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Game Thread: Toronto FC 2-1 FC Cincinnati (FT)

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A new challenger has appeared/

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

FT — TFC close out the 2-1 victory! It got close at the end, but The Reds managed to seal three important points.

90’ + 5’ — Westberg makes a save to maintain his side’s lead, and immediately follows it by nearly giving a goal away. Darren Mattocks closed down on him after a back pass, and blocks Westberg’s attempted clearance, nearly redirecting it into the goal.

90’ + 4’ — Drew Moor is booked for a challenge on Darren Mattocks.

90’ + 3’ — Another scrap, as Osorio gets into it with the debutant Maikel van der Werff. Another scrum forms, but nothing major comes of it.

90’ — Six minutes of stoppage time to be played.

87’ — Victor Ulloa gets a yellow card.

87’ — Toronto FC make their final change. Altidore is replaced by Patrick Mullins.

81’ — Tommy McCabe replaces Caleb Stanko for Cincinnati.

81’ — Shaffelburg is replaced by Chris Mavinga for TFC’s second substitution. Shaffelburg ripped through Cincinnati’s defenders like a tornadic waterspout at times, and is surely in contention for man of the match.

75’ — Jonathan Osorio comes on for Marky Delgado.

71’ — Kekuta Manneh replaces Roland Lamah

61’ — We have a scrap in the middle of the pitch, as Kendall Waston goes through Michael Bradley with a challenge. Altidore, Laryea, Moor, Ledesma, Waston all involved. Waston gets a yellow card.

58’ — Toronto FC 2-1 FC Cincinnati — Ledesma fires one into the goal from distance to bring the visitors within one.

57’ — Allan Cruz gets Cincy’s second yellow card of the night.

56’ — Under Yoann Damet’s tutelage, Rashawn Dally replaces Darren Mattocks.

50’ — Toronto FC 2-0 FC Cincinnati — OH MY WORD WHAT A GOAL FROM JOZY ALTIDORE! He banged one into the top right corner, extending his goalscoring streak to four games in a row.

47’ — Westberg with a HUGE save to keep the ball out of the net.

46’ — Back underway at BMO Field.

HT — A good half for Toronto FC comes to a close. They dominated FC Cincinnati for the entire 45, and will be disappointed to not be up by more. They’ll come out in the second half looking to put this game to bed.

44’ — So close to a second! Marky Delgado played an incredible ball across the pitch for Jacob Shaffelburg, whose shot is blocked. Shaffelburg looks due for his first goal.

43’ — Mathieu Deplagne goes into the book.

28’ — Jacob Shaffelburg looked for his first MLS goal, but a big save from Przemysław Tytoń keeps the ball out of the net.

16’ — Toronto FC 1-0 FC Cincinnati — Goal for Nick DeLeon! Omar Gonzalez heads the ball toward the goal, and DeLeon gets a touch on it to beat the Cincinnati goalkeeper. Toronto FC have been dominant thus far, and are rewarded.

1’ — The game is underway!


Lineups

Toronto FC:

FC Cincinnati:


Toronto FC’s homestand continues tonight as FC Cincinnati, MLS’s latest expansion club, pays a visit to BMO Field.

After TFC lost 3-1 last weekend to the Houston Dynamo, in a very disappointing performance from an admittedly strange lineup, they’re now looking to rebound and try to capture some of that good form they had before then.

Fortunately, this is as good an opponent as any to do just that. FC Cincinnati sits last in MLS with just 17 points, bottom of the league in both goals for (21) and goals against (51). They are... bad.

This is a game that TFC have no excuse for losing. Even with a couple injuries in the squad, the Reds are a more talented team, especially in attack.

Tonight, TFC fans will also welcome Nick Hagglund back to BMO Field for the first time since his trade to Cincy. He’s a first-choice centre-back for them, getting minutes that he likely wouldn’t have if he’d stayed here.

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: Erickson Gallardo remains sidelined with his training knock as he works his way up to match fitness. Alejandro Pozuelo may also still be nursing the injury that kept him out last weekend.

FC Cincinnati: Cincy will be without midfielders Jimmy McLaughlin and Fatai Alashe, as well as defender Greg Garza. Defender Mathieu Deplagne is questionable as well.

How to watch

Match date/time: Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m.
TV channel: TSN 4
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050