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The good, the bad & the ugly: Toronto FC 2-0 New England Revolution

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A committed couch potato’s view of a “gutsy” win.

MLS: New England Revolution at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

MLS: New England Revolution at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve said it before: Champions find a way to win… great all-round effort by a tired troop… revenge is sweet. Remember three weeks ago, in Foxborough?... TFC’s amazing and fluid ball movement over the first 18 minutes of the match… Armando Cooper’s improved play. The assist aside, he was strong off the ball. That second-half play against Lee Nguyen, on the left touchline, was textbook defence… Drew Moor using “old-man strength” (jocular quote from one of his teammates, who shall remain nameless) to fight his way to the net and notch TFC’s first goal… the restraint shown by Sebastian Giovinco when disagreeing with the referee’s calls… Alex Bono’s remarkable save to deny Teal Bunbury… Jozy Altidore defending deep in his own box late in the game. It was all hands on deck at the end… Giovinco’s patience and speed on the second TFC goal. That was a great one-on-one display… Bono’s fifth clean sheet on the season (he had four all of last year)… Giovinco’s free-kick in the second half… Benoit Cheyrou’s smart, and subtle, defensive prowess… the behind-the-net camera angle on Giovinco’s free-kick, showing that Cody Cropper probably would have gotten to it… honouring Michael Bradley for his 100th club appearance with his family on the field.

The Bad

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Still some really big gaps on defence. Granted, some of these were fuelled by fatigue. But there were several inexcusable giveaways and positional holes that need to be addressed (see Nguyen’s chance in the 32nd minute)… the yellow against Altidore. Just crazy. Hope the MLS Disciplinary Committee starts overturning bad yellow cards as well… speaking of Altidore, how did he not score on the chance created by Justin Morrow in the 14th minute?... despite the late-game assist, Victor Vazquez was not on top form. Overall, his passes weren’t crisp as we’re used to and his timing was off… Tsubasa Endoh is not a wing-back… the “yes, yes, yes” banter between Luke Wileman, Steven Caldwell and Kristian Jack. Really, boys?!

The Ugly

MLS: New England Revolution at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Several calls (and non-calls) by aptly named referee Hilario Grajeda... Toronto fans consistently showing up fashionably late. Especially in the east end… New England coach Jay Heaps using his ear as a pencil holder. What’s next? The old ‘toothpick-in-the-mouth’ look?... Antonio Delamea’s broken nose... the prospect of playing the Canadian Championship without Bradley, Altidore and Morrow. There’s no need to start Gold Cup training on Monday!