It started off pretty badly, with Tommy McNamara scoring for the visitors in the fourth minute, and it got worse from there. Tomas Martinez added another goal in the 23rd minute against a TFC side that was without Alejandro Pozuelo, Omar Gonzalez, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley.
The latter two came on as substitutes later in the game as it became apparently what the trajectory of TFC’s starting XI was in this one. Bradley entered as a sub for the first time in his TFC career, Greg Vanney chosing to deploy him after a comically bad third Houston goal for Memo Rodriguez.
Interesting decision for Ciman to decide to play the game on rollerskates. https://t.co/qhc4oXZ4Tc— Oliver Platt (@plattoli) July 21, 2019
Altidore gave TFC some hope in the 75th minute, as he did very well to head home a high ball, scoring in his third straight match.
TFC weren’t able to find another, though; Laurent Ciman looked to have scored with a headed free kick about 10 minutes after Altidore’s goal, but he was ruled offside.
This one certainly wasn’t TFC’s finest performance, especially after the vastly improved play of the prior two matches. Still, the Reds dominated possession, and they were much better after regular starters joined the game. The miscues at the back at critical moments killed them (as they have all season, to be fair).
Possession: TOR 68.5%, HOU 31.5%
Shots: TOR 18, HOU 7
Shots on target: TOR 5, HOU 6
Duels won: TOR 38, HOU 33
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