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The good, the bad & the ugly: Toronto FC 2-0 D.C. United

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A committed couch potato’s view as the Reds return with a win.

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The Good

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The schedule maker gifting us with D.C. United after the international break. It was just what TFC needed to ease back into the schedule… Alex Bono’s save late in the second half to preserve the clean sheet… the fans at BMO. The energy was palpable and the noise was stirring… Michael Bradley’s play throughout the game, but especially on the first goal. That entire move was set up by his positioning and vision… Drew Moor and Justin Morrow repeatedly covering for Chris MavingaJordan Hamilton scoring for TFC and TFC II in the same week… Steven Beitashour’s offensive thrust during the first half. I was hoping that he’d score. He deserves a goal… Sebastian Giovinco finally taking advantage of his strength and low centre of gravity, and trying to fight his way through much larger opponents… Bradley will now be available to harass Ignacio Piatti in Montreal… Kristian Jack’s interview with Bradley, marking the captain’s 100th appearance. It was informal, warm and enlightening.

The Bad

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TFC’s timing. It was off. But that comes with being away from the competitive pitch for almost two weeks… Jozy Altidore’s arms. Keep them down… Mavinga constantly out of position on the left side. Chris, you are the left-back!… the foul called on Bradley. For a yellow card, it was weak… too many gaps in the three-man back line. A stronger offensive team would have made TFC pay dearly… Morrow and Giovinco dive-acting for a foul inside the box. It’s irritating when any player, on any team, does it… the Chicago Fire. I predicted that they would be the most improved team this year. But I didn’t think that they’d be this good… Giovinco being forced to play deep (yet again) against a clogged midfield. It’s exactly what D.C. United wanted, and it almost worked out for them.

The Ugly

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Petulant yellow cards by Altidore, Giovinco and Victor Vazquez. Playing with passion is great. Acting like a brat, and then hurting your team with a yellow, is selfish… the constant talk that Giovinco is the best player in the league. He was the best player. He could still be the best player. But right now, he is not… the broken-down advertising board on the west side of the pitch. Fix it immediately. This isn’t the CFL!… the Argos are back. Good luck BMO Field crew… Bradley will not be available to protect the backline from Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen et al when New England visits BMO. Greg Vanney might want to play four on defence.