a night

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC got back to their winning ways last night at BMO Field, with a pair of blistering braces that lead the clubs history books to be re-written.

TWO score TWO in TWO

Alejandro Pozuelo and Jordan Hamilton both scored a quick pair of goals in succession, to erase one-goal deficits for the Reds v. Minnesota. Pozuelo’s pair show up on the game sheet at 28’ and 30’ and Hamilton’s at 77’ and 79’ which make them the third and fourth player to score a brace for Toronto in 2 minutes.

But when I went back and looked at the video of all TFC braces in 3 minutes or less, to get a more accurate breakdown, Pozuelo’s brace at 1:50 is the quickest by a scant 3 seconds over Jozy Altidore’s brace against Orlando in 2015. It’s also worth noting that Sebastian Giovinco’s 3:28 was between his second and third goals of the day at Yankee Stadium. That day he managed a mind blowing hat trick in 9:14 of game play.

It was just the fourth time that three players in a TFC match have all scored multiple goals (and the first time Toronto has been on the happy side of that ledger).

And it was just the third time (first in league play) that Toronto have had teammates with a brace or better. The other two occasions came at the expense of the Montreal Impact in Voyageurs Cup play (including DeRo’s brace in the Miracle in Montreal).

Greg Vanney Football Genius

Books have literally been written about the turmoil that plagued Toronto FC in their early years. The one constant thing with the club was change. So when Greg Vanney took control of the club on September 1, 2014, some may have wondered if he’d get the chance to stay with the club long enough to become the team’s most winningest Head Coach.

But here was are, four-and-a-half years later, and Vanney is one win away from eclipsing the win total combined by the first eight men to hold the job. Last night was the 84th victory of the Greg Vanney Era, a number reached in 109 less matches.

Please note, although it doesn’t change the 84 victories, I’ve awarded Chris Cummins the win vs. Chivas that came with John Carver up in the press box, shortly before Carver left town and Cummins took over officially.