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The good, the bad & the ugly: New York Red Bulls 1-1 Toronto FC

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A committed couch potato’s view as the winning streak comes to an end.

MLS: Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

MLS: Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

A well-played first half on the road. TFC’s possession and ball movement were commendable, and the home side was limited to only one real chance on goal… the last 20 minutes. That was one roller-coaster ride that I didn’t want to end… the return of Drew Moor… a point taken from Red Bull Arena… Victor Vazquez’s pass to Tosaint Ricketts that led to the ball clanging off the crossbar… Alex Bono’s save against Fredrik Gulbrandsen in the 16th minute (the only real time that TFC’s defence was breached in the first half)… Greg Vanney’s decision to bring on Benoit Cheyrou in place of Moor. The conventional play would have been Jason Hernandez. But Vanney’s choice was spot on… Benoit Cheyrou’s head… Bono’s save on Bradley Wright-Phillips in the second half… Chris Mavinga’s head… the seat pattern at Red Bull Arena. That logo is not easy to recreate with coloured chairs… Vazquez’s gladiator-like scream in Luis Robles’ face after Ricketts appeared to have scored the winner. That was passionate payback for Robles’ taunts after Jozy Altidore’s missed penalty… Gareth Wheeler’s post-match interview with Cheyrou. The Frenchman’s work with Raheem Edwards and Mavinga needs to be extolled… Vanney’s shirt is still undefeated.

The Bad

MLS: Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Although it was a well-played 45 minutes by TFC, the first half was quite boring. Vanney could have switched his formation earlier in the match to really take advantage of a slower Red Bulls side… Altidore’s fifth yellow of the season, leading to a suspension for TFC’s next MLS contest. But Jozy definitely needs a rest… a few sloppy passes by Marky Delgado… the missed call on Wright-Phillips’ goal? Unless Altidore was closer to goal on the left post, the play was offside… Steven Caldwell’s ‘commentator’s curse’ on Eriq Zavaleta. Caldwell praised Zavaleta for being a “magnificent one-on-one defender” and Eriq promptly fouled Daniel Royer twice. But credit to Caldwell for immediately owning up to it… Michael Bradley’s name squarely attached to New York’s goal. It was Bradley’s foul that led to the free kick, and then Bradley missed his mark on BWP… the offside call on Edwards. The soccer gods have now provided more than sufficient payback for the offside call against Seattle’s Gustav Svensson that helped TFC just two weeks ago. We are all even now, oh mighty purveyors of pitchside karma.

The Ugly

MLS: Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Altidore’s penalty kick. With only a 50% success rate on six attempts, TFC’s inability to convert from the spot has cost the team four points this year… the kazoo-playing Red Bulls supporter… Michael Murillo’s vicious foul on Raheem Edwards. Murillo should have been sent off for violent conduct… the trumpet-playing Red Bulls supporter… MLS rules making Edwards ineligible for Rookie of the Year consideration. All due to the fact that Raheem played two measly minutes in 2016. Maybe the soccer gods still owe us one after all.