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FT: Toronto FC 1-1 Orlando City SC (Game thread & recap)

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Remember that time we did the game thread live from 2 different sections at BMO Field?

MLS: Orlando City SC at Toronto FC Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC banked a point at home on Saturday by drawing 1-1 with Orlando City SC at BMO Field.

The Reds had the majority of the chances, outshooting Orlando 18-8, but they couldn't find the back of the net enough. Orlando scored first midway through the second half, as substitute Benji Michel beat Quentin Westberg a minute after coming into the match.

The Reds did find their equalizer, as Patrick Mullins scored his first in a TFC kit. He jumped on a loose ball in the box off a free kick (which we thought was a penalty, but VAR disagreed).

TFC tried to throw the kitchen sink at Orlando down the stretch, with a couple very close chances, but no dice.

For a more detailed rundown of how things played out, enjoy Jeff and Martyn's on-location game threading (start at the bottom):

GAME THREAD:

96’- a draw feels like a loss

90’ - minimum 6’ extra time

Note - Mullins becomes the 100th man to score for TFC in MLS play (including playoffs)

83’ - yellow card issued to 22 Orlando

77’ - GOAL! TFC! free kick played like a boss and Patrick Mullins scores! Tie game !!!

75’ - TFC awarded a PK and wait ... VAR ... and ... it’s ... a ... free kick outside the box

72’ - Handbags in the corner. Orlando with the lead and the theatrics! As a lifetime United supporter, or COURSE it was Nani.

70’ - GOAL! Orlando - don’t really give a toss who scored it.

67’ - if you close your eyes, you can kinda hear Iron Maiden at the Budweiser Stage

64’ - we are trying too hard to be pretty pretty go for the jungular boys!!! How did we just not score???

62’ - Poz makes 2 defenders miss in the box and kisses the far woodwork. TFC with their tails in the air! Wiggle Waggle. It’s coming...

59’ - Endoh at the top of the box with the game on his foot. Went top shelf but swiped slightly right.

55’ - Layrea on the deck. Thoughts and Prayers - WTR1

53’ - Coming into tonight, Orlando was TFC’s second best goal diff (in only 11 matches). Yet, it’s still 0-0.

50’ - WTR1 feels like he’s not going to require that Poz Hat Trick stat he worked on this afternoon...

47’ - WTR 1 needed to show WTR 2 how to post iPhone snips at the half -,so many cool pictures the pleebs don’t get to see

46’ - Halftime Sub WTR2 is now in 114.

HT - Looking for WTR 1 in all the wrong places

HT - Andy Capp banner in 114? CHECK!!

HT - Not many questions have been asked. No score and everything to play for in second half for the two clubs knocking on the door of the East Playoff picture.

45’ - Two minutes of added time. Spoiler alert: this is a good time to sneak for the loo.

43’ - 114 is getting Spursie might have to relocate! BRB

39’ - Subs are out for a runaround, or as I like to call it, TAM time.

34’ - yellow card issued to Marky Delgado for something something on Nani

32’ - Fav Flag #NeverForget

29’ - Jozy diving almost header just misses connecting In the box and that keeps it scoreless

22’ - Westy makes a huge save to keep it nil -nil

19’ - Good god how high up the pitch are OG CB and Christmas Finger playing?

18’ - Endoh breaks down the wing with speed but for naught

15’ - 114 bringing the noise, and it’s already tarps off for the capos!

13’ - Shaffelbrakes in the box, with a wonderful stop up and cross to Poz. Nothing comes of it.

8’ - Current mood in Original 109..

7’ - lotsa chances going wanting for TFC

5’ - OMG I cant figure out how to post pictures from my iPhone

WTR 1 Jr is fitting right in with the Southend Terrace! Brother!!!!

7:30PM - WTR 2 is sad that he didn’t get to see WTR 1 before kickoff.

7:23PM - WTR 1 (MB) reporting from 114 with a tall boy, a cheese slice, an 8 year old son and about 15 potential stats tonight. If TFC win 7-0, my head is gonna asplode!

7:18PM - WTR 2 reporting from inside the lions den They set off smoke and I’m choking

6:58PM - WTR 2 : Electric Boogaloo arrives at gate 1 and yes - Old Town Road blasting through speakers. So I guess thanks Benedict

LINEUPS:

Toronto FC:

Orlando City SC:

The Reds return to BMO Field tonight, after playing twice on the road in the past week. Orlando City, three points back of Toronto FC and sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference, enters with one win in their last five games (a 2-0 triumph over FC Dallas last weekend). They were bounced from the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday by Atlanta United.

Orlando City has never won at BMO Field, suffering four losses and a draw in Toronto. The reds have outscored Orlando 13-3 on home soil in those games.

The two sides met earlier this year, with the Reds taking home at 2-0 win in Orlando courtesy of goals from Jonathan Osorio and Jay Chapman.

Canadian international Tesho Akindele has been one to watch for Orlando this year, as he is currently tied with Nani for the team lead in goals with eight.

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: Justin Morrow is suspended after picking up a red card against the New York Red Bulls. The rest of the team should be healthy enough to at least be in the 18.

Orlando City SC: Cristian Higuita is out with a hamstring injury. Jhegson Sebastian Mendez is out with a suspension.

How to watch

Match date/time: Saturday August 10, 7:30 p.m. est

TV: TSN4

Streaming: TSN Go / ESPN+ (US)