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The good, the bad & the ugly: Toronto FC 0-0 Sporting Kansas City

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A committed couch potato’s view of the Reds’ home opener.

Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC Sporting Kansas City 31032017 Tagwa Moyo / Waking the Red

The good

Raheem Edwards Toronto FC Sporting Kansas City 31032017 Tagwa Moyo / Waking the Red

TFC didn’t lose… TSN’s opening retrospective of last year’s playoff run… TFC players walking on to the pitch with their own children…the ‘Cheez-It’ ads at BMO Field. Are they now available in Canada? They’re delicious!... TFC’s brilliant seven-pass move in the 10th minute, leading to a great chance on goal… Soony Saad wrestling with the corner streamers… Nick Hagglund’s left-footed cross… Raheem Edwards’ development… Edwards’ head… Sebastian Giovinco’s free-kick… Alex Bono’s save in the second half… the Steven CaldwellDrew Moor” drinking game – he said it four times last night (still love how he says Drew’s name!)... no mention of ‘Sandy, Utah’ from Luke Wileman… the ‘Forever Faithful’ flag in section 118.

The bad

Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC Sporting Kansas City 31032017 Tagwa Moyo / Waking the Red

TFC didn’t win… Justin Morrow’s heel injury… the pitch. Did anyone else catch Michael Bradley stamping down a large piece of raised turf just after the opening festivities?... Clint Irwin’s leg injury… the rain… the most expensive seats at BMO Field are the wettest… putting Ricketts in the starting XI. He is a super sub, not a starter… Bradley’s weak long ball to Steven Beitashour in the 41st minute… Giovinco missing in action (outside of the free-kick)… too many passes by TFC in the defensive end (247 to be precise)… not enough forward movement… Bono’s ‘surprise’ pass to Bradley that almost led to a SKC goal…TFC’s three-man defence constantly retreating and contracting in the second half (too deep and too narrow)… no TFC player can strike with their left foot… the amount of tape that Bono uses to keep his shin guards in place. Velcro, anyone?... TSN’s terrible half-time show; absolutely no imagination or production value… that terrible milk commercial with the “moustache brigade” playing pond hockey… no goals for TFC on a night when the supporters unveiled another great banner. Third time in a row that this has happened. Maybe we should stop making these homages…. Kristian Jack’s rambling post-match interview with Bono (KJ must have been cold and tired)… the Inebriatti guy with his shirt off.

The ugly

Graham Zusi Toronto FC Sporting Kansas City 31032017 Tagwa Moyo / Waking the Red

The field lines. Who painted them – the Montreal Impact field crew?... the tiny knot of hair on the back of Soni Mustivar’s head… the big knot of hair on the back of Graham Zusi’s head…speaking of bad hair, did you hear that Vancouver traded Kekutah Manneh to Columbus?… speaking of teams with ugly jerseys, why do SKC’s jerseys remind me of Catholic-school gym uniforms? Bad collars for everyone!... speaking of Catholicism, how about Jonathan Osorio’s best impersonation of St. Peter: denying himself a shot on target three times, all before the referee blew his half-time whistle… speaking of offensive futility, only two shots on target for TFC. You can’t score if you can’t hit a 24-foot net... speaking of not getting it right, the timing of TSN’s replays is still atrocious (shout-out to Arjon for last week’s comment)…speaking of unwanted replays - the Inebriati guy with his shirt off.